I am a 59 year old male from the Philippines and I was diagnosed having ITP on December 20, 2013 when my platelet dropped to a very low level of 3 counts vs normal level of at least 150. By then, I have patches of hematomas inside my mouth lining, plus a blister of blood in my inner lips and bruises in my inner knees. Add to these are pin-like red spots in my lower extremities. Initial impression was dengue, but of course my team of doctors later narrowed it to ITP.
I was outright given a shot of steroid meanwhile availability of my AB+ blood plasma is being sourced out. Before the night was over, a 5-unit concentrated platelet was transfused in me. With the steroid and the blood plasma, my platelet was only elevated by one count higher (from 3 to 4 counts). And from 4, this later rose to 6, through continued steroid (Prednisone). And with this very slow progress, I was then subjected to a four-day IVIG drip at a dose of 2mg per kg body weight (or, 160mg/day for my 80kg body). Meanwhile, daily dosage of Prednisone also continues.
The IVIG has dramatically elevated my platelet back to normal level during the 4-day drip process. From my platelet of 6 counts, this was raised significantly to 29 after my Day 1 of IVIG. And this was followed by a platelet count of 80 on Day 2; 146 on Day 3; and finally 240 on Day 4. This was the best Christmas gift for me. I was home from the hospital before Christmas Day was over. Yes, we spent the Christmas Eve as a family in my hospital room, and this rising platelet count brightened up further the mood of the Season.
I was on the weaning down process of Prednisone after my hospital confinement, and before my first follow-up routine on January 2, 2014 with my hematologist, my platelet rose to a high of 315. I was in Cloud Nine during this period. I was confident that I was heading to a complete cure of ITP. From a 70mg daily dosage, I was lowered to 60mg thereon, and a 10mg drop every 2-weeks, thereafter.
However, this high feeling in me suddenly collapsed like a bubble when on my 2nd routine check-up on January 16, resulted to sudden dive from 315 platelet counts to 179. This is still within normal range, but I fear that the trend may continue and may result again to another depleted platelet level of less than 5 counts. This is where papaya leaf extract came into the picture. I was urged by friends and family to try this, as this is a popular known local remedy for dengue. And the result is accordingly always on the high, just like the other popular local herb, Tawa-Tawa. And I did it through young sprouted leaves from papaya tree, blended them and ingesting all the extracts. I tell you, no one will ever like the taste!
With the papaya leaf extract, my platelet rose to 240 on Jan 29, and although quite lower (but still above 200) at 204 on Feb 10. I only took the papaya leaf extracts a day or two prior to my CBC blood draws. In between, I shied away from animal proteins as suggested by my readings on this "leaky-gut" thing. I informed my hematologist of my Papaya leaf extract therapy when I had my routine checkup with him yesterday; he has no violent reaction to this, although he took note of it in my case file. He is a non-believer of probiotics and their likes, as he claimed.
Should I say, does papaya leaf extract work for ITP? In my case, I can say YES, but of course, my case may not be exactly the same with yours, trinag or with the others.