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  • White blood cells fight off infection. Not inflammation. With inflammation your platelets might be high which is what some drs use as a gauge. You could have something minor like a UTI or maybe a virus your body is fighting off. I just had my blood drawn today and I have a horrible cold. Waiting to see if that effects my wbc.

    Do you know what your wbc count was?
    DDD 2 level ALIF L3-L5 in 2007. 4/11/13 posterior fusion w/decompression on L5-S1.
  • Keytan said:
    Has anyone had a routine blood test during their bout with sciatica that has an elevated amount of white blood cells?
    I just has my 3rd blood test yesterday. I asked the lab tech what this 3rd test was looking for, she said leukemia!!!
    Maybe the white blood cells are attacking the herniation? this is what im hoping for. I would LOVE to hear from someone with a similar experience or any insight. im a little freaked out :(
    As a Medical Technologist I know for a fact that none of us, let alone any other medical professional drawing blood, would ever make such a statement! Indeed, to say that we're looking for "fill in the blank" is an extremely serious breach of our ethics and protocols. That is something that only a physician can tell you. Having said that, I think that I can tell you what the "lab tech" really was saying. The word for elevated white blood count is leukocytosis and that's all it means. There is nothing otherwise significant about that word. It is an uncommon word and easy to mistake for the word leukemia when hearing it, especially for the first time. This would not be the first time that I've heard of such an occurence.

    I will not address any other issues regarding your white cell count as I am not qualified to answer any such questions you may have. As always, please discuss this with your physician.

    Hope that helps.

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