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    Old 02-06-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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    Low WBC, dips further when sick with recurring flu symptoms?

    Will try to make this as succinct as possible, any feedback or knowledge much appreciated.

    For the last 7 months I've had increasing flu-like symptoms, SOB, pounding heart upon exertion and scary episodes of feeling faint, exhausted and out of it - with a consistent baseline of extreme fatigue. Constant cough, and flu symptoms whenever I get tired out - aches, chills, enlarged sore lymph nodes, etc. Sometimes they develop into full blown flu, sometimes I sleep it off and wake up okay. Have been supplementing with iron since July, Ferritin coming up quickly. Otherwise healthy late 20s female, active, eat very healthy. More tired than usual before this, and tended to get sick more frequently than others, but otherwise nothing major.

    So far drs are very worried seeming when WBCs plummet, then say wait and see when they come up again. Seen my GP and hematologist, due to see hematologist again soon.

    Bloodwork flagged as follows -

    July -

    Low Ferritin 8
    Low Hemoglobin 11.5
    Low MCH and MCV
    High RDW
    Low WBC 3.9

    September (taken when ill) -

    Low WBC 1.5
    Low Neuts .8
    Low Lymphs .6
    Low Platelets 122
    Low Iron 4
    low Iron Saturation .08
    TIBC low end of normal
    Normal Ferritin 20
    High AST 41
    Faint ill-defined band of igg lamda detected

    October -

    Low WBC 3.4
    Low Neuts 1.3
    High Albumin 51
    Alpha 1 low

    December (taken when ill) -

    Low WBC 2.5
    Low Neuts 1.0

    January -

    Low WBC 3.6
    Low Neuts 1.4
    Low Alkaline Phosphatase 39
    Normal Ferritin 36
    Low Hemoglobin 11.9

    My platelets dropped by 50% again in this latest dip, but were still within normal range, and have now come back up. My WBCs dont normally run low, as I've had labs in the last 3 years for mild iron def. and WBC was 6.0. Doctors want bone marrow biopsy next, wondering if anyone has ever experienced any similar recurring dips in their WBCs, or has any insight into these results. Thank you

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