It might be kind of fun or funny depending on who is doing it, but what happens when you do stand on your head? Your blood all runs that direction.
That might not be all that bad for healthy people, yet some could get a headache. I personally can’t seem to do it. But, for the ones who have a low platelet count in their blood, it could be life threatening.
Why you ask? Here are some facts for you to know about Thrombocytopenia! Say what? I know I can’t pronounce it either.
- Thrombocytopenia refers to platelet counts in your blood lower than the normal range of 150,000 to 400,000.
- Causes of thrombocytopenia can be classified in 3 groups; diminished production, increased destruction, and splenic sequestration.
What is thrombocytopenia?
Thrombocytopenia is a lower than normal number of platelets in the blood.
Platelets are one of the cellular components of the blood along with white and red blood cells. Platelets play an important role in clotting and bleeding. Platelets are made in the bone marrow similar to other cells in the blood. The circulating platelets make up about two third of the platelets that are released from the bone marrow. The other one third is typically stored (sequestered) in the spleen.
Platelets, in general, have a brief lifespan in the blood (7 to 10 days), after which they are removed from circulation. The number of platelets in the blood is referred to as the platelet count and is normally between 150,000 to 400,000 per micro liter of blood. Platelet counts less than 150,000 are termed thrombocytopenia. A platelet count greater than 400,000 is called thrombocytosis.
Platelets initiate a sequence of reactions that lead to the formation of a blood clot. They circulate in the blood vessels and become activated if there is any bleeding or injury in the body. When activated, the platelets become sticky and adhere to one another and to the blood vessel wall at the site of the injury to slow down and stop the bleeding by plugging up the damaged blood vessel or tissue (hemostasis).
A low platelet count in severe cases may result in spontaneous bleeding or may cause delay in the normal process of clotting. In mild thrombocytopenia, there may be no adverse effects in the clotting or bleeding pathways. Continue Reading
What on earth did I just say? Well without the platelets in your blood it will just keep flowing. Like a bloody nose that won’t quit. Or if you cut yourself you could bleed to death because it will not stop coming out of you.
What are the complications of thrombocytopenia?
The complications of thrombocytopenia may be excessive bleeding after a cut or an injury resulting in hemorrhage and major blood loss. However, spontaneous bleeding (without any injury or laceration) due to thrombocytopenia is uncommon, unless the platelet count is less than 10,000.
Other complications may be related to any other underlying factors or conditions. For example, autoimmune thrombocytopenia related to lupus may be associated with other complications of lupus. TTP or HUS can have many complications including severe anemia, confusion or other neurologic changes, or kidney failure. HIT or heparin induced thrombocytopenia can have devastating complications related to blood clot formation (thrombosis).
Thus standing on your head is not a good thing if you platelets are low, because all your blood would run to your head and cause swelling. It is not thick enough to stay in other places of your body.
It is important that you follow your doctor’s orders. Get your testing done and make sure you know what things mean. We only have one body and to live a long life and be healthy enough to enjoy your freedom and all the money you are making in your blogging business, you need to take care of yourself.
Here are some more things to keep in mind and be aware of.
Blood counts, changes in
Cancer, cancer treatment and other diseases often cause drops in blood count levels. The problems caused by low blood counts depend on which type of blood cell is affected.
For more on low red blood cell (hemoglobin or HGB) counts, see the section called “Anemia.”
For more on low white blood cell (WBC) counts, see the section called “Infection, increased risk.”
For more on low platelet (PLT) counts see the section called “Bleeding or low platelet count.”
Bleeding or low platelet count
Platelets are cells that help your blood clot, so you stop bleeding.
A normal platelet (PLT) count on a blood test is about 150,000 to 450,000. Normal clotting is still possible with a platelet count of 100,000. The danger of serious bleeding is very high when the platelet count goes below 20,000.
What to look for
- Bleeding from anywhere (such as the mouth, nose, or rectum)
- Bloody or dark brown vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Bright red, dark red, or black stools (poop)
- Women may have heavy vaginal bleeding during monthly periods
- New bruises on the skin
- Red pinpoint dots on the skin, usually starting on feet and legs
- Bad headaches, dizziness, or blurred vision
- Weakness that gets worse
- Pain in joints or muscles
What the patient can do
- Use only an electric razor (not blade) for shaving.
- Avoid contact sports (such as wrestling, boxing, or football) and any other activities that might lead to injury.
- Protect your skin from cuts, scrapes, and sharp objects.
- Use a soft toothbrush.
- If your mouth is bleeding, rinse it a few times with ice water.
- Talk to your cancer team about whether you should put off flossing your teeth until your platelet counts improve.
- Do not blow your nose or cough with great force.
- Keep your head level with or above your heart (lie flat or stay upright).
- Use a stool softener to avoid constipation and straining during a bowel movement. Do not use enemas or suppositories of any kind.
- Do not put anything in your rectum, including suppositories, enemas, thermometers, etc.
- Stay away from anti-inflammatory pain medicines, such as aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Naprosyn®, Aleve®, Midol®) and medicines like them unless your cancer team tells you to use them. Check with your pharmacist if you’re not sure whether a medicine is in this class of drugs, or if it contains one of them.
- If bleeding starts, stay calm. Sit or lie down and get help.
What caregivers can do
For nosebleeds, have the patient sit up with head tilted forward, to keep blood from dripping down the back of the throat. Put ice on the nose and pinch the nostrils shut for 5 minutes before releasing them. Ice on the back of the neck may also help.
For bleeding from other areas, press on the bleeding area with a clean, dry washcloth or paper towel until bleeding stops.
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