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Question:

I have an elevated white blood count of 13.4.

I am a heavy smoker and have been under a lot of stress lately.

I have an underactive thyroid and am on eltroxin, 100 mu per day.

How can I bring the white count down and does eltroxin show up on a blood screening?

Lise

Answer:

Dear Lise,

A count of more than 10,500 leukocytes in a micro liter of blood is generally considered a high white blood cell count.

Smoking is a specific cause of high white blood cell count.

Stress, such as severe emotional or physical stress is another specific cause of high white blood cell count.

A WBC (white blood cells count) of too numerous to count (TNTC) may indicate several disorders or diseases.

Problems with the thyroid gland and underactive adrenal glands may cause a TNTC result as well.

A high white blood cell count usually indicates:

* An increased production of white blood cells to fight an infection
* A reaction to a drug that enhances white blood cell production
* A disease of bone marrow, causing abnormally high production of white blood cells
* An immune system disorder that increases white blood cell production

There are many different types of blood tests and each one requires a specific means of collection

Laboratory testing can assist the maintenance of more accurate blood levels of therapeutic thyroxine, L-thyroxine, sometimes called levothyroxine (Eltroxin), but it is unclear whether these measurements contribute significantly to the patient's health.

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