Diagnosis of ITP in 2014. Retired (Nov 2019) renal specialist nurse, 46 years on the NHS front line. My belief is empower patients to be involved as much as possible in their care. Read, read, read & ALWAYS question medics about the evidence base they use
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I wouldn't say it had had much effect on my counts but I feel my general well being has improved. Much less indigestion, better sleep, improved cooking skills.
I haven't gone completely vegan, I still have some dairy, eggs, meat- I am about 90% plants, no fast food or processed food, mostly organic, almost no sugar. That change has helped my digestion/elimination, lost weight, more energy. I feel overall lighter and better mood, more hopeful, less sluggish and dragging. It has helped my other auto-immune disorders that cause fatigue, aches and joint pain- lupus/Sjogrens + inflammatory arthritis. I noticed a big difference when I got off wheat. In 24 hours my knee arthritis pain went away, my eczema cleared up, bloating after eating went away- overall less aches and pain without wheat and sugar. I'm on and off caffeine- I do better without it.
But whatever changes I've made in my diet, my platelet count has stayed the same. I would love to find a diet that would increase my platelets, I'm hopeful that I can find something. Plant based appeals to me for my own health and the health of the planet. If you haven't read the book, "Wish By Spirit" you might like it. It was written by Joan Young the founder of PDSA website. She healed her ITP with diet changes and alternative methods after many years of devastating medical treatments.
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