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Offline leah2013

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Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:47:10 PM »
This is my new worry. Last month my White Blood count was 6 and last week las 3.22 (which is abnormal, the minimun is 3.6). The doctor said my blood work was fine, just my iron was a bit low but didn't mentioned anything about the WBC. I found out because I asked for a copy of the test. I wish I wouldn't have asked for that copy.... now I worry I have a terrible auto immune disease like lupus, god forbid.

Could this low count be normal... please God help me, I can't go thru testing for yet another new disease I think I have.
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 12:08:13 AM »
Before you jump for more 'what if'  testings, could you ask your dr. why he isn't concerned. Tell him your concerns. 
 Often drs. take other bloodwork factors into account as a whole picture.  That is what my dr. told me.  Yes, I get copies too and look for the perfect numbers.

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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 12:13:39 AM »
Yes, ask your doctor. There have been countless of times that because a result or two have been kinda off I thought that I had a disease that no one has ever heard before or I knew they exist. I think that WBC count can vary depending on different factors(benign ones mostly). Try not to worry too much about, I believe that it is nothing to really worry about.
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 05:45:28 AM »
Last time you had it checked (when it was HIGHER) did you get a viral sickness shortly after the blood test?  Even if you didn't it could be that your blood cell count was up the first time because the cells were FIGHTING a viral infection that you never got because your body WON.  So NOW when you got it tested it's a bit lower than standard.  And it's still normal!  (ever have a fever then when you are getting better your temperature is reading BELOW normal? Maybe WBC do the same thing) Highs and lows vary between medical practices.  If you got it done somewhere else the paper may have had 3.0 as the low threshold for normal.
Once I got 101 for a blood fasting glucose level.  Nothing was even mentioned (that was years ago), subsequent ones have been in the 80's.  So things DO vary.
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014, 08:15:32 AM »
I did ask the doctor and he said the WBC goes up and down and changes a lot, he said there is nothing to worry about.... I know I know I's slightly below the threshold. The 6 I got last month was in the normal range... I woke up with terrible HA over the WBC count this morning.... I can't function and I need to watch my kids today. I just took a lorezepan to calm me down. I asked my husband last night if I should be worried as my doctor wasn't and he said of course not, he wouldn't have given it a second thought if it was him. But me I can't put it to rest. God help me!
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014, 12:56:28 PM »
Like you I still have my one notch below normal range sodium and other levels on my mind  a lot.   My dr. was not freaked out like me.  I asked a lot of questions about it.

I like all the numbers to be in a perfect middle all the time,but reality our bodies are always handling something inside and things fluctuate to deal with it.

Drs. learn to put it all in context, the whole lab work.  We don't fully understand what this low means if nothing else is low. 
And HA is so strong of 'why'.    I think if drs. understood that of us, they would explain it better.   Kind of like math problem that a child can't grasp until someone explains it in a better way.

Blood work is a base picture with variables of what our bodies are doing at that given moment.  Think of how glucose changes if we fast or eat.  Even anxiety raises blood sugar, I never knew that.

All that to say....I so understand how you feel.  Been there a lot.   Part of our brain says,  ok I can rationalize this.   Another part the HA part says 'why'.

 
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014, 01:49:17 PM »
I wouldn't worry about it, years ago mine went from 2.9 to 7.8 in one week.  I had a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic that I was taking for a UTI, so that was why my doctor checked it; he was confident that it would get better within the week and it did.  I agree wbc can change a lot so don't worry.
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2014, 01:54:31 PM »
Very good help Carrie, thank you, to put into perspective how these things can change.

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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2014, 09:39:35 PM »
Thanks the only medicine I started before that blood test was Omeprazole. I stopped taking it a few days ago because it was giving me weird side effects.  who knows, maybe the Omeprazole caused the low WBC...
I am going to see my doctor again this thursday as I am doing pelvic floor therapy with him. Should I ask him to repeat the test?
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2014, 09:43:18 PM »
You can ask, but only the dr. will decide if it is necessary.  Tell him of the med and ask if that affects it.

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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2014, 09:44:43 PM »
You can ask, but only the dr. will decide if it is necessary.  Tell him of the med and ask if that affects it.

Thanks Daisy, yes I will ask him thanks for your reply!!!
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2014, 10:15:34 PM »
Let us know what dr. says. 
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2014, 11:50:01 PM »
The WBC count being slightly below the labs range is nothing to worry about. Labs use a bell curve and not everyone fits inside this curb. Now, if your platelets were also low... Extremely low, then I would be concerned. 
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2014, 01:27:31 AM »
The WBC count being slightly below the labs range is nothing to worry about. Labs use a bell curve and not everyone fits inside this curb. Now, if your platelets were also low... Extremely low, then I would be concerned.

Not actually my plateles are slightly high because my ferritin is low.
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Re: Why would WBC go from 6 to 3.2 in one month?
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2014, 06:19:30 AM »
Good! I mean not good that your ferritin is low but good that your platelets are not low :)
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