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Low Neutrophils

Discussion in 'Immunological' started by Francelle, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Francelle

    Francelle Senior Member

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    I'm just wondering if Neutropaenia/Neutropenia (low Neutrophils) is a common finding in M.E./CFS?

    If so, anyone have any theories on this?

    I have tried doing an archive search but so many irrelevant (to the topic) posts have come up I don't know where to locate any pertinent information.
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    globalpilot Senior Member

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    Hello,I'm not sure if it is a common finding or not, but it is an issue I've struggled with. Rich V explains it as a folate and/or B12 deficiency due to blocks in the methionine synthase enzyme. I was also reading today that the thyroid hormone modulates DNA transcription which creates RNA from DNA. So I wonder if a thyroid deficiency could result in neutropenia too. Interestingly enough, a woman on the cfsfmexperimental list did get her WBC up with thyroid medication.
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    LaurelW Senior Member

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    I've been wondering the same thing since I've had low neutrophils starting years before I got CFS. I also am hypothyroid but take hormone. I asked my doctor about it, and she said some people with CFS have neutropenia, but a lot don't.
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    FunkOdyssey Senior Member

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    Count me among the people with CFS with low WBC caused by low neutrophils. I'm XMRV positive. I also have a borderline low platelet count and elevated mean platelet volume (MPV), if you're interested in other hematological findings.
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    I'm one of those with frequent mild to mod. neutropenia. My CFS specialist speculates that may be due to chronic viral infection.
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    Thanks for the suggestion and the link to that site! Really cool stuff. I haven't been tested specifically for either, however in the last few weeks I've begun high doses of methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, methylfolate, and folinic acid, so I will definitely be interested to see whether there are any positive changes in my next blood test.
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