Re: low white blood cells - what to do?
Lizzy, I understand your concerns. My son has recently had some quite serious health issues. He was tentatively diagnosed with CRMO (chronic, recurrent, multifocal osteomyelitis). Shortly after having 2 bone biopsies of his tibia (shin bone) his WBC plummeted, to 1.3, also. The docs re-checked his blood counts very frequently for a couple of weeks. His WBC slowly started coming back up on its own. This past Wed I requested they check it again b/c he's been extremely fatigued. His count is up to 4.05, much closer to normal, but it has taken 2 months to get there and still would like to see it higher. There are MANY things that can cause a low WBC. I am definitely NOT saying you are facing something like what my son has. However, the rheumatologist consulted with hematology/oncology and they believe he had a virus that was suppressing bone marrow production, resulting in a low WBC. They initially believed he had leukemia, which we are so thankful was ruled out. I asked what we could do to help bring his counts up, and they had no suggestions. We were just careful about not exposing him to the public so that he wouldn't catch anything. "Normal" WBC on his lab reports is listed as 4.5-11.3 (or maybe its 4.3 - 11.5). Make sure you get copies of all your lab work, test results, etc. so that you have them to reference in the future or for any specialists you consult with if necessary. I'm not sure any of this is helpful for you, but this has been our recent experience. Good luck to you, I hope it isn't anything serious!