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General Decline in Counts with Age? 3 years 9 months ago #66293

  • annes
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I was in my 30's when I was diagnosed. Counts were pretty high and never required treatment (60-90). I am approaching 50 now and have noticed a gradual and consistent decline in my numbers over the last 3-4 years. I am now in the 40s range. Just curious if there is an age when counts seem to more rapidly decline and I should be more diligent in my monitoring. I have been lucky so far and therefor pretty inconsistent with testing. Thanks!

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General Decline in Counts with Age? 3 years 9 months ago #66296

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  • Diagnosed in 2000, at 59, after being on moderately high doses of NSAIDs for arthritis. Splenectomy and rituxan both failed (2004). Did well on prednisone till summer 2018--then terrible reactions. Promacta since 11-19.
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I've not heard that counts decline with age--but one might develop a tolerance for a treatment that would make it less likely to be effective.
I have a friend who has had counts in the 70s most of his adult life--never has required treatment--and he's in his early 80s now.

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General Decline in Counts with Age? 3 years 9 months ago #66297

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I had asked if counts decrease with age - was told no.
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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