Good morning all, (it is 4:15 AM here in the Ozarks) I was diagnosed with CLL sometime in the Fall of 2012, and the reason I even started testing was the higher than normal levels of fatigue that I was experiencing for several years earlier. First the PCP thought it was due to low testosterone and Vit. D levels, and then thought that I was fighting a low level infection of some kind. Finally sent me to a hematologist/oncologist who confirmed that it was CLL. But was told by this particular H/O that the CLL in their estimation was not necessarily the cause of my fatigue.
Then in May of 2014 we discovered that I had a spot of squamous cell carcinoma on my upper left gum area. I was told that this was so atypical, because of my healthy lifestyle, and a nonuser of tobacco products, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. (I wondered if this might have been caused from years of stuffing roasted sunflower seeds in my upper cheek area) Anyhow I have healed wonderfully from the oral surgery and thankfully did not need to go the chemo or radiation route, as the ENT that did the surgery was able to remove the T 1 cancer.
One thing in closing, I have observed that this summer I have had a lot more fatigue, after a spell of heat exhaustion, a with cramps for 2 or 3 days, and fevers that would come and go for almost 2 weeks. After a cycle of strong antibiotics, that left me wiped out, I am feeling some better. I think that my fatigue is worse when there is a lower barometric pressure, and with higher humidities.
Also, the night sweats have been getting more frequent, as this issue progresses. My WBC was 41000, the last test.
Oh, I've been told that I still look healthy and great, as I garden, as often as I have the energy and get lots of sun, until I just can't take it any more. We live on 5 acres where we raise apx. 100 laying hens, a few sheep, 2 hogs, 2 donkeys, 1 dog, and a whole passel of cats.
I have read that because of the lowered immune efficiency I need to be cautious around livestock. Any input on this idea or concern from others or any doctors in the group.
Thank you, for reading and for the groups support.