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   Posted 2/8/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI office called me this morning and said my white blood cell count was low (3.33, normal is 4.5-11) from a blood test I had last thursday. they want me to repeat my test this thursday and see if it was just a fluke. But I'm worried now. My family just got home from a trip and they are all sick and puking their guts out. I'm trying to keep my distance but its hard to do.

could the low count be caused by my imuran or even pentasa? what could happen if i do get sick, could it land me in the hospital?
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008

Medication: tapering off Prednisone (5mg), Pentasa 6x daily, Imuran 100 mg, hydrocortisone enema nightly, multivitamin. Probiotics through yogurt.

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   Posted 2/8/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm old with cd, but new on imuran and pred. they told me the same thing. I have to get my blood test this thur. 2 week test

artist guy

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   Posted 2/8/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes the Imuran can do this. Its common to have to have your blood tested frequently while on Imuran. They are probably rechecking it to make sure it doesn't go too long. Hugs!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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