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   Posted 12/10/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My LLMD called and told me that my last blood test showed a low white cell count.  All other tests up until now have been normal.  Thay had me go and have it redrawn today and we are awaiting the results of that test. 
Has anyone had this happen?  I have no energy the last couple of days, flu like symptoms, swollen groin lymph nodes,  and think I just went through a bart die off cause of sweats and chills yesterday and all last night.
They said that if the second test comes back low again, I would be taken off the my abx's for a while.
I started cruising the web and see that a low white count can mean lymphoma.  I know I'm panicing a bit but I just don't ever feel well and wonder if it might be that.
Is is common in Lyme Patients on abx for a long time to have the white cell count plummate?

Dx Lyme Oct 2007....symptomatic for at least 3 years.  Oct - Dec 2007 Doxy 200 mg/day, Jan 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day, Jan 2008 - 10 weeks IV Rocephin, April 2008 - August 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day with Zithro 250mg/day,  changed LLMD's Oct 2007...currently dx with Bart and Lyme maybe Babs too...on Omniceff 600mg, Rifampin 600mg, Malrone - all every other day.
"Gees, you don't look sick."

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   Posted 12/10/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyme bacteria are known to kill T Cells and B Cells (types of Lymphocytes, which are one of the 5 main types of white blood cells). Also, antibiotics can lower the total white blood cell count. I'm one of the "lucky" ones who has a low white cell count without taking antibiotics...

Take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-J Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Vitamin B12 Shots, Heparin (to flush PICC line).

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   Posted 12/10/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
While I was taking antibiotics my WBC would drop very low ALL the time. This was a major reason why I discontinued with abx therapy. For many people, this is actually very common. I would not worry about lymphoma at this point - you don't need the added stress. I'm sure your count will come up quickly once you have been off the abx for a few days.

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