Patient Comments: Neutropenia - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your neutropenia?

Comment from: Cactuspooch, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

Ever since I was a baby, my dad remembers I got these odd skin lesions. They continued, as I got older those 'skin lesions' got blown off as acne. Dermatologists even thought so, after all the lesions despite being inflamed and an off color, never showed signs of pus. Doctors noted the cultures always came back positive for MRSA. At 17 I saw a doctor specializing in infectious diseases. He tested me and made the realization I was living my whole life with neutropenia, ANC of 521. I get skin lesions, everywhere. Lately as I've gotten older it gets worse, I recently went to the hospital. Bacteria had entered my blood and infected my lungs and intestines. Now I'm on 100mg of Minocin daily for the rest of my life. Septra won't work anymore and the clindamycin is too dangerous to take for too long. I find myself lucky that I've lived for as long as I have, especially to have had it as a baby. I hope I continue to live. Sometimes I doubt the antibiotics are healthy to take long term but I realize that day I went to the hospital I could've died that night. I felt closer to death that night than I ever have, I thought I was going to fall asleep and pass away. It's scary, especially when you don't have insurance.

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Comment from: janleigh1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I was diagnosed in 2001 after my white count began to decrease. I also had a neurological reaction to the flu shot several years ago and then a less serious neurological reaction to the flu a couple of years later. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I saw an MS specialist in Houston who said I did not have MS. I have the autoimmune type of neutropenia. The doctors have been trying different amounts of Neupogen, but it only lasts about 36 hours and then my counts are down again. The Neulasta only lasted about 6 days, but I couldn't tolerate the side effects. I have been hospitalized about 5 times in the last 13 years for infections and fevers. I have to wear a mask when I fly and avoid crowded places. I wash my hands all the time, but I have been around my 2 year granddaughter when she is sick and I don't seem to get sick. A doctor said that he thought my other kinds of white cells were taking over a bit for my lack of neutrophils even though that count is also low. Two bone marrow biopsies and many doctors and all I got is a prescription for an antimicrobial body wash and mouthwash and finally the Neupogen. This has really affected my ability to work, but many people have it worse and the Neupogen cuts down my exposure time.

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Comment from: Sky, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have had neutropenia since I was young but only just found out about it because I have been suffering with ulcers in my mouth and abscess on my face. I am now no GCSF and it's the best thing ever. I no longer have symptoms. Please talk to you doctor, because this is a very serious disease and they can help. I am having my second bone marrow biopsy next week.

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Comment from: Villagekathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I was just diagnosed with neutropenia. I felt fine until today, when I started getting sores in my mouth. I am not scheduled to see the doctor again for a couple of weeks. But I'm concerned, so I may contact him sooner.

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Comment from: sunny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I just found out that I have neutropenia. My WBC is 3.2 and neutrophil is 1021. My symptoms are sore tongue, constipation, fatigue and pinprick feelings in my hands and feet area.

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Comment from: Jacqui, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 08

My daughter was diagnosed with neutropenia nearly 5 years ago. We have had numerous stays in hospital with infections. She was on amoxicillin for more than 4 years to try and help her fight infections. The last few months her counts have been over one. The doctor thinks she may be growing out of it.

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