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I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

Get seen: Maybe one woman in 4 has a positive ANA but seems fine. I'd stop worrying about the ANA. I doubt you have leukemia but you need a complete history and physical exam and basic labs (CBC, chem profile, urinalysis) by a competent physician. Night sweats are serious. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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Hi doctor i have been having night sweats one to twice a month now and im worried it might be leukemia if it was would it happen every night?

Hi doctor i have been having night sweats one to twice a month now and im worried it might be leukemia if it was would it happen every night?

No leukemia: Night sweats once or twice a month is no cause for concern. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Would several normal CBCs rule out leukemia? Symptoms:petechiae (w/normal platelet count) and mild (not drenching) barely visible night sweats. Worry?

Would several normal CBCs rule out leukemia? Symptoms:petechiae (w/normal platelet count) and mild (not drenching) barely visible night sweats. Worry?

Easy does it Brad!: A single normal CBC, without abnormal leukocytes, rules out leukemia at your age. It's fairly common for folks to get episodes of sweating at night; nobody knows why. If you're not running a fever, I'd ignore it. Some folks have fragile vessels and a few petechiae can follow activity; mild Ehlers-Danlos is only one idea. A tourniquet test might clarify this. I'd stop worrying. ...Read more

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I am showing signs of easy bruising, night sweats, some discomfort in my left side and some weight loss. These symptoms are showing me leukemia?

See MD: The symptoms you describe can be caused by a number of things. However, they are somewhat concerning when taken all together. Though the likelihood is low, these symptoms could be caused by something like a leukemia or lymphoma. You need to see a health provider now to figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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Hav low body temperature week+ 35c to 36c. Night sweats 6 mos+. Thyroid tests in range. All cbc fine except wbc and neutrophil ⬆seen dr. Leukemia?or?

Hav low body temperature week+ 35c to 36c. Night sweats 6 mos+. Thyroid tests in range. All cbc fine except wbc and neutrophil ⬆seen dr. Leukemia?or?

Ans: Elevated abx is important. You need to find out why. Go to your doctor and ask for blood test d dimer. Then if positive a chest ct. Keep looking for the cause. The possibilities are many ...Read more

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Do I have leukimia I have been pale with night sweats, headaces, stomach pain, loss of appetite and more tired than usual?

Do I have leukimia I have been pale with night sweats, headaces, stomach pain, loss of appetite and more tired than usual?

Unable to say: There are so many things that can cause that same constellation of symptoms; it is important to see a doctor so that you can get a thorough exam and history done, in order to make an appropriate diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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6 weeks bone pain (long bones, pelvis, ribs) taking codeine+tramadol, worse at night, night sweats + chronic mild/moderate neutropenia. Risk of lukemia?

6 weeks bone pain (long bones, pelvis, ribs) taking codeine+tramadol, worse at night, night sweats + chronic mild/moderate neutropenia. Risk of lukemia?

Possibly: Your symptoms are not necessarily indicative of leukemia and may be caused by other clinical situations; however, prolonged bone pain in a young individual is a reason for concern and should be investigated. Consulting with your physician and performing several laboratory tests including a CBC is recommended. ...Read more

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Sweating At Night (Definition)

Night sweats may be a sign of an overactive thyroid, vitamin d deficiency, or a more serious problem like hodgkin's disease. The most common cause is probably just a heavy mattress and a warm room. The result is the same: waking up overheated and sweaty. Some people have a problem with sweating not just at night. ...Read more


Night Sweats (Definition)

Sleep hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as the night sweats, is the occurrence of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) during sleep. The sufferer may or may not also suffer from excessive perspiration while awake. Sleep hyperhidrosis may occur at any age, but is most commonly ...Read more