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My platelets are low. all other blood results are normal. only

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My platelets are low. all other blood results are normal. only meds I'm on are toprol 50mg and hydrochlorithiazide 25 mg. I have arthritis. the dr. took me off all my arthritic meds and after a month I still have low platelets 83 now but has been 35. I've been off supplemnts now for over a month. What are the causes of my low platelets??

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

Mysticdoc :

Aspirin and any blood thinning medication is the common cause.
ITP or autoimmune disorder is the another possible cause.
Enlarged spleen also can cause low platelet count.

Customer:

I'm not taking aspirin. what tests should be done or is this a wait and see type thing?

Mysticdoc :

ok

Mysticdoc :

that is a good question.

Mysticdoc :

Autoimmune disorder like ITP is another possibility.

Mysticdoc :

THis is caused by the antibodies against the platelets produced by the body.

Mysticdoc :

This can be diagnosed by the blood tests 9 anti platelet antibodies).

Mysticdoc :

And also a bone marrow evaluation can be done to check for thecause.

Mysticdoc :

You should see a specialist called hematologist for further evaluation.

Mysticdoc :

There are medications to treat this condition --so nothing to worry about

Customer:

You didn't answer my question about, should we wait and see what happens and how long should I wait to see if my platelets come up to a normal range?

Mysticdoc :

your platelet count should be above 50k

Mysticdoc :

Now you can wait for a month to see if the count comes back to your baseline or 'normal' level.

Mysticdoc :

Usually it does

Mysticdoc :

But sometimes it may not.

Mysticdoc :

And further work up as above will be necessary.

Mysticdoc :

Hence, repeat your platelet count after a month.

Mysticdoc :

If this is still not normal, you should see a hematologist.

Customer:

I have already waited 1 month. My platelets went from 95 to 83 during that time and I was off supplements and any meds that would cause platelets to drop. I need to wait another month?

Mysticdoc :

The platelet count can vary between 80 to 100 ranges

Mysticdoc :

However, waiting for a month for a repeat test will not change anything.

Mysticdoc :

However, if you want to consult with a hematologist now, that will be fine also.

Mysticdoc :

Probably hematologist will also wait for a month to see if your count normalizes or not 9 if medication related effect).

Customer:

Thank you.

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