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Do You Blame Your Fatigue And Brain Fog More On Hydroxyurea Or ET (high Platelet Count)? Which One And Why?
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Hi I'm just starting on this site. I'm trying to figure out how to be less fatigued and more clear-headed so I can do my desk job well.

I would like your advice on what would make me less tired:

I learned that essential thrombocythemia (my marrow produces too many platelets) often causes fatigue and light-headedness. In fact a study found this is experienced by 64% of people with ET. But I also read that fatigue is a common side effect of taking hydroxyurea, especially after increasing… read more

posted November 26, 2022 (edited)
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I suspect it's the hydroxyurea dose. I had to stop taking it because of skin ulcer side effects, and do feel a bit less fatigued. Now relying on aspirin until am able to see a specialist. RBC keeps dropping far below normal range, however, and my hemo unconcerned. That I don't understand, so looking for better advice.

posted December 3, 2022
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Hi, I also have ET with a lot of fatigue, I was on 2 per day and my platelets were still in700-800 so hemo increased to 3 per day…. A lot more fatigue, so he told me to take 2 per day and 2 anagrelide per day….fatigue is no better and I feel shaky… so I don’t know what to do either.

posted December 3, 2022

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