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Have had this for almost 6 months. Can’t be around groups of people the are sick, flu, kids etc. difficult to get N95 masks since the current out break. Any suggestions on how to raise my WBC??
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@finsmon2018 Welcome to connect . We care here and try to help . ONe thing that will bring your WBC up is a healthy diet , lots of fruits and vegetables and the colored variety. Heres a website I found for you . lifestyle.iloveindia.com . Mainly a good diet , exercise and drinking green tea. Hope you can achieve this you will if you can stick to it . Let us know how you are doing at your next blood count . Good luck
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I’d like to bring in @virginiaj @ulalume @bradmm @ecbacm who have shared some of their experiences with leukopenia that I think you’ll find helpful. Since eukopenia is almost always related to a decrease in a certain type of white blood cell (neutrophil), and the term is often used interchangeably with neutropenia, ( https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/sym-20050615), I’m also tagging @81ue @shammer @kaytieg and @marcie555 as they’ve discussed it in previous posts and may be able to offer some more information regarding their experiences.
@finsmom2018, could you share a few more details about yourself? May I ask if you’ve been diagnosed with any other blood cell and bone marrow conditions?
Hi, I have had leukopenia (neutropenia) for about 16+years. In the beginning, I had a bone marrow test. The result was that I was making normal white blood cells, but “something” was destroying some of them. For awhile, a hematologist tested them biweekly, then monthly, then every 3 months. For the past 15 years, my Internal Medicine doc tests them every 6 months. They remain stabile. The lowest they have been is 2.0, the highest is 3.2. The low cells have not affected me at all in my daily life. I care for sick grandkids, travel, etc. My colds don’t seem to last longer than other people’s. Other than hand washing a lot, I don’t do anything extraordinary to avoid getting sick. I am a retired dietitian and did a lot of research in diet and white blood cells.. A healthy diet helps in many ways and I try to eat pretty healthy, but haven’t found evidence, either personal or in the literature that it can raise WBC. I did find one interesting thing. There is an autoimmune leukopenia (can’t remember the name of it). The low white cells started at about the same time as my first bout of PMR, which may also be autoimmune. No doctor has ever felt this was related. At this point, I rarely think about it, except when I get my blood counts done.
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If only I could get up to 3.2 that would make me happy. In November it was .9 it has slowly risen to 2.4 but has stayed stagnant for the last 3 weeks I to have been eating healthy I get Vit B12 shots; nothing that I have done seems to work a chemo friend of mine suggested I go for acupuncture so I'm willing to try anything. My sister who is a nurse tells me that is something I should not do but I'm going to give it a try anyway.
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Green tea is something I can't have d/t the caffeine as I'm allergic to that and many other things. I do eat healthy lots of veg& fruit and of course I do eat my protein
@finsmom2018 I would agree with your sister Most times wbc are lowered as chemotherapy eats up your immune system what if you get those needles and an infection finds it way into your body?
My family has had good results in this area through intravenous vitamin c. There are numerous studies that suggest that IV C can help the body's hematopoietic function. Here's one case study:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6070822/
I would like some advice on leukopenia I have been suffering with it for 5 months- had chemo & radiation last in May. should I go to Rochester/ or Phoenix and be seen by one off their doctors??
@finsmom2018 as you may already know, Mayo Clinic medical teams work together. That means whether you go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester or in Phoenix, you will have access to the same expertise and level of care. Your choice may rely more on which location is more convenient for you, accommodation, etc. and availability of appointments.
Here is the contact information for all 3 Mayo locations. I recommend calling and asking your questions to the appointment staff. http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63
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