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Old 01-16-2008, 04:56 PM   #1
Rose Lee
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low platelet count

Does a hormone replacement therapy affect your platelet count? For some reason my platelet count dropped 52,000 in one month! I've been hoping to get my platelet count up to at least 150,000, but can never seem to get it there. I drink lots and lots of diet coke; would that affect my platelet count too?

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Old 01-18-2008, 11:05 AM   #2
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Re: low platelet count

I have ITP - where my immune system sometimes attacks my platelets. Everyone is different in what affects platelet counts, but I would say your hormone replacement therapy could be the culprit. But it could also be a virus or infection - sometimes platelets rebound on their own. 52,000 isn't anything to panic about, but you certainly want to keep an eye on it.

It's highly doubtful the diet coke would lower your count. I drink tons of Tab, and my drs know it, and they said it's not a problem.


Old 01-18-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: low platelet count

Jill, thanks for your reply. I'll keep that in mind, and by the way, I recently took myself off the hormone replacement therapy because of possible blood clots. It really scared me when an acquaintance of mine recently passed away from pulmonary embollism due to taking birth control pills. Hormone replacement therapy also causes blood clots, so maybe my quitting will be twofold - no blood clots and higher platelets. I guess I'll know the next couple or so blood draws! Thanks, Jill!

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