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ITP/low platelets/tingling
Posted by: Tan
Date: October 6, 1999 4:54 PM

I was recently diagnosed with ITP. While my platelets are slowly going up, I am experiencing tingling in my arms and legs. My doctors do not know what is causing this since it is not a system of ITP. I am being dismissed as though I am crazy. I currently am not on steroids, so that is not the problem.

ITP/low platelets/tingling
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: October 15, 1999 6:50 AM

To me it seems reasonable that an increasing platelet count could impair circulation and make it sluggish, including the blood supply to the afferent nerves from the arms and legs. This could, in turn, account for numbness and tingling. The alternative is that you have an independent condition which causes this problem such as arteriosclerosis. Use the Symptom Correlation function to the left and see what comes up.

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