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Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm curious about something. A month before my hospitalization, prior to be finding out I had Crohn's, I went in for a physical with my PCP.  Blood test indicated a high platelet count but everything else was normal.  I know some people have a high sed rate.  Does anybody else use platelet counts as an indication of disease activity?
 
I have never lost weight, I never bleed and I have IBS so have have "D" quite frequently.  I also have fatique often so I'm never sure if I'm having a flare.  I'm just hoping to find something easy to see if there is disease activity without going through colonoscopies and the like.  I lived with "d" for 25+ years because I didn't think it was anything other than IBS.  I just don't want to get out of control again and end up with more surgeries.
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor


stkitt
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   Posted 2/6/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Vicky

A high platelet count can be caused by many things and you did not state what your value was.  If your lab result was off the charts I would hope your physician would address it. I am not sure that it will be much help to you in avoiding Crohn specific tests.   Just my 2 cents for today.

Take care and keep on posting.
Kitt


 
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belleenstein
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   Posted 2/6/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always understood that an increased platelet count is a sure sign of inflammation in the body. It was the first blood value my old GI was interested to know, never my sed rate or even hemoglobin. My sed rates were never out of whack -- almost never have been in 30 years, but my platelet count has been elevated several times, usually in conjunction with a major increase in symptoms. My crohn's is restricted to the distal end of the small bowel and only ever affects a small area 5-12 inches at any one time. I think that is why my blood work is usually not indicative of crohn's and why the platelet count has been such an important marker for me.
Belleenstein:

30+ years living with Crohn's.


broomhilda
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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Never thought of that Vicky...I'll have to watch mine. You want something quick that will help keep you out the bathroom you say.....Try lowering your sugar intake for 2 weeks. Stay away from all artifical sweetners that contain aspartame, saccahrine, or sorbitol. Use honey sparingly, try Stevia, an all natural herb, or use Splenda as a sweetner. I bet if you cut back your intake by half, you would be AMAZED by how much your energy levels increase and how that sed rate plummets. If that experiment works for you...then slowly try cutting back on yeasty breads next. This doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself of even more foods...a little indulgence in moderation never hurt anyone!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


broomhilda
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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Never thought of that Vicky...I'll have to watch mine. You want something quick that will help keep you out the bathroom you say.....Try lowering your sugar intake for 2 weeks. Stay away from all artifical sweetners that contain aspartame, saccahrine, or sorbitol. Use honey sparingly, try Stevia, an all natural herb, or use Splenda as a sweetner. I bet if you cut back your intake by half, you would be AMAZED by how much your energy levels increase and how that sed rate plummets. If that experiment works for you...then slowly try cutting back on yeasty breads next. This doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself of even more foods...a little indulgence in moderation never hurt anyone! Just noticed after I posted you have steroid dependent diabeties....are your sugar lables stable? I'm sure your familar with the sugar roll a coaster ride!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Kittikatt
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   Posted 2/7/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I've just been dealing with inflammation in my FEET which is a peripheral symptom of my Crohn's. The inflammation was so bad, I haven't been able to walk or drive for 10 days. When I went in for bloodwork, 2 months ago, my platlets were higher than they should be. But neither my GI or my GP picked up on that...my DAD did. So I'm thinking the high platlets do tell you that you've got inflammation somewhere...
Diagnosed in October, 2003 at age 31.
36/F/SC
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, One-A-Day multivitamin
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue


petittarte
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   Posted 2/7/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
My platelet count usually spikes before I become anemic.
Jodi

Remicade and 6MP

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