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Any input would be greatly appreciated. My daughter has been in and out of the doctors office and emergency room this week. She has had fevers daily for 6 days that sometimes reach 104. She has no cough, stuffy nose, or sore throat. Her lymph node is enlarged, one significantly more than the other. She has had a stiff neck, lethargic, and won't eat much of anything if at all. Her Ped had her rushed to ER for a spinal tap because she was presenting signs of Meningitis. The trick is, that when she is given Motrin, her fever disappears and she returns to normal for a short period of time. When the ER doc saw this change in her he stopped the order for the spinal tap and just did a blood test and told me to follow up with the Ped in the morning. I did and she was put on antibiotics for an infection but they could not tell where the infection is coming from. She has a WBC of 19,000. That is all they told me. The Ped told me to watch her and if her temperature continued to spike to return her to the ER. I am pleased to say that after a couple of days on the antibiotics she seems to be through with the fever. Her neck seems to still be bothering her and she is getting night sweats and sleeping more. She has had a couple of bloody noses in the past month that I chalked up to dry wheather. Last weeks she threw up once without any other symptoms of being ill, I thought she just had to much Easter Candy or something. Even though her fever seems to be gone she is still on an emotional roller coaster, shreeking for no reason, clinging to me, and sometimes hitting me away if she thinks I will accidentally touch her neck. I am going back to the Ped in 2 weeks for a follow up. How can I rule out her going down the path of Leukemia and at what point should I be satisfied with the doctors telling me she is just fighting an infection? She has seen about 7 doctors so far and none have given me any answers. One even sent her home with "just a cold, mom." I just don't want to take their word for it and regret it. I would also like to know how to get peice of mind and rule out Leukemia. Thank you for your insight.
Keep a daily journal of her temperatures and get copies off ALL lab work she has had done. If you are in a PPO and do not need a referral, call a hematologist in your insurance network and get an appointment. If you do need a referral, ask her doctor to make it if for no other reason than your peace of mind.

I recently had a leukemia scare myself with a WBC of 23,000 and no other symptoms except fatigue and fever. I also have autoimmune problems and have been on prednisone. Mine high count was chalked up to inflammation and steroids. Probably hers is from a viral infection of some kind, but it isn't going to hurt anything to see a hematologist.
[QUOTE=teachergirl64;2937350]Keep a daily journal of her temperatures and get copies off ALL lab work she has had done. If you are in a PPO and do not need a referral, call a hematologist in your insurance network and get an appointment. If you do need a referral, ask her doctor to make it if for no other reason than your peace of mind.

I recently had a leukemia scare myself with a WBC of 23,000 and no other symptoms except fatigue and fever. I also have autoimmune problems and have been on prednisone. Mine high count was chalked up to inflammation and steroids. Probably hers is from a viral infection of some kind, but it isn't going to hurt anything to see a hematologist.[/QUOTE]

I had a WBC of 13,000 and my hematologist said it is "inflammation without obvious cause."

What does that mean?? Thanks in advance.





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