Absolute Lymphocytes low

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Got2Believe
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had some intensive bloodwork done and everything was great and within range except about half of the CBC (blood makep) test. WBC and RBC counts were perfectly within range but the following were low: Hemoglobin, hematocrit, MCV, MCH, but they were just slightly low and I attribute this to just getting my extreme bleeding to stop 2 months prior to the test. On a good note, every thing seemed fine like cholesterol, protein, sodium, calcium, potassium, thyroid, etc...
 
What I really thought was strange was my absolute lymphocytes being 840L when the range is 850-3900 cells/uL. It's also slighty below the range but shouldn't my lymphocytes be high since I am not on immune suppresents or any other prescription drugs for that matter. Well I'm just curious what you all think about lymphocytes.
                                                                                         
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 3yo girl (revised 12/12/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  Mildly Flaring 
RX/day: none! Tapered off Prednisone 9/20/08. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: enzymes everyday, turmeric, seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, good posture, chewing more, etc.


Got2Believe
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   Posted 5/6/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Should I maybe try some immune boosters?

suebear
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   Posted 5/6/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure but I know from my own experience, during my final flare, that I never had a normal CBC in those two years. I think this is common when you are chronically ill and if your GI is not concerned you're probably okay.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Got2Believe
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   Posted 5/6/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI has not seen these results. They are from an annual healthfair I went to. That is why I am asking for advice or suggestions or any input from you all. I'm actually waiting to see my GI b/c I am on the "pre-existing condition" waiting period so my UC medical bills are not covered yet. Anyways I tried to show the results of my bloodwork to my GI last year and he didn't want to see them.

quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I have no idea what that would mean....but I would assume if you sought the opinion of a rheumatologist..that might answer some of your questions.

You mention you got your results from a healthfair...was that from the mainstream or alternative professional?

I can somehow see how there might be a mixed view of results...sources may or may not be reliable.

quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Got2Believe
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   Posted 5/7/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I don't know what a rhuematologist is but i'll look it up and look into it. And I'm not sure where the blood is tested but it's drawn from a small town hospital and sent to a lab in dallas or houston texas so I assume they're accurate. Like two years ago all I had wrong was high protein and low cholesterol which made perfect sense to me considering my diet was high in meat and had virtually no junk food or fats.
 
This healthfair I go to is in a town of about 10,000 ppl and only about 200 ppl show up. I get up at about 5am on a saturday and get their at 8am when it starts but it's worth it.  I don't understand why the general public isn't concerned about their health. I have gone to all the local town healthfairs and this is the only one that takes all this bloodwork and the kicker is its all free. (and they even serve free breakfast.hehe) It's a shame so little ppl go and it's mostly the elderly. I would suggest that anyone on this forum look into these types of things b/c we need to monitor our health as much as possible...

quincy
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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi....seems like a cool idea, but taking bloodwork and not giving a follow-up or explaination would be frustrating.

I think the general public is concerned about their health....I think they're stressed about it, however and sometimes don't make good choices.

It's great to be proactive, but monitoring one's health and not knowing what to do with the results is the problem to me.....where did they suggest you go with the results? because it seems some doctors may be a tad "territorial". That doesn't make it right, it just makes it more frustrating for the patient.

A rheumatologist is a specialist in autoimmune/immune disease, usually joint/tissue/connective tissue disease..arthritis, etc.

quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 5/7/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
     Being a former lab tech, if I were you, I wouldn't be concerned at all.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Got2Believe
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   Posted 5/7/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not really too concerned since like i said i was only slightly off on these things and I'm feeling better and stronger again. I really think they were low since I was bleeding hardcore before I took the blood tests.
The healthfair will not let you do the bloodwork (which actually cost $25 now that i remember) unless you give them the name of your Dr b/c they send them a copy as well. I gave them the name of my GI since i forgot the name of my general practionioner (who actually sent me her retirement letter last week. GGrrrrr.lol)
I actually think someone can learn as much or even more from doing there own research on the net than from a 5-20 minute quick stop at the Dr's office. So I don't feel the least bit frustrated when I get my results I feel curious.
This healthfair even gives a free EKG for the heart and a cardiologist actually came in from time to time as her schedule allowed and she read the results there. I had the exact same abnormality I had the prior year and the cardiologist told me the same exact thing I had read about on the net. Basically not a concern unless I experience pain or problems then go get a stress test.  And since I play basketball and lift weights quite often I know right now a stress test aint got nothing on my corazon (heart) .hehe. Basketball for 2 hours straight should be the master stress test.

jeanneac
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   Posted 5/12/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I don't think your lymphocytes would be high on immunosupressant therapy, actually, they might get low, depending on the therapy and dose. I am not terribly familiar with lab results on these drugs. I was a former med tech as well and it isn't that too far out of range, so don't worry. Maybe get the test repeated in six weeks or so. Good luck and be well.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta

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