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#1 kellyA


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Posted 23 October 2009 - 04:52 AM


Got my blood tests back last week, my primary doctor sent me a letter asking me to call her and schedule an appointment to see her, she noted on the letter that my white blood cells are high, my thyroid is overactive and my cholesterol is high, and sugar is high as well.

So here's my question can't my white cells be high because I have sclero? I have so many doctors that my head spins, I have a cardiologist, pulmonary, endo, rheumatologist and primary, and the best part is they never talk to one another! This is crazy...

Anyone have any stories to share?


#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 05:12 AM

Hi Kelly,

Well, maybe your primary doctor will just want to repeat a few tests and see if there is anything still out of whack. It could just be that you hadn't fasted enough before the blood draw or that you just took your thyroid med right before the appointment, or had a transient infection. Or whatever.

I know how confusing it can get with all the various specialists. Do you have a "point person" on your team, a doctor who realizes they are responsible for coordinating all of your care? I make it very clear who is in charge of my overall medical care. Sometimes primary doctors can assume our rheumatologist is in charge, or vice versa, so it is no small thing for us to settle on a point person and let them know our issues regarding coordination of our care.

Meanwhile, we all know what it's like to get whacky blood test results, so here's some extra (((((((hugs)))))))) to make you feel better until you get more answers.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 04:20 PM

When I was initially diagnosed, my white cell count was 14. The normal range is between 4 and 10. At the time I was given IV cyclophosphamide and the drug drove my white cell count down to 6 but the doctors wanted it down more- to below 4. As such, the cyclophosphamide dosage was increased for the last 3 treatments and my white cell count hit just below 4 by the end of the last dosage. I have since then used my white cell count as an indicator of how active my disease is. My count went from the 4 to over 10 within 9 months and I seemed to be heading higher. At that time, I decided to enroll in a clinical trial with the drug Gleevec. Since taking Gleevec, my white count has come down to a 7 level. In all cases my neutriphils have been fine. As such, I keep close watch on my white cells as I know that during the cyclophosphamide dosages it is what my rheumatologist watched. Good luck. Gidget

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 12:58 AM

Hi Kelly ,

I thought a high white blood count usually indicated infection (like pneumonia) while a high SED rate indicated an inflammatory responce in the body (like sclero). Not sure of the difference, but like Shelley says, I'm not a doctor so perhaps one of the nurses/doctors could jump in on this one.

Take care, Everyone.