Low platelets in hep C patients usually indicate late stage disease. My platelets were low and my doctor told me it was because of cirrhosis from hep C. Once treated and cured my platelets rose but never reached normal again. Doctors normally don't worry about low platelets until they fall below 50,000.
I also was diagnosed with cirrhosis and later low platelets they were around 85 before I was treated and cured and now two years later my platelet count is about 110 still below normal of 150 but improved.
Low platelets are a result of portal hypertension or increased blood pressure in the portal vein in the liver. This caused the spleen to enlarge and sequester platelets. Portal hypertension can also cause enlarged blood vessels in the esophagus (swallowing tube) if these blood vessels become too enlarged they can burst and you could have a serious bleeding event. Your doctor will probably have you get the test called an upper endoscopy and to check for esophageal varices to mage sure you are not in danger of this occurring.
Also those with below normal platelet counts will bruise more easily.
Basically, if you have cirrhosis there is compensated where the damage liver is able to compensate well enough to do its job. Or decompensated cirrhosis where the liver begins to not be able to do its job an symptoms of cirrhosis begnine to appear.
Some symptoms of advancing liver disease are portal hypertension, the development of esophageal varices, hepatic encephalopathy, and ascities (which is retaining so much fluid in the abdomen the patient appears pregnant). Also the development of enlarged breasts in men due to cirrhosis causing changes in blood hormone levels.
Just to add if you do have blood in your urine that is more of a kidney problem. If you suspect blood in your urine that can be checked by a simple test of your urine for blood. But anyway blood in urine is not related to low platelets or liver disease.
Stomach ache is a vague symptom and could be many things including indigestion.
Disorientation is also a vague symptom which could have many causes.
Hello there! I was diagnosed with low platelets of 65K . At the same time I had red dots on my lower legs which looked like a rash but was bleeding under the skin. Before I was diagnosed with HCV. my doctor sent me to a blood specialist who tested me for lymphoma, leukemia and hepatitis. I had hepatitis C.
I was cured 5 years ago. My platelets have come back up and were 160 the last time I was checked.
If I take too many Advil they drop so I try to limit Advil. for pain. I never take aspirin
Good luck to you!
Hi there, I used Incivek, interferon, ribavirin. The newer drugs are much shorter duration and have been advertised to have many less symptoms.
When I was treating I was told they would only worry if my platelets got below 50 and even then I could continue with close observation. I did not get below 50.
Thank you Lynn! I appreciate!