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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 17, 2007
  • 07:20 PM

I am a 19 year old female and have been experiencing multiple symptoms, but dont know if they are anything to worry about. Since I was about 13 I have had nosebleeds, that will not stop until a blood clot is removed. Through out the years they have come and gone, but are not consistent. I have also fainted quite a few times throughout my life, the first time being when I was around 14. I usually just black out and fall then promptly re-awake. a couple weeks ago i fainted while out with some friends and remained unconscious for about two min, and when i became conscious again i remembered nothing of the fall or being out- but was completely drenched in sweat and white as a sheet. i have had headaches for about as long as i have have nosebleeds, but they vary in severity. the past couple years have not been as bad as the first couple of years when they started, but recently they have been increasing in pain. i have also been extremely tired and weak the last few weeks, which was diagnosed a side effect of depression, which may be true. About a week or two ago i noticed small red dots appearing on my skin, a couple on each foot, couple on the ankle, few on my left leg, few on my left arm, couple on hands, and a few popping up as the days pass. i have always been thin, and am currently 5'9" and 105-110 lbs, but dont know if i should relate it with these symptoms. i would like to think i am just exhausted from a busy lifestyle and stress, but the more symptoms that come up have made me being to worry. what do you think?

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  • Small red dots less than 3mm in size are signs of hemorrhages under the skin. They're called petechiae.I would get to a doctor right away because you have signs of either a bleeding disorder or a clotting disorder.Do you bruise easily too? Ecchymoses.Do you have prolonged bleeding after surgery, tooth extraction, etc.?Do you have heavy bleeding during menses?Do have small pencil eraser-sized purplish marks? These are called purpura.I have similar symptoms and have a bleeding disorder, undiagnosed. My symptoms are easy bruising, widespread petechiae and prolonged bleeding after tooth extractions and surgery.For more information:http://www.hemophilia.org/And check out their section on bleeding disorders. There are many different bleeding and clotting disorders besides hemophilia. von Willebrand's is the most diagnosed one and can be mild to severe. It is acquired or genetic.There have been cases of von Willebrand's associated with hypothyroidism.For more information about thyroid disease go here:http://thyroid.about.com/
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 10:14 PM
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  • There are many different bleeding and clotting disorders besides hemophilia. von Willebrand's is the most diagnosed one and can be mild to severe. It is acquired or genetic. Yes, absolutely please get this checked out by a competant doc. Also, what are your periods like and do you get regular periods? You are very thin for your height, and the black outs sound like they are blood sugar related. Do you eat regular meals? Do you skip meals? Have you been tested for both iron and B12 deficiency anemia? With that amount of bleeding you may very well be deficient in BOTH iron and B12, and this will contribute to your being depressed. Depression is also a symptom of an inbalance, and often is caused by nutritional inbalance. I hope you aren't taking any antidepressants, but if you are, please post which ones. You are not just exhausted due to stress...sure stress may be contributing to this, but it is not the cause. Get some thorough blood tests done and research Dxd's links. Find a doctor who will listen to you and not just claim you are "depressed". For what it's worth, Chinese medicine classifies irregular bleeding as a Spleen Qi deficiency, where the Spleen fails to control the blood in the vessels. This can lead to fatique and loose stools. I have successfully helped patients with quite severe nosebleeds and they have reported much less frequent and profuse bleeding. A Chinese medical practitioner may be able to help you, along with all the allopathic testing you should be doing. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 02:32 AM
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  • Have some bloodwork done. CBC, PT, PTT. chemistry panel. Blood sugar etc. Do you take a lot of aspirin or ibuprofen?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 10:14 AM
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