She was diagnosed 4 weeks ago with a platelet level of 3. Initially no medication was given, but was perscribed 50mg/day from yesterday so she can get back to her sport. Her platelets are had risen to 10 in the 3 weeks before the steriods were started. Im worried about the side effects, especially the effect that weight gain will have on a 13 year old girl - and I don't want her taking it unneccessarily. I'd really appreciate any thoughts, comments, advice - it's all so new to me and a really scary place to be.