Just want to say I had ITP (hospitalised with count of 14) in 1996. My count fluctuated wildly from day to day, and my symptoms were blood blisters in the mouth, bruising, nose bleeds and fatigue.
Over the course of 8 months I tried steroids (60mg prednisolone) to no avail, and was recommended for splenectomy. I didn't have one because on the day my count was high.
I kept a food diary which eventually revealed that whenever I ate Tahini my count was low the next day. My consultant at St. Mary's in Paddington, London agreed to 'challenge' my body and I ate half a jar of Tahini in hospital with three hourly blood counts being taken. The count had plummeted from 170 to 33 withn 6 hours.
I'm now a healthy 47 year old with two kids and symptom free. I'm aware that 'classic' ITP has a slowly rising or decreasing platelet count; but if yours is fluctuting please be aware that what you are putting into your body may be having an effect. Dairy is another noted cause of ITP.
With hope, Karen x