I went to the internist because I was regularly bursting blood vessels in my fingers and toes, and the swelling and pain were alarming. I had always had some vascular trouble (Reynaud's syndrome) but not with such frequency. The doctor first told me he'd never seen anything like this and then asked me if I took aspirin. I said yes, when I have a headache, but that was not all that often. He told me it was from the aspirin, and I should take Tylenol instead.
The problem continued until about 6 months later, when, while watching a 2-minute news report on a local channel, (not your most sophisticated source of medical information, right?) I heard them mention using Vitamin E to prevent blood clots in heart patients. It dawned on me that my bursting vessels had begun when one of my other doctors had put me on Vitamin E to prevent heart trouble. Sure enough, as soon as I stopped the Vitamin E, my blood vessels stopped bursting. My internist had never even asked me if I took anything but aspirin--and that's the question they should always ask first.
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