• Was it an unrelated blood test, or were there symptoms from the CML that led you to go to the doctor?
Here's how I found out. I had a series of nasty legs cramps, bumps, and bruises over the course of a few months from Nov 2011 thru Feb 2012. I ended up going to the doctor twice over these issues. The cramps were frequent and surprisingly bad, and they sometimes caused dinner plate-sized dark bruises on my calves, shins, and hamstrings. Other times, the bumps and bruises just appeared mysteriously. The first time at the doc, the novice that was filling in for my regular doctor decided not to do any blood tests, but instead sent me to the hospital to have my legs ultrasounded for blood clots. I was told they were just hematomas, and that I was fine.
The second visit on Feb 29, two months after the first, all it took was a quick blood test to find that my WBC count was at 250,000. Received the call a couple hours after the visit, and an hour later, I had a suitcase on my shoulder and I was admitting myself to the hospital. I found out the next morning when I saw my oncologist for the first time that I had the largest spleen he had ever seen or heard of. It extended from hip to hip, ribcage to waistline, with equal coverage on both sides of the abdomen. On the CT scan, it looked to me to be about 4-5" thick in the middle. I had been dieting and working out almost every day over the past few months and I had lost almost all of my excess weight during that time. I figured the abdominal firmness and minor soreness was normal, due to all of the core and abdominal workouts I had been doing. I felt perfectly fine and I was full of energy, so I felt blindsided by this diagnosis. Now I'm curious to find out what symptoms, if any, led people to go get blood work?