He went to his specialist and was told that there is nothing wrong with him! The specialist said he was misdiagnosed??!! I don't know though! He has lost 35 pounds in the last month and a half. He said he has been exercising, but just doesn't seem right.
Now that someone has told him that there is nothing wrong, he really believes it and doesn't want a second opinion. How can a doctor misdiagnose high blood counts?
Hi, I have just turned 27 and I had a Major Heartattack 5 months ago. I dont mean to scare you or your family, but after my heart attack I was diagnosed with Antiphopholipid Antibody Syndrome which is a blood clotting disorder(there is also Protein S, Factor 11 which all causes thick blood) I was also Diagnosed with Pheochromocytoma, which are tumors on the adrenal glands that excrete to much adrenaline.
It might not have been just the blood clotting disorder that caused my heartattack, but two months before my heart attack, I had went to the doctor experiencing mild chest discomfort and was going to receive an EKG, but we got side tracked, because my white blood cell count was elevated. I went on two rounds of extremely potent antibiotics, at times my count would be lower than at other times, but it always came back up. I urge you, to try, to get your brother in law to a Hematologist/oncologist. It May be nothing... or something that can be controlled with meds, but whatever it is, dont wait. Its better to be safe than sorry, and if nothing else it can set your minds at ease.
You didn't say, but genereally when the white count is high, the red count is low, or over sized (sort of to take up the space for missing red cells. Now I had this 30 years ago, doctors were puzzeled. I looked paste white. It took two years to diagnose me. Rare in adults 30 years ago, babies often born retarted, deformed, or died, was finally recognized as more common in adults the mis 70"s. I was born with Cytomegalovirus which is usually associated with another hidden disease. At twenty, the condition activated. As doctors explained to me, when germs such as the common cold envade the blood stream, the white cells activate to kill the germs in the blood. With Cytomegalowvirus, the white cells become confused and often begin eating the red cells which cause the red cells to enlarge. The symptoms can range from bleeding gums, exhaustion, cold symptoms, listlessness, and the most common is frequent gastoritise(Stomach ache) with diarrea etc. The symptoms are many. When my dentist learned I had Cytomegalovirus, he said it explained my bleeding gums. Since this time, I have been on a strict daily dose of herbs. I have been well ever since, but I do have some days (with all the germs nowadays) that I feel the virus trying to act up. Rest, and it goes away. But my point is...The very first symptom was bleeding gums.