The 31-year-old mother claims she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder months after being diagnosed with a mild case of COVID-19. “Initially, I had a very mild infection with COVID. That’s until she started seeing spots on her legs and arms.” She said.
She was diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a condition that destroys platelets in your blood, which are supposed to keep you from bleeding.
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is rarely associated with COVID-19, according to health officials, but the two can be linked. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura has previously been linked to viruses such as HIV, hepatitis, and Zika.
This is why Adriana Stoltz, a 31-year-old woman from Tennessee, believes COVID-19 is responsible for her current situation.
Adriana Stoltz reportedly said: “Initially, I had a very mild infection with COVID. I just lost my sense of taste and smell. Then, I started seeing spots on her legs and arms. I noticed my bruises would be darker in color, and they would stay on my body longer. And it was easier for me to bruise.”
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura was diagnosed by the doctor. Her platelet count was reduced to 35,000 due to the autoimmune disorder when it should have been between 150,000 and 350,000.
Stoltz was being treated with high doses of steroids, according to Dr. Lindsey Goodman. Unfortunately, the 31-year-old mother did not respond well to them, so Dr. Goodman was put her on chemotherapy drugs.
Dr. Lindsey Goodman reportedly said: “The body is basically attacking the platelets and destroying them. It’s very possible that this is related to the COVID infection that she had. There is some data that has come out of the Cleveland Clinic. They looked at 3,000 patients that had COVID, and about .3% of those patients ended up with ITP.”
Stoltz is aware that ITP is rare, but after talking to social media, she reportedly found others suffering from the same disorder.
She said: “For it being a rare condition, it sure feels like there’s a lot of people that are suffering through it right now.”
The disorder, according to the 31-year-old mother, has a bad impact on her life. She also stated that she is tired and that it is difficult for her to get through the day without taking a nap. The doctors told them that this was something she’ll have to deal with for the rest of her life.