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[QUOTE=rachelpass]how did they make the diagnosis? what were the symptoms? i ask this because i am starting to suspect leukemia as a differential diagnosis of my crazy symptoms.sickness.. amy[/QUOTE]

Usually a diagnosis is made after a CBC comes back with abnormal figures suggestive of leukemia. If a doctor suspects leukemia, they will do a bone marrow biopsy to check for blasts (cancer cells). If they find any, you have leukemia. Further tests can see how much it has spread, and exactly what type you have.

Some of the generalized symptoms are:

* Fatigue
* Malaise (a feeling of body discomfort)
* Abnormal bleeding (for instance, if you get a cut and it takes a long time to stop bleeding)
* Excessive bruising (and/or tiny, red pinpoint dots that don't go away with pressure)
* Weakness
* Reduced tolerance to exercise
* Weight loss (and sometimes appetite loss)
* Bone and/or joint pain
* Infection and fever (often you get many infections)
* Abdominal pain and/or fullness
* Enlarged spleen, lymph nodes, and liver
* Shortness of breath and/or chest tightness

You do not need to have all of these. Some people do not have any (Chronic leukemia). If you notice you have quite a few of these, have your doctor do a simple CBC w/DIFF.

Hope this helps!

~Rachel





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