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I was getting a lot of petechia when I was taking Ibuprofen. I guess it was thinning my blood. I was also getting them after I had an allergic reaction to a medication. My doctor did a PTT test which tests for your clotting time. Mine was normal as were my platelets. I don't think high platelets would cause that, but rather low platelets.

There are also autoimmune type disorders that will cause vascular destruction that would cause the petechia.

As for the prep, it wasn't too bad. I used the Osmoprep tablets and that was easy enough to do. My colonoscopy was on a Wednesday and I did go to work on Tuesday. I didn't eat solids that day at work but didn't start my prep until 5:00 p.m. That was fine.

I think a Friday colonoscopy is great because you can recover from it. I had a reaction of sorts to my anesthesia and was sick as a dog and couldn't go to work the next day.
Yes, I've thought of that--the more I read about it the more I realize that I've had diffuse symptoms that weren't ever put together (not by me or the doctors) that I attributed to "getting older" (I'm 33 and in otherwise good health!)

I'm realizing that many of these symptoms are likely caused by malabsorption problems (lack of vitamin K = easy bruising, low B12 = tingling in arms & legs, ...) I also found out I have exceptionally low cholestrol (97!) but I attributed this to my healthy diet... Now I worry that I will gain weight when I start absorbing food well again. I've often noticed that I eat the same amount of food as my friends who are overweight, and if anything, I'm underweight (or on the very low end of normal).

There is still a 5-10% chance that I don't have celiac. The blood tests were very HIGH positive, but there are false positives, so I won't know for sure until after the biopsy.

I'm not thrilled about the prospect of being gluten free, but I know there are so many worse things that it could be. I know many other people with autoimmune disorders (RA, MS, etc.) that are not treatable and progressively get worse. This at least is treatable, even if the treatment isn't easy and will make me feel like a bit of a freak.

So my new anemia question is this--if I do have celiac, and it will take ~1 year for my intestine to recover, is it pointless for me to be taking all this oral iron if I can't absorb it anyway? Should I be getting infusions or something else?


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