What are the symptoms of bone marrow suppression?

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77 yrs old. No prescriptions. Blood test every 6 months for thrombocytopenia.

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Symptoms of bone marrow suppression depend on the type(s) of blood cell deficiency.

Reduced red blood cells produce classic anemia symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • pale skin, lips, and nail beds
  • increased heart rate
  • tiring easily with exertion
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath

Reduced white blood cells produce classic symptoms of a weak immune system:

  • fever and chills
  • rash
  • diarrhea
  • signs of infection (swelling, redness, areas painful or warm to the touch)

Reduced platelets produce classic excess bleeding symptoms:

  • easy bruising
  • bleeding: nose bleeds, or bleeding gums or mouth
  • tiny red spots on the skin (petechiae)
  • blood in the urine
  • dark or black bowel movements