Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 9 years ago

Why do I have a low blood count?

I'm 19 years old and a month and a half ago I had mono like symptoms (fatigue, swollen lymph nodes in neck and armpit, bone pain, etc) so they did blood work and the mono test was negative, and all blood work was normal except my white blood cell count was low at 3.8. A month later I went back to follow up blood work to see if it had gone up any, and this time it was at a 3.7. She said in a month she will test again and if it's not better she will send me to a blood specialist. What could be wrong with me? She is telling me not to worry but it's obviously not nothing.

There is a history of thyroid problems in my family, is there anyway this could be related? (I do have basically EVERY other symptom of an under-active thyroid) but I'm obviously thinking the worst (leukemia). HELP!

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  • 9 years ago
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    First, leukemia is unlikely, as that should manifest with increased white blood cell counts.

    As to the hypothyroid question, it should not really have an effect on the WBC's like that, and depending on what symptoms you mean, are some of the same ones experienced with mono.

    As to the mono test, how many times have you been tested and when? The reason I am asking, is that the test is not 100% accurate and may not come back positive right away. For example, my brother had mono last year, and had 3 negative mono tests before it finally came back positive.

    (And a low WBC count is a rare side effect of mono). As to your situation, your doctor has all the info, and has examined you, so i would trust his/her opinion.

    Source(s): Im a doctor.
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  • belay
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    3 years ago

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