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Posted In: Skin conditions 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 19, 2007
  • 00:47 AM

Hi, I am a 59 yr. old woman who has developed a severe bruising problem on my arms during the last 4-6 months. I can barely touch something and I have this bruising and hemorraging under my skin that takes at least two or three weeks to heal and sometimes more. Further, I have bumped into the bathroom door and broke the skin which has caused alot of bleeding. While carrying in my groceries, one of the heavier bags with drinks in it bumped me in the knee. Two days later I had a bruise that was as big as the palm of my hand and this lasted two weeks.
To give you a brief drug history, I take Synthroid .088 once a day. I have no thyroid which was destroyed with radio active iodine nine years ago. I have dealt with severe migraines forever seems like. I have been taking Topomax in the capsule form. Also been taking long term Zyrtec D for allergy runny nose and an antibiotic, Biaxin. I also have been taking Lotrel for my blood pressure and Lipitor for my chlorestrol. I take NO aspirin products. Ten days ago I stopped taking everything but the Synthroid because I feel that a combination of some of these drugs is or has been contributing to my bruising. I have seen no change yet but feel it is too early.
One other problem, I have tremendous swelling in my left ankle and foot. It is swollen on the inside of my ankle when I get up in the morning and by the time I am ready for bed the swelling is my ankle and foot to my toes. This is an every day occurence. No swelling in the right at all.
Lastly, since February I have lost more than 30 pounds but not to 40 yet. I am averaging losing three pounds a month. I walk about four miles in the morning and again in the evening BUT the swelling of my ankle and foot is the same if I walk or if I don't. This swelling has been continuous for a little more than three weeks.
I have no gall bladder, I have had a hysterectomy and take NO hormones. I have no appendix and have had back survery for the removal and replacement of C6. I do have occasional pain from arthritis in my hips and knees but that is not an issue and this happens in colder weather. Generally I feel that my health is good other than dealing with the migraines which I have for a very long time and I am a Diamond Headache Clinic patient. I am slightly obese but in another year I plan to be able to remove that word from my medical record.
Any thoughts or conclusions as to my bruising issues would be appreciated.

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