I'm 19, female and was admitted into hospital after going to the doctors and finding redish, purple spots all over my shins and lower legs spreading upwards slowly and not as severe as my lower legs, I had blood taken which they then told me I had a low platelet count of 10'000, the doctors persistently asked if I felt ill or if I'd been feeling ill and looked confused when I said no, I only feel sick now and again when standing too long or walking too much, they told me take half a dosage of steroids for the night. The next day I was told to go to the Oncology part where they sat me with chemo patients and drew more blood to do more tests, after the tests the doctor did an examination of my body feeling for what I assume was lumps? Didn't say much and he was filling in my folder which had oncology written accross it, he handed me some pieces of paper one which was a blood transfusion form but he didn't say anything about it just told me to give it to the nurse for my next appointment a couple of days later and gave me a prescription for more steroid tablets and told me not to go into work and to avoid anything that may make me bruise/bleed. For now he's diagnosed it as ITP but still seems a little confused himself and has ordered several more tests for my next appointment assuming he's trying to cancel out everything before he does a bone marrow biopsy to check for leukemia? I'm inpatient and want a second opinion on what everyone thinks it might be. Thank you!
Hi, I don't believe you have Luekemia, however Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) seems highly probable. The Doctor was feeling for swollen lymph nodes and clearly isn't happy with something. They do everything in a hurry with suspected cancer. My stepfather is currently dying from Leukemia; he was having his first round of chemo 4 days after diagnosis. In his case his blood doesn't clot properly (at all) and had huge mis-shapen white cells (he had known for almost 40 years he would develop luekemia; some weird protein in his blood was responsible.
Courtesy of the Mayo clinic: "Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) may have no symptoms. When signs and symptoms do occur, they may include:
Easy or excessive bruising (purpura) — your skin naturally bruises and bleeds more easily as you age, but this shouldn't be confused with ITP
Superficial bleeding into your skin that appears as a rash of pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots (petechiae), usually on your lower legs
Prolonged bleeding from cuts
Spontaneous bleeding from nose
Bleeding gums, especially after dental work
Blood in urine or stools
Unusually heavy menstrual flow
The diagnosis of ITP seems spot on. Remember Occams Razor: the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.
Worry a little less and good luck, Steve :-)
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