I'm a 32 year old male and got diagnosed with ITP 7 months ago. My count when first diagnosed was 29. Since then I have been taking prednisone that seems to work for me. First I took 60mg a day for about 4 weeks and my count increased to 74. Then, gradually the doctor reduced the amount to 10mg a day and the count went down to 30. Since then, every time I increase the dose the count goes up, and every time I reduce the amount the count goes down. Next thing I did was consulting a Naturopath and changing my diet. Now, after changing my diet, I take 15mg a day and my last count was 65.
My doctor says that it is not recommended taking prednisone for a long time, and since 7 months have passed it's time for Splenectomy. I feel it's too early. What do you think?
Is it really bad taking prednisone for lifetime?
Has anyone succeeded controlling ITP by chaning the diet?