What does a low blood platelet count mean?

May 7, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: News Sun

“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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Nov 18, 2011
 
Brent wrote:
I take 325mg of aspirin every day and my diet was not that good. I got a call from my doctor the other day and he said my platelet count was low. Can taking that much aspirin affect your platelet count since it's a blood thinner? How about a poor diet? How about aspartame in diet soda? I had read that aspartame can also sometimes affect platelet count when I did a Google search on the topic. I also take Lisinopril and Metoprolol. Do those drugs lower platelets? I wonder if I discontinue or lower the aspirin to a baby aspirin if that will help my platelet count. I believe he said it was 40 (or 40,000). My B-12 is kind of low too. I feel great. have no bruising, no bleeding, etc. Matter of fact, this was just discovered by having a regular blood test. Doctor also said my liver enzymes were elevated and he was suspicious of the gallbladder. How can the gallbladder affect platelets?
I'm not a specialist in low platelet bc I just recently started researching this bc my father has lower platelet of 104 but other CBC are normal. But I'm don't believe that you should be taking aspirin, even the baby aspirin. Hope all is well with u!

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Nov 18, 2011
 
Aris wrote:
Just to let you know (from my post on Oct 9th), my fiancee did the test again and it was a mistake. The blood clotted in the vial, so it gave false numbers.
I hope that this is reason for most of you...
thats good to hear!

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Nov 18, 2011
 
Phyllis wrote:
I have been going through low platelet count now for over a year--it makes big purple-blue spots all over my body--the doctor says my immines system is not work well enough to fight off infections---I asked the prognosis and he say there is no prognosis--I am so confused and angry--everytime I just bump anywhere on my body these big marks come up -- my platelets is now 48,000--but I am still so exhaused that I just want to stay in bed--does anyone else have this problem.
hope u were able to diagnose your problem! My dad had low platelet too, around 104. He doesn't get bruises but pinpoint blood spots. His other CBC are normal so I'm hoping his platelet doesn't decrease anymore.
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#621
Nov 28, 2011
 
my platelet count is 27000 and i am feeling exhaused, eyes are blury off and on ,head hurts bones hurt ;lite headed maybe because i am 61 years old maybe hu ? take care all of you
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#622
Nov 29, 2011
 
Platelate should be more than 450000Ml

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Nov 30, 2011
 
Platelets are otherwise called as thrombosis, which helps in coagulation of blood cells. These are irregular in shape which helps them to bind with each other easily. their life span is 5 to 9 days. Excess amount of platelets in blood causes myocardial infraction, thrombosis, stroke etc.
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#624
Dec 2, 2011
 
I've been told by 3 different doctors that my platelets were low after going to the ER 3 times for seizures, now I've been told that I have cirrhosis of the liver, anemia, and epilepsy I'm 42. I was prescribed folic acid, thiamine, magneseium and potassium. Good Luck to everyone, you can send any comments to Chemistry2u2003@yahoo.com
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Dec 9, 2011
 
I have been referred to an oncologist from my DR after my blood test results came back. They took 3 tests, one each month. The first two were low normal, but the third dropped. I have a DR appt in 3 weeks with the oncologist and know nothing more than what I read online (which is mostly bad). I am expecting the worst...any suggestions? They didn't mention anything about my WBC count? I have been panicing ever since!

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Dec 10, 2011
 
clp wrote:
I have been referred to an oncologist from my DR after my blood test results came back. They took 3 tests, one each month. The first two were low normal, but the third dropped. I have a DR appt in 3 weeks with the oncologist and know nothing more than what I read online (which is mostly bad). I am expecting the worst...any suggestions? They didn't mention anything about my WBC count? I have been panicing ever since!
please don't panic. Oncologist are also hematologists. This means that they treat all kinds of blood disorders also. It may not be as bad as you are thinking. I hope that things work out well for you
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#627
Dec 15, 2011
 
Hello everyone my platelets have been decreasing for the last year.my first abnormal test showed 149 and I have had around 5 more tests and it is now at 129 my doc has referred me to a hemoglobin doc to find out what is going on.In my tests I have everything else normal I'm 31 and like most people I am a binge drinker hoping that is not the reason.Is anyone else similar to my situation or can anyone suggest what could be the problem????I do realize there could be a lot of different diagnosis but looking for the quick one
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#628
Dec 15, 2011
 
Actually my red blood cells and white blood cells were abnormal
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Dec 18, 2011
 
I am kinda the same....drinking heavy once every month to six weeks and thought that may have been a contributing factor. But it sounds like it would be a factor if you were an alcoholic and had been drinking consistently over time. I went back to my primary to talk about it because I was stressing out. She did some more tests until I could get in to the blood dr. We found a slightly enlarged spleen and my platelets went up about 30,000 from previous test. They also found my clotting was taking a little longer than should. WBC and RBC seemed fine. still have over a week to go to blood dr and taking Xanax every 8 hours to keep level headed. I have always been a person who expects the worst so I am not surprised with anything. I can't find anywhere that this just may some little infection my body if fighting and maybe I just normally have low platelets. Nothing I read sound promising. But now I am hooked on looking up every little thing I can online...not the smartest thing! Hope all is well with everyone else.

