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Post 41 - By: Debra Mitchell - Post Date: 9/21/2011
I have had a platelet count of 37,000 my Dr. called me today and told me my platelet count was up.....I feel like it's a miracle because I have not taken anything for my platelets....I am greatful for websites like these...They give me hope!
Post 42 - By: Travis LaPrad - Post Date: 9/21/2011
I was diagnose 12 years ago with TTP and i have had 11 relapses.They have tried chemo plasma transfusion none have worked for any length of time and my dr doesnt know what to do next
Post 43 - By: Shanna Maness - Post Date: 9/9/2011
I am a 35 year old female who was always very healthy until I was diagnosed with TTP in July of 2009. I was 8 months pregnant and my placenta abrubted about 5:00 am at 9:30 am I had an emergency C section and by 3:30 in the after noon my kidneys a liver were both failing. I dont have much memory of the first 3 weeks. I know that I started dialysis that night around 9 pm. I had dialysis and Plasma Pherisis daily for several weeks. When my counts all returned somewhat normal I was released from the hospital. I take medication daily for extremely high bp (this started with TTP).I also take meds for problems with my stomach. I have had gullbladder removed, Nisan wrap(sp) (to stop constint vomitting) ERCP with stint placement in the pancreatic duct and MRCP now the stint has been removed and I still show signs that my stomach is still not digestung properly(This all started with TTP also).I have had a hard time with my memory since then, wear down and get tierd very easy and have joint pain that gets very severe. The last few weeks my memory loss is getting much worse, somedays I cant remember in the afternoon what has gone on in the morning. I have to write my days down to be able to recall what I have done. I am having a very hard time with speech. I will think I am saying something and my husband will look at me like Im crazy b/c my words were jumbled. I even write our type the same way. This is getting much worse and very fast.I am having trouble with my vision, again each symptom started with the TTP and has only gotten worse.I dont have a Dr. that follows my TTP. I actually moved about 1 1/2 yrs ago and have just been sent from one specialist to another for different surgeries or procedures ( for GI promlems). I have even been sent out of state to see a certain dr. for GI procedures. My questions are is this normal at all after TTP. I have had blood work done that always shows anemia sometimes abnormal liver enzymes ect. What kind of Dr. do I need to look for? Or is this just normal? I have tried to keep as much of this to myself as I could so that I dont worry my family. Things are just to the point that I need some kind of answers. Any Information would be very appreciated.
Post 44 - By: Charlotte Maher - Post Date: 9/8/2011
I am interested in finding alternative treatments with less side effects as Prednisone. I am 24 years old and was diagnosed with ITP 3 years ago. Upon the initial diagnosis, my platelets were at 50k and I began a 60mg dosage and was weaned off within 6 weeks time. It seemed to work. The ITP did not return for a couple months, and I then became pregnant with my son. My entire pregnancy went well and my platelets held in normal range. After giving birth in Dec. of 2009, I had some complications with a hematoma from birth and my hemoglobin levels dropped (6 weeks after delivery) resulting in a heavy bleeding incident in which I had to go to the hospital. Since then (around Feb 2010) I have been on Prednisone for ITP every other month with my platelets plummeting to 5k-6k each occurance. I do not feel young anymore, I hate feeling sick or not well all the time and I believe Prednisone has a lot to do with that. Im still young, I have a son, I just want to feel normal again.
Post 45 - By: Glenna Bays - Post Date: 8/12/2011
I want to first of all thank all of the people in this article, those writing it. I suffered with TTP around 2006, although I had some of the same symptoms, mine was a result of taking Plavix. I was scared, several people around me with TTP died, there was an article in the Columbus Dispatch about a 16 yr. old girl who died from it. And I truly thought I'd die too! I thank Dr. Chiciak, and workers from the Red Cross, Mt. Carmel 2nd flr. outpt IV staff for their help and support!! I only lost my spleen, not my life!!! Keep up the good work!!! Also my daughter Desiree for taking care of me when I couldn't!!!

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