13 November 2008

Blood-sickliness. :(

My weekly blood test, INR, was at only 1.1 and that explains alot. For the past few days I'm had such immense headaches that handfuls of 8-hour Tylenol wouldn't touch it. I've been unable to focus. And fatigue has been overwhelmingly fatigued. My INR is supposed to be 2.5 and 3.5; mine is exceptionally low. My hematologist was worried; asked that I counter it by taking a massive amount of Coumadin. Normally that works pretty well.

But now my eye is crazy-bloodshot...in fact, it looks like it exploded inside a little. My joints are sore, which one would think might be normal for a construction worker but this is different. Plus chest pain. I know I'm supposed to call the doctor with any "unusual symptoms" but I'm going to see how I feel in the morning.

Ah well. It's been a long time since my blood's been off-kilter. I'll deal with it.


Gadfly said...

I have a good friend that has hyper-productive bone marrow, and he had to retire as a law enforcement officer after a succession of small clots caused minor strokes in his brain. He remains on full disability because of the strokes, but he was supposed to of been dead for 10 years now -- the doctors couldn't get it stopped.

But one doctor started him on an anti-tissue-rejection medication that keeps his bone marrow partially suppressed -- and they just maintain that closely so he produces roughly proper blood, then maintain with Coumadin as a precaution. He's still going strong.

Don't know what you have, but it sounds like it's normally well controlled. *warm hugs*

Flashtrigger said...

My main one is antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) but there are several blood mutations on top. There are all kinds of varied issues but yeah...for the most part, Coumadin is keeping me on track. That's amazing about your friend, though.