Buried in another topic, I recently had to have my blood drawn three times for a DNA (telomere length) test. The term used as the reason for the failure(s) was hydrolysis. The third barely got through, and based on johnwen's suggestions, I had my primary care doc draw blood, and they found the elevated Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, which has been verified now by two other blood draws.
But what has also become constant is "platelet clumping" - the last 3 CBC tests, not counting the 3 DNA tests, reported clumping. (My primary care doc didn't think it was a big deal - but I will copy what his nurse wrote to me at the bottom). He did send me to the "endocrine" for the elevated TSH. (Which is why I had more blood drawn.)
Also buried in that topic was a regimen suggested by exitium and others - that I have adopted and been following. I don't know how long to expect before it works, but while I feel very good, my platelets still clump !?
The other day, I was speaking to a doctor friend, and ask her why my platelets are clumping, and she immediately said, "You must have a lot of fibrin..." She immediately started to talk about "enzymes" and the went on! The pancreas is responsible for a lot more than just making insulin (and my blood sugar is getting harder to control). What if the production of pancreatic enzymes has also dropped off since my pancreas was sliced in two pieces? I wanted to put this out there, as I have started to take the Gonsalez pancreatic enzymes in pretty good amounts (they ain't cheap) and we'll see what happens regarding future blood draws...
My endocrine has put my own my first "real" prescription levothyroxine. (Everything else I take is orthomolecular - hydrocortisone is bioidentical cortisol, insulin, etc.) For the high TSH and low T4. She also ordered a pituitary MRI - which came back normal.
This is from my primary care's nurse re: the platelet clumping:
When we draw a cbc (which has a platelet count in it) we use a tube that has an anticoagulant in it called EDTA. This prevents the blood from clotting. However, some people's blood for some reason reacts with the EDTA and the platelets clot. In the lab they call this "EDTA platelet clumping." If the doctor wants an accurate platelet count, the lab can draw your blood in a tube with a different anticoagulant in it (Na citrate) and send it to the lab. When we run a cbc, the doctor's are usually not interested in the platelet count - it is just included in the results. They are usually looking at your white blood cells to check for infection or your red blood cells and hemoglobin to see if you are anemic. I will ask Dr. W. if he wants you to come back to test your platelets.
So - the good news is, the platelet clumping is not due to any medical condition and it is of no significance as far as your health is concerned.
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