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I've had several elevated WBC over the last 8 months and a couple taken with the manual differentials. The highest was 19K. I was told that it is a sign of infection not to worry. Docs keep saying it is infection however, my only symtoms are headaches and slight fever (99.5). Docs put me on antibiotics and said your fine. Two weeks later, I went to the docs with severe arm pain they took another CBC and my WBC was 13.5K, not as elevated but still higher than normal right after antibiotics. One week later, fever and headaches are back. Another visit to the docs, WBC with differential was 17.5K, on the rise again. The differentials have shown left shift with the neutrophils much higher than lymphocytes. No Bands. Can someone explain what that means? Is a WBC of 19K indicative of leukemia?
My symptoms- headaches, slight fever on/off, nausea on/off, bone pain arm and back, tachycardia, and had an enlarged thymus gland removed 8/03.
Any information would be of great help.
What you explain right now really does seem like an infection. A high level of neutrophills is often an indication of infection. If you have an elevated neutrophill count and a low lymphocyte count it's almost always is an indication of an active infection. All those symptoms could be attributed to an infection but they are also similar to many leukemia symptoms, which is one reason the disease is often misdiagnosed. Do you have a loss of energy and appetite? But like I said before from it sounds more like an infection to me. That just my opinionů
Those WBC counts , while higher than "normal" are not nes. indicative of leukemia. My sister was diagnosed at 168,000 WBC...and we have seen some patients with as high at 300,00 and 400,000. Keep on your doctor and don't be afraid to get a second opinion!!

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