Re: help with labwork
I'm sorry to hear that you are having so many problems. I'm not a qualified Doctor, so you musn't take any thing that I mention in here for granted but I have looked over the blood results you've posted and they all seem as though they are either above or below the expected normal ranges. And I can understand why you are so worried. Just sticking on the same thing for a moment, last year I was referred to a hematologist because I have eight enlarged lymph nodes and I've had to have so many diagnostic tests performed on me its unbelievable. When I first went to the hematologist, he said that they suspect either, leukemia or lymphoma. Well they managed to rule leukemia out but cannot rule lymphoma out and so are going to keep seeing me regularly to monitor my symptoms. What he informed me was that if my blood work shown an elevated WBC (white blood count) then it would suggest leukemia or some kind of bodily infection/virus, as more WBC's are produced in response to any condition attacking the body. However, your WBC is at the lower end of the scale, and I think you should feel slightly more reassured with this. If it is at the lower end of the scale it is often associated with having a suppressed immune system and Lupus and other auto-immune diseases commonly do this. Are you on any other medication? Your blood tests all suggest that something is not right and if I was you, after speaking to your Doctor about the results, see if you can get referred to a hematologist as he/she will be in a position to evaluate your problems in more detail, especially as they are blood specialists. You have every reason to be concerned and worried - I'm in the same position and its been over a year. I think though, overall that its more than likely lupus that is affecting your blood tests and not something like leukemia, although I cannot myself rule that out. My best advice I can give is go and see your Doctor, see what he/she feels and whether further investigation is necessary. The worry of leukemia or lymphoma is worrying because I'm going through it myself. I always bruise easy, feel fatigued and just don't feel right in myself with lack of appetite and high temperatures.
I'm sorry I cannot give you any added re-assurance. But as I said, its more than likely your lupus that is affecting the blood. I hope you get sorted soon and hope that you feel better soon.
Let us know how you get on.
Last edited by help0001; 03-31-2006 at 02:24 PM.