Celexa and low white cell count 2.6

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Lucy_T
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   Posted 5/7/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
After taking Celexa my white cell count, which is normally low at 4, has dropped to 2.6.  I am totally freaking out because I don't know if this is a coincidence or if it is related.  I hope it's from the Celexa because the other possibilities are terrifying.  I have major anxiety over this because I have to see a hematologist on Wednesday.  I'm so afraid that I have some type of cancer.  I am weanig off the Celexa now in hopes that my cell count will improve.  If anyone has any information please let me know.  Thanks

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   Posted 5/7/2007 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  Lucy~
First let me tell you that I am Teresa and I am a regular on this forum.  I actually have a vast medical background which includes phlebotomy and laboratory education and experience.  First of all I have to ask if your white count has always been at 4.  That is kind of a low-normal count.  How long have you been on Celexa?  I am not up to date on how meds can affect blood counts per say but I can tell you that without knowing how long you have been on Celexa. 
 
What I can tell you is to try to understand that with a low white count there are other medical symptoms that would accompany the count to be considered as a cancerous concern.  I am not saying that is not possible but I am saying that being upset about this will not do any good to you.  You only have a couple days until you see this hematologist.  Let's not jump to conclusions or especially DO NOT STOP TAKING YOURSELF OFF YOUR MEDS!!!!!  Especially now that you are anxiety-ridden as it is, you may only mentally deteriorate.  Hold on a couple more days until you hear what the doc has to say.  We are here for you!!!!
 
But for right now, dont make any changes with your meds without your docs ok!!!!
 
Hugs,
Teresa
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   Posted 5/7/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Been on Celexa since January. WBC has been at 4 since 1970's. I went to the doctor because after taking Celexaq I developed tingling in hands and feet and sometimes lips. I started taking B12 one week prior to blood test because I have been deficient before which has caused depression for me. B12 levels came back normal. I was also tested for arthritis, thyroid and lupus -- all negatve. I also think I have IBS and going to gastro doctor also on Wednesday (scheduled before blood results). This is all too much at one time!

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   Posted 5/7/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  Lucy~
First hello, I am sorry I didnt see that you were new.  You have come to a great site, it has helped me get bye trust me when I say that.  You do have alot going on, fortunately you are in good company.  All of us here have been and are still going through life altering experiences and cant believe that anyone else is as bad as we feel.  Believe me when I say that you will get through this and wonder how you did.  I am very active on this site and as someone said to me, they could not believe the different and terrible things I have gone through over the last several months.  It is true, there have been times when I believed that I had written my last post not knowing when I would be able to do so again because of the inability to function. 
Your health is extremely important and it sounds as if you are on top of it with your doctor appts.  That is great! 
 
Keep those appointments and let us know here what is going on.
 
Love and prayers to our new member
Teresa
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   Posted 5/8/2007 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Teresa.  It helps talking to someone else who understands the anxiety of it all.

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   Posted 5/8/2007 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
You are more than welcome.  Just don't lose your faith even when you think all hope is gone.
Prayers,
Teresa :-)
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   Posted 5/10/2007 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish there was a forum for blood disorders on here. Just wanted to let you know about my visit to the hematologist yesterday. This was my first appointment. They told me I was early, (I was told to come early to fill out papers). I had so much anxiety that I probably did get there too early. After about 20 minutes in the waiting room they took me back to a room where I waited for over an hour to see the doctor. To be honest I would rather be in a closed room than sitting in the waiting room seeing all the people there for chemotherapy. After my long wait the doctor entered the room and shook my hand and with the other hand gave me a sheet of paper telling me I need a bone marrow biopsy. I was shocked to say the least. It has a paragraph checked that said this is being done to check for leukemia or lymphoma. It goes into explicit details about the test which is horrible (removing 1/2 inch of bone with only a local. This is all based on one low blood test. This doctor had no compassion. I started to cry and told him how frightened I was feeling. I asked him if cancer is what he thinks I have. He ignored my question and proceeded to talk about the biopsy. I told him I thought this was extreme based on one blood test. I told him about the possibility of Celexa causing low white count. It's not a common side but listed as infrequent. He said okay wait 5 weeks and retest. I'm not going back to him because of his lack of compassion. How could he just hand a person a piece of paper without talking first? I had a second appointment with a gastro doctor. I was upset from the first appointment and told this doctor what happened. This doctor was the opposite. He was warm and caring. He looked at the blood and said he didn't agree with jumping straight to a biopsy. He said nothing looks ominous. He knows the hematologist and referred me to a different doctor. I've been off Celexa since Saturday and having no problems other than worrying and anxiety but I would have this even on Celexa. Please pray for me because I am really scared right now. Thanks for listening.

