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I suffer from many symptoms that point to leukemia, but I would like to know what else could be causing these. My main issue is bone pain that is starting to bother with my life. I told my doctor about it when it first started and she told me everyone has bone pain and is a part of getting old. I am 31 btw. I have two types of bone pain. One is more of an ache in my legs and now my fingers that leave me feeling cold to the bone. I often get in a tub of hot water to get a little relief, though I am not sure if it is just the time that helps a little. And the water is hot enough to turn my skin red. The other pain happens in any limb and only in one location at a time. It is more of a sharp radiating pain. It feels as though a knife has gone through my bone and been pulled in one direction or another. When this happens I always find myself apply pressure to where the pain is occurring, not sure if this helps either but it appears to be a reflex. I have also started feeling pressure on the left side near my back. It hurts a little to lay on my left side and I feel some discomfort when over extending my left arm. I have also noticed that insect bites and small cuts are taking a lot longer to heal then they have in the past and they seem to stay purple. In July I was bitten by a mosquito and I still have a purple mark from where the bite was. And I have been having bruises pop up out of no where, usually I notice a hit that is going to cause a bruise. I have checked to the best of my ability and have not found any swollen lympnodes though, so I was wondering if that can rule out leukemia and also if these symptoms can be pointing to something else. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Sillygurl21,

Leukemia is a cancer involving the blood and bone marrow.  Swollen lymph nodes may not be present, so not being able to detect them does not exclude leukemia.  The necessary test for ruling out leukemia is a simple blood test.  It is called a complete blood count (CBC) and it includes evaluation of the white blood cells, red blood cells, hemoglobin/hematocrit, and platelets (which are all important components of your blood).  If there are no abnormalities evident on this test, you do not have leukemia.

If you are having unexplained bruising, it will be important to discuss this with your physician and may be necessary to obtain testing for your platelet count (component in your blood that is important in blood clotting), platelet function, or other blood-clotting factors.  

There are many different diseases that can cause pain.  You are young and these symptoms certainly are not explained by your age.  Especially since these symptoms are starting to interfere with your life, more attention and comprehensive evaluation (including physical examination and appropriate blood tests) are important in order to search for the diagnosis. You should follow up with your physician again

Thanks for your question and hope that this was helpful.
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