Falling Levels Of Platelets
Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:45 AM
The one thing I'm wondering about is my platelet count, which has been dropping.
This is still well within the normal limits and far from the danger zone (below 30,000 you can have spontaneous bleeding... very scary). Has anyone else experienced this? I've read that ITP can be a cause... an autoimmune disorder where your body starts destroying platelets too quickly. I'm just wondering if there's anything else.
Son has IgE allergies to peanuts and corn
Hashimoto's, MCAD, pregnancy loss at 17 weeks
HLA-DQB1*0302 (celiac), HLA-DQB1*0301 (gluten sensitive)
Serological equivalent 3,3 (subtype 8,7)
Extensive family history of autoimmune disorders and related symptoms
Posted 23 December 2008 - 08:41 PM
I take a low dose asprine daily and two fish oil caps daily but you wouldn't think that would have much effect on platelet count. I think they both just make the platelets less sticky. Even so, with the counts tending toward the low end of normal maybe I should cease taking them to maintain a safe clotting factor.
Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:46 PM
I'm 17 years old & was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 4 years ago.
Just for anyone reading this who does not know what platelets do:
Platelets are what make your blood clot. For most scales, a count of 90,000+ is the safest zone, meaning your blood will clot when it needs to.
First of all, if you do not already have a hematologist, I recommend finding one in your area.
At the beginning of last year, my platelet level kept falling until it was dangerously low. It got as low as 3,000.
I was diagnosed with something called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). This can be associated with autoimmune disorders - I'm not too sure of the exact connection though. Some of the symptoms were tiny red dots on my skin that almost resembled rashes... usually on my legs or arms... and I bruised EXTREMELY easily (purpura)- for absolutely no reason, I would have bruises all over.
My doctor tried many different methods of treatment for the ITP-
1) steroids (prednisone) were taken daily. they caused horrible aches, but they did increase my platelet count. but as soon as i got off of them, my count fell again.
2) a stronger steroid was taken once a week. it had the same effect as the prednisone.
3) every 2-3 weeks i would go in to the hospital for an IVIG, which was a treatment given to me through an IV that pumped more platelets into me so my body would not attack the ones I already had. this lastest 2-3 weeks, but they fell soon after.
4) the last thing my doctor resorted to to cure my ITP was a spleenectomy (removal of the spleen). I had the surgery in June, and my spleen was over twice the size of a normal spleen. This was why my body kept attacking my platelets. As soon as my spleen was removed, my platelet count increased within the hour. It is now at a strong 245,000 (last blood test i had). The only downside to this is that the spleen helps fight off other things- therefore, I am now on daily antibiotics for at least a year, and I have a poor immune system.
Before he figured out it was ITP, other diseases he tested me for includes Leukemia and Lupus.
I hope this helps!
Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:24 AM
I friend of mine developed it suddenly. It is an auto-immune disease. Diet changes are required.
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