Hello, last Nov. I was put on prednisone (60mg)for low platelets, the hematologist believes it was due to ITP. i finished my last dose Jan 3. About a month after being off i noticed achy wrists and hips and that my hair was breaking off or falling out. The hair loss has continued and I am wondering when it will stop. Bloodwork showed levels in Jan 174,000, then Feb 170,000 and last week they dipped to 90,000. I recently had a cold the week before the last blood work. My questions are ...Is it common for platelets to drop after a cold? Is there anything diet wise or vitamins that will help increase the levels? Lastly about the hair loss Has anyone had hair loss or breakage /joint pain AFTER being off prednisone...if so how long did it last? I have been off prednisone for 3 months and i had hoped things would be returning to normal by now. With the last blood work showing such a decrease in platelets I am kind of freaking out..hoping it was just due to having a cold the week before.