People who suffer from Thrombocytopenia (immune or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) are most often diagnosed when they suffer a bleeding cut or nosebleed, and discover that they will not stop bleeding for an extended period of time.
How frightening is this! Usual symptoms include seeing excessive bruising on the skin all over the body, when bruising conditions are not immediately present such as running into something or hitting your body part on a chair or desk – this is called purpura.
Most people will be more familiar with this condition as a low platelet count. This means that your platelet count has fallen below what is considered normal and you may or may not know about it until it is too late.
High-risk patients who suffer from this condition must seek medical help immediately when they notice they have a small cut, simply because their body cannot stop the bleeding on its own, called clotting.
Their blood does not have enough healthy platelets, and therefore could continue bleeding until it is stopped with certain medications at the hospital.
Normal platelet counts in healthy adults range from between 150,000 to 450,000, with a few variances in between high risk and low risk of blood clotting.
When you or your doctor believes you may suffer from Thrombocytopenia, they will order you to undergo a CBC, or a complete blood count test.
This test will tell the lab technician exactly how many platelets you have in the sample of blood. You don’t need to take any special preparations before this test, usually just fasting for a few hours before your appointment. They will take a small blood vial sample and that’s it.
What the counts say will tell them exactly how to treat your specific condition. It may vary between adult and child, so they need to make sure to have all the facts.
Sometimes your count could be off by a little if you have just had any surgeries, or illness, so be sure to disclose that information during the appointment. A count of >100,000 but lower than 150,000 presents a slightly lower than normal platelet count, but still offers a low risk of bleeding.
When the count is between 50,000 and 100,000, you are going to have more than normal bleeding after an injury, and should see attention promptly. Counts of in between 20,000 – 50,000 are slightly higher in risk, and you could experience a hemorrhage even if you just have a small injury or cut.
You will need to be aware of this, especially if you work in an industrial setting or one that is high risk for cuts and accidents.
You would need to immediately seek medical attention to keep control of your blood clotting factors. If you happen to present with a platelet count of lower than 20,000, you will be at risk of even spontaneous bleeding, such as nosebleeds or hemorrhaging with a normal cut or injury.
All of these sound pretty scary, don’t they? That’s what author Jason Cruz thought, especially since his brother suffered from the low platelet condition the first 15 years of his life.
After a childhood injury brought up the condition, his brother spent years in the hospital for various injuries and monitoring for excessive bleeding.
After years of no relief, doctors put him on medications to help his platelet counts increase, called platelet stimulant agents. Unfortunately, the only thing his family saw an increase in was his weight, going so far as to become increasingly overweight and unhappy.
Finally, after a particularly bad stay in the hospital, doctors decided the only other option was to undergo a splenectomy. Sometimes this treatment will work for some patients and will not for others, but this family was desperate to put an end to the time spent suffering.
The surgery helped increase his platelet count, but unfortunately, then his platelet count went through the roof at over 450,000. This condition is called thrombocytosis, too many platelets in the blood. More complications arose, ultimately resulting in his brother losing most of his fingers and toes due to poor circulation.
Finally, Mr. Cruz had enough. He vowed he would find a better way to treat his brother‘s illness, and spend hours researching and reading books to determine the best course of treatment. His new publication, Conquer Low Platelets, has reached thousands of readers and people have finally found relief from their low platelet conditions.
Head on over to Conquer Low Platelets and check it out today, you won’t be sorry for a minute!