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June 28, 2012 9:38 AM
Ok. i don't know if this is related to my diet or what. but in the last couple days, i keep waking up with these little black bruises all up and down my legs, mainly on my calves. what is going on. i didn't injure myself that i know of. some one told me i could deficient in vitamins? i dunno. what do you think. can not having proper nutrients cause weird unexplained bruising.? also, another quick question. is it possible to pull a muscle behind your knee from running. cuz while i was running, the back of me knee felt weird, like it was going to give out,? thanks.
June 28, 2012 9:43 AM
If you find out, let me know, because I have always bruised easily, but I am getting enough nutrients, so I really don't understand it. Its been something that has plagued me since childhood. I bruise ridiculously easy. :-/ I fell over my daughters toys like 2 weeks ago and got a big baseball sized bruise on my leg and it didn't even hurt at all when I tripped. So annoying.
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June 28, 2012 9:46 AM
Have you been checked for anemia?
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June 28, 2012 9:48 AM
I believe that if you are low in iron(anemic) that you tend to bruise easily. Maybe ask your doctor to test your iron levels.
June 28, 2012 9:49 AM
Make sure you get to the doctor to get that checked out. There are lots of simpler things that can cause bruising like anemia and vitamin deficiencies, but it can also be a sign of something more serious like leukemia (that was how one of my former bank customers was diagnosed). Don't mean to be alarming but please go to your doctor and ask for some blood work to know for sure what's going on.
June 28, 2012 9:49 AM
Edited after giving it some thought. It might well be a dietary issue or a drug interaction problem if you're taking any medications. My mother would bruise oddly for no apparent reason. The Doctor finally decided that she was sensitive to something in the environment, and it was a sort of hyper-allergic reaction. She also bruised something awful anytime she had to have dye injected for a test.
Edited by carld256 On June 28, 2012 10:02 AM
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June 28, 2012 9:50 AM
I have the same problem! I usually get little bruises on my upper thighs and sometimes on my midriff, and occasionally I'll have a huge one on my calf when I don't remember injuring it at all. I am slightly anemic, so maybe that has something to do with it? I don't know. It makes my legs look pretty bad especially since my skin is really pale.
June 28, 2012 9:51 AM
I've had this my entire life. When I was a teen my doctor assured me it was a potassium deficiency, so I don't really worry about it anymore other than trying to take vitamins regularly. Unfortunately, I do think many people assume I'm getting beaten by someone, which is absolutely NOT true noway
June 28, 2012 9:51 AM
Call your doctor IMMEDIATELY. Weird bruises can be a sign of ITP (essentially, not enough platelets), which, if untreated, can cause you to bleed to death. Also, weird bruises can be a sign of leukemia.

Sorry to be alarmist, but I had unexplained bruises as a kid, and the pediatrician told my mom to take me to the emergency room immediately. Turned out to have been the right move.
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June 28, 2012 9:52 AM
This is probably a doctor issue vs a MFP issue. You may need labwork. That being said... I have this issue and my labwork all came out fine. I'm simply an easy bruiser. I look badass all the time wink
June 28, 2012 9:52 AM
not sure what would cause it...maybe like another said anemia. are u logging all your foods? just wondering cause it doesnt seem like enough.Just string cheese for lunch? Maybe it is a nutrient thing?---especially since you are working out a lot and not taking much in...Not sure...just an idea
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June 28, 2012 9:53 AM
I used to have the same problem because I was deficient in vitamin C. Once I got that fixed, it totally went away. Something about inhibiting how your body absorbs the iron or something......
June 28, 2012 9:53 AM
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Make sure you get to the doctor to get that checked out. There are lots of simpler things that can cause bruising like anemia and vitamin deficiencies, but it can also be a sign of something more serious like leukemia (that was how one of my former bank customers was diagnosed). Don't mean to be alarming but please go to your doctor and ask for some blood work to know for sure what's going on.


This crossed my mind too. I knew a little girl who battled leukemia for half of her life. Unexplained bruising was her first symptom too.
June 28, 2012 9:54 AM
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Iis it possible to pull a muscle behind your knee from running. cuz while i was running, the back of me knee felt weird, like it was going to give out,? thanks.


