Post Edited (erin kachmar) : 4/7/2006 12:08:28 AM (GMT-6)
erin, I would vote, but I honestly have no idea what those numbers mean. I'm afraid I'm not very good at getting my lab values from the doctors and interpreting them. I'm sure that the medications you're on can affect your blood values--that's why you give blood every week or so, right? I really need to get more assertive about interpreting my labs. It's not that I don't trust my doctor, just that it's important that I understand what's going on too.
Hi Erin, I don't know about all the stuff you mentioned, but I know for a few years now my WBC dropped considerably every time I felt "unwell" but not necessarily sick - that is why I was so shocked for it to fall in the normal range back in January when I came down with the flu the same exact day! My doc now is not doing the routine bloodwork on me anymore for me to know how it's been on a regular basis anymore.
I have some copied of labwork somewhere...if I come across it in the next couple of days (I can't find it at the moment) I will let you know what it says.
In the meantime, let US know what you find out! Take care!
Post Edited (erin kachmar) : 4/8/2006 10:46:02 AM (GMT-6)
Erin, if your liver is starting to get affected by the meds, watch out on birth control selection. I'm in that pickle right now. I had to stop taking the pill because with everything else, my liver was going nuts (those hormones can do a number on it as well.) After a 15 months and 2 or 3 scares, I've got to decide on what to do at this point - I cannot go on like this and want to get back on something, though PCP doesn't recommend it, I want to talk to the gyno and see what she recommends.
Don't forget mtx can affect your liver as well.
hi Mark & thank you so much.
will do...if i get any information regarding the tests from my PCP or rheummy...or if the labs keep going out of range, i'll let you know. i'm curious too.
ps...i've read several of your posts and you are such a great source of support & inspiration. especially in the way you guide people.