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paradijs
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Well, for a long time now (about a year or so) I have noticed I get bruises out of nowhere on my legs and sometimes on my arms and hands. I even get some under my arm near my armpits or really any place I'm positive I've never even touched. I am not an easy bruiser, I am positive of that...

I am starting to get worried because I have got very sick (really bad colds and flu) numerous times this year and then I get weird bruises out of nowhere. So Tuesday-Wednesday I got grounded and was sick again (I had severe abdominal <sp> pains and I couldn't really walk, I feel great today though...) so the only thing I can do is watch TV so I was on the couch *ALL* day except when I went potty. I now have THREE new bruises and I am positive I haven't hit it because I kept close track. All together I have 19 good-sized ones on my legs and one new one on my arm. Should I be worried? Go to a doctor maybe?


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Milke
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Go to a doctor, definitely. I don't want to start in on the scary scenarios, especially when all that's likely to do is put you off seeking help, so I won't, but please do get this checked into.

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Heather
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Unexplained bruising or easy bruising can also be a signal of Vitamin C deficiency.

So, if you're not great with your vitamins or with eating lots of fresh cirtus, go ahead and add that supplement as well as seeing your Doc.


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paradijs
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I am very scared now

On my right arm, yesterday I noticed I had a few unusual white spots. Today it is covering almost all of my forearm... I'm losing my mind, what if I have cancer or something? However I'm trying to convince my unconvincing Mom that I have some kind of disease and if she really loved me she would take me to a doctor, but she doesn't think it's serious or anything... baah, what to do...


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lucky for you, you haven't described any form of cancer i ever heard of.

i'm inclined to think Miz S is nto something. do you get enough Vitamin C? Do you also have raw gums that bleed when you brush your teeth? Yeah, don't think scurvy can't happen in this day and age. my friend's dorm roommate got it (thanks to a diet consisting entirely of Cap'n Crunch).

Have you been sick lately? how is your diet? Are you over or underweight (underweight ppl bruise easily!)?

Do you have another parent who might be more inlcined to take you to see a doctor?

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paradijs
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Actually, I think my BMI says I'm underweight... and I get sick pretty much all of the time. Usually I get very dizzy, sick to my stomach and have lightheadedness. I was worried I may have cancer because I am a phobia freak because cancer has killed most of my relatives. I also take a Vitamin C pill my Mom gives to me, so can I still have it even if I take those?
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Well, supplements are called supplements for a reason: they're only supposed to supplement an already healthy and balanaced diet, not replace one.

And vitamins are best absorbed in raw form, not pill form. So, orange juice citrus fruits -- start eatin'em.

A lot of the symptoms you're descibing sound to me like you just aren't taking care of yourself, to be honest. Do you get enough relaxation and sleep? Are you underweight due to undereating, or not eating enough healthy foods (in other words, are they the basis of your diet, rather than a bunch of processed crud) -- and that's including PLENTY of fresh raw or steamed veggies and fruits, lean or nonmeat proteins, complex, rather than simple, carbohydrates? Do you stay hydrated? If not, time to start doing all of those things.

If you already do, talk to your doctor about all of these symptoms at your next checkup.


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paradijs
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I'll just talk to my doctor because I do take very good care of myself. But thanks for the info everybody.
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Diabetes is an explanation as well. Mysterious brusing can be a sign of diabetes. It can also be a sign of a restless sleeper. Bruises dont' appear right away. You could be doing it in your sleep and noticing the bruises as the develop in the morning.

Getting all anxious about it won't make they bruises stop. See your doc and see what s/he says. No one here is a doc (well, actually maybe someone is, but none the less), so go see one. Only way to know. No sense in assuming the worse, go see a doc, and find out. It could be some reaction to something or something just as benign.


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