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Old 05-02-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question Cancer Survivor/Vegan Low Platelet Issues

I'm a cancer survivor and have been in remission for about 5 years. I recently noticed a few bruises on both arms and one of my legs. I have been feeling fatigue and worn down, so I went to urgent care this weekend. They told me my platelets were 25,000. Back in September, they were 96,000.

I've been reading about what can cause this besides a virus, another cancer, an immune problem and B12 deficiency. I'm a vegan, never eat meat, cheese and milk. Since September, I dropped dairy products and went from vegetarian to vegan. I am hoping it's a b12 deficiency that has caused my platelets to dive down to 25,000.

Has anyone been told that their low platelets were caused by a B-12 deficiency because of a vegan diet? I am getting more blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy this week. I am hoping it's a diet deficiency. If it is, I have no problem switching to a diet consisting of yogurt and cheese. I should know more this week, but would like to touch base with others having this issue.

Thanks for any tips/help.

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