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Spontaneous bruising

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 15, 2007
  • 10:14 PM

I have been getting unexplained bruising on my arms and legs for about 4 years now. I also have chest paing that was attributed to stress, but I am on a medication for that and the chest pains have not stopped. About half the time I know when I'm going to get a bruise because it throbs, and sometimes the vein swells out before bursting. Other times they just show up. The throbbing can go on for weeks or months sometimes before a bruise shows up. They don't quite look like normal bruises, and sometimes happen in what I call runners - 1 bruise, then another next to it, then another, and so on. Eventually I have a long thin bruise running down my leg. I've been to so many docs for this and nobody can find anything wrong with me. Blood work is always relatively normal, I don't have any detectable cancer, nor do I have any blood disorders. The hematologist decided that I just bruise easily. Problem with that is I can be sitting there doing nothing and one of these bruises appear. I cannot get anyone to look at my vascular system, I believe this is because I'm only 30 - age discrimination. I think they should just because I had Rheumatic Fever as a child, and that opens me up to all kinds of disorders. The docs treat me like this is all in my head, that I'm doing this to myself, but I am not. I made sure of that before I ever went to the doctor. I have researched and looked and read, and I just don't know. I have many, many of the symptoms of Ehlers Danlos Vascular type, but I am so sick of being treated like an idiot that I haven't been able to make myself go back yet. Anyone have any ideas?? Thanks in advance.

