I have ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura), and so does my grandmother, mother, sister and brother. That is pretty much when your body has a platelet antibody and the normal platelets are continuously destroyed by the antibodies. Normal platelet counts run from 150-400. Mine is usually in the 60s. Steroids are used to treat ITP so when I am on prednisone, my count goes up to like 105! woo hoo!
Usually the biggest sign of low platelets (thrombocytopenia) is what you mentioned- not knowing how you got a bruise. So, I would definitely mention it to my Dr. Perhaps you have had it all along? Usually the low platelet count is picked up during routine CBCs, though.
Finally Dx- April 13 2007 (age 26) ilio-crohn's-colitis. Surgeries:appendectomy, cholecystectomy, tonsillectomy, pinidal cyst removed,emergency abdominal surgery for hemorrhaging ovary from burst ovarian cyst, LEEPcervix, emergency abdominal surgery for grapefruit sized ovarian cyst removal, D and C of uterus, lumpectomy of breast.
MEDS: remicade, prednisone, Asacol TID, protonix, metformin, buspar, trazodone, multi V, B complex, flaxseed. Vegetarian, leaning towards vegan. no nuts, seeds, or wheat.
Many allergies. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, anxiety, depression, ITP
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