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Reasons for having high white blood cell count - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Back in october I got pretty sick, I was completely run down and tired all the time, anxious and scared. I went to the doctors and they did a blood test and the only thing that was off was my white blood cell count which was high around like 18. I went back for another blood test to double check a week later and my white blood cell count was better around an 11. Things sort of got better and I was still tired all the time though, I could sleep 16 hours a day, spend all day in bed. I just was so lethargic. Then around March I got a bad sore throat that was just the worst I ever had for about 1.5 weeks and then that went away, but during all this I was still tired all the time. Then about 2 weeks ago I started feeling better, getting up early and getting out. Well, 2 nights ago I started getting dull liver pains that was just annoying. I had a physical the next day so I went in and everything was fine and I got a blood test again. The test, again, came back with high white blood count. I have hypothyroidism and I am a 25yo M . My thyroid counts were all normal the only thing the past couple of days ive been feeling really tired again, dull aches and pains around my body. It's driving me nuts! The nurse called me after I had blood work and asked if I had flu symptoms or something like that, but I didnt really have any symptoms except for being tired and dull aches and pains. She said the WBC count meant I was about to get sick with the flu or some other infection. But why has my count been consistently high this entire time? I'm sure it is causing my fatigue and lethargy and possibly aches and pains but what is causing the high count? Parasites? Internal Fungal Infection? Some days are better than others.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Let me read the query
User :   OK
User :   I guess my major concern is something serious like leukemia or something like that
Doctor :   Thyroid can cause such counts
User :   yes, but my thyroid levels came back perfectly normal
Doctor :   If there is some viral infection the thyroid gets infected
Doctor :   too
Doctor :   which results in tiredness or lethargy
User :   right but wouldnt that show up on the thyroid test?
Doctor :   then the results of thyroid are normal
Doctor :   But you still have symptoms
Doctor :   That is called subclinical hypothyroidism
User :   what about leukemia
User :   or something serious like that
User :   would I have known by now if it were something that serious?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Leukemia would have large counts than this
Doctor :   what you have
User :   how large are the white blood cell counts for that?
User :   as far as range
Doctor :   More than 20
User :   Ok, so what would you recommend I do from here
User :   as it seems like its some sort of viral infection
Doctor :   Follow up with the doctor
Doctor :   with more frequent counts once every 3 months
User :   but would I viral infection honestly last 9months?
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   Not really
User :   I was thinking it could be parasites or a fungal infection
User :   since it seems like ive had an elevated white blood cell count for about 9 months now
Doctor :   You should put across that to your doctor
Doctor :   and ask him the reasons why is it not that
User :   ok
User :   thank you
Doctor :   I would like to know
Doctor :   the differential count
Doctor :   WBC is further divided into Neutro, Lymphocytes etc
Doctor :   By that we can know some
User :   well, they were thinking of testing me for mono
User :   they are going to call me back on monday
Doctor :   Mono is a good thought
User :   i would be happy with mono, as long as it were not something serious
User :   i just want my energy back
User :   anyway, thank you again
Doctor :   I hope you recover soon and something soon is diagnosed and treated
User :   thanks!
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