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Help, Strange Symptoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 23, 2008
  • 06:32 PM

My 13 year old daughter has been having some really bad symptoms for around three weeks.
She sometimes has to miss school, and many people have noticed that she looks sick.
These are her symptoms:
-Bone Pain
-Joint Pain
-Breathlessness at minor exertion
-Many bruises appearing out of nowhere
-Easy Bleeding (example: she had a papercut, and it was gushing blood for around 30 minutes, with pressure applied)
-Feeling of fullness
-Abdominal discomfort and pain
-Pale skin with red/purple blotches under the skin (not rashes) all over

Please help me find out what's wrong with my daughter. I am very worried.

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  • I hate to say this but please make sure the doctor checks to make sure she hasnt got leukemia as her symptoms could be something like that. If your doctor refuses to test.. take her to another one. Better to be safe than sorry. (i lost an aunt due to leukemia)
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • -Pale skin with red/purple blotches under the skin (not rashes) all over "What is a petechial rash?It is a rash with petechiae, which are red/purple spots that don't blanch on pressure - so when you push on them, you still see them. " http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.baby-medical-questions-and-answers.com/images/Petechiae.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.baby-medical-questions-and-answers.com/petechial-rash.html&h=111&w=104&sz=6&tbnid=HkX70A7CdDQJ:&tbnh=111&tbnw=104&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpetechiae%2Bphotos&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=1&ct=image&cd=2 Petechia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petechia (has picture of one of the spots) "petechia is a small red or purple spot on the body, caused by a minor hemorrhage (broken capillary blood vessels)." petechiae should always be quickly investigated. They can be interpreted as vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, which requires immediate treatment to prevent permanent damage. Some malignancies can also cause petechiae to appear. The significance of petechiae in children depends on the clinical context in which they arise. Petechiae in children can occur with viral infections. In this setting they do not necessarily signify serious illness. They are the hallmark of some possibly serious illnesses, however, such as meningococcemia, various causes of thrombocytopenia, and leukemia. Therefore, their presence should not be ignored."................. has your doctor done a complete blood count? Thrombocytopenia ..."Often, low platelet levels do not lead to clinical problems; rather, they are picked up on a routine full blood count (or CBC, complete blood count ). Occasionally, there may be bruising, particularly purpura in the forearms, nosebleeds and/or bleeding gums. Decreased platelet counts can be due to a number of disease processes:vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiencyleukemia or myelodysplastic syndromeDecreased production of thrombopoietin by the liver in liver failure.Sepsis, systemic viral or bacterial infectionDengue fever can cause thrombocytopenia by direct infection of bone marrow megakaryocytes as well as immunological shortened platelet survivalHereditary syndromesCongenital Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia (CAMT)Thrombocytopenia absent radius syndromeFanconi anemiaBernard-Soulier syndrome, associated with large plateletsMay-Hegglin anomaly, the combination of thrombocytopenia, pale-blue leuckocyte inclusions, and giant plateletsGrey platelet syndromeAlport syndrome
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Do you have any history of autoimmune diseases in the family? I am thinking thyroid or something else....Joan
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • Anemia? A few tell tale signs indicate that it may be so.
    netfreak 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • It sounds like your daughter should see a doctor. As was mentioned above, she may have something serious like a leukemia. We don't mean to scare you, but only a doctor will be able to get to the root of her symptoms. It might be something rheumatological, but again, only a doctor can tell you for sure.Best Wishes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for all your help. My Daughter had been tested for thyroid problems not too long ago, but the results came back negative.We do not have a family doctor at the moment, so we haven't been able to get medical help, besides going to a local clinic, who seemed to have no interest.There has also been a few more additions to the symptoms:-Nosebleeds-Nausea-Chest Pain-Irregular pulse -Sore throat, symptoms of a Cold, and also Flu-Like symptoms, diarrhea.. etcI'll find a doctor and get her checked out for Leukemia and Anemia, although the thought of her possibly having Leukemia is nervewracking. But, could anybody tell me which tests I should be looking for, if any, besides a Complete Blood Count?Thanks.
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