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NSFW: Question about extreme excess of white blood cells down there?

Asked by deni (22345 points ) January 18th, 2013

I am having a terrible year health wise. Last night I had some burning and itching and thought it might just be a slight yeast infection or something similar. Today I went to the gyno and had a pap smear and while nothing was crazy or obviously wrong she said there was a very high amount of white blood cells in my vagina and no yeast at all. Has anyone ever had this before? She diagnosed it as cervicitis and gave me one dose of some powder to put in water and take (not excited about this….I took it once before for something else and barfed right after)...anyhow, I have never had lady issues before other than slight BV/yeast infection which I never got checked out because I cured it quickly at home on my own.

I just am curious and kind of worried, and wondered if anyone else had ever had anything like this!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

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ETpro's avatar

Very sorry to hear you are under the weather, and best wishes for speedy healing. I’m no doctor, but I’m aware enough of general biology and human pathology to know that there wouldn’t be an abundance of white blood cells if there were not some bacterial infection at work. Did you tell your doctor that you had a previous allergic reaction to this particular antibiotic? There might be something else that would work. If you can’t keep it down long enough for it to kick in, then either switching meds or treating the nausea seems in order to me.

Get well soon.

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Shippy's avatar

Sorry to hear @deni that you are suffering with health issues. I have had the same this last year. I am not sure about the white cell count, but I know when I recently went to the gynecologist they took a hemoglobin test. Which I think it pretty standard. I’m sure she would have spoken to you more if it were terribly serious? Perhaps give her a call and ask her exactly what it means.

I found some links here here (Could be bladder infection). Also what is your age, as these things are common at certain ages.

Seems from what I read though most common causes are BV. Bacterial Vaginosis. Very common and easy to get.

gailcalled's avatar

You need to find out exactly what “some white powder” is. It is never a good idea to take medications without finding out what they are. Barfing is usually a sign of allergy.

We all need to know what meds we have taken and what reactions we have had. Docs. always ask about allergies. before prescribing, or they should.

HolographicUniverse's avatar

No yeast at all on the wet mount? Usually an abnormally high white cell count is an indicator of infection, bacterial vaginosis, or trichomoniasis

Cervicitis is a possibility.

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Medication is usually trial and error, many physicians miscalculate dosage or reactivity.
The white powder should be nandrolone decanoate.

In conclusion Deni, this issue is one of 3

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deni's avatar

I just am not good with pill names, and I’ve already taken it and discarded the packet so I can’t tell you exactly. It is an antibiotic used to treat a wide array of things, pretty strong I think too. Anyhow, I made sure to eat a huge meal a bit before taking it and it was totally fine. I did that yesterday. The burning during urination has since mostly subsided but I’m still itching and pretty uncomfortable at certain times.

@HolographicUniverse Yeah she said no yeast or an extremely minimal amount. I don’t get why that would be. From what I have read about cervicitis it just doesn’t sound much like what I have going on….then again I can’t see my cervix and I’m not a doctor.

@Shippy I’m 23.

gondwanalon's avatar

I’m a Medical Technologist who works in a hospital lab. I see specimens like yours very often. Many WBC’s and bacteria are indicative of cervicitis and or vaginitis What is the significance of this? It basically means that your body is fighting off bacteria that are irritating you.

Just follow your doctor’s instructions. Good health to you.

deni's avatar

@gondwanalon Thank you! However, how about this. Three days later and it’s not getting better, only worse, and it hurts to pee more now. I had two bumps when I originally went in but the gyno was sure they were ingrown hairs. Now I have several more and am almost completely convinced it’s herpes….though it’s hard to see my own vagina but by looking in the mirror I can see enough I think….what I don’t understand is if that is the case, how she had no idea. Also at this point I’m freaked out and just assuming the worst.

Bellatrix's avatar

@deni, go back to see your doctor. You are obviously very stressed by this and you need to get some answers. I hope this is sorted out for you soon and is not herpes. I would say let us know how you go, but obviously you may not want to do that and I can perfectly understand that.

gondwanalon's avatar

@deni The doctors where I work usually order Chlamydia/Gonorrhea tests and Herpes virus culture when results like yours are found. Results form the Chlamydia/Gonorrhea tests don’t take long (within 24 hours) but Herpes cultures can take up to 7 days before it is called negative. It would be reasonable for you to ask your doctor’s nurse if he/she has tested you for Chlamydia/Gonorrhea and it there is a Herpes culture being run on your specimens.

deni's avatar

@gondwanalon I got tested for, I believe it was chalmydia/gonorrhea/syphillis in august and tested negative. my boyfriend has also been tested recently and he is also negative so it isn’t any of those. My doctor never even mentioned herpes til I brought it up, and she did squeeze one of the “ingrown hairs” and send a sample out. But I still have quite a few days to wait and yes @Bellatrix I am going to try to get an appointment for as soon as possible….the thing I am most stressed about is how bad the pain is and I really can’t/don’t want to do much more than sit on the couch in sweatpants. Jeans are a nightmare. I hate everything right now, my boyfriend I’m sure enjoys being around me very much.

Bellatrix's avatar

Perhaps someone will have some tips on how to deal with the pain? Loose clothing sounds like the way to go, but perhaps you can have a bath in something soothing? I have no idea of what that might be. I’m sorry you are going through this but try not to think the worst.

gondwanalon's avatar

@deni If there is an urgent care clinic in your area they might be able to help you with your pain prior to your appointment and also offer a second opinion. If not then perhaps there is an Emergency Department near you for help.

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