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Avatar m tn I have the blood disease Myelodysplasia, which in my case manifests itself by lowering my platelets and white blood cells. I am reluctant to undergo chemotherapy. Can anyone suggest a natural therapy that could slow the progression of this disease?
Avatar n tn Platelets are produced in your bone marrow. A medical problem that involves your bone marrow, such as occurs with leukemia and some types of anemia, could lead to a reduction in the number of new platelets produced. Viral infections, including HIV infection, may suppress your bone marrow's ability to make platelets. Other cancers that affect bone marrow, chemotherapy drugs and heavy alcohol consumption also can impair platelet production.
Avatar m tn ) activities of neutrophilic leukocytes (white blood cells), including activity directed at autologous platelets. Neupogen can stimulate white blood cells to the point that they can attack the platelets in the blood, causing the low platelet count. It may be worth seeing if she can get more, lower dose shots more often, so not increasing the amount of neupogen overall but spreading out the dose so your mother can maintain a healthy level of white blood cells.
Avatar f tn m stage IV and have been on Xeloda for the last 18 months, but my TMs are rising so we have been discussing having chemo.. when I went for my last blood test, I was shocked to learn that my platelets had dropped by 110 points in just 6 weeks and then in the 7th week they dropped by a further 6 points. now down to 50. has anyone had any experience in this area. oncologist not sure if its bone marow mets, autoimmune or the xeloda thats bringing them down.
Avatar m tn had my thyroid removed - started thyroid meds - since last chemo for thymoma which started about 6 weeks after that, my red blood cells and platelets have not responded - have had several transfusions. the last time I had good red cell numbers were right after they took out my thyroid out and waited 5 weeks before iodine radiation. Has anyone heard of any reaction like this?
Avatar m tn ) activities of neutrophilic leukocytes (white blood cells), including activity directed at autologous platelets. Neupogen can stimulate white blood cells to the point that they can attack the platelets in the blood, causing the low platelet count. It may be worth seeing if she can get more, lower dose shots more often, so not increasing the amount of neupogen overall but spreading out the dose so your mother can maintain a healthy level of white blood cells.
Avatar f tn Since your thrombocytopenia is likely because of the tumor, the best way to resolve the low platelet count is to treat the tumor itself with chemotherapy. But chemotherapy can only be done safely if your platelet counts are high enough, hence the need for intermittent IVIG treatment. So to answer your question: your weakness and weight gain will begin to resolve once you stop receiving IVIG and steroids. These medications will only stop when you stop having episodes of thrombocytopenia.
Avatar n tn Hello and welcome. I'm sorry to hear of the predicament your brother is in. I guess I'm a little confused though. How can they start treatment if they don't even know yet what sub type of Leukemia he has? Maybe it's different with Leukemia, but I know with Lymphoma, it is imperative to have the sub type diagnosed before starting treatment because treatments are customized to the type of disease you have.
Avatar n tn Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy usually cause a transient decrease in blood cells counts (typically involving red and white blood cells, although platelets can also decrease). With chemotherapy, the greatest decrease in counts happen around 8-10 days after drug administration, and it takes two weeks or more for the blood counts to recover. Low red cell counts (anemia) can cause you to get tired more easily, and to have some difficulty falling asleep.
1111202 tn?1262528841 Find another doctor!!!!! If my RBC count goes below 10.0, my oncologist prescribes a transfusion of 2 units of PRBCs (Packed red blood cells). I'm undergoing chemotherapy, but my platelets have never been lower than the 100s. If you can't change doctors, then demand an answer for his refusal to do anything about the low platelets, and low RBCs. Unless the lab he uses, has a different range for what is normal, he should taking some kind of action. Let me know!!
498596 tn?1210700259 3 months after my surgery I need several blood transfusions and platelets to bring me back up... It is not uncommon... and has nothing to do with a reocuurence...
492898 tn?1222243598 It was only a couple of weeks between diagnosis and death, because the chemotherapy was destroying his platelets and he was bleeding, and the docs said there was only so much of external platelets that could be given.
1047522 tn?1258145704 This would be helpful for those with asthma to keep track of how often they have to use their rescue inhaler or nebulizer and would help people undergoing chemotherapy to keep track of the number of times they receive transfusions of platelets, PRBCs, etc.
Avatar f tn t drop that would be odd. You have plenty of platelets. There is no reason to be concerned. Platelets help the blood to clot. When you get a cut and stop bleeding it is because platelets gather are the cut and stop the bleeding. Nothing to do with the flu. As I said this is normal. If this is your only issue with treatment then you are doing very well. Although this isn't an issue for you.
Avatar f tn we do not have a way to boost the platelets unlike blood transfusions and iron therapy for the red cells and neupogen or neulasta for white counts. The only time we do platelet transfusions is if there is active bleeding in the setting of a low platelet count or the count is below 10 thousand and we worry about spontaneous bleeding.
Avatar m tn A complete blood count determines the number of blood cells, including platelets, in a sample of your blood. Normal blood contains 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter. If the complete blood count finds you have fewer than 150,000 platelets, you have thrombocytopenia. Physical exam. Your doctor may do a physical exam to look for signs of bleeding, such as excessive bruising or petechiae (purple dots). Your doctor may also feel your abdomen to see if your spleen is enlarged.
7510956 tn?1411671417 As the spleen enlarges, it traps more than a normal amount of platelets. (The amount of platelets in the bloodstream is thus reduced because the larger spleen traps more of them). The blood is frequently “shunted” around the liver to return to the heart by smaller vessels, which may become enlarged. In the stomach and esophagus these engorged blood vessels are termed “varices” and are at increased risk of bleeding, which is another major complication of cirrhosis.
Avatar f tn If the cause of the hematoma is the cancer eroding on the blood vessels in the cranial vault, then chemotherapy will certainly help to control this complication. Cancer which is actively metastasizing to multiple areas in the body is a life-threatening situation, and should be dealt with at the soonest possible time.
Avatar m tn Hello How high are your platelets. Platelets are responsible for clot formation in the blood vessels. Thrombocytosis or abnormally high platelets usually manifests as clots in the blood vessels which can cause areas of decreased oxygen in various organs of the body. This can result in pain in these areas. It would be unusual for this to cause joint pain.The treatment for elevated platelet is to be on an agent like aspirin to prevent excessive clotting.
Avatar f tn Ask your doctor if you can take vitamin B12 suppliments to make up for these ever dropping platelets. B12 helps produce red blood cells, but as we all learned in high school, platelets are within our blood stream :) It doesn't need to be prescribed to you, but I'd ask just in case hun :) Good luck!
Avatar f tn Essentially Platelets are the glue that holds the blood together. Google it. Low platelets means thinner blood. 44 is very low, normal range is around 150-250. Yes, avoid a serious cut, and definitely avoid head injury or any actions that might cause one. If either happens, call a doctor ASAP. Try to stick in there, with so little time left to go it would be a shame not to complete if all possible. What's your virus count?
Avatar f tn m 23 weeks pregnant and I just got out of the emergency room a couple days ago for a kidney infection while I was there they held me longer because I have low blood platelets that really scares me have any of you experienced low platelets? How do I raise my platelets count?