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physedgirl09
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   Posted 4/9/2018 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone.

So a few days before easter i got hit hard with thr FLU B. I was miserable!! Horroble fevers chills sweats. So good friday my husband takes me to the emergency room (of course im blaming lyme this entire time). Although this felt totally different. Anyways. I tested positive for flu B. Fast forward to that monday i dragged myself out of bed to go get bloodwork done for my lyme literate primary to check CBC, mrtabolic panel, thyroid, iron, and something called hemochritosis (spellimg may be wrong).

So i got those resukts today. All is normal except white blood count is at 2.3 (low) , plateles sre at 86 ( super low). And absolue neutrophils are at 950 (low). I dont see the dr til wednesday so i just wanted to see if anyone here knows if theres a link between the flu and bloodwork being off...btw im on no lyme treatment at the moment. Im waiting to see dr j on friday. Thsnk you in advance!!!

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   Posted 4/9/2018 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what the flu does to the WBC - I would think it would go up...but maybe not if we're immune suppresed from Lyme and co.


Good luck with your appt.

The hemotomachrosis - that's for high iron, right? Did you already test high?


BTW - are you actually seeing Dr. J...or a NP? (if Dr. J - good for you!) My appt. is on Thursday.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
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added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
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physedgirl09
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   Posted 4/9/2018 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanx girlie! Yeah its some genetic issue eoth iron. Apparantly my iron saturation is low... but i came back negative for it...

Would you happen to know if babesia can cause iron issues?!

Im not seeing dr j... im seeing an np with the initials R.M. Who do u see?

Ill actually be in DC this thursday night!! How long u gonna be in DC for?

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   Posted 4/9/2018 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Source: www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com/content/aging/art2224.html

Influenza Can Affect Your Blood Count
Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

As we all know, it is influenza season again. Here in the U.S., we are in the midst of an epidemic of "flu." This moderately severe illness affects people differently. Most people report having fever, aching and fatigue.

Beyond these well-known symptoms, there's a new one that can fool your doctor, scare you and result in expensive and needless tests: flu can lower your blood count.

At our hospital we recently saw a 41-year-old woman who came to our emergency room with cough, fever, chills, runny nose and muscle aches that hadn't improved after taking antibiotics for three days. Ordinarily, this wouldn't get you admitted to a hospital, but when our patient's routine blood profile showed a low platelet count, we were concerned enough to keep her overnight. Repeat blood tests in the morning further revealed that her red blood cell count was low, her white blood cell count was low and that her platelet count was dropping further.

Fortunately, we had also done a rapid test for influenza which confirmed that she really had influenza virus, and was showing the common, but less well-known symptom of lowered blood counts.

When all three of the major blood cell lines (red cells, white cells and platelets) are low, a disease of the bone marrow, such as leukemia, or damage to the bone marrow from some chemical is suspected. Antibiotics, for example, such as this woman was taking for the infection that had been thought to cause her symptoms, are common among the various chemicals that can damage a bone marrow. Therefore, our next diagnostic step would normally have been a bone marrow examination, an expensive and sometimes painful test. Fortunately, we had also done a rapid test for influenza which confirmed that she really had influenza virus, and was showing the common, but less well-known symptom of lowered blood counts.

We stopped her antibiotics, and she received the traditional treatment — plenty of fluids and bed rest. As she got better from the flu, so did her blood counts.

So, if you are feeling tired and achy and find yourself at the hospital, and the doctors tell you that your blood counts are low and they're concerned, tell them to do a rapid influenza test and not a bone marrow.

Girlie
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   Posted 4/9/2018 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
physedgirl09 said...
Thanx girlie! Yeah its some genetic issue eoth iron. Apparantly my iron saturation is low... but i came back negative for it...

Would you happen to know if babesia can cause iron issues?!

Im not seeing dr j... im seeing an np with the initials R.M. Who do u see?

Ill actually be in DC this thursday night!! How long u gonna be in DC for?


I've got a phone appt. with TB
So, can't meet up with you...lol.

I thought Babesia destroyed red blood cells...so not sure how it or if it affects your iron stores.

I've been on the low side of Ferritin.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

physedgirl09
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   Posted 4/9/2018 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanx for the info dude!!! Knew i could count on you guys lol

girlie, bummer you won't be there in person!! Lol. Next time!

Oh and what do you mean on the low side of ferritin? What is your ferritin level?
Mine is normal but I'm thinking low end of normal a well!
Symptoms since July 2016. Very mild: slight dizziness but nothing to call the doctor about.
February 2017=flu like symptoms; felt like i was dying from February to June. Tested positive for active EBV.
June 2017= tested western blot: reactive lgm 23 lgg 41 & 66
Started ABX treatment in June to present with llmd
functioning at about 70%. determined to get to 100%

Girlie
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   Posted 4/9/2018 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
physedgirl09 said...
Thanx for the info dude!!! Knew i could count on you guys lol

girlie, bummer you won't be there in person!! Lol. Next time!

Oh and what do you mean on the low side of ferritin? What is your ferritin level?
Mine is normal but I'm thinking low end of normal a well!


My last ferritin was 55. I can't remember what it was before.

15-50 is probable deficiency

51-100 is possible deficiency

Edited to add: In 2016 I had Ferritin tested twice: 40 and 45
in 2015 my Ferritin was 25

So, looks like I'm trending in the right direction!!!
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

Post Edited (Girlie) : 4/9/2018 5:58:39 PM (GMT-6)


physedgirl09
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   Posted 4/10/2018 5:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning! So it's odd, my ferritin in January was 72 and this month it's 53... What exactly causes it to go low...Ugh so weird
Symptoms since July 2016. Very mild: slight dizziness but nothing to call the doctor about.
February 2017=flu like symptoms; felt like i was dying from February to June. Tested positive for active EBV.
June 2017= tested western blot: reactive lgm 23 lgg 41 & 66
Started ABX treatment in June to present with llmd
functioning at about 70%. determined to get to 100%
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