I have been doing anything possible to avoid steroids... from gluten free diet, papaya leaf extract, to Chinese medicine... but Monday I started bleeding... a lot. ( even though I had stopped my menst. cycle 4 months ago)... it decided to visit me again with a vengeance. Needless to say a quick trip to ER to be sure they didnt need to do a blood transfusion ( I was close) but nope... and ironically my platelets had gone up from 16 to 24. Now mind you many of you are hospitalized when this low but I have been traveling ( mostly domestic--I am leaving for Boston Sunday) and going about my business... mostly dealing with head aches and low energy. The acupuncture treatments really help with both of those.
So, now I am on day 3 of a 4 day regime of Decadron and will run my platelets again next week. My trip to Dubai on the 14th MAY get postponed if they aren't up to a more safe amount for International travel.
I just wanted to let you all know that surprisingly the steroids have had ZERO negative effects on me- which surprised the heck out of me!
Wishing everyone success with this crazy illness. BTW I highly recommend taking this article itmonline.org/arts/itp.htm to a Chinese herbalist in your area. I think they look at the body and find what it takes to get you working properly.