Just got back from the doctor. Didn't really get any answers--but feel like at least we are on a course to resolve my issues.
Doctor didn't really seem too concerned about
the atypical lymphs, as my PCP was-or really the low WBC. He said it could just be normal for me. He said that the low neutrophils can be a problem and the absolute counts. He was pretty non committal, as would be expected--but next step is to see the rheumatologist in July and then follow up with this doctor a couple of days after that. He may still want to do a bone marrow aspiration, because he says that we should get to the bottom of WHY my blood counts have been like they are for so long. Obviously, Lupus is a big contender--but he won't rule out some sort of lymphoma or leukemia. He even said it could be two conditions...( ugh )
He did order more blood work and urinalysis. Wants to test for inflammation and some other things. So, now we wait a little more..
One thing that bugged me: When they took my temp, it came up with a slight fever of 100 degrees. I was taken aback, as I pretty much can always tell if I am running a fever--and did not feel feverish at all. Nurse stated that..."Oh, this machine doesn't really work that good.." (it was a temporal unit, that they run across your forehead and behind ear?) I asked her...if it does not work good, why use it? She said that it's just easiest to use. The second I got home I took my temp and sure enough...normal. So, this kind of turned me off a bit though in the grand scheme of things I guess it's minor. Maybe?
Thanks for all the input. Butterflake: He explained the percentages just as you did, and did not seem concerned about
the overall WBC and lymph percentage. Again, it's the low neuts that are the concern it seems.
Post Edited (eveinca) : 6/25/2013 12:59:11 PM (GMT-6)