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   Posted 5/10/2007 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lucy
Good Grief, I don't understand why some doctors are so cold. It is their job to be compassionate...it seems they lose it over the years though.
I am glad you chose not to deal with him,and very glad you found another doctor that seemed to have a heart.

Good luck,stay strong and please keep us posted.

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Lucy_T
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   Posted 5/11/2007 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your kind words. I have been off the Celexa for 6 days. I am feeling okay except for my anxiety about my blood. I am clinging to the hope that Celexa is the cause of my blood change. I am a realist so I know there is only a slim change. I have a friend who has battling incurable lymphya for 5 years. He goes to a research cancer center now and has one of the best doctors for blood disorders. The doctor came here from Sloan-kettering (not sure of spelling). He can only see me if we come to a cancer diagnosis. My friend went for bloodwork yesterday and saw the doctor in the hall and asked about me and my blood counts. The doctor told him the possibilies that my friend wouldn't discuss but he did as the doctor if antidepressants can cause a change in wbc. The doctor said "absolutely". Tell her to wait 3 weeks and recheck blood. This gives me hope. My anxiety is affecting my appetite so I'm losing weight which is frightening me more. I am 5'4' and down to 113 pounds (normall 116 to 120). went down in weight from the antidepressant. Thank God if you have good health. I have always been healthy, ate healthy, never smoked, and exercised. I'm treating this as a wakeup call and reevaluating my life. Even if it is nothing serious I am making changes.

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   Posted 5/11/2007 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Lucy
I understand your anxiety. I so hope that you receive good news soon.


Please keep us posted


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Lucy_T
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   Posted 5/11/2007 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you for your concern.

Lucy

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   Posted 5/11/2007 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
eyes  I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through!  If you are looking for a site that gives info on blood disorders go a websearch for medical journals, ect. New England Journal Of Medicine.  Once you get into the site, you can put in the specifics of what exactly you are looking for.  You can actually find journal entries instead of a lot of this crap on the internet.  These are medical journals that you may even be able to access from your local library.
As far as docs, I understand fully what you are saying.  I had faith in one doc and yesterday I actually realized that noone cares about my health including my depression.  I guess it is up to me to stay educated and know what steps need to be taken for my health.  The issue I encountered yesterday devasted me and I too will be seeking a specialist for further treatment.
 
Hang touch and keep your faith, I believe that God even in rough times will not let you down.  This is the only way I go day to day.
 
I will keep you in my prayers.
 
 
Teresa

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   Posted 5/11/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
The people on this forum are great and I'm so grateful that I found it. Teresa, I am sorry for you and your medical concerns. I hope everything turns out well for you. We have to believe that God will heal us and help us deal with our anxieties. Thank you for the information. I will pray for you.

Lucy

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   Posted 5/11/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  Hi Lucy,
Just got in a little bit ago trying to put together my first wooden swingset.  My hands hurt so bad I could cry.  I am glad that you got my post.  Lucy, I understand fully what you are going through and it is one of the roughest realizations in the world.  To finally realize that noone in the world can do for you what you know needs to be done is a horrible feeling.
This recent medical problem I am having is heart related.  A little over a year ago I had an ekg which showed I had a small heart attack.  I was shocked!  I never experienced chest pain or anything like you would think.  I am in the medical field so I thought maybe it was a fluke.  The did do a couple after that and they showed the same thing.  When I had my VNS surgery, it was brought to the doctors attention but he said that it was fine and proceeded with the surgery.  I know wonder what would have happened if I would have not lived.  He would never had made mention of this small abnormalty of a heart rhythm.
Now it is a little more serious but I am so depressed over issues in my life that I use this mentality.  I need my mental health and I try every day to do ok, if I don't have my good mental health, this physical health is not a concern for me.  To some people that sounds selfish, I just have a hard enough time making it day to day recently.  The good Lord will take me when it is my time no matter how healthy I am.
Crazy, huh?
Anyway, stay on top of what issues you are seeking and don't let those docs tell you what they think you should hear.
I am here to pray for you.
Teresa
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   Posted 5/12/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Teresa, I believe we have to be the keepers of our own health. Doctors are there to help but they are not gods. This doctor caused me major anxiety the way he handled my situation. We sometimes have to say no, I want more opinion before doing something major. Me and my daughters have talked to several health care professioals about my situation and they all think it is ridiculous to go straight to a bmb. If I do have cancer I dont want to hear it from this doctor since he lacks compassion. Sometimes I think some procedures are strickly for making money. If I was on a HMO I would bet money that he wouldn't have ordered this test right away. The ARNP who discussed my blood tests said she thought the hemotologist would probably watch my counts for a few months. Ha!

