What does a low blood platelet count ...

What does a low blood platelet count mean?

There are 903 comments on the News Sun story from May 7, 2007, titled What does a low blood platelet count mean?. In it, News Sun reports that:

“My family physician did a blood test.”

"I was told that my blood platelets are low," my 25-year-old Hispanic female patient informed me three years ago. via News Sun

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Heather age 33

Harwich, MA

#412 Aug 2, 2010
nobody really explains wrote:
What the hell a low blood count is only what it may be caused by or that u have bruising but tell me why and what is happening in my body that I don't have enough platelets
I have been diagnosed with low blood platelets, and have been told that it is a condition called I.T.P. an unown blood disorder......autoimune disorder them ur body just fights the platelets like it was a bacteria, or infection. there is no ryme or reason, but i live in boston and have seen some of the best doctors. and this is a real condition just not enough known about I.T.P. at this time, as long as ur platelets dont drop to a dangerous amount then u shouldnt worry too much, just ask ur doctor if it is I.T.P.
hope this helps any of you!!!
good luck!
Leigh

Birmingham, AL

#413 Aug 5, 2010
My husband got sick two weeks ago, so we took him to a weekend clinic, were thye ran blood work on him. The doctor came into the room and told us that he was to sick to go home so they sent us to the ER, they ran more test on him, they said his white blood count was low, and his platelets was low, and he had blood in his urine. They gave him two lines of IV and 9 hours later we went home. I tried asking questions but they was so fast to scare the hell out of me but never wanted to tell me what was exactly wrong with him. Now he has an appointment with a liver specialist.Somebody tell me something please. his appointments is 3 weeks away
Pam in Florida

Orange Park, FL

#414 Aug 5, 2010
Marie wrote:
My husbands platelet count is 5,000. His spleen and liver are swollen. The doctors have given him prednisone and his abdomen is hugh. Is he in danger of dying? Should his spleen be removed. He is 65 years old.
Has your husband been referred to a hematologist/oncologist?(Often oncologists deal with blood diseases as it is hard to build a medical practice with hematology patients only,according to my nephew,who is a hematologist/oncologist.) If not,you would be well advised to request this. I don't believe that it is reponsible to diagnose people over the internet (especially when you are not a doctor),but I can tell you that I have a blood disease that can cause low platelets and an enlarged spleen and/or liver. You and your husband need to get a diagnosis.
onthelegalside

United States

#415 Aug 17, 2010
Pam in Florida wrote:
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Has your husband been referred to a hematologist/oncologist?(Often oncologists deal with blood diseases as it is hard to build a medical practice with hematology patients only,according to my nephew,who is a hematologist/oncologist.) If not,you would be well advised to request this. I don't believe that it is reponsible to diagnose people over the internet (especially when you are not a doctor),but I can tell you that I have a blood disease that can cause low platelets and an enlarged spleen and/or liver. You and your husband need to get a diagnosis.
Hey Pam, me to. Mine is Lupus. You too?If so, I have been on an over the counter supplement called DHEA. Works wonders.
Vicki

United States

#416 Aug 21, 2010
My husband had a stem cell transplant for B large cell lymphoma in March of 2009. Since December of 2009 he has been running fevers constantly, has low platelet counts, low hemoglobin, fatigue, and has lost alot of weight. They have done test after test after lab after lab, and everything has come back negative. Negative is good, but no answer is not. They have done Pet and Cat and no cancer. Which is great. But we seem to be at the doctor's or ER or outpatient, or inpatient with no results. They have done several bone marrow biopsies and again negative. Any ideas??? We have seen infectious disease doctors, cardiologists (in case there was infection in the heart valves), pulmonary specialists, and on and on.
Priscilla

Nashville, TN

#417 Aug 31, 2010
Is there any thing I can do or eat to help low blood platelets? Ant info would be great. Thanks
Sarah

Cleveland, GA

#418 Sep 1, 2010
I found out that I had low blood platelets about 3 weeks ago which read that they were at 94. I asked to have a 2nd blood test done to make sure that it was true. The second test was even lower and had dropped to 84. So the doctor told me that I needed to set an appointment up ASAP to found out what the problem is. I am going to make my appointment tomorrow. I hope that everything is okay... I wish I had a better understanding what the numbers meant, anyone know??
a burns

UK

#419 Sep 2, 2010
imy husband has cancer and has been taken into hsopital as after chemo his platelets ar 13 his hemoglobin 8.1 what i would like to know just what they should be i was stold he would be given medication to resolve this not quite sure of the full name but think it was e.p.r.o which aparently is expensive. they have not given him this yet as they said it was up a little but never said what it was. he takes beetroot juice and molasses and i take in fresh carrot/apple/ginger/lime juice any more ideas and yes he does have greens
Mark from Trinidad

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#420 Sep 4, 2010
I have two friends and they both have dengue and their platelette levels are very low like 91 and keeps dropping is there anything that can work i have heard that drinking two table spoons of the leaf of the papaya plant everyday helps. Can anyone tell me if it is true
Don

Irvington, AL

#421 Sep 7, 2010
I can empathize with most people on this sight. I came down with leukemia in July of 2007. I was in the hospital for two months with platelet counts under 20,000 for ten days (the lows were platelet counts of 5,000) due to a platelet shortage in the city and state. Two days after my low counts, a 19 year old girl in a nearby hospital died due to a lack of platelets in the area (on the morning news.)

Today, I have "recovered" (still alive and kickin')and enjoy platelet counts in the normal range.

However, as a result of this experience, I am working on a new project, "The Liquid Gold Project", whose goal is to educate people to the importance of donating platelets. Hopefully, platelet shortages will become a "thing of the past".

