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Hi all.  I am sure this topic of conversation has been written about but most likely a while ago.  Anyways, I have been suffering from low white blood cells and was wondering if others have had the same health issue?  From this I suffer from chronic fatigue and prone to getting an infection...even though I am not anemic.  What are your stories?  What have you discovered from tests and from your doctor and what do you do to fight (possible) autoimmune disease? 

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I have suffered from this in the past (not sure what my condition is like now, I haven't had a blood test in a while)

A nurse who I work with recommended Brazil nuts for selenium in addition to zinc supplements. That's all I know tho but I would be interested to see what replies you get :) 

I've been low on WBC all my life, and have minimal problems due to it. I get regular physicals with blood tests and my WBC is very stable, but below the bottom of the normal range. The only problems that I have had are:

If I have a viral infection (they wipe out a lot of white blood cells) my WBC ends up extremely low in the aftermath, putting me at risk to catch something else in the next week or so.

When I get sick (rarely), I do have a tendency to get some pretty high fevers. I don't know if that is related to my WBC or not.

If I switch to a new Dr. or go to the emergency room for an accident, it is likely that they will check me for AIDS after they notice my WBC. That doesn't hurt me directly, but it might distract them from what they should be doing.

So, all in all, it seems to be no big deal as long as there isn't a reason for it, and as long as it has been stable for a long time (i.e. you didn't just get it).

Do any of you have chronic fatigue?  If you don't mind me asking what is you WBC count when you had it checked last?  Mine was 2.8 but have yet to get my results back from a couple of weeks ago.  Any suggestions on supplements to take to help increase them?  I really have no idea what could have caused mine to be low since I didn't have this years ago.  Such a mystery.

Oldgusrule: how do you keep your White blood cells stable?

i wish i new the answers my white blood cell count has remained low rgroughout my recovery and still is x

I have this. I have had it all my life, and it affects me to the point where I get infections really easily and I get sick a lot.

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Do any of you have chronic fatigue?  If you don't mind me asking what is you WBC count when you had it checked last?  Mine was 2.8 but have yet to get my results back from a couple of weeks ago.  Any suggestions on supplements to take to help increase them?  I really have no idea what could have caused mine to be low since I didn't have this years ago.  Such a mystery.

Oldgusrule: how do you keep your White blood cells stable?

I've always been at 3.3 to 3.5 without doing anything special about it. I've known other people that had the same level and the docs either say "you must not be around many germs" or "that is just your normal level." 

I survived swine flu OK last fall, without going to the hospital, but I had a very high fever.

Maybe your 2.8 was a fluke, in the aftermath of a viral infection? It goes down significantly in that situation, but I don't remember how fast the level is supposed to recover.

I got  low wbc when I was on a certain sleeping medication. SEROQUEL. Once I stopped taking it, poof, back to normal! Now just harder to sleep!

Well, I got my results back today from my WBC count blood test and again it is low.  Ugh!  Tessa: mine too has been low throughout my recovery from my eating disorder.  -however it was low prior too me beginning recovery. 

I have been lucky to not get the flu or sick (knock on wood), but the fatigue is what gets me.  I sleep like 12 hours a day and fight the urge to take a nap.  Does anyone have any autoimmune diseases from the low WBC...I have read they are interrelated. 

And no the 2.8 count wasn't a fluke.  Tessa, what has yours been?  Have your doctors said what may have caused it?

mine is 3 he just said that after having anorexia for 14 years my immune system has become very comprommised . saying thats its better than it was at one point they were talking about isolation .

I know this is an old thread but I am really concerned as my white cell count is currently only at 1.8. It dropped to 1.3 a few months back but rose back to 2.2 and then came back down again to 1.8 2 weeks ago. I am currently in the depths of anorexia nervosa and my consultant has said that this is the reason for the low count. When it was at 1.3 I asked him what would happen if it got any lower and he said at 0 you simply die because you have NO immune system at all and would need a bone marrow transplant. This scared the hell out of me obviously. I know it is common for anorexics to have a low count but not usually THAT low. Dancer Queen and Tessa - were your low counts due to your eating disorders do you know? Also, how ill did it make you feel? And with the low count does that mean that we are suffering from chronic fatigue? I cant do anything and can barely get up the stairs etc for being weak and exhausted. I dont know if this is simply my anorexia or down to the low count. Any advice or info muchly appreciated. I hope you are both on the mend now btw xxx

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