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Fatigue, pain, low white blood cell count, upcoming surgery

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Old 06-24-2008, 10:45 AM   #1
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Fatigue, pain, low white blood cell count, upcoming surgery

EDIT: Maybe blood disorders is not the right place for this! Because this is just a low count, not a disorder. I reposted under General Health instead, please feel free to delete this post :-) Sorry for any trouble.

Hi, I am new here - sorry to start out with a question but hope someone can help :-)

I am due to have surgery soon, for an ongoing leg problem. Had to have a blood test the results yesterday and doctor wants me to come back tomorrow due to low white blood cell count. Didn't give me any details.

Over the past month, I have been way more tired than usual....sleeping a lot, muscle aches, mouth sores, regular sore throats, etc, and just plain not feeling good. I figured it was stress. Is it possible for stress to cause a low white blood cell count?

Also - doctor says I may not be able to have the surgery due to the low count. I really want to have it done! There is hardware in my leg causing pain, and the surgery will remove it. Are there things I can do to raise my white blood cell count? And could it fluctuate enough to be normal on a second test?

Thanks for any help :-)

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Old 06-25-2008, 07:26 AM   #2
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Re: Fatigue, pain, low white blood cell count, upcoming surgery

I had a low white blood cell count after I had mono. Many viruses and infections can cause it.

Your low white blood cell count would cause the mouth sores, sore throats - your defenses are down, which means you can't fight the little things most people throw off.

They need to find out why your count is low. It could possibly rise on its own with no intervention. They will likely run more tests to figure it out. They can tell a lot from a CBC.

Try not to worry - many people experience temporary low counts.


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