If you would like to become involved, contact me at, [email protected]
JOHNNY RUIZ

Los Angeles, CA

#422 Sep 7, 2010
i have 29,000 platelets , dont know what happen to get that way ,but my doctor said theres noting he can do . so i see him once every 12 months .i do not think they want to spend money or time on us who have in .i cant go to the dentis for they say i will bleed to death .life sucks this way
Linda Lanahan

Chester, MD

#423 Sep 7, 2010
Heather wrote:
I have a relative in their 90's who is in hospital and has been told she has a blood count of 7, is this very serious as I can't seem to be able to find out much about lower levels or what may happen. Is there anything we can do to help?
I went to have my cemo treatments today but they could not do it because my blood platlets were only 50 how serious is this
Kathy

AOL

#424 Sep 8, 2010
I posted here over 2 years ago about my husband's low platelets. His number was ONE. He was hospitalized for 4 days, and given IgG, which is an intervenous medicine that got his platelets back up to an acceptable level to go home. He has chronic ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura). Idiopathic means no known cause. Platelets are manufactured in the bone marrow, then go to the spleen. His spleen is killing some of his platelets. The Dr. said they're being "fragged", or broken. Last possible solution is to remove his spleen, but the Dr. would rather control it with meds, and that is prednisone. Many people have this ITP and unless it gets really low, nothing is done for it. When it gets dangerously low, prednisone pills are prescribed (at least for my husband). Some people posting are fearing death from this disease of low platelets. Although it's not a death sentence, ITP can have dangerous moments. If my husband were to get in a car accident or fall off a ladder, he wouldn't have as good of a chance as a person with a normal platelet count. He has to take it easy and be careful. His ITP is chronic. Most children who get it, usually get over it and they're fine. Everyone is different. Find a good hematologist (blood doctor) in your area, or a doctor who treats cancer patients and blood disorders. It's not ALWAYS cancer or leukemia, or Hodgkins, etc. Sometimes it is "idiopathic". God bless all of you who are suffering in the dark by not knowing more. Insist your doctor explains your condition with you, to make you understand it. There's nothing worse than not knowing!
Wanda

Beaumont, TX

#425 Sep 9, 2010
Kathy wrote:
I posted here over 2 years ago about my husband's low platelets. His number was ONE. He was hospitalized for 4 days, and given IgG, which is an intervenous medicine that got his platelets back up to an acceptable level to go home. He has chronic ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura). Idiopathic means no known cause. Platelets are manufactured in the bone marrow, then go to the spleen. His spleen is killing some of his platelets. The Dr. said they're being "fragged", or broken. Last possible solution is to remove his spleen, but the Dr. would rather control it with meds, and that is prednisone. Many people have this ITP and unless it gets really low, nothing is done for it. When it gets dangerously low, prednisone pills are prescribed (at least for my husband). Some people posting are fearing death from this disease of low platelets. Although it's not a death sentence, ITP can have dangerous moments. If my husband were to get in a car accident or fall off a ladder, he wouldn't have as good of a chance as a person with a normal platelet count. He has to take it easy and be careful. His ITP is chronic. Most children who get it, usually get over it and they're fine. Everyone is different. Find a good hematologist (blood doctor) in your area, or a doctor who treats cancer patients and blood disorders. It's not ALWAYS cancer or leukemia, or Hodgkins, etc. Sometimes it is "idiopathic". God bless all of you who are suffering in the dark by not knowing more. Insist your doctor explains your condition with you, to make you understand it. There's nothing worse than not knowing!
Kathy have they considered a Splenactomy?
Wanda

Beaumont, TX

#426 Sep 9, 2010
Kathy
Have they considered a Spenactomy? I'm considering one at this time. My count is around 90. I'm on 15 mg. of prednisone. My dr. says this is the best cure for ITP?
shahena

Bangalore, India

#427 Sep 11, 2010
plz help me i went thru a blood test and had 450000 blood count... the doc said its all fine but asked me to get one more blood test the next day... wen i did the same and got my report back the blood count reduced to 390000... is thr smthg wrong... im worried....
Akash

Santa Clara, CA

#428 Sep 11, 2010
Hi........
my platelet count is 88000......
dengue may be the reason for this bcoz many peoples are suffering from it in my city.......
doc. told me that there is no specific medicine for me so i have to cntinue with crocine and b-complex for my fever........
so how can i increase my platelets upto normal.........?
my age is 18........
thnx.......
Akash

Santa Clara, CA

#429 Sep 11, 2010
hay the normal range is 150000 to 450000..........
so there is no prob......
Christine in connecticut

Clearwater, FL

#430 Sep 15, 2010
Robin wrote:
Hello I have been dealing with this for four years at first I was seeing the doctor evey 9months then to 6months now its 3months its not getting better but worst but they always tell me do no worry in the mean time I keeps a headache I have periodiac chest pain muscle camps and very hard to regualate my bowel movements and been to several doctor so I do not know what to do or say so I have learn to deal with the pain and discomfort
this sounds exactly what Im going through. Let me know what has been going on with you. They discovered my platecount at 109 and retested in 3 weeks then was 107 Tomorrow I have appt with Hemoglobin specilaist.
JOHNNY RUIZ

Los Angeles, CA

#431 Sep 16, 2010
HAS ANYONE FOUND OUT WHY PEOPLE GET LOW PLATELES WHEN WE WERE IN GOOD HEALTH BEFORE. THIS YEAR IS 2010 I HAVE LOW PLATELES FOR THREE YEARS NOW AND MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THERE NOTHING THEY CAN DO FOR ME IS THAT TRUE THANK YOU SOME ONE ANSWER ME IF THAT IS TRUE

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