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#1 of 9 Old 08-25-2003, 11:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

For the past few months I have noticed that I am getting bruises so easily. At the moment I have about 8-10 bruises on my legs, and it seems to always be that way lately. And for all except a few, I have no idea how I got them. Some mornings I'll get out of the shower and notice two or three new ones that seem to have appeared in my sleep. Does anyone have any idea what causes bruising like this. My new insurance doesn't kick in until Sept. 1, so I have to wait to see a doctor, but it's really starting to concern me. Do any vitamin/mineral deficiencies cause easy bruising?
Thanks for any info you all can provide.
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I'm no professional, but I think vitamin K helps with clotting, so maybe that's it? Possibly not enough Iron? Also, are you taking any asprin? I know that that can thin your blood, which would make for an easy bruise, I think. Like I said, I'm no Pro, but this is what comes to mind.
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Lack of vitamin C will also cause you to bruise easily. Women bruise more easily anyway due to our estrogen making our capillary walls weaker.
If you do bash yourself take Arnica Montana, homeopathic remedy, works really well if you can get it in you immediately.
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Thanks for the ideas.

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I'm glad your insurance starts soon so you can look into this! Maybe you could make an appointment now, for after the 1st? Unexplained bruising can be a symptom of leukemia, so it's definitely worth checking out! Nutritional deficiency is much more likely, but still, don't let this go on.

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I bruise very easily too and have always had this problem. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease- it is an autoimmune reaction to gluten and was basically malnourished in spite of eating well/taking vits-- I think bruising can be a sign something is needing attention healthwise. I hope all is well and you find some answers.

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Thanks for all the helpful info. It's difficult to consider a deficiency since I have a really good diet and still take a prenatal suplement(nursing DD). I did quick google on easy bruising and found that it can be a sign of all sorts of things, or it can be nothing at all. Regardless, I'm going to have myself checked out, especially since DH and I are ttc and I just want to be extra sure that everythings okay.
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Vitamn K is especially important if you bruise easily - as I do and always have. Also you can do things to "tone" your blood. Red meat is a no-brainer, but if you are a veggie, beets & wheatgrass can do the trick. you have to take the wheatgrass every day though - i couldnt stomach it because it repeats terribly on me. i think there is a drink you can get called green magma which you can sub for the wheatgrass if its too expensive or not readily available.

I agree though with your thought - if this is a fairly new phenomonon better to be safe that sorry and go have yourself checked out.
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