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Bruising thin skin
gmjojo posted:
Hello, This is in response to cranberry juice as being helpful. I am on warfin blood thinner. It states in directions to stay away from cranberries as well as a lot of other things I love to eat. I have COPD and am on inhalers as well as prednisone and the warfin. I'm glad I found this discussion group, while I hate the way my legs and arms look especially when you don't remember hurting or bumping yourself I feel I am not alone. I am trying to lower dose of prednisone but the other meds I will need. Don't know if I will have to take blood thinners forever.
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tresvick responded:
Hi. don't exactly fit into this group as I don't have asthma. I do, however, have breathing problems. The inhalers I have tried to help with my breathing have had bad side effects so I couldn't continue using them. So I just huff and puff my way through the day. My main problem is that I have painful arthritis in my legs, knees, and lower back as well as a few other joints in my body. I have taken steroid shots for this (the last shot didn't even help) and with each shot red spots start breaking out all over my arms. Some are small and some are quite large. They don't hurt, but my skin becomes quite thin and, like many of you who have posted here, it tears and bleeds at the least little bump or I get a real bruise as opposed to the red spots from the doctor. My doctor said if I got red spots from the shots I couldn't have any more. I'm trying to find out why and if the red spots and thinning skin are enough to keep me from having more steroid shots. The pain I fell, especially in my back and legs, keeps me from living a normal life. At least here I can relate to why my skin thins and tears and have seem some resources I might try to help with this. Unlike most of you, the red spots along don't hurt, but when my skin tears and bleeds it does hurt. After the steriod is out of my system, my skin gets a little thicker and stops tearing at every little bump and the red spots go away. The spots certainly are embarrassing, but I am in so much pain I am considering getting another shot from a different doctor. If anyone can identify with this, I would appreciate knowing and, also, knowing what you have learned about it if you have any information. I'm sorry you all have to go through this. It is discouraging and depressing to have your arms covered with red spots and bruises, and it's nice to know other people understand. Vickie
sgbl88 responded:
Hi I am sorry to hear about your problems. I take 650 mg aspirin every day. I bruise very easily as well.

I recently found that Preparation-H very quickly diminishes the appearance of bruises. Witch hazel, one of the active ingredients in Preparation-H, also helps, but I found the Preparation-H works more quickly.

My doctor suggested ice and compression when I know I have bumped into something. I am also trying to be more careful and covering up my arms and legs covered.

I hope that helps you. I know it is hard. I have had people ask me if I was being abused I had so many bruises.

Take care.


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