Going on one year being diagnosed with thrombocytopenia. I am a 70 year old competitive runner who is not used to having something wrong with my body. My PCP started conferring with a hematologist when my count dropped to 90. When it hit 70, I was sent to a hematologist. After many blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy, there is no known cause for this. My platelets are now at 51. Fortunately, I have very few symptoms, so I am just being monitored every six weeks. The size of my RB cells has increased to 106.5. I am quite frustrated and am looking for answers I am hoping that a naturopath or holistic doctor can help. Has anybody had improved results going this route? If so, what types of treatments did you have?
My son's remission coincided with treatment with papaya extract. It may only be correlation and not causation but there were enough positive reviews for papaya leaf extract on Amazon.com to convince me to try it. Beyond these testimonials, there is scientific evidence that papaya extract has the potential to raise platelets in Dengue fever patients. Based on my son's experience, I'd recommend trying it. Papaya leaf extract has a very good safety profile, so you don't have much to lose. This is the one we used;
Thanks for this information. I take most of what you listed, but have decided to increase folic acid intake to see if that helps. When I was tested last September, B-12 and folate levels were not low. I’ll let you know what happens.
How low was your folate level - what did your doctor say about the test results - how much folic acid did your doctor say to take - when did he/she say to test again to see if taking folic acid has increased the level into the normal range?
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD
No other than the platelets. My red blood cells are large and have fluctuated but never back into the normal range. My last CBC, it was 106, macrocytosis. I have all the symptoms of myledysplasia but a bone marrow biopsy ruled it out, thank God.
acosta, you're referring to Myelodysplastic syndrome, aka MDS? Don't know much about that one. Is the red cell out of range 106 size indicative of MDS? Have you read through Wiki?
Is MDS thought to be auto immune, or genetic, or combination?
acosta, I guess what I saw on the Wiki page, and was trying to hint at exploring, was: 'Transient myeloproliferative disease', and wondered if that may apply here with the negative bone marrow test. At the same time, having all the MDS symptoms, as described.
Wikipedia is just an Encyclopedia. Lots of detail. Well footnoted.
I have to disagree with you Hal. Wikipedia is written by well meaning amateurs. I have looked at subjects there that I know a lot about and there have been many errors. I have tried correcting articles but they have always been reversed by someone who thinks the page belongs to them. Better to read proper medical sites.
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