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Monocytes are one of the lines of White Blood Cell (WBC) in the body.
A high count is found int:
hi now is good
Monos are foundin a lot of disease. Do you want them all?
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no, I have done some of this preliminary research already
Is it possible my immune system is attacking my thyroid?
So, you'r sakin gif it is realted to thyroid?
Yes, your immune system can be the cause of Hashimotos, as this is also called autoimmune thyroiditis.
yes...I understand that already. Can it be the explanation for the monocytes?
Yes, monos can rise in autoimmune disease.
As you'll see it is elevated ij ulcerative colitis, Crohns, SLE and rheumatoic arthritis as well.
All autoimmune in nature.
ok...i am looking for some clue. Should this be of high concern?
So, this is a COMMON finding in Hashimoto's thyroiditis
No, it is not . IT's part of the disease, just a thyroid function abjnormalities are.
high monocytes, you mean?
HIgh monocytes, yes.
But other causes such as infection could be superimposed on TOP off Hashis.
Does this make sense?
16.7 just seems way out of the range. Is there treatment. If I get my tsp down a little, will this likely help?
So, it could be something IN ADDITONI to hashis.
tsh, i meant
Treatmet is by treating the underlying disorder. In Hashi's it lags behind the disease treatment.
So, no worries about a high mono count.I
should i be tested for other infections?
If concerned, a hematologist can look at the peripheral smear and assess the morhology of the monos to be sure they're normal. Increased in count, but still normal in appearance.
No, no search needs ton be done unless
2. evidence of infection
3. lymph nodes enlarged
4. feeling LOUSY as all get out'
5. Your primary care physician (PCP) has a suspicion there is something not quite right about th way things are going
6. Your spleen is enlarged.
i am asymptomatic....so the best course is to manage my tsp down a bit and hope the monocytes go down?
That's when I launch into full scale attack on MY patients :-(
tsh, i mean
Yes, that but will lag after the TSH is normalized. That's how it goes with this disorder.
I know what you mean; typos are VERY common on this site. :-)
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what do you mean by lag?
Meanign once the TSH is normal, there can be a lag before the monos come down. In some, it never does because the autoimmune process is "smoldering" and not easily detectable.
So, don't freak if the TSH is normal but monos remain elevated. part of the disease I"m afraid.
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