Thread: High white blood cell count
01-15-2008, 08:08 PM #1
High white blood cell count
i just went to my doctor and she said i have a little above normal white blood cell count (said it could be that i was just getting over a cold, but i dont think i had a cold at the time) and ordered another test. the first time i got my blood work done, i was extremely stressed and suffering from anxiety, i was just wondering if that has anything to do with the results? also, i dont eat a lot of meat AT ALL...only chicken, so i was wondering if having low iron could also cause high white blood cell count...as she ordered an iron test also. my other tests came back normal except for the ones related to PCOS.
i'm just sorta freaking out about it
thanks in advance.
01-15-2008, 09:51 PM #2
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Did you have a cut or anything when you took the test? Anything at all that could have been infected?
01-15-2008, 10:03 PM #3
Only an immune system reaction causes white blood cell count to increase. But really, it could be just about anything. I had a high white blood cell count because of acne. So yeah, no big worries. If your doctor is concerned (or if you are) continue testing.
01-15-2008, 11:04 PM #4
Hi I've had a high white blood count as well and my dad (this is when I was younger) actually told the doctor to test me for leukemia (scary right) which I did not have, so yeah, try not to worry because it happens to everyone at some point. Thats a good question about the meat thing though, I don't eat meat either.
01-15-2008, 11:46 PM #5
thank you to all who responded! makes me feel a lot better about this whole situation
01-16-2008, 01:14 AM #6
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Normally a slight elevation in white blood cells is caused by an infection. You could have had a virus recently and not have known it, or currently have a small infection. My first time getting bloodwork for PCOS I had a slightly elevated count as well and it turned out that I had a small virus going around and didn't know it yet. I got sick about a week later. lol
01-16-2008, 08:51 AM #7
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Did they happen to mention the actual # that your's came back at? I'm tested every year sometimes several times a year for my white blood cell count. My Dr did tell me that stress can elevate it.....just about anything can elevate it. Even a small cut like one sister mentioned or even a bug bite can effect it. If your trying to heal anywhere on your body that can effect the outcome of the test.
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01-16-2008, 05:43 PM #8
04-08-2008, 04:00 PM #9
Hi. I hope I'm in the right place.
We're concerned but she doesn't have any bad symptoms - she is type 2 diabetic and overweight but exercises regularly and eat good most of the time.
A couple of month ago she had alot of pain from a carpal tunnel type muscle pull and was on acetomenophen (sp) for quite awhile.
Naturally leukemia is a concern but probably isn't the cause of this.
She recovered from bronchitis a month ago and was on antibiotics then and lately has been taking a lot of vitamin c.
She also has occasionally used one of my steroids for asthma as well as her thiazide diuretic for high blood pressure.
She feels great.
The doctor didn't say anything about the elevated high white blood count -it was just noted as "out of range" in the lab report we got in the mail.
Her blood sugar and blood pressure have been very good lately but her triglycerides jumped from 800 to 1200 in the last month or so. She took about a two month break from exercise and is not back at it - 1 miles a day on the treadmill and weights on our machine.
It seems the older you get the more delicate balancing you have to do with the body's chemistry.
I appreciate any information or ideas you can give me - and your wbc reading too - for frame of reference.
And what is PCOS?
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04-09-2008, 06:37 PM #12
My wife got her cbc 4 days ago - is coming down with a cold now
She's a rugged person - (58) can walk or run 2 miles on the treadmill and lifts weights (has for many years - at least 35) -yet she seems to come down with colds and bronchitis often - Every two months or so and I almost never do. We both take a lot of vitamin c and eschinea when we have a cold coming on.
I know that diabetes can cause a lowering of the immunity and she works with hundreds of people a day (casino) but her health seems frail and that worries me -how to get her immunity built up.
Thanks for any info you can give me.
04-09-2008, 10:44 PM #13
MajorHart, Does your wife have allergies? I have severe allergies and only in the last few years I started seeing an allergist and was put on shots. I suffered from pneumonia, bronchitis and head colds in the spring and summer months every year since I was a child. I also was a real sick child. I would get sick at the drop of a hat. Since I've been on allergy shots, I haven't even had the sniffles...hthDX 1994-told to lose weight by GYN,Suffered 12 years before seeking treatments: REDX 2006 by a family doc sent to endo July 31, 2006 and glad I went; Byetta, 2000mg Metformin, 28 units of levemir, fish oil, 1000mg calcium. Type 2 diabetic and high cholesterol dx March 05, psoriasis dx 1992.
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04-10-2008, 02:12 AM #14
Hi and thanks for the response.
Then our van a/c leaks so it doesn't work in the spring and summer so she drives to work and back - about 3 miles each way with a window down.
She is in constant contact with people that have colds and she gets one about every month it seems - that's what she has now but allergies are a problem for her too.
Did you get the desensitation shots and what did they cost and are they dangerous?
We're both on a heavy conditioning routine and trying to lose weight - they say a diabetic's immune system improves if the blood sugar is well controlled but here is usually under 100.
04-10-2008, 05:42 AM #15
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A WBC count of 15 is slightly elevated. Normal is usually around 4-10 or 12. My count is always on the high side, but that's normal for me. As PP have said, a lot of things can make it go up, stress on the body, or any kind of infection, bacterial or viral. You can have a little bug that you're not even aware of and that'll make it go up. Long story short, it's nothing I'd worry about at all.