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Does anyone experience platelet drops when you have a cold?

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Yes, whenever your immune system is activated to fight an infection your platelets will drop while your WBC’s will increase. In my case depression will drop my platelets; last December my oldest childhood friend died my platelets=47K. I flew to Florida for the funeral crying for six days, when I returned on the 7th day for my weekly Nplate injection my count=14K, with increased bruising, fatigue and depression . I hadn’t been that low for over a year but once I drop that low it takes weeks to recover my counts to above 30K. FYI laughter gives your immune system a boost:) kyriak51

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Thank you for your reply. It makes me feel better go know that someone else reacts the same way. It's such a confusing thing this ITP.

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Your welcome, I’m in the Clinic waiting to receive my Nplate injection, platelets today =15K. down from last weeks of 31K. Maybe I should take my own advice and laugh, when I get home I’ll watch a comedy on Netflix and avoid anything our so called president Trump has to say. Be well:) kyriak51

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Ha I'm in Canada so I just get to watch from a far your president. Ha. My platelets dropped from 98 to 65. I'm tapering prednisone and now doing 10mg every other day. I'm hoping my hemotologist doesn't phone today and want to increase again. 😬

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Were you on prednisone before Nplate?

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Hi Bm939, when I was diagnosed in early 1990’s prednisone was the standard treatment, reafused. I sought treatment in 2009 when my platelets dropped to 15K. I started with dexamethasone for 4 days then IVIG and Rituxan weekly infusions times 4 plus weekly platelet transfusions, all failed. Nplate was my last option and I responded, I’ve been stable with count range of 30 to 80K until my child died unexpectedly befor Christmas. The resulting depression dropped my platelets to 14K once they drop it takes weeks to recover to baseline.

I grew up in Montana 100 miles south of Canadian border and visited your beautiful country many times, where do you live? Be well:) kyriak51

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So sorry to hear about the loss of your child. I live in northern Saskatchewan. I grew up close to the US border.

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Please check my last post regarding ‘not thinking clearly “. I never made it to Saskatchewan but I’m sure it’s as beautiful as Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia. Have a good night:) kyriak51

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Dear Bm939, In addiction to my reported symptoms I neglected to mention inability to focus or think clearly. I just noticed that I reported my a platelet dose as 650mcg/kg WRONG...I ment to say 650mcg (8mcg/kg) weekly injection; maximum dose=10mcg/kg. I’m NOT tech. savvy and don’t have a 3 year old child here to teach me. I don’t even know how to post corrections to all my contacts. If you have any suggestions, PLEASE HELP!!!!!!} Thank you in advance:) kyriak51

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OMG, I made another typo error in my last post tonigh, MY CHILD DID NOT DIE!!! My childhood friend died. I may have mentioned that my platelets dropped to 15K, at this level I have difficulty focusing and thinking clearly. I’m responding on post because I can’t locate your most recent as I said befor I’M NOT TECH SAVVY and apparently I’m making too many mistakes. I should either hire a secretary or stop posting until my platelets increase to 50k. Do you have difficulty “ thinking clearly “ when your platelets are in the teens? Have a good night:) kyriak51

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I have noticed this many a times too. If I cry for one day, I could see my platelets dropping so fast and also during sleepless nights. It's so bad feeling that we get sensitive so much. Good thing is, ITP doesnt want to see us crying. :D

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Contrary to all the previous replies, whenever I have a cold my count rises!! Explain that if you can.

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Hi Lynney11, When were you diagnosed, what treatments did you receive, is your ITP under control, what is your platelet count range? When you say “ my count rises” which counts besides WBC’s which rises with infections whether bacteria, virile, or fungal. WBC range is 3.5-11.0 thousand; what are your RBC, Hematocrit and Hemoglobin count ranges; these numbers don’t increase with infections. Normal ranges: Hematocrit =36 - 4%, Hemoglobin is expressed as grams per decalite, range= 11.5 to 15.5. Hope this helps, let me know if you need more information. Be well:) kyriak51

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Mine does either

My theory is, when the platlet count goes up, the immune system is too busy with the real illness to be as efficient with the ‘false’ illness

When the platlet count goes down, the immune system is going wild and doing overtime on real & false illness

Just my theory !😀

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I feel exactly the same as you about the immune system being too busy to bother about the fake illness! As you say ‘just a theory’.

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My platelets rise : )

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Mine go down

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Mine rise too - i was told to fight the infection - even though I feel awful

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My platelets always go up when I’m ill!! I’m very prone to illness like tonsillitis etc. Currently struck down with flu as we speak!

My standard level is usually 9-30. I got tonsillitis once so badly but my platelets skyrocketed to 180! If I’d have had the energy I would’ve partied!

I’ve never received treatment for my ITP. I’ve had it since I was 7 years old and I’m now 28. Only had 2 courses of prednisone, 5mg, for 1 week when having minor operations.

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My sons platelets were at 9 on Monday. On Tuesday he was put on antibiotics due to tonsillitis and infection. His lymph nodes are all inflamed in his neck. He had bloods on Friday and they are at 128 😄. I don't want to get too excited in case they go back down when this all passes. He is so lethargic, he has runny poop and has for over 2wks. His next bloods are on the 13th. So hoping for some good news

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