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Pre-menopause/Menopause

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1 month 1 week ago #73585 by arsh1425
Pre-menopause/Menopause was created by arsh1425
This is for women in pre-menopause/menopause stages.

I have watched my platelets decrease every year since my 30s. A very slow decline and then when I hit 49 my count went to 120000 and by 50 it was  90000. That's when my doctor started getting concerned that something is happening and to keep an eye on it. A couple months later it was down to low 80s. She recommended a spleen ultrasound and some blood test called clumpers. I did the blood test and it came back that it was not due to the tube they draw the blood in.

I also started getting hives around this time- gum bleeding and bruises. My next blood test was scheduled for 2 months later to see if the platelets had dropped further. I decided not to go in for that test or the spleen ultrasound because I had a theory that my platelets decreasing was due to estrogen levels decreasing- parallel. I talked to three gyno doctors who all said that it wouldn't cause this much of a drop from low estrogen- no connection.

Anyways, I went rogue. I knew my hives and platelets were connected. I called my gyno and said I had hot-flashes and I couldn't sleep- basically a sweaty mess. And got the lowest dose of estrogen gel 25- used that for about one month and told her I need to increase the dosage because I still was suffering. That bought me to 25 dosage and 1/2 of a 25 dosage packet. So not 50 dosage just below that. This is considered a very low dosage. Estrogen pills affect the liver so I decided topical was best. The patch caused dizziness so finally narrowed it down to the daily gel. I have a Mirena IUD so don't need progesterone.

I also started a bone and marrow supplement. I waited four months and finally went in for blood work. My platelets count went from low 80s to 102000.

My hives, bleeding gums and bruises all resolved.

I really think that for a few women- not all or even majority- that dropping estrogen levels is somehow connected to low platelets. I'm a very allergic and sensitive person so dropping estrogen levels may have impacted my platelets and thats why the decline of estrogen levels caused a decline in platelets. Its something to consider if you're around 50 and have seen a decline through the years. I will monitor my platelets and increase my estrogen accordingly. Very slow and low dosages to just maintain platelets above 100000.

Let me know if any of you experienced similar issues.

 

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2 weeks 2 days ago #73620 by swijung
Replied by swijung on topic Pre-menopause/Menopause
I have not experienced anything yet but thank you for sharing me your experience it helped me a lot.

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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #73621 by MelA
Replied by MelA on topic Pre-menopause/Menopause
arsh - when you say hives what do you mean?

 

"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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2 weeks 2 days ago #73622 by arsh1425
Replied by arsh1425 on topic Pre-menopause/Menopause
I started getting itchy hives(rashes) all over my body. My arms and inner thighs were the worst and back area. They would fluctuate but always popping up daily. It was sudden- the dermatologist and doctor could not say why because I didnt start anything new or come into contact with anything new. This went on for over 6 months. Clariton made me dizzy and so did Zyrtec. I'm a very sensitive/allergic person so couldn't really take anything and either way I wanted to find the root cause.

Anyways, after months of research I discovered that low estrogen causes skin changes in menopausal women causing itchy dry skin and in some hives/rashes.

I connected the dots that maybe my body was reacting this way to estrogen levels dropping and my platelets were also affected hence the gradual drop over the years. So I took a chance and its working so far. I'm going in for another blood test July 20 to see if I stay steady or if my platelets have dropped again. Lets see what happens.

I would need to get blood work done every three-four months to confirm that the estrogen is working - that it wasn't a fluke. I was going to wait to post anything until I've had at least three tests to confirm or a year has gone by but I wanted to see if there were any other women going through the same issue.

If I stay steady for over a year- then only can I confirm without a doubt that estrogen levels was the cause. I may have to adjust estrogen levels as time goes on though.

Look up hives pictures online- big patchy ones- that was how mine looked.

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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #73623 by arsh1425
Replied by arsh1425 on topic Pre-menopause/Menopause
Swijung- Glad it helped you:)

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2 weeks 1 day ago #73627 by MelA
Replied by MelA on topic Pre-menopause/Menopause
Oh I don't need to look up hives online - I've had them and they are no fun at all!!    The reason I asked is because some ITPers say they have a rash when it really is petechiae.
You have been through the wringer haven't you - I sure hope things will calm down for you.  You are listening to your body and that is important.  Good luck and keep us posted!

"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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2 weeks 1 day ago #73630 by arsh1425
Replied by arsh1425 on topic Pre-menopause/Menopause
The first question my doctor asked was about petechiae on my lower legs area. She even looked to confirm. I never had that.

Yeh don't look up hives. I always regret looking up medical pictures. Ha

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2 weeks 13 hours ago #73632 by MelA
Replied by MelA on topic Pre-menopause/Menopause
Yeah, a lot confuse petechiae for hives. Actually my petechiae started on my belly, then legs.

You are right about regretting looking up medical photos - I just had my 3rd bout of shingles, this time on my face/head on the right side - I looked to see what photos were out there of facial shingles and decided not to do that ever again.

"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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