I had 3 spinal taps 5 years ago and need some help reading results. Here it goes:
June- 0 rbc and 6 wbc
July- 1 rbc and 6 wbc
Oct-- 9 rbc and 29 wbc
All of these taps my csf pressure was elevated.
I repeated the tap once again 2 months ago and rbc-0 and wbc-1 pressure slightly elevated elevated sed rate and positive O-bands.
I went to an ID doc last week and he told me that if I had an infection that my wbc would be elevated. So does this mean that 5 years ago I could of had an infection because my wbc was elevated? So if I did have an infection and wasn't treated for anything and my symptoms are still the same could I still have be infected even though my wbc count is within normal limits?
It's frequent to find WBC in csf. It can show up from
simple inflammation in lo-range to if really elevated, possible
meningitis. Not just infection & # would be higher. That's
why fluctuations happen. As far as RBC in csf, if lo & in range,
many times it's actually from the puncture & gets in tube. An
elevated Sed-Rate generally means inflammation response & is
just a tool to look at big picture. If you had a swollen injury
inside or out, it can elev-sed. I had alot of stress & it shot
up sed-rate. Next test was zip! To find out an illness, it's
elimanating/re-tests/sometimes the awful waiting. Continue to
eat healthy w/ slt-excercise. You can make your own antibodies.
Think of all the scrapes as a kid. They healed faster than now & seldom got infected. Hope this helped.
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