ELEVATED WHITE BLOOD COUNT AND FIBROMYALGIA

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fireandice93
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!
 
I was just wondering, since I'm new to fibro, does/can fibro cause the white blood count to be high?  
 
Thanx for any help,
Michelle

julieleaps
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,
 
I don't believe that fibro has any impact on the white blood count - that's an indicator of infection, which fibro is not!
 
-Julie
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I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 
 
 


fireandice93
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Julie,

That's what my common sense told me but just checking since my doc blames everything on the fibro.  I have a low grade fever everyday and my white count stays between 16,000 and 20,000 for over a year now.  I feel sicker and sicker everyday.  My lungs/ breathing are so bad now that I fell into a coma last year for 12 days.  They had me on IV antibiotics when I was in the hospital so of course the wbc came down but as soon as I was back home and off the antibiotics the count went right back up.  I live in a small town in AZ and it just doesn't seem like anyone cares to find out whats wrong with me except to say "You have fibromyalgia, get lots of exercise and find ways to deal with the pain".  Exercise!?!  Sometimes I think the effort it takes to get to the bathroom will kill me!!!  I went to my daughters school concert the other night and collapsed on the way into the auditorium.  I was so humiliated and I know my kids must have been too.  I have started with a HORRIBLE strange sensation in my arms, hands and legs and they are very very weak, much worse on the left side, so I keep falling and dropping everything.  I don't know,  I'm just so confused!!!  I'm sick of being sick and my kids are sick of me being sick.  My youngest son (13 y.o.) just left me to go live with his dad in another state because "I don't take them anywhere or do anything fun out of the house".  I really do try my best but I can't drive and we live in the middle of nowhere.  GOD I am feeling so lost and confused and hurt.  I miss my baby boy, but can understand him not wanting to be around me anymore.  I don't even want to be around me anymore!  I have an appointment with a lung doc tomorrow because my IGE level is 2000 and my gp says it is suppose to be under 100. So lets see if tomorrow brings any answers.  Sorry for going on and on.  I have no one to talk to and sometimes its hard keeping it all in my head.  Thanks for letting me vent!


Sera Smiles
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle, I agree with Julie's opinion on this. Can you give us a little more information? For example- when did you have WBC tested and what prompted the test? has your dr said anything about why your WBC is high? I hope you are feeling alright. Let us hear from you.
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fireandice93
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sera Smiles!

My gp repeated the wbc the day before yesterday and told me today that it is 18,000.  But he didn't say anything else about it.

 

Thanks,

Michelle


cnkfla
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   Posted 2/27/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
To the best of my recolection when I origionally was diagnosed my white blood-cell count was high, but I also have inflamation that is not explained by anything. So I don't know.
~I will figure this out~


jewelrylady
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   Posted 2/27/2009 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
What kind of a Dr are you going to?  have you tried a rheumatologist?  Alot of your symptoms sound like my daughters, falling down, dropping things, light headed, fever.  The white blood cell count I don't know for her but it is an indicator of infection like Julie said.  It is not "nothing".  My daughter was dx'd with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease & Rhuematoid Arthritis.  MCTD is a combo of Auto Immune Diseases.  She has Lupus, Polymyocitis & Sjogrens along with the RA & Fibro.  Once her immune system was supressed, she has felt so much better.  Auto Immune diseases can cause all of the symptoms you are talking about so that is one area to look, along with those your Dr is looking into now.  If your Dr isn't giving you the help you need then find another who will.  Never stick with a Dr who isn't trying to help you.  Do some research yourself on the internet. 
 
I am sorry about your son, how sad that must have been for you.  Maybe once you get dx'd & on the right meds you will feel well enough for him to come home.  I will be praying for you.  Never apologize for the length of a post, it is never too long & you were not going on & on.  You were reaching out & I hope we can help you in some way, even just to let you know that we care.  Hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety

Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren

As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.    Prov. 25:11


Ginny
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   Posted 2/27/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Michelle,
 
It does sound like something autoimmune.  Lupus. You can have high white blood cell counts and definitely and elevated sed rate (inflammation marker). YOur lung issues could be Lupus as well.  I'd be get yourself in to see a rheumatologist as soon as you can.  come visit us in the Lupus forum if you want to learn more.  We'll help you get this ball rolling! 
 
Ginny 
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Baloo
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   Posted 2/27/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Michelle, I've been wondering how you have been doing.  I am glad you wrote. Please let us know how you are doing.  I wish there was more I could do for you. confused   Lots of prayers and hugs.    Denise(baloo)


jewelrylady
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michelle, I was just reading about Lupus & in MedicineNet.com & it mentioned that Lupus can cause a coma.  I thought you might be interested in that.  Hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety

Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren

As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.    Prov. 25:11


smitty1998
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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I'm Smitty, Usually there is no high white blood ceel count for most people,BUT I have the same problem. My white blood cells have been in the 17000 or little higher for the past 2 years. I have been to the hemo clinic, but show no signs of anything but that. Probably something they put in our water! Just kidding?Have you been to a specialist?

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/28/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
There are lots of things that could be causing your problems and one of them could be your DOCTOR!!! Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class. YOURS COULD BE ONE OF THEM!

I would be looking for a new doctor at this point.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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realpain
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   Posted 3/2/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in the ER a month ago with severe abdominal pain and the only thing they came back with was that my WBC was on the high side of normal. I actually called my doc today and requested they check it again before I come back in to see him on the 11th.  I have been suffering from sever headache's and nausea, almost everyday, for months now.  I went to see the rheumy last monday and lets just say I will just wait to see my doc again.  I agree with everyone though... if you can find a good rheumy you should see them, they can be a lot of help if they are understanding to fibro anyways. 
 
I have two children of my own and now that they are getting older, they are getting less understanding to how my pain interferes with things.  It breaks my heart sometimes, because I miss the old me too!!!!!  I know the feeling of being alone and not knowing who to turn to with all these problems... I am sure majority of us do!!!!  Fibro is a hard road to go down.... I hope that you find your answers soon!!!!  (((((HUGS)))))


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