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Old 09-20-2008, 07:42 AM   #1
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Fatigue, weight loss, aches/pains & abnormal FBC?


I'm a 32 year old male who has been suffering from fatigue, tiredness and weakness for several months (at least 3 or 4). I've also been steadily losing weight but I'm not dieting (7+ pounds). I've been having weird aches & pains lately too. My bones & joints (knees and ankles) ache quite a lot, especially first thing in the morning. I've also been getting discomfort in my back on the left side (above my waist but below the rib cage).

I had some blood tests done recently (including a full blood count). It came back negative for diabetes & thyroid problems but abnormal for neutrophils, red blood count and lymphocytes. I don't have the actual numbers so I don't know whether they were lower or higher than expected. I've just had a follow up FBC 4 weeks after the first test. The results come back next week and I'm a bit worried.

What could cause my symptoms and abnormal blood test results?

What questions should I ask my doctor next week?

Many thanks in advance.


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Old 09-20-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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Re: Fatigue, weight loss, aches/pains & abnormal FBC?

Hi Jack,
It's hard to know what may be the reason for your blood work being off until you see your doctor. I too have had very similar symptoms for the same length of time as you. The bloodwork I have had so far has been normal with the exception of an elevated serum protein. My platelet count is usually high normal or high because I had my spleen removed ten years ago. I have had more testing on that and will get the results from a hematologist on Tuesday. I am scared out of my mind. I recommend that you see a specialist as soon as possible, only to save you the anxiety of waiting for answers from your GP, who may end up sending you to a specialist anyway. You may have a virus or an infection of some sort. I wish I could tell you something that would make you feel better - I know that my fear about my own issues are eating me alive, and I don't wish that for anyone. So, first and foremost, see a specialist who can alleviate your worries and get to the bottom of it for you. I wish you all the best - Lily

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