Don't stress over your medical condition (look who's talking). But seriously, I work indirectly in a health related job and I see people in their 90's who have had several open heart surgeries and are still going good on their medications. You will too! We have to pray and believe that God will take good care of us because we believe. I am really praying a lot these days and will include you in my prayers.

Lucy

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   Posted 5/12/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Thanks Lucy~
I as well work(ed) in the medical field for many years from emergency medicine to social work and I too believe that we have to maintain our health. Yes, my medical health is important to me but my mental health keeps me balanced and able to be think rationally.
 
Thanks for your support, your girls are lucky to have you and if I dont get to talk to you before tomorrow
 
 
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   Posted 5/16/2007 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Had my colonoscopy yesterday and a small polyp was removed. Had to have iv antiobiotics due to mvp. Came home feeling terrible and felt worse by night. I have a bad sore throat and was running a low grade fever last night 99.5. Took tylenol which lowered it. They told me after the procedure if I ran a 100 temp I should go to ER. I was a little concerned when I had the low grade so I told my husband. He told me I couldn't have a fever or I would be freezing (I was feeling warm). His callous lack of concern really hurt me. I actually got sick from him. He was sick on weekend but waited for a day before saying anything. This is the second time I caught something from him. I could have slept in the other br. He knows about my WBC count being low and I explained the dangers to him. I really think that he feels I am making this up. He doesn't beleive in medicine or doctors. Said he will dye before he takes meds. He was really upset with me when I was taking antidepressants.

Still feeling yucky today, not working. Might try to see a different dr. Where I go now I see a nurse. Nothing against nurses. She is great and very knowlegable probably more versed than some mds. I just feel that they should have had an md consult with me before sending me to hemo dr. Thanks for listening and God Bless everyone.

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   Posted 5/16/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
sad  hi lucy~
sorry to hear that you are not doing well :(  surgery is always a hard adjustment, the days after are the most terrible days.  Stay strong and feel better!!!!!!
 
Teresa
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Faith is in that quiet assurance
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   Posted 5/17/2007 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Lucy
I too am sorry you are not feeling well...maybe your husband needs to take a trip to the doctor with you,and you could call your doctor beforehand and explain the situation to him. See if he can have a chat with hubby and explain your health to him.
Sometimes hearing it from a 3rd party helps.

Please keep us posted and I hope you start feeling better soon.


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Lucy_T
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   Posted 5/17/2007 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Still sick probably the flu. I have a sore throat and a cough coming from my throat. I called the doctor's office yesterday for appt with the nurse I see and was told they are too busy so go to walk-in. I asked if anyone there could see me and was told no. I'm not going to a walk-in. The last time I did there wasn't even a dr in the building. I called another dr who I know and his office is in the process of moving so couldn't get an appt there either. I thought about going to ER as a last resort but hate to go there if I only have the flu. Don't know what to do. This is one of my problems that I can't make decisions and end up doing nothing. Husband left at 5 am to visit his son in California so I'm here alone. Sometimes alone is a good thing.

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   Posted 5/17/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Such are  the people with the medical licences to take care of us, huh?
I hope things get better for you sweety, we are here.  I know what it is too be alone, not always what is cut out to be.
Hugs,
 
Teresa
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when your life is falling apart,
Faith is in that quiet assurance
I feel deep within my heart".


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   Posted 5/25/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue  GOD IS GOOD!   Off Celexa and had blood test repeated.  All my lab work is normal now.  Tingling in hands and feet gone.  My appetite is normal again.  I feel blessed today.  Remember to take an active part in you health care.  The hemotologist wanted to do a bone marrow biopsy right away.  Always question things if they don't seem right.  Even if it's a doctor saying it. 

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   Posted 5/26/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue  Lucy~
You are right, our God is good!!!
I am so glad that things are heading the right direction for you.  As I always say, KEEP YOUR FAITH!!!!!
(((((((((((((((HUG))))))))))))))))
 
Teresa
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Faith is in that quiet assurance
I feel deep within my heart".

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