PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are symptoms of polycythemia vera?

ANSWER

  • At first, you may not notice any problems. When you do start having symptoms, you may have: Headaches
  • Double vision or seeing dark or blind spots that come and go
  • Itching all over your body, especially after you've been in warm or hot water
  • Sweating, especially at night
  • A reddened face that looks like sunburn or blushing
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling or burning in your hands or feet
  • Painful swelling of a joint

You may also feel pressure or fullness below the ribs on your left side. Those symptoms come from an enlarged spleen, which happens to some people.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

NEXT QUESTION:

What can happen if you don't treat polycythemia vera?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.