lula Posted November 8, 2011 Share Posted November 8, 2011 (edited) Ok, reasearching is making me crazy (and feeling like I need to go check my will immediately!) I have a low white blood cell count at 3.6 (the lab low normal end was 4.8) and I had this same count 5 months ago. My doctor didn't mention it until I looked at my chart and asked why my count was so low. He then decided to tell me that it can be a sign of leukemia, rattled off a few names of incredibly scary, incurable types of leukemia and that we should monitor it. At that point he chatted with me about literature and walked out of the room.Honestly, I felt like I was in shock and sort of froze through the whole literature conversation so I am sure it looked like I was incredibly calm. Not suprisingly, I am FREAKED out, like so freaked out I can't sleep freaked out. I called the nurse back to get the numbers explained to me and she said we should just monitor this, not worry about it, even if I have a problem it may not show up for years. Um, yeh. So I have an appointment in 3 weeks with a hematologist. (I called from the car today and that was the quickest they could get me in without it being a direct emergency. I will call a few more doctors tomorrow to get a quicker appointment.) I did not have a cold, flu, or infection that I am aware or had any signs of for either blood test so it doesn't seem to be a temporary thing. I am now vaguely aware of having low white blood cell counts two other times but both of those times (a few years ago) I actually had an infection and so I just assumed that was the cause. At this point I am sort of hoping for lupus however he ran a ESR test and it came back "normal." Ugh. Any thoughts? I honestly would never think to ask this question here normally but I can actually not sleep and my husband is gone so it's going to be a long night with WebMD and the Mayo website both of which are telling me to make a very short bucket list. Edited November 8, 2011 by lula Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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