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Date: 27.01.2010
From: kylee

Subject: blood tests

hi all i had a letter today from hospital asking me to stop taking laflunomide and to go and have another blood test as my WBC was extreamly low and tp phone them in 2 days time after iv had tests. little worried as im full of cold. what will happen if wbc doesnt get better... has anybody else had this problem.
im also experiencing pain on the right side of chest wen breathing in think may be due to cold i came dwn with yesterday.
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Date: 28.01.2010
From: Rob Jones

Subject: Re: blood tests

It'll be precautionary I would imagine. I've had this quite a few times with methotrexate, my WBC has always gone back up again and then I've restarted it.

When I first started leflunomide late last year my WBC went low and I was told not to increase my dose (from 5 mg per day to 10 mg per day), they went back up within a fortnight though and I'm now on the higher dose.
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Date: 28.01.2010
From: bsk

Subject: Re: blood tests

Hi Kylee, if you have pain in your chest when breathing you should go to the doctor straight away. Don't wait until the blood results.
Sally
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Date: 28.01.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: blood tests

how low was it?mine last week was 0.3 and i was told to admit myself to hospital,had a drug called gcsf which is a white cell boosting drug,it then shot up to 12.7,stayed in hospital for 4 days,my white count at present is 2.6 which is still very low,if mine continues to get low again i will need a bone marrow test to rule out other things,hopefully it was just an infection just like your cold,let me know how it goes
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Date: 29.01.2010
From: kylee

Subject: Re: blood tests

thanks for your replys i dnt no ow low it was they just said was very low going for blood test monday. its horrible when things like this happen because you just sit worrying about it for a week till you get your nxt test results.fingers crossed all will be ok hoping i dnt have to go into hospital got 18 month old daughter to look after.
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Date: 29.01.2010
From: Verity

Subject: Re: blood tests

Good Luck Kylee, Hope you feel better soon : )
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Date: 01.02.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: blood tests

good luck kylee,posted a comment on my one but let me know how it goes either here or mine
Paul
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