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20-07-2017, 02:49 PM
More health problems
Some may remember a year ago I survived a big a heart attack. No reason why you should remember but you might
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At the time they measured my platelet count and found it very high. Nothing was done then as it may well have been caused by the trauma of the heart attack. However at my 6 month check to see that the stents were still in place and doing their job my platelet count had gone up.

I believe a normal count is 150 times ten to the power of nine per litre of blood. I will call this 150 units for ease. Mine at the check up was 800. Shortly after when I saw the blood expert it had increased to over 1000. A count of over 400 runs risk of thrombosis, over 650 a serious risk of thrombosis, however with a count of over 800 the risk reduces slightly as with that many platelets they get malformed and do not work so well. Still a high risk of clotting inside the body but bizarrely blood will not clot outside the body causing heavy bleeding from a minor scrape.

The diagnosis is that I have Essential Thrombocythemia. Why 'essential' I don't know, It's not even desirable! This affects 3 people per 100,000 with it being twice as common in women as men. There is no cure for this, only treatment which is daily chemo-therapy.....for life, albeit a fairly low dose. One side effect of chemo is to slow down platelet production in the bone marrow, so what is an undesirable side effect for cancer patients is what I'm relying on.

My platelet count is down to 520 at the last count so is going in the right direction and I have not had any other bad effects from the chemo-therapy....yet.
Long term I can expect "a near to normal life expectancy" whatever that is BUT in later stages Essential Thrombocythemia can develop into Leukemia which I realy don't want.

I am 6 months into the chemo-therapy now with hopefully many years of it to go, but am pretty run down and very tired all the time. Could this be an effect of the drugs? The specialist says highly unlikely. Maybe someone who has gone through chemo-therapy can tell me how it affected them. I fully understand if you want to keep this private and not discuss it.

Best wishes
Steve

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20-07-2017, 04:00 PM
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Sorry to see this. I have no insight on the chemo, beyond knowing what it does in large doses.
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22-07-2017, 05:34 AM
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Thanks Fireball.

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22-07-2017, 06:13 AM
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22-07-2017, 06:15 AM
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(20-07-2017 02:49 PM)stevec Wrote:  I am 6 months into the chemo-therapy now with hopefully many years of it to go, but am pretty run down and very tired all the time. Could this be an effect of the drugs? The specialist says highly unlikely. Maybe someone who has gone through chemo-therapy can tell me how it affected them. I fully understand if you want to keep this private and not discuss it.

Best wishes
Steve

I never had chemo myself, but I worked as a medic. Feeling tired and run down is one of the effects of chemo. At least that's what we learned and observed.

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22-07-2017, 06:15 AM
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Keep your chin up, bud.
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22-07-2017, 12:49 PM
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Hey there Steve... you're doing well. Hang in there matey. Thumbsup

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22-07-2017, 03:08 PM
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(22-07-2017 12:49 PM)SYZ Wrote:  Hey there Steve... you're doing well. Hang in there matey. Thumbsup

Steve,

+1 from me. Thumbsup

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