I know just how you feel. I felt that way too. I remember that awful time when my daughter Vivianna was given the diagnosis of ITP disease. I was frightened, and had no idea of the ramifications of ITP, or even what it was. All I knew was that she was covered from head to toe with bruises and little red dots known as petichiae. Blood tests by our family practitioner confirmed that she had a dangerously low blood platelet count of 5,000. Was it Leukemia, Lupus, ITP, or something else? Our doctor had no idea, and I was frightened out of my wits on behalf of my lovely 14 year old daughter who had basically never been sick in her life except for the odd cold and flu. We were referred to blood specialists at Children’s Hospital in Atlanta who confirmed that it was Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a blood platelet disorder. I immediately got busy gathering as much information as I could about this little known disease.
Just what is ITP, you ask and what causes the blood platelet count to drop? Basically…who the heck knows!
With people who have ITP disease, their blood cells are normal except for a marked decrease in blood platelets. Statistically, the normal range for a healthy platelet count is anywhere from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.
Blood platelets are little tiny cells that seal off minor cuts and wounds and form blood clots to avoid bleeding to death. In extreme cases of ITP, deadly bleeding in the brain can occur with only the minutest of head trauma. My daughter’s platelet count was so low she had to avoid all sports in order to protect her head.
What is ITP? “I” stands for Idiopathic, which means that the cause of this condition is unknown, and that the doctors have no clue what causes it. (They only know what chemical treatments they have available that may or may not fix the problem).
“T” is short for Thrombocytopenic, which means that the blood does not have enough platelets otherwise know as thrombocytes.
“P” stands for Purpura, which in medical terms means excessive bruising. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura is truly a tongue twister. In a nutshell, ITP. is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys it’s own blood platelets which causes bruising and bleeding within the body, and may or may not be extremely dangerous depending on the severity and circumstances. At this point the medical community has no known cure, only medicines and treatments to temporarily raise the platelet count to safer levels. In my opinion, the only way to eliminate ITP is to get to the root cause, fix the problem naturally and throw away the temporary medical band-aid.
Low Platelets | Thrombocytopenia