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  • Get a new doctor and scream until someone listens! My best friend was diagnosed with heart failure at 28 years old in the absence of illness or family history. Every doctor blew her off for two years because of her "good" health, normal weight, and age. Boy were we glad she didn't listen to them when they said she just pulled a muscle or had too much stress! Don't give up until YOU are satisfied with your diagnosis! That "little feeling" that something is not right is your body telling you something.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 05:14 AM
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  • I agree with last post...it is hard but try to find an alternative doc who may listen better to your symptoms. When a doc tells me my symptoms are caused by stress, then it is time to find a new doc. Of course stress plays a factor in illness, but it is a lame answer when docs are too lazy to find the real answer. I used to bruise VERY easily. I would be embarrassed to wear shorts in summertime. In Chinese medicine this is typically a symptom of Spleen deficiency...do you have problems with loose stools or diarrhea? Low energy? An doctor of Oriental Medicine can diagnose your symptoms in a different manner and come up with a treatment plan that works. My last suggestion is to try INTRAMAX, the best supplement I have found. It is only sold to healthcare practitioners. Since I've been taking this I have found I only bruise when I bump into something, not like before when all I had to do was look at myself and I'd bruise. Bleeding and bruising disorders can sometimes be caused by vitamin mineral deficiencies. Try taking the INTRAMAX, and if you can't afford that (it is expensive), try a good quality citrus bioflavenoid complex, and vitamin K. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 03:29 PM
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  • I am dumbfounded.....I was actually researching online to hopefully find some information because I am having the exact, and I mean exact same symptoms as you stated. I am on caduet and blood pressure medication and also went for an angiogram as they thought perhaps I had a heart blockage, but to no avail, no bloackage and still having same symptoms with increasing spontaneous bruising and I as well am usually sitting or relaxing when these bruises occur, also have "runner" bruises as you call them and veins swelling up, especially in the wrist, and then bursting. What do you do when you know are not yourself and I am definately not my normal self????
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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  • I have had spontaneous bruising for 20 years. Right now I have the biggest one ever, just showed up overnite, covers a good part of my abdomen. 2 Dr's ran the standard blood tests, protime, INR, which were normal and they just said "oh well" and that was the end of it.I am going to inquire about being tested for Von Wilabrands. Something is wrong, obviously, but I've had it for so long and am still here, so who knows.
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  • I just found out why I have the exact same kind of bruising as the first poster. It will swell (mine also itch) and then burst and then bruise.My diagnosis was Marfan Syndrome. This disease causes weak blood vessel walls. I don't fit all the symptoms. I don't have super long hands or feet. I am not pigeon chested and I don't have scoliosis but I am tall, 5' 8", with long legs, arms, and fingers. I am super flexible. I do have spontaneous bruising, and am near sighted.I don't know if this will help you. It's not really a relief since there is no cure but at least I know what it is and I can now take care of the other things that should be monitored.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 17, 2010
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  • Hi, I just went to the doctor today because I have had spontaneous bruises as well. Sometimes in clumps of two. A small one happened when I was walking in the park the other day, no one around me, I developed a headache, then my legs were really tired so I sat down. within a couple minutes of sitting down, I felt a warming sensation in both of my legs but more in my right and it felt like something tapped me but not from outside, from inside my body. I looked down a few minutes later and I had a red smudge, or what I thought was a smudge. It wouldn't wipe away. That spot turned into a bruise. My headache and a slight fever lasted about 6 more hours. The doctor of course said "sometimes people bruise themselves and they don't know..." and a lot of other things that said she was not willing to accept any information I was giving her.She wants to do a clotting factor test. She believes it is capillaries that pop. But some of these bruises I have had have been sizeable, as in tennis ball. and, most I have noticed in the shower but this one, I caught and felt during the day. So, I asked her why and why the headaches and slight fever and she claims they are unrelated which I believe is the standard doctor code of conduct/deflect-having-to-think they are taught and trained with - patients are crazy, they lie, etc, and we only deal with ONE symptom at a time.Otherwise, I have been feeling weak and having distention, pain in the abdomen area and stool issues as in inconsistent quality even though my diet is pretty consistent and nutritious. I was referred to a gastro who did some blood tests and told me to stop focusing on my bowels. Nice. Anyone who finds answers or doctors who think (worth the wait and at least a smidge of what they earn), please post. I will update if any helpful information comes along. Hopefully insight to my experience helps others. The posts before me have helped me in encouragement in not stopping to solve the bruising issue. They also helped me not feel alone with this ignored medical problem.
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  • I was just wondering of anyone who has posted here has had any results yet? I am a 33 year old female, otherwise healthy, on no meds, going through same problem. I went to my doctor and he but insisted that there had to be a cause for them, he even reported my husband for possible abuse. My husband has never laid his hands on me. So after being totally humiliated, I am waiting for my blood work to come back, and wondering what is wrong with me.
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  • I was just wondering of anyone who has posted here has had any results yet? I am a 33 year old female, otherwise healthy, on no meds, going through same problem. I went to my doctor and he but insisted that there had to be a cause for them, he even reported my husband for possible abuse. My husband has never laid his hands on me. So after being totally humiliated, I am waiting for my blood work to come back, and wondering what is wrong with me.I am a 58 year-old, athletic woman and have had similar spontaneous bruising over the last 2 - 3 years. I am usually inactive at the time and I feel a pain in a very specific spot followed by a "flushing" feeling (which I associate with swelling), and then a bruise forms. These bruises usually go away much faster than those that are caused by some sort of physical bumping. I agree with one of the previous posts that I can tell when a bruise is going to form. Last night the tip of my left thumb began tingling and then this happened. The whole back of the part above the joint is now a blackish blue with some tingling still. This has happened on both forearms, around my fingers, toes, and around my ankles. What gives? When I tell my doctor, she just shrugs and says that some people bruise more easily than others. If this had just happened once or twice, I'd agree, but this keeps happening for no apparent reason. I feel like there must be a reason. I have a tendency to be anemic and am on thyroid meds for low thyroid,but my doctor didn't think there is a connection. So far my problem is pretty minor but I never know when it will happen.
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  • My symptoms are bruising spontaneously, frequent headaches, chronic sinus issues, aches and pain throughout legs and sometimes arms, tired often, erratic bowel movements and swollen joints. I have seen multiple doctors/specialist and they look at me cross eyed. Often they say the symptoms are unrelated.So, after researching this and hearing what people had to say, you can narrow these symptoms down to auto immune diseases and/or inflammation. If you test negative for all the normal blood tests like Lupus, Lymes etc, that leaves you with the nebulous fibromyalgia or just plain body imflammation.A dear friend had the same symptoms (minus bruising) a few years ago and cleared all of her symptoms by going gluten free. She tested negative to Celiacs disease but tested very high on the gluten sensitivty tests (go to a naturopath or allergist). 6 months ago I went gluten free and my symptoms totally disappeared. Since the holidays, it crept back in and guess what--the symptoms are back and worse.My friend became a quasi expert on this and she told me today that often gluten sensitivity often goes hand in hand with a yeast imbalance as well, but the only thing that really helps with that is the Candida diet, which is pretty hard core. The reason this happens is as our immune systems become compromised we often take multiple rounds of antibiotics for various infections over a period of years to combate them and then our yeast level is out of whack, which is not healthy either. Anyway, I am about to reembark on my gluten free diet to see what happens. If you have these symptoms and all your tests are normal, there is only everything to gain from eliminating gluten. Note it can take a few days to a few weeks to a few months to really feel all the effects of being gluten free. it takes 6 months to totally eradicate from the body.I think i feel like utter **** now due to the fact I went on a sushi bonanza the other night and did not think about all the soy sauce I was injesting which is laden with gluten.Good luck all...
    phadfield 4 Replies
    • February 18, 2012
    • 03:28 AM
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