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Should I be concerned???

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  • Posted By: jomomma430
  • April 12, 2008
  • 05:28 PM

I am really scared. I have posted about this earlier this week in a different forum but after a 3 day stay in a hospital answered most but not all of my questions. I am a fairly active 32/w/f 5ft 3in 110 lbs. and a smoker. There is a family history of cancer; my father died of lung cancer at age 53; paternal grandmother died of kidney cancer; paternal grandfather a prostate and lung cancer surviver, maternal grandmother died of colon cancer; my mom's twin brother died of lung cancer at age 40. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF QUITTING SMOKING!

A recent CBC with Manual Diff shows the following.....

CBC - RBC - Low /// MCH - High /// % Neutrophiles - High /// % Lymphs - Low /// Absolute Neutro - High /// ABS Basos - None 0.0
MDIFF - Bands - High at 12 (normal range 0-3)** was 7 on 11/8/04 while I was in ER for vertigo at 7 months pregnant** /// Lymphs - Low

Is this anything to be concerned about?? Why are the "Bands" always so high??? Not a single ER doc or my docs had mentioned this to me. I feel they are overlooking my CBC w/ Manual Diff. They do I did have a swollen lymph node biopsyed with normal results over 10 years ago and diagnosed with EBV around that same time. I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatiod Arthitis because my RA factor was slightly elevated. I suffer from severe drenching night sweats that both my Internal Med Dr and Rheumatologist can't explain. WTF???

Should I get a third or fourth opinion??? What does all this mean??? HELP!!

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  • Well, hopefully you are scared enough to quit smoking. Next, you got to talk to the doctor about your test results. That will answer all your questions and put things into perspective. The Epstein Barr Virus is pretty common and nothing, to worry about. I wouldn't worry about a node which came back negative ten years ago. Try to have a healthy diet for the arthritis that will help, drink more water, less coffee and no smokes; and write a list of questions and take it with you to the doctor. The night sweats could be anything ranging from lymphoma which I doubt, to it is too warm in your house or room, to the dreaded change coming on. If you feel unhappy with your doctor, sure, get another opinion.
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