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Severe itchiness followed by bruising.

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  • Posted By: ACautionaryTale
  • April 13, 2011
  • 06:33 AM

To start, I'm a 21 year old female in seemingly average health despite a history of kidney stones and vitamin D deficiency.

Lately I'll sporadically get severe itchiness on the legs (both legs, sometimes calf, sometimes thigh) too intense to ignore. I've noticed after scratching enough, I'd develop pin-point type bruising. I chalked it up to scratching too rough, but it happened again last night and after scratching the front of my upper leg too hard and causing the same bruising, once my inner thigh on the same leg started to get the itch I was mindful not to scratch vigorously. I tried to distract myself enough to not scratch at it and whenever I DID succumb to the urge to scratch, I only did so very lightly and for a very brief period but I STILL ended up with this:


Could this still just be solely a result of the scratching (regardless of how gentle the scratching was) or could it be a symptom of something larger?
I've also been very fatigued, easily bruised, get headaches now more regularly than in the past and have also noticed I'm much more sensitive to pain than I was as little as a few months ago.
Is there a likelihood of the leg itching/bruising being a symptom linked to the others or is it likely it's a stand-alone condition?

Thank you for any help!

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  • I had this exact same problem- compulsive scratching comes from a larger anxiety disorder which may also involve depression. I would have that kind of bruising all over my body, sometimes scratching until it bled and scabs would reopen as I scratched day after day. It wont stop until you get help. I would suggest speaking with a therapist to seek further treatments, methods for stopping.
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  • did you ever find out more about this bruising?
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    • September 14, 2015
    • 01:20 AM
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