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Old 04-24-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
Join Date: Mar 2012
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rick0049 HB User
Re: High platelet & white cell counts

Hi All:

Just a comment on this condition mvano.I too have ET and according to my Hemotologist/oncologist,Essential Thrombocytosis(a variation of what you have,I think),has NO KNOWN cause or origin.Thing is,though I am a Viet-Nam Vet and this issue has been under the microscope for sometime now.I was exposed to Agent Orange,back during the war, and some VA authorities seem to think that there maybe some correlation with the 2.(AO and ET)

.......Anyway,I filed a claim for a "disability" due to this condition/disease.It was denied."Not enough medical evidence" to satisfy the VA!I found other med sites that discuss this and seems like,as rare as it is(ET),quite a few Viet Vets got it.

I am in the middle of an appeal and hopefully someone can clarify this issue and come up with a good explanation.According to my hem. only 1 in about 250,000 people get it,BUT according to an article I read from the NIH(National Institute of Health) 1-10 out 24,000,000 people get it.Whatever the numbers may or may not be considering the sources,it is extremely rare!!!!!

I would like a "roll call" of sorts to see if there are any other Viet Vets afflicted with this scary condition/disease.I am on a daily regimen of 1 500mg tab of hydroxyurea ........... for the rest of my life to stabilize the platelet count.Went from about 1,000,000 units to where I'm supposed to be.Around 400,00 to 450,000.

Answer in this thread on this site,even.Seems in a recent blog about this very same topic,ET was on the Viet-Nam "presumtive list,(a list of presumed conditions from being exposed to herbicides like AO).Guess what,it(ET) was removed.N'uff said.............

Hope to hear from someone/anyone about this.I truly feel that ET should be on the list...............After all is type 2 diabetes is.The most treatable/common/reversable diabetes around.ANYONE,anywhere,any age can get t2d! ...............What's up with that?..............

Peace and GOD bless to all,and GOD bless America!!!!

Wayne (Danang South Viet-Nam 1970/1971)

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