It's called knee strain. Make sure you do some type of warm up before taking off running. To help the problem now Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation with some anti inflamitory (motrin, etc).
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June 28, 2012 9:55 AM
strange, i woke up last week with bruises all over my legs, mostly on the back of my calves...someone mentioned vitamin D, but i think I will take a multi and get checked out soon.
June 28, 2012 9:56 AM
Please make sure you visit your doctor to let him/her find out for you. I have been experiencing the same problem - so easily bruised! I had my annual physical just this week, and talked to my doc about it. I'm not anemic, and all of my blood work came out fine (potassium, etc.). She ran another test for platelet functions, and I'm waiting to hear the results of it. Again, check with your doctor please!
Edited by dmoses On June 28, 2012 9:57 AM
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June 28, 2012 9:56 AM
two things that may be a culprits (and easily solved):
1. not getting enough iron. Start taking SlowFe. It is MUCH easier on digestion and can be found at any drug store.
2. have you been taking aspirin lately? Aspirin is a blood thinner. And can cause you to be more susceptible to bruising. Super annoying, but you can either lower your dosage or take it only every other day. Look at your headache medicine active ingredients =)

hope this helps.
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June 28, 2012 9:56 AM
QUOTE:

Make sure you get to the doctor to get that checked out. There are lots of simpler things that can cause bruising like anemia and vitamin deficiencies, but it can also be a sign of something more serious like leukemia (that was how one of my former bank customers was diagnosed). Don't mean to be alarming but please go to your doctor and ask for some blood work to know for sure what's going on.


I agree-see a doctor for some blood work
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June 28, 2012 9:57 AM
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If you find out, let me know, because I have always bruised easily, but I am getting enough nutrients, so I really don't understand it. Its been something that has plagued me since childhood. I bruise ridiculously easy. :-/ I fell over my daughters toys like 2 weeks ago and got a big baseball sized bruise on my leg and it didn't even hurt at all when I tripped. So annoying.


I bruise amazingly easy, too, for my whole life. I even got a black & blue last time I had a massage. I asked my physician about it - even though he still did a complete blood workup and all was normal - he said some people are just like that and it's not all that uncommon. Some people just bruise more easily than others.

What you would need to worry about is if the black & blue marks are not going away in a timely fashion (not healing). That's an indication something might be wrong, like iron deficiency.

It didn't hurt me to see the doctor and have him run the bood tests. Just seeing that all the results were normal helped alleviate my concern/worry.

Be gentle to yourself and be well! Cheers! smile
June 28, 2012 9:59 AM
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strange, i woke up last week with bruises all over my legs, mostly on the back of my calves...someone mentioned vitamin D, but i think I will take a multi and get checked out soon.


Maybe it was D...... I dont remember. I started taking a multivitamin gelcap and it went away within a week and has not returned.
June 28, 2012 9:59 AM
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I've had this my entire life. When I was a teen my doctor assured me it was a potassium deficiency, so I don't really worry about it anymore other than trying to take vitamins regularly. Unfortunately, I do think many people assume I'm getting beaten by someone, which is absolutely NOT true noway


Me too. My mom used to worry that my wonderful, loving husband was beating on me! Not true :-)
June 28, 2012 9:59 AM
I bruise very easily due to low blood platelets which is a condition of my Lupus. It may be a symptom of a bigger issue.
June 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Go see a doctor ASAP. Could be anything from your diet to leukemia.
June 28, 2012 10:01 AM
IN honestly I would forget the pills and hed for the Vegtable rack. Plenty of high iron foods that are also very low in calories, so great on a diet and they fill you up. Things I tend to go for are:

Peas
Brussel Sprouts
Water Cress
Spinach
Some potatoes (varies by type)

Also, but less

Broccoli
Couliflower

Most of those, barr the potatoes really, you can eat loads of with no worries.
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June 28, 2012 10:02 AM
See a Dr! It could be a million dif things, some serious, some not at all!
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