I was diagnosed with ITP with counts as low as 1 in 2011. Steroids, IVIG, and prayers got my counts back to normal a week later. I requested an H Pylori test and it was positive. I irradiated the H Pylori. During treatment my count dropped to 150, but then bounced back and has been between 190 and 240 ever since.
There is a possibility the IVIG caused a false positive on my H Pylori blood test, but based on how my digestive system improved after treatment, I think I had it. Results from H Pylori ITP studies vary greatly based on the country they are done in. I think there are different strains and only some are linked to ITP. The American strain appears to have no connection, but I've been to Mexico a lot and my mother lived there as a child, so I might have had a foreign strain.
I celebrated when I got my positive H Pylori results. The receptionist who gave me the printout couldn't believe I was so happy I had it.
Good luck with your results and counts. It's a roller coaster ride in slow motion until you are able to get the answers you need to plan how to take it on.
Have any of you been diagnosed with H-Pylori? Apparently is lowers platelets.
Meredith, yes my blood test was (strong?) positive for h-Pylori antibodies. LOL, besides that, I had been taking Pepto Bismal on and off for a few years before that test. Eradicating h-Pylori had no effect on counts. Nor do I believe h-Pylori triggered my ITP. The best part though was that I no longer need Pepto Bismal for stomach pains. Yes! What a relief.
Back then (2016) I researched h-Pylori reports here on this forum extensively. Of many, only two users have reported a possible remission with h-Pylori eradication. They are users 'Patrulla' and 'Dean'. But by their descriptions, the remissions could have been for other reasons besides eradication. So no definitive association. Also. Off hand, I don't recall anyone reporting h-Pylori eradication raising one's counts.
Dave's description of this subject is quite accurate and matches what I've read on h-Pylori and ITP. That is, only certain genetic strain/strains of h-Pylori seems to cause h-Pylori triggered ITP. Japan and Italy seems to be the geographic hot spots. Think contaminated 'sushi'. Yum. Not!
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