Dear Dr.Nordquist, I consulted an Orthopedist for pain in my left lower leg. The pain seem to originate from the bone and is not very intense. Also there is no pain on my right leg. The pain does not seem to relate to any physical activity. I could feel it more during night. The doctor had written for a Blood Test and here are the results :
Haemoglobin 14.8 gm%
WBC Total Count 5400 cumm
Polymorphs 59 %
Lymphocytes 34 %
Eosinophils 5 %
Monocytes 2 %
ESR 8 mm/hr
Absolute Eosinophil Count 275/cumm The doctor told that the blood test result is normal and that no further investigation is required unless the symptoms worsen over time. Considering my symptoms, are the blood test results sufficient to rule out Bone Cancer on my left leg? Is any further investigation required? If yes what are they? Thank you very much in advance.
ANSWER: No, indeed not at all! At least an x-ray examination should be done too. Maybe also an MRI scan and an isotope bone scan(even a PET scan perhaps).
Seek another orthopedist!
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Dear Dr.Nordquist, Thank you very much for your answer. I would like to get clarified on a few more things. The symptoms I face really worries me a lot. Whats the likeliness that these symptoms could be because of cancer. What test done will confirm or rule out the possibility of cancer(atleast best possibly)? Given that the pain is not so intense(but it is very much there though not always..I could feel it only sometime in a day), should I go for a thorough investigation including MRI & PET? Appreciate your answer.