Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by gettingwell, Jun 24, 2008.
Just wondering what people's NK Cell count is on this board.
I suppose you're talking about NKC activity?
Mine has been somewhere between 4 and 10.
Normal is 19+.
However, considering that on one test my total viral load was something like 40x normal, I believe that the NKC activity should have been more like 100+.
My total NKC count was low on the last test I took too.
Poison mold (a problem of mine) is said to decrease NKC counts. I've yet to get info out of the mold literature that discusses activity, but I suspect that's influenced too.
I don't remember the scales, since my doctor seems to have stopped testing it regularly. But I ran about 10% of normal. Diane
The doctor who ordered the test is not my regular CFS doctor. I may send the results to him to get his opinion, although I don't know what, if anything, can be done to raise the level of NK cells. It's good information to have, though.<BR>
Pain can certainly make you tired - that's how I usually feel after shopping, although my fatigue is not pain-related. Hopefully you'll perk up after resting a bit -<BR>
I should add that amino acids helped me feel better and my NK cells went up - not dramatically, but significantly. Diane
Mine was 6, which is low. 8 is the bottom of the scale my lab uses.
Mine have been sooo low at times it's scary. doc tried to get them up, they did a little bit but not much.i see her in august so we will see what shes gonna do next.
Just looked mine up. Couple years ago mine were 8.7, with a range of 20-50. Not good.
I think at the last test mine was also 6.
I had mine done at Quest. Their norm is 8-170. Mine was 25. My doctor said that they like to see it at 100.
Natural Killer cells
absolute lmphocytes 1318 (850-3900)
CD3-CD16+CD56 - Absolute 114 (70-760)
CD3-CD16+CD56 - Percentage 9 (4%-25%)
Quest Diagnostice - Chantilly VA - Nov 2006
My reading was 5 on a Quest test in late 2006. Range was 8-170!
Dr Joe Brewer wrote me that that was "compatible with what we see in other CFS patients."
I about dropped dead.
Note that my low NK cell counts were caused by toxic mold poisoning. As far as I know, I don't have Lyme disease.
That's why I was talking about how great the HLA-DR genetic test is. It can tell you whether you should be looking for Lyme or looking for mycotoxins.
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