Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for June 11, 2006


I’ve been reviewing my health records over the past few days just to see if I can find anything that I may have missed the first time around. I’m looking at my last blood test back in March and I remember that my Hemoglobin, Hematocrit and RBC are slighty above normal. At the time I thought it was nothing to worry about but this time I decide to look into it further and find this:

High hemoglobin count

Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to body tissues. A high hemoglobin count usually suggests that you have too many red blood cells (erythrocytosis), which can impair circulation and lead to abnormal clotting.

High Hemoglobin can impair blood circulation? Isn’t that interesting… it’s my suspicion that my Plantar Fasciitis was caused by lack of circulation.

Red Blood Cell count (RBC)

The primary reason to assess the RBC is to check for anemia and to evaluate normal erythropoiesis (the production of red blood cells). The mature red blood cell (also known as an erythrocyte) carries oxygen attached to the iron in hemoglobin. The number of red blood cells is determined by age, sex, altitude, exercise, diet, pollution, drug use, tobacco/nicotine use, kidney function, etc. The clinical importance of the test is that it is a measure of the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.

The number of red blood cells is increased in:

Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency:

Emphysema
Respiratory distress
Living at a high altitude
Cystic fibrosis

Non-respiratory:

Adrenal cortical hyperfunction
Polycythemia vera(often a hereditary problem)
Anabolic Metabolism

It doesn’t seem like I have any of the causes listed but I’ll look up Adrenal cortical hyperfunction.

Adrenal Cortical Hyperfunction
Hypersecretion of one or more adrenocortical hormones produces distinct clinical syndromes. Excessive production of androgens results in adrenal virilism; hypersecretion of glucocorticoids produces Cushing’s syndrome; and excess aldosterone output results in hyperaldosteronism (aldosteronism). These syndromes frequently have overlapping features. Adrenal hyperfunction may be compensatory, as in congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or may be due to acquired hyperplasia, adenomas, or adenocarcinomas.

So basically a hormone imbalance. This could be interesting.  I discover that Adrenal cortex overactivity can also cause high Hemoglobin. Guess I have to wait until my hormone test comes back from the Naturopath.

I reviewed the Niacin diagnosis back on April 29th and there is no way that it can’t be a Niacin Deficiency. I do another search on the treatment and two different web sites suggest 1000 mg of Niacin a day but they don’t say for how long. I still think I am not taking enough as I am still vibrating when I wake up. It doesn’t appear to happen at night. Maybe that’s because I take my vitamins later in the evening with my dinner.

I’ll pick up some higher dosage Niacin and try that for a while.

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