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Clp wrote:
I am kinda the same....drinking heavy once every month to six weeks and thought that may have been a contributing factor. But it sounds like it would be a factor if you were an alcoholic and had been drinking consistently over time. I went back to my primary to talk about it because I was stressing out. She did some more tests until I could get in to the blood dr. We found a slightly enlarged spleen and my platelets went up about 30,000 from previous test. They also found my clotting was taking a little longer than should. WBC and RBC seemed fine. still have over a week to go to blood dr and taking Xanax every 8 hours to keep level headed. I have always been a person who expects the worst so I am not surprised with anything. I can't find anywhere that this just may some little infection my body if fighting and maybe I just normally have low platelets. Nothing I read sound promising. But now I am hooked on looking up every little thing I can online...not the smartest thing! Hope all is well with everyone else.
glad to hear you are feeling better about things a little. Please let us know how it turns out. I hope it turns out great.

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Dec 19, 2011
 
a herbal plant named tawa-tawa herbal can help in adding up to your platelet... mostly used by dengue patients... boiled like tea
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Dec 29, 2011
 
I have been attending the hospital regularly to keep an eye on my blood platelet levels as they are continuously low & have spent a few nights in the hospital previous for it! My doctor just told me I have a blood platelet count of 7 & have to start treatment! He says I have to take 6x5mg steroid tablets daily & as I am overweight at the moment, I am very scared of having to go on steroids! Has anyone experienced anything similar & can advice me of what the risks are of my platelet count being this low & what I should expect from starting these tablets?

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Pami wrote:
I have been attending the hospital regularly to keep an eye on my blood platelet levels as they are continuously low & have spent a few nights in the hospital previous for it! My doctor just told me I have a blood platelet count of 7 & have to start treatment! He says I have to take 6x5mg steroid tablets daily & as I am overweight at the moment, I am very scared of having to go on steroids! Has anyone experienced anything similar & can advice me of what the risks are of my platelet count being this low & what I should expect from starting these tablets?
Pami, I have to live on steroids for a whole different reason but through experience I have found that some things are necessary if you are on them full time. Most important is to talk to your dr about bone loss from them. My spine is falling apart. I have compression fractures in most of my vertebrae. I was five foot two, now I am four foot eight. My teeth have fallen apart. Be careful, I live on calcium and vitamin D3 now along with fosamax. Please talk to your doctor about this. No one bothered to mention these things before I started taking the steroids.
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#636
Dec 29, 2011
 
NIACIN and platelet count.

I had a borderline low count, did some reading and discovered that niacin can lower your platelet count. I had been taking 3-5 grams of niacin per day, which did great things for my high cholesterol. Went off niacin for one month, platelet count is nearly back to normal. And looking at previous tests, platelet count started going down when I started taking large doses of niacin.
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Jan 3, 2012
 
My 14 year old son has kidney disease diagnosed when he was four. Approximatly 4 years ago, labs have been done every 3 months since the original CKD Dx, His platelets started dropping. There was some thought that it was connected to the kidneys, which produce erythropoietin (sp) which is a trigger for the body to produce red blood cells, hence, platelets. But all other labs, RBC, hemoglobin, white blood cells, hematicrit...continued to remain normal. His platelets kept dropping, and then stabilized at around 10,000, give or take. They call and treat it as an auto-immune problem. His body has decided that platelets are foreign and destroys them. There are several HBP and also some antibiotics, who knows what else, that have the known side effect of lowering platelets. He was taken off of Lisinopril and his prophylactic Bactrim but there was no huge difference noted. The levels have stayed pretty consistant for several years. The only time they go up to normal,(150-300,000), is when he has an active infection. His body gets to busy fighting real problems to care about the platelets then. I started out with a point, if nothing else I hope I have answered a question or two. Thank You
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hope u were able to diagnose your problem! My dad had low platelet too, around 104. He doesn't get bruises but pinpoint blood spots. His other CBC are normal so I'm hoping his platelet doesn't decrease anymore.
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#638
Jan 4, 2012
 
Alcohol does have a direct effect on red blood cell production, shape and size, it can also impede normal white blood cell and platelet formation. Sometimes Hgb and Triglycerides will show elevations as well as some electrolyte inbalances. Deviations from normal, of some, or all of these, as well as elevations of liver enzymes (ALT,GGT) are commonly seen with heavier alcohol use.
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Actually my red blood cells and white blood cells were abnormal
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#639
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You do not always have to be a heavy, regular drinker of many years to see such changes in your labs. After 9 years working with addicts, I would sometimes find that the heavier, longer using person, would have fewer significant lab changes, than a "newer" (maybe younger) person. I learned that some bodies just seem to be more at risk than others, for whatever reason.

Clp wrote:
I am kinda the same....drinking heavy once every month to six weeks and thought that may have been a contributing factor. But it sounds like it would be a factor if you were an alcoholic and had been drinking consistently over time. I went back to my primary to talk about it because I was stressing out. She did some more tests until I could get in to the blood dr. We found a slightly enlarged spleen and my platelets went up about 30,000 from previous test. They also found my clotting was taking a little longer than should. WBC and RBC seemed fine. still have over a week to go to blood dr and taking Xanax every 8 hours to keep level headed. I have always been a person who expects the worst so I am not surprised with anything. I can't find anywhere that this just may some little infection my body if fighting and maybe I just normally have low platelets. Nothing I read sound promising. But now I am hooked on looking up every little thing I can online...not the smartest thing! Hope all is well with everyone else.

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