Hi ladies, I am quite clumsy and lately I have had quite a few big/painful bruises. I have also noticed tiny red spots on my lower legs that look like a rash. I had the same thing a few years ago and was told its harmless purpura and was brushed off. Has anyone had this or know what causes it?
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03-07-2013 19:39 #1
Bruising and purpura
03-07-2013 21:14 #2
Yes I've had it. When I was younger (late teens, I'm now 41) I had a blood disorder called ITP, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. It's low platelet count so your blood doesn't clot. If your count gets too low it can be dangerous.
It's also something that can come on during pregnancy & can be dangerous when it comes to the birth due to haemorrhaging. If you are pregnant you should def mention it to your Ob. Or if you're not, ask your GP to check do a full blood count to check.
Mine disappeared after a few years without major incidence. I believe it was an autoimmune issue in my case & possibly all related to my eventual infertility (I had my children thru ivf).
Get it checked out to be safe. Obviously in extreme cases it can be a more dangerous situation...
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03-07-2013 21:16 #3
What I meant to say at the beginning is that mine was picked because Ai bruised easily & had the petechiae rash like you do...
04-07-2013 06:26 #4
Thank you! I'm not pregnant but I'm trying at the moment so ill go to my GP about it.
04-07-2013 09:03 #5
Have your Iron checked. I used to bruise quite badly, and low Iron was a big factor for me.
04-07-2013 09:58 #6
It's important you go get it checked out. With low platelets there's a risk of spontaneous bleeding or uncontrollable bleeding if you have an accident or even a minor bump. It's very similar to hemophilia. Without adequate platelets your blood struggles to clot correctly.
All that said don't panic. I never had a bleeding episode even though my counts were critically low.
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