This question was answered on Sat 05, Feb 2011 08:22am by Dr.Kokil Mathur

high white cell count - small tonsils - tired

    
Asked by gsd (Female; 24; Previous health problems I have experienced are: Glandular fever when I was 16 I am now 24. Pneumonia when I was 19 and a severe ear infection that hospitalised me for a week when I was 21. I have had granuloma annulare's at ages 7, 12, 17, 20, all of which have dissapeared now. In the past 12 months I have had 2 benign cysts removed from my right breast. I recently underwent a endoscopy/colonoscopy and all seems well. I will get the biopsy results for the surgery at the end of the month.; Relevant drugs:none ) on Mon 09, Aug 2010 06:08am

my white cell count has been consistantly high(16) since January 2010. They have done several blood/stool tests but were unable to come to a conclusion as to why Yesterday I went to the doctor again because I have a cold that has turned into a horrible cold overnight. The doctor thought I had my tonsils out which I have not. He said they were tiny...I was looking up small tonsils and was wondering if this too could play any part as to why my white cell count is so high. My other symptoms include feeling very tired/insomnia/mood swings. I eat healthily, exercise and make sure I drink plenty of water. I honestly can't pin point what is wrong with me but I know my body is not 100%. Any help would be welcomed as I have seen several doctors with no answers.

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Answer by Dr.Kokil Mathur  on Sat 05, Feb 2011 08:22am:

Hi! Did you get differential WBC count? Raised neutrophils are found in bacterial infection, raised lymphocytes are found in viral infections such as glandular fever and lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), raised eosinophils are found in parasitic infections, asthma, or allergic reactions and raised monocyte and basophils are found in monocytic leukemia, chronic ulcerative colitis, regional enteritis and leukemia or lymphoma respectively. Proper diagnosis can be made by cell tagging, differential counts, symptoms, bone marrow biopsy, etc. Discuss with your doctor. Take care!
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