I just found out that my PTT level is a little high. For the past year or so, I have been having heavy periods, dizziness around my periods and brusing about a week or two before my periods. They tested for Von Willibrands and it came back negative. Now, I am being told that I need to see a hematologist at a major teaching hospital in my state.
What can cause the PTT level to be a little high? It was retested twice in the past two months, both came back high. What can I expect on my first appointment? All the other dr said is more tests. I am trying to figure out if that means they are drawing more blood. They already took 10 vials on my last blood test.
This is all so confusing. I am somewhat angry that a previous dr ignored the problems that I am having. Now, I have a good one who wants to get to the bottom of it. I am just not sure if I want too.
I'm guessing you're referring to platelet level? If your periods are heavy and you're becoming anemic as a result a rise in platelets generally follows. I couldn't tell you why. I just know that for those of us who suffer from Iron Deficiency Anemia the platelet counts tend to be above range. I tend to measure anywhere from 400,000 when my blood and iron counts are better to 600,000 or more when they're low. Drs generally don't address a high count until it reaches over a million. Clotting issues can become of concern. You do not mention what your level is.
If you are indeed anemic it sounds as if you already know why. This can be easily addressed without the services of a hematologist but rather a gynocologist. You may want to post on women's health board or anemia board.
Last edited by KritterKeeper; 08-24-2005 at 10:27 AM.
Thanks for responding. I saw the hematologist on Monday. I was referred to her by my obgyn. I thought my Von Wilibrands test was negative. I found out at my hematologist appt that it was below normal. She said it is possible that might be the problem. Before they confirm it, she had to do more blood work and re-check it. My bleeding time (PTT) is around 34. It should be below 30. At the appt, the specialist was able to see the brusing that I always get before my period.
She said that with the bleeding history, heavy periods and dizziness, it might be a bleeding disorder. As of right now, they are saying that it is not a obgyn issue. The ultrasound only confirmed cysts, which are small and can't be the cause of the bleeding.