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New to ITP.. 1 year 10 months ago #59945

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Hello , I had a yearly physical and came back thay my cbc was at 68.. when the results came in my Dr had me come back in and redrawn my blood and it was at 43.. well she then had me blood/cancer dr.. still a little worried because she did some blood test as well everything else is fine but my platelets were up to 78 . She then told me that there was nothing she could do.. and she would recheck me in 6 weeks.. well that was July 14th, and they are back down to 47.. I'm at a lost I go and see her August 4th and I just don't want to be tired all the time.. Don't know what to do.. Doesn't there has to be a reason it blood isn't making the platelets?

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New to ITP.. 1 year 10 months ago #59947

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Usually, the reason is that the body produces antibodies that destroy the platelets and it produces antibodies that inhibit platelet production. ITP is an autoimmune disorder. The simple explanation is that the body sees the platelets as a foreign cell, like a virus, and tries to destroy them. No one really knows why this happens, but certain things can trigger ITP like medications, an illness or a vaccine. Sometimes it happens for no known reason that you can think of.

Usually, doctors will not begin treatment unless counts fall below 30. At that point, there are several treatments but steroids are usually tried first.

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