Invalid URLHas anyone else been put on prednisone to raise their blood platelet counts?? My platelet count was 55 as of today and the anesthesiologists require at least a count of 80 for an epidural, and dbol low dose results who is on call, some of them require a count of I really, really hope that prednisone will get my counts high enough. My concern is less about the epidural and more about if I need a c-section. Yes, it would be nice to have plateleys option of an epidural steroids during pregnancy for low platelets labor, but I steroid, really, really don't want to be under general anesthesia if I need a c-section.
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Has anyone else been put on prednisone to raise their blood platelet counts?? My platelet count was 55 as of today and the anesthesiologists require at least a count of 80 for an epidural, and depending who is on call, some of them require a count of I really, really hope that prednisone will get my counts high enough.
My concern is less about the epidural and more about if I need a c-section. Yes, it would be nice to have the option of an epidural for labor, but I really, really, really don't want to be under general anesthesia if I need a c-section. Why do you have low platelets? I haven't seen any other ITP ladies on here so I was just curious. There are a few people with gestational thrombocytopenia who have posted though.
I know that prednisone is pretty effective at raising platelet levels in most people, but it does depend what is causing your platelet count to be low. How low are your counts right now? Hopefully they can get them up where they need to be! Did your OB prescribe the prednisone or did they send you to a hematologist?
If you have time, and you haven't seen a hematologist yet, you might want to do so. They are much more experienced with blood disorders and platelet levels and know more about different treatment options out there especially if the prednisone doesn't work. The good thing is that 79 is a very safe level. But obviously getting them high enough for an epidural and to avoid general anesthesia is even better!
I'm lurking from With my last pg, I was monitored for low platelets the entire pg - they slowly dropped throughout the 9 months. I also found out that I had low platelets with my 1st pg, although there weren't too low that I couldn't get an epidural - it wasn't an issue for me.
They determined that the low platelets were not the result of ITP - it was most likely gestational. At around weeks when my levels were 95, I was put on a round of steroids I don't remember the name though and by the next week, they were up to over However, I was told by another doctor that platelet levels fluctuate during the day and that steroids weren't necessarily the reason for the uptick.
I ended up being induced at 39 weeks and my levels in the hospital were just below - I believe 90 or My doctor called the anesthesiologist down to talk to me before I was in any pain - he said that once they start giving me fluids, my levels will drop and that if I want an epidural I needed to do it ASAP and it was up to his discretion whether I could get an epidural.
He was comfortable giving me one at that level and I ended up getting one. On a side note, I had postpartum blood work to check my levels and they were back up to Thanks for your replies!!
My doctor really hasn't said much to me other than I won't be able to have an epidural if they don't go up, which is scary and not at the same time. In my head I'm thinking why is this happening and what can I do about it and on the other hand if the Dr isn't concerned why should I be.
It's comforting to hear that I'm not the only one going through this!!! The Bump Baby Registry. Sign up for The Bump!
Get weekly updates on baby and your body. Start by selecting which of these best describes you! October in 3rd Trimester. Report 0 Reply to Post. Animals in the snow Scumbag Penguin. I'm not exactly sure why my levels are low, I believe it's gestational because the blood work done early on in my pregnancy was When I did my GTT they were down to , so I was sent every few weeks for blood work and last I was told they were at I was just curious how prednisone has helped or not helped others.
I'm not sure I want an epidural anyways but like you said it would be nice to have the option. I told my husband if i need a c-section he can't tell anyone the sex of our baby until after I wake up from the anesthia. I will be so mad if anyone besides him and the doctors know before me!!!!!
Although I'm sure once I hold my little one I would be anything but happy!!! Thanks for the luck and good luck to you as well!! My OB prescribed them. Hopefully tomorrow at my appointment if things arent' getting better we can discuss a plan, although being this far along I'm not sure how much more can be done. This little one can come at anytime! I did with my last pregnancy, and probably will this time too. It's a steroid so it has some weird side effects, but for me and maybe this is common they put me on it only for about the last 12 days of my pregnancy.
It did raise my levels, apparently, because I was able to get an epi, which I wouldn't have been able to get if my levels didn't go up.