Hi all. In December, I was diagnosed with a JAK2 mutation. Finally had my appointment with hematologist/oncologist today. They gave me a definitive diagnosis of Polycythemia Vera. I found this shocking, given that I am always slightly anemic (Hemoglobin is in 10-11 range, Hematocrit averages around 34-35. My white blood cell count is always a bit high- in the 15-25K range, platelets are typically in the high-end of normal range. Does this make sense to be diagnosed with Polycythemia Vera with anemic blood counts? I asked for the rationale, and was told (a) PV affects all blood cell types, not just RBCs, so that's why your white count is high (or those counts could be due to stress alone they said. (b) They kept emhasizing that the DIAGNOSTIC criteria for PV is "any hematocrit over 32" — which just doesn't make sense to me, that an anemic hematocrit would indicate PV. Maybe this is just a diagnosis of exclusion? I'm very confused by this diagnosis. Thinking about needing a second opinion, in any case.