Dale Gregory – his ITP story
Hi, I was diagnosed about 16 years ago when I was 40 but probably had it quite a long time before that, I just never bothered going to see the doctor about the bruising. I do not do doctors.
I found out because my wife made me go for an MOT at the doc's because she thought my diet was bad (it was pork pie, dripping, bacon etc), after a blood test they found my count was in single figures and thought I had Leukemia!! so gave me a bed in the local hospital and after a few more tests and days in the Cancer ward they diagnosed me with ITP and started me on Steroids. That was a bit of a relief to be honest.
I stayed on them for a while but suffered side effects so took myself off them one weekend and found my platelets were steady around 30 which apparently was fine. I started having 6 monthly blood tests to make sure it stayed around that number. I did not change anything in my life they said I was fine with 30 so lived with that count, knowing when it dropped, generally when I felt unwell, and again knowing when it returned to my normal because I did not bruise as much. I was told 30ish was my norm and tiredness were the ITP way of life.
In 2013 I had to have a tooth out in hospital, so they put me on steroids for 3 weeks and my count shout up to 100 or so and the tooth was taken out and my platelets returned to 30ish soon after. All was good and I continued to live a normal life, riding my motorbike with the club, and doing everything I had always done, just being careful not to hit my head, and also put up with the tiredness. A year or so after I went to annual blood tests.