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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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