I went to the Dr. yesterday and informed me that my white blood count was high. He said it was 14,000. ?!

Question: I went to the Dr. yesterday and informed me that my white blood count was high. He said it was 14,000. .?
Of course he asked if I had been sick. No I have not. No sniffles, coughs, fevers. I have just been tired a lot. Then he started a exam. He pushed on both sides of my stomach and it hurt in both spots. He informed me that what he was pushing on was my colon. Now I have a CAT scan today, and he redone my blood work while also checking my sugar. Does anyone know what he is looking for. And is 14,000 really high.? Because he seemed really concerned. Please help me!Health Question & Answer

There are a lot of things, some scary and some not so scary things, that will cause a high white cell count. 14,000 is high, but I don't think it's outrageous.

I work in a lab and see high counts all the time. Above 20,000 in my lab is considered critical, normal in our lab is 5-11,000. I have seen white cell counts up in the 30,000.

I wouldn't worry too much, maybe you have some sort of inflammation process going on in your bowel. Not saying you are pregnant, but my own personal experience, when I was pregnant, my white cell count was around 14,000, just from being pregnant.

Good luck, and it sounds like your doctors doing a great job and being proactive, so I wouldn't worry too much.
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normal is 4500 to 10,000

This is pasted from the Mayo Clinic site
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
Specific causes of high white blood cell count include:

Acute lymphocytic leukemia
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
Allergy, especially severe allergic reactions
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Chronic myelogenous leukemia
Drugs, such as corticosteroids and epinephrine
Hairy cell leukemia
Other bacterial infections
Other viral infections
Polycythemia vera
Rheumatoid arthritis
Stress, such as severe emotional or physical stress
Tissue damage, such as from burns
Whooping cough
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I'm sorry you are worried. You sound young, scared or naive and that's okay.

You need answers but not from rude or wacky people on the Internet.
Kay Floo is correct in her answers but she doesn't have a bedside manner. :)

Anyway, I have Lupus, RA, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, etc...My white blood count stays high, but we must use a different testing system because my count is sometimes 12 and that's off the chart. The chart only goes to 10.

You could type in your search box on the Iternet with the words
"white blood count 12000 what does it mean.?" and see what comes up. Please call and talk with your Doctor, because he owes an explanation to you after all he charges. :0

also, have a support system. Ask a relative, friend, etc...to go with you on some of these visits.Sometimes it helps to have someone with you that cares.

~Lady wolf~
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WBC above 10,000 is considered an infection (bacterial). If he is pushing on your colon then he maybe checking you appendix since it is located on the very end of your large intestine (colon). You didn't mention your age but if you a bit older he maybe checking for something called diverculosis which are little pockets that have formed in your colon that stuff gets stuck in and can cause an infection. Health Question & Answer

there are numerous things that could be wrong.... why aren't you asking him.? If it were me, I'd be in his office demanding answers before ever any tests were done. If you want information, the place to get it is from your doctor. No one here has a clue what he is thinking or what he may be looking for. ASK YOUR DOCTOR WOMAN!!!Health Question & Answer

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