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a_cure_will_come
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   Posted 8/27/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Guys,
 
I got a call from my GI today with some dishearting news. My white blood count is up, and I am going to get more blood work done as soon as I can. In my 4 years of having this disease, I have never had an elevated count. Has anyone ever had one? I know there are many causes for it, including infection and even luekima. Any experiences or thoughts would be greatly apperacited. I have to admit that this has me quite shaken.
 
 
--Mike
--Good to be back on the boards!!!
--23 yrs old -- Uclerative Colitis throughout colon
--Diagnosed over 3 years ago
--12 Asacol daily - 3 pills/4 times - 1 Canasa
--1 Ganeden (probiotic) nightly - probiotic cereal/yogurt
--2 Centurm daily (these have helped greatly with fatiure and colds) ------2 Citrical Calcium daily
--5 to 10 Grams Gultimine daily
--One omega 3-6-9 fish Daily
 


marty1976
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   Posted 8/27/2007 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
There are many reasons but if your Uc is flaring this would be normal enough.It can also be caused by other related conditions like arthritis and it can also be brought on by infections as you say. I wouldn't get too stressed about it.Wait and see what the other blood results are like.Some drugs can also cause an elevated WBC.
Hope you feel better soon
Marty
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FosterDad
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   Posted 8/27/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
When I had my blood work done about a month ago, I also had a slightly elevated WBC and all my doctors were not worried about it.  Like FBS says, I wouldnt worry to much about it until you get other tests done.
 
Hang in there.
Just diagnosed Aug. 14/07
Asacol 2 x 4 (5-Aminosalicylic Acid 400mg)


cycling_sasquatch
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   Posted 8/27/2007 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had elevated WBC before. A couple of months ago it was at like 21. I was also on a higher dose of pred. then too, which can cause it to be high. Last blood work it was down to 10.5 which is normal. The doctor also always attributes a high WBC to general UC inflammation. You don't say how high yours is, but I wouldn't worry about it too much.
Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Currently:
Azathioprine (Imuran) 125mg/day
Prednisone 15mg/day (trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 4/day


UCJuly2007
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   Posted 8/27/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Thoughts and prayers are with you.  I, too, have had an elevated WBC and everything turned out to be ok.

 


Smiles,
29/F Diagnosed UC July 18, 2007 
Meds: 6 Asacol 400mg Tab
         6 5mg Prednisone total 30mg (down from 40mg)
         1/2 30mg Tylenol #3
         1 1000mg Canasa Suppository
         1 Calcium 500+D
         1 Cerovite Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
         1 325mg Ferrous Sulfate
 
 


tjf
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   Posted 8/27/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine's been elevated too. Hang in there and keep us posted! Try not to worry!!!
Tabitha

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a_cure_will_come
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   Posted 8/27/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone for the responses. I called the nurse back and she said that my count was not alarmingly high, so that is a good sign. I was in the midist of a mini-flare when I had the blood work taken, so hopefully that contributed to the cause. I am going to try and get my next bloodwork done tommarow morning before work. I will keep eveyone posted with the results, which I probably wont get for a week or two. I am still quite nervous, however.
 
This board has always been a great place for help. Thanks again for the responses, they turly mean a lot.
 
--Mike
--Good to be back on the boards!!!
--23 yrs old -- Uclerative Colitis throughout colon
--Diagnosed over 3 years ago
--12 Asacol daily - 3 pills/4 times - 1 Canasa
--1 Ganeden (probiotic) nightly - probiotic cereal/yogurt
--2 Centurm daily (these have helped greatly with fatiure and colds) ------2 Citrical Calcium daily
--5 to 10 Grams Gultimine daily
--One omega 3-6-9 fish Daily
 


schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 8/27/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Of course you are nervous, a completely normal reaction.  That doesn't make it easy however.  My thoughts are with you, but maybe you might want to do some mind body connection stuff to help you through these tribulations.  In the meantime, perhaps deep breathing, or meditation, praying, yoga, taichi, music therapy, anything that might help you to calm your mind until you get back to your old self.

I use wild devine guided meditation software and music, some praying/med as well.

Best wishes to you,

bob 


Lonie
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   Posted 8/27/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Mike, it's understandable to be concerned. I have my bloodwork done every six weeks, and you can bet my WBC is the first thing I check when I get my results to make sure it hasn't changed much. I too had an elevated count when I was really flaring, but now I'm back to normal. As most have said before me, when your body is fighting off an infection, that will cause the counts to go up. Take care my friend, and let us know how those tests turn out. We'll be waiting!
Carol

Remicade - will have my 18th infusion on July 12.
Imuran - 100 mgs....taken before bedtime
Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics

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kb5
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   Posted 8/29/2007 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I went throught a similar situation recently. A high WBC just means there is inflammation somewhere in the body. They will do more tests but it could jsut be the UC. I went to a hemotologist and they found absolutely nothing wrong with me besides UC. My GI just wanted to be thourough. I hope this is all that is going on with you. Feel better and try not to worry!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, down to 20 mg pred.
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---fingers crossed!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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