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High platelets in pregnancy

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kathrynelizabeth3005 Fri 03-Feb-17 15:11:59

Hi everyone, just looking for a bit of reassurance and to see if anyone has had/is having a similar experience?

I'm 30 weeks tomorrow and have been feeling generally unwell the past few weeks- cold symptoms, dizziness etc. I had bloods done a week ago and I've now been sent a letter for an appointment with a haematology specialist as I have high platelet count. Not sure of the exact number as they didn't tell me on the phone but it's freaking me out and making me worry that something might be seriously wrong.

The letter references the oncology department and Dr Google is scaring me with loads of leukaemia references which apparently can be indicated by high platelets. Admittedly, I have suffered with anxiety in the past and I still take a low dose of meds for it. It's under control but today receiving the letter has made me spiral into worrying.

My DH is doing his best to reassure and support me and I don't want to worry him with my somewhat irrational worrying. Thankfully baby is fine through all this, scans have been perfect and he's developing right on track. I'm more concerned about my health hurting the baby if something is wrong.

Sorry to ramble and vent, just needed to get this all of my chest and see if anyone has any words of experience or reassurance.

VikingChallenger Tue 07-Feb-17 01:03:25

I have no experience of this but I felt bad reading and not saying anything.
I suffer with extreme anxiety, health anxiety actually and I can only imagine what you're going through.

Are there any numbers on the letter that you can call and ask for clarification?

It's a bit strange, I would expect them to retest your bloods first?

Stop googling, you must know nothing good comes out of it. Just call your mw or the number on the letter to ask for more info.

Please try to remain calm and not think about it until you've heard more (I know it can't be easy).

outputgap Tue 07-Feb-17 01:16:53

Hi, I have no expertise here except needing to be under a haematology consultant during pregnancies. So what I know is that a lot of bloods go funny in pregnancy, so for example, for my blood clothing disorder, it isn't possible to reliably test during pregnancy. I also know that other blood things came back out of range while I was pregnant and no one batted an eyelid. And that I have my platelets checked because I take clexane while pregnant to prevent clotting.

My hospital had an extremely busy antenatal haematology clinic because lots of women have blood issues brought on by pregnancy, I guess mostly around clotting, which is what yours sounds like to the amateur.

When is your appointment?

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