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What does it mean if I randomly get bruises for no reason?

000001000001 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited November 2011 in Parent Cafe
I keep assuming I've hurt myself and forgotten about it, but I might be getting bruises in places I haven't hurt myself, so I am a bit confused.

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Replies to: What does it mean if I randomly get bruises for no reason?

  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    you may have a vitamin deficiency.
    Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
  • megan12megan12 Registered User Posts: 642 Member
    It could be nothing (vitamin deficiency) or it could be serious - I would ask a doctor about it.
  • momof3greatgirlsmomof3greatgirls Registered User Posts: 817 Member
    You could have ITP or cancer, if they are black and you would have other signs too.
  • 000001000001 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you, I guess I will start taking vitamins. I'm a vegetarian so I should be extra concerned about this but I've been kind of lazy.
  • UCLA Band MomUCLA Band Mom Registered User Posts: 1,180 Senior Member
    Your blood platelets might be low, which could be the sign of a serious blood disorder like leukemia. Get it checked out by a doctor.
  • SeahorsesrockSeahorsesrock Registered User Posts: 1,638 Senior Member
    Most likely it's an anemia. In had the same problem. Hownold are you?

    I got myself on a vitamin regimen, adding in vitiam d, e, b12, and C and arnica....arnica is amazing for bruises, you can take a pill as well as a cream to put on the bruises, makes them disappear faster and don't get as bad. At healt foodnstore.

    Don't freak out about cancers or anything. First look at your diet, and make sure you are getting your minerals, etc. Seems lack of zinc can contribute to bruises.

    Again, arnica is awesome.

    I was seeing bruises and also not remembering big bangs into things. So I started paying extra attention and if I even lightly bumped a drawer I noted to myself and checked to see if a bruise showed up. They often did. Once I paid more attention to my diet and supplements, the bruises have been very infrequent. Seeing a doctor is fine, but also try the simple solutions as well and dont get all worried.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,268 Senior Member
    Some people bruise easily - I am one of them. In fact, it runs in the family: my mother is the same way, so is my son. The slightest bump leaves a purple mark.
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,871 Senior Member
    If this is something new, go to the doctor.
  • MomLiveMomLive Registered User Posts: 2,370 Senior Member
    Like Katliamom, I've always bruised very easily. It's called 'easy bruising syndrome'. The slightest bump..... It's really a result of having thin, fair skin. But you should get it checked out. I've been tested for platelet disorders several times.

    I've noticed over the years, certain activities like moving boxes and furniture will increase my level of bruises. A lot of the time I can't remember bumping into anything. My doctor once told me, after I complained I must be clumsy, that everyone bumps in to stuff and doesn't remember it. The difference is most people don't bruise that easily and therefore don't think twice about it.
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,555 Senior Member
    It means you need to make a doctor's appointment. Most likely it is nothing serious, but there is a possibility that you might have a condition that needs to be treated so that it won't get worse, such as anemia.
  • MommaJMommaJ Registered User Posts: 5,640 Senior Member
    When you have a new symptom that is troubling enough to make you seek advice from a message board of strangers, and you are told it could be anything from trivial to serious, you don't take vitamins--you call your doctor. Today.
  • mspearlmspearl Registered User Posts: 1,233 Senior Member
    Depends. Are the bruises on your arms, shins...places that would bump into things? Bruises on places like your back, chest, abdomen are much more alarming. You may have a low platelet count, be slightly anemic. Do your gums bleed a lot when you brush your teeth? Sometimes acute viral illnesses, like a flu or mono, can cause temporary bone marrow suppression. Don't get too worried but make an appt. with your physician and they will start by getting a cbc.
  • GladGradDadGladGradDad Registered User Posts: 2,818 Senior Member

    You seem to be posting various medical questions on this board. It makes no sense to make medical decisions based on random people on a board like this so make sure you go see a doc rather than rely on responses from people here (regardless of whether some of the people are quite knowledgeable on many topics).
  • kitesurferkitesurfer Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    immediately. Next business day, please. Thank you.

    the ks.
  • Puzzled88Puzzled88 Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    I agree that you should check with a doctor but don't worry too much. I have always bruised super easily and almost always have at least one or two. Like MomLive, if I do something like moving furniture (most recently, helping my D move into an apt.) I am covered with bruises. I also look battered when I get back from a trip as I invariably bash myself with a suitcase somehow. Last week my friend had to hold my ankles while I did crunches in an exercise class and I knew as she grabbed me that I'd have bruises afterward. I have mentioned it to doctors and nobody seems to be alarmed. I have cousins who have hemophilia and I've always wondered if that is somehow related.
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