Originally Posted by ShaB71
I have never looked to getting information and help through a health board before. It seems for the past 6 months my platelet count has been going up and down. I was as high as 644 the end of March and now down to 550. I just went to visit a hematologist yesterday and I am awaiting the results of that blood work up. What is scaring me the most is that my WBC is not elevated it just the platelets. I did some research online (a very stupid thing to do!!!) those with elevated platelet counts may acutually have a form of cancer namely leukemia.
I got my CBC results from the hematologist today and my platelet count is still over 650. My Dr. said to wait 2 months when she will redo my CBC, but still wants to do the bone marrow biopsy at that time as well.
I also have Multiple Sclerosis which the hematolgist and my neurologist feel it has nothing to do with my meds of the MS itself. Both doctor's feel it is a :: independent situation.
If anyone has any thoughts or advice I would really appreciate it. I am quite scared. I have a 3 year old little boy and I want to be as healthy as I can for him.
I have elevated platelets, too. I always knew they were on the high side - but they were in the 400s for years and I thought it was good.
Then they went into the 500s and I needed to get them checked out.
There are a number of reasons your platelets could be elevated. One simple reason is if you are low on iron as the last person wrote. That was the first thing my internist and hemotologist tried - my iron was borderline low, but increasing my iron didn't do anything to my platelet count - it continued to rise.
If you have had a recent infection or operation that could make your count go higher. Also if there is some kind of problem with your spleen - so you will probably have a check of your spleen.
Then there are several disorders/diseases that could be responsible. The bone marrow biopsy helps the hemotologist to determine if you have one of these. I have ET - essential thrombocythemia. There is also polycemia vera (sp?).
Until recently, the only thing I had increased was the platelets - but recently my wbc was up, too. So I'm going back to the hemotologist.
I was concerned about getting a bone marrow biopsy, but it wasn't bad, not even super uncomfortable - much, much better than root canals. I was numbed up and felt an odd "pulling" sensation. Then I was slightly sore - as if I had banged myself on the edge of a desk sore - for a couple of days.
I hope your increased platelets are only temporary!