Common Questions and Answers about Low blood platelets treatment
What I need to know is if the doctor knows what she is talking about or thinks Medicaid wont pay for it so she is telling me that. Has anyone received treatment with lowplatelets? I would really like some input if I should change doctors or what.Thanks.
For example, amoxicillin can lead to anemia (low red blood cells), thrombocytopenia (lowplatelets) and leukopenia (low white blood cells). Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen. White blood cells help fight infection and platelets help in wound healing. Anemia leads to fatigue and shortness of breath. Leukopenia makes you susceptible to infections and thrombocytopenia makes you prone to easy bruising and bleeding.
I must congratulate you on talking to your doctor before treatment and having a plan in place should your platelets go too low!!! Sounds like you have very good medical care. Having an agreement between you and your doctor BEFORE tx sets expectations so you won't be in the position of some patients who’s doc either have them cut back on meds (reducing their chances of SVR) or have them stop treatment all together. Not a surprise you want ot find out about in the middle of therapy!
I have had the problem of lowbloodplatelets for years - they go ip and down! Had loads of tests but nothing - but im tired and have lots of head rushes during the day..any ideas what this could be?
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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.
Only people with cirrhosis or other platelet issues need to worry about platelets dropping dangerously low. 20,000 or less. Interferon causes all treating persons platelets to drop to some degree. Obviously the more platelets you start with before treatment, the higher the platelet count will stay.
For people with cirrhosis who want or need to continue treatment they can have a transfusion of platelets every so often or Promacta, a drug that raises platelet counts.
2010 til now (from 92,000 high to a low of 73,000) but I have to say, no one really seemed too concerned about the lowplatelets in relation to treatment other than when I tried to get into a clinical trial. I was just hoping there was some way to raise my platelet count before I start the triple therapy.
I started treatment with platelets of 62 and hepatologist said no problem, we'll just watch it. He has me doing blood work every two weeks. I go tomorrow which sould be interesting I just started week two of treatment. We'll see. I had seen other GI's that didnt want to treat because of low platelets but the Dr. I have now is part of transplant dept.and he said he see people a whole lot worse than me. Wow, really. I guess thats good. LOL! But so far so good. Time will tell.
I believe low hemoglobin is anemia while lowplatelets is called thrombocytopenia.
My platelet count runs about 80 -90 due to my cirrhosis and portal vein hypertension which all result in an enlarges spleen due to the sequestration of platelets
from web md
If you have thrombocytopenia, try to:
Avoid activities that could cause injury. Ask your doctor which activities are safe for you. Contact sports, such as boxing and football, carry a high risk of injury.
after 3 weeks of treatment my white blood cells dropped too low and my dr. stopped my treatment. when my dr. stopped my treatment he also did a viral load test which came back undetectable. he decided not to continue treatment. I was still undetected at my 6 month check up. :) the only problem is my white blood cells still haven't went back up. it's been about 8 months and I only had 3 weeks of treatment. does anyone know if this is normal??
That way they could watch and if I bled they could put a stitch or two in. They can also give you a tranfusion of platelets. People have surgery every day with lowplatelets. It usually doesn't cause a problem if your INR is normal and you stay at 50 or above.
Nothing you can eat will help a platelet count. I think you are mixing that up with eating red meat and other iron-rich foods to keep your hemoglobin up. But even that only works if your anemia is from blood loss/low iron.
What confuses me is that the forum people talk about low platelets from the interferon, but my platelets have gone up considerably on the treatment. I thought lowplatelets were a symptom of the interferon not having C.
how do you treat, as the bone marrow mets gives you a low platelet count and as such you cannot have chemo with a low platelet, seems to be a catch 22.
I would think there are people out there with bone marrow mets, what do they do???
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 lowplatelets? How do I raise my platelets count?
is it common to start treatment with low platelet and can you finish and how can you keep them up they have meds for red and white cells .my platelet are at 31 now .on pegasys am at 90ml now at 9 weeks my dr. has me on time out now .i think she well let me start back up wene platelet com up. we are going to try neapogen for white cells and procrit for red cells.but it is the platelet .i wont to finish .
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?
d guess that you are still eraly in treatment and that you started with relatively lowplatelets? Many people proceed successfully with platelets bouncing between 40 and 60 without any harm. It seems that platelets bounce and then hover. So, it does not mean that the downward trend will continue the entire course of treatment. Some have continued with full doses even with platelets as low as 20-25.
"what is reason for elevated MCV , drop RBC and WBC and platelets..
please kindly tell me.. "
You have been given some excellent information by the above posters. I will just add that the Interferon and Ribavirin cause the various changes you see in the blood test results. Literally everyone gets anemic (low RBC), and everyone sees a drop in white blood count and platelets. Your grandfather's platelets have dropped but they are still okay (not in any danger zone).
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