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Low T-Cell - Bone Marrow Biopsy

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@mariabrat. Hi, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Those of us in this community are not medical professionals so we can’t diagnose or offer medical advice. But we can share and relate our experiences to maybe provide some peace of mind or help with some answers.

I’m so sorry you’re having all these unexplained symptoms. I’ve had several Bone Marrow Biopsies over the course of 2 years so I can relate to your anxiety while waiting for the results. With all your other blood results coming back normal you can take some comfort in the fact that nothing glaring is going on. But a BMX will help give your doctor an overall picture of your blood and bone marrow health. It sounds like they’re being very proactive in helping you find an answer.

It’s only natural that the first thing we fear is cancer. But there can be a host of other reasons such as a thyroid issues, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, etc.. If it brings you any peace of mind, having a blood cancer doesn’t automatically mean the worst case scenario. You don’t have to live in fear of that diagnosis as there are treatments which have very good success rates in treating these diseases. I had a very aggressive blood cancer. Now, not quite two years later, after treatment, I am in remission, healthy and back to full activity.

Were you given a time frame for your results? Generally there are several levels to the examination of the tissue extracted. Some of these processes take longer than others. Final results can take up to 5 days. In the mean time, try to focus on positive things in your life.
Do you listen to Audio books or Podcasts? There are also wonderful meditative exercises to help distract you while you wait. It’s never easy waiting for answers but please know that most of our greatest fears are unfounded. The phrase that was repeated to me by one of my nurses, which has stuck with me the most… Hope is the only thing stronger than fear! So try not dwell on the negative and keep hope in your mind.

Will you keep in touch and let me know the results? Wishing you all the best! Lori.

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Hi Lori,

Thank you so much for your reply. So great to hear that you are well, its very encouraging. Did you have any alarming symptoms in your blood work?

Since nothing was found, there must be a reason for this extreme low count of T-cell and the last thing that remain on the list is bone marrow biopsy and genetic exome testing. It could be a mysterious autoimmune condition indeed, but all the main one were negative in the blood work (lupus and rheumatoid arthritis) so was tyroide issues.

I should get the results in maximum 14 days for both the genetic and bone marrow examination.