I've noticed a direct correlation between a spike in my WBC (when I don't have an detection of a viral or bacterial infection) and sometimes (but pretty rare for me), an elevated body-temperature that becomes a fever.

Over a course of months, my doctors have been monitoring my WBC and I've been monitoring my temperature, and a pattern we have noticed is that everything elevates when I'm under academic stress -- I'm a PhD student taking Comprehensive Exams (not in a medical related field, obviously).

But -- Why/how does stress sometimes cause a spike in WBC or even a fever? Do either of these psychosomatic symptoms ever work in our benefit of calming us down under stress?

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    Cortisol commonly raises wbc eg when taking Prednisone or under stress. Jan 20 '17 at 17:50

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