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Low WBC count - Swollen throat

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  • Posted By: araya06
  • July 22, 2007
  • 10:08 PM

:o Hi,

I am a 28 year old female and have had swelling in my throat near where I swallow for about 2 months. I have been given steriods which didn't work and then finally had an ENT scope my throat. His original thought was that I had an infection or ate something that scratched my throat. After the catscan he dertermined that I should have throat surgery. The results were Right Piriform : Benign vocal cord polyp & Left tongue base : Benign squamous epithelial mucosa with reactive lymphoid hyperlasia consistent with lingual tonsil. He then shared my blood results and WBC count was 2.8L Neutrophils 48.4 L and Lymphocytes 44.2 H - MCV 31.8 H, MCH 15.2 H. I have had a negative ANA panel, HIV, Scroggins and rheumatoid arthritis test. I don't know where to go from here. I have soreness in my kidney area and I still have the throat swelling. I have lost 20 pounds since 06/08/07 and I am not sure I should return to my teaching job. My whole life is on hold and nobody has been able to diagnose me. I am planning on visiting a hematologist but am not sure if that is the appropriate next step.

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  • Hi everyone,Thank you for replying to my post! I have seen an ENT and he did perform the throat surgery to remove the polyp and biopsy my lingual tonsils. I just saw a speech therapist and she thinks I have LPR - laryngopharyngeal reflux so I am going to try the nexium and other lifestyle changes to see if I can get a handle on my symptoms. Also, I will participating in some speech therapy since I am a teacher. I still see the hematologist on Monday 07/31 to clarify my low WBC and rule anything else out. It has been a very difficult summer for me! I hope everyone can feel better soon!
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  • HiTwo years late, I hope this finds you. I also have LPR and a low WBC and have suspected that the two are linked. So, bingo!, I find your posting. I have had it for 14 years and I have great deal of sympathy, it is very uncomfortable. It has taken me this long to perfect my treatment of LPR (but not low WBC) and this is my plan:1) I wash my nose with a saline spray: when I get up, 1.5 hours after a meal and before bed. Spray, available at most pharmacies, (Sterimar in Europe). I find it best to squirt it down into my nose whilst lying down. Then blow my nose and also have to spit. 2) I get my stomach ready for bed: I take my PPI (nexium?) 1 hour before my evening meal and have evening meal 4 hours before I go to bed (difficult but important)I have found that cleaning your nose is good for chest discomfort and coughing and that most of the soreness in my throat eminates from acid effects at night hence the bed time routine. And, yes, I find this treatment tedious and awkward to do but worth it for the effect.First, discuss this with your doctor, if he is OK, try it for two weeks to see if helps. If it does, expect it to take up to 6 months to see the full benefit. Good luck!
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