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Experiencing muscle twitching and headache. Blood test done. Are the findings normal?

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I have been having problems for almost 2 years now. I've been experiencing muscle twitching, somewhat painful cramping, and headaches. I also get a feeling like my heart slows down when standing. I've been to a neurologist and have had a perfect MRI and EMG. About once a month my heart rate increases and I feel terrible for about a day. The last time I was in the hospital my heart rate was in the 170's and 180's and they had to give me a beta blocker through an IV to slow it down. I think there is an underlying issue but nobody can figure it out. I just recently had blood work done and I'll post the high/low results:

RBC 4.54 L
MCH 31.3 H
MPV 6.6 L
Neutro Auto 83.6 H
Lymph Auto 12.1 L
Abs Neutro 7.9 H
Abs Lymph 1.1 L

What do these results mean? Does anything here relate to my symptoms? Thanks

Posted Tue, 19 Mar 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Tachycardia is an increase in the heart rate above 100 beats per minute.
In the normal heart beat a signal starts at a specific point of the heart then travels along a specific pathway to stimulate the rest of the heart.
In abnormal heart beats there may be: (1) increased stimulation at that specific point (2) stimulation or signalling from another point (3) the signal pathway may be blocked (4) the signal may travel along another pathway (5) structural changes with the heart.
In some persons, like yourself, no specific abnormalities may be found.

The blood test is part of a full blood count, if the hemoglobin was low (anemia) then that could account for the tachycardia as anemia is a common reason for anemia.\
The normal hemoglobin in 11 to 16 in females.

The RBC, MCH are interpreted along with the hemoglobin. The RBC is the number of red blood cells in a certain quantity of blood. The values can vary from lab to lab, in most labs your result would be considered normal because the range is from about 4 to 5.8. Though it is low according to the labs values, the difference would not be significant enough to signal disease unless the hemoglobin is significantly abnormal.
The MCH is also used with the hemoglobin to determine the type of anemia a person may have. A low value (along with a low hemoglobin) can occur in iron deficiency for example. It is not used on its own, you value is just above the normal.

The MPV stands for mean platelet volume and is used along with the platelet count. A low MPV along with a low platelet can possibly signal disease conditions affecting the production of platelets.

The other values are part of the white cell count which has a normal range of 4 to 11. The neutrophils and lymphocytes are types of white cells which respond to different types of inflammation. The neutro auto is the percentage of white cells that are neutrophils and the lymph auto is the percentage that are lymphocytes.
Again these are interpreted along with the white cell count.
Neutrophils higher than normal imply a bacterial infection.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Experiencing muscle twitching and headache. Blood test done. Are the findings normal? 7 days later

Thank you so much for all of the information. I just have one other question, from my lab work, is there anything abnormal or that I should be concerned about? Thank you so much.

Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 8 hours later
Hi, the full blood count provides information on anemia, infection, tendency of the blood to clot and some other blood disorders. Based on the results you have provided, there are no areas of concern at the moment.

Please feel free to ask any further questions
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