Sorry in advance the long post. I was diagnosed with ITP on Nov 9th. This all started with what I thought was a sinus infection which turned out to be a failed root canal under a bridge. I was put on antibiotics, and had another root canal and the bridge replaced….so began a 6-week cycle of sinus infections, ear aches and colds symptoms. In that time- frame I saw my Dr. 3 X, Dentist 2X, was put on 5 different antibiotics, and a one-week course of steroids. An Oral surgeon finally said I had an infection under the bridge, and recommended I have a procedure where a pocket would be cut in my gums, the infected area cleaned, and antibiotics administered. The day prior to appointment I was admitted to hospital w a count of 5. I was given platelets, left the hospital after 4 days. My count was 27, and I was on 60 mg steroids. I had a cat scan which showed fluid in middle ear the ENT said it was nothing to worry about.
My weekly blood draws have shown platelets counts anywhere from 290 to 89 over the past 8 weeks. My white cells have always been elevated as high as 24 to current count of 14. Last week I finished my taper, and my teeth started hurting. I went to dentist and guess what?? I have an infection in the same place under the bridge!!
Oral surgeon is once again recommending I have the procedure. This week’s platelets are at 190. So finally, my questions…. could this all just be due to this lingering infection, and not ITP? Could this just have been caused by over-use of antibiotics? What can I take for pain? Can I take an antibiotic, and if so which one? I dread going all weekend with this toothache. I am terrified this whole cycle will start again. Thanks for any suggestions!