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Old 10-25-2012, 01:44 AM   #3251
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Thanks, Everyone.

I feel a little (actually a lot) bad for airing yet another health problem here when so many of you are going through worse. It's just that at night I don't have my TB here to look after me and I am getting so frustrated.

I will try to contact my own doctor's office tomorrow but she usually isn't in on Thursday and I know the clinic will just say to go to the ER and I am not sitting there for 9 hours. I can try the cardiologist's office but he didn't seem to give me much time when I had an appointment.
Laurie, don't feel bad! We are your friends and we want to listen and help where we can.
Everyone has problems but it's good to talk and have support.
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Odette is right, there is no reason to feel bad.

Sheesh, it is too late to edit and I just saw my stupid typo in my last message. Grrrrr. I'm getting old. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:41 AM   #3253
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Laurie, I am on the lowest dosage possible short of not taking anything. And I still have hematomas. I just tell folks I am the poster child for "Abuse The Elderly." Half the residents in this building have the bruises. My biggest problem with them is when I bang one of them and break the skin. You would think I sliced open an artery. I had one doctor send me to Dermatology to find out if it had anything to do with the psoriasis. They came back with the diagnosis of phlebitis. Huh? Then I had another doctor tell me I was in denial of being abused by my family. I have had them so bad that I had bruises from my elbows down to the top of my hands. Little by little my cardio reduced my blood thinners. Now I only get small bruises. Small than a penny. but when I do break one, it will bleed just like the big ones. And boy do those suckers hurt once the skin is broken.

But if you are concerned, by all means talk to your doctor. As you age, you lose collegen. Not only in your skin, but your arteries and other parts of your body. Because your arteries and veins are now thinner due to the lack of the collegen, it doesn't take much to cause the blood to seep through to just under the skin. Just rubbing your arms when you feel a chill can bring on a bruise. I never did get a satisfactory explanation from my doctors. Yet none of them showed any concern. It was my son who explained it all to me with pictures, none the less. One of the benefits my son had in having me for a mother, when he was studying medicine at Yale, he concentrated on the subjects that ailed me. As my medical proxy, he wanted to be able to discuss about what was in my best interest. And bruises were one of them.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:55 AM   #3254
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Thanks, Everyone.

I feel a little (actually a lot) bad for airing yet another health problem here when so many of you are going through worse. It's just that at night I don't have my TB here to look after me and I am getting so frustrated.

I will try to contact my own doctor's office tomorrow but she usually isn't in on Thursday and I know the clinic will just say to go to the ER and I am not sitting there for 9 hours. I can try the cardiologist's office but he didn't seem to give me much time when I had an appointment.
Laurie,
get in there it's just to bad if he has to spend time with you Good Lord girl listen to PF andBarbara. This is not good. get that med adjusted and make sure they do it NOW!!! I bruise too form my aspirin I have to take but not like that and you don't need something to put up with. Listen to those who love you girl and we all do.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:37 PM   #3255
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Thanks again, everyone.

My GP says that my blood thinner is a moderate dose and shouldn't make be bruise this much (in an average person which I am not ). It is probably the combination of the blood thinner, aspirin and my FM that is making it worse....and because bruises can hurt a bit, this is flaring my fibromyalgia and making it a vicious circle.

She say SHE will contact the cardiologist and see what he wants done. She said this will be quicker than if I try.

In the meantime, I am to be careful and watch the bruising - look for new ones, etc.

While I am still sore, lethargic and multi-coloured, I am not panicked like I was. Thanks for getting me to have it checked.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:48 PM   #3256
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Just watch for unusual bleeding from other spots. If it was me, I would stop my aspirin. The blood thinner is already doing it's job. Many times doctors forget to stop aspirin when they order a blood thinner. When you talk to your doctor next run that by her.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:59 PM   #3257
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Thanks again, everyone.

My GP says that my blood thinner is a moderate dose and shouldn't make be bruise this much (in an average person which I am not ). It is probably the combination of the blood thinner, aspirin and my FM that is making it worse....and because bruises can hurt a bit, this is flaring my fibromyalgia and making it a vicious circle.

She say SHE will contact the cardiologist and see what he wants done. She said this will be quicker than if I try.

In the meantime, I am to be careful and watch the bruising - look for new ones, etc.

While I am still sore, lethargic and multi-coloured, I am not panicked like I was. Thanks for getting me to have it checked.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:14 PM   #3258
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Cute, Barbara!

So, my GP talked to the cardiologist who said he put me on the aspirin and blood thinner for a reason and I should just suck it up and not worry about the bruising unless I have other bleeding as PF said.

My doctor is fuming! She didn't send me to this guy, the hospital did and while she isn't a cardiologist she said my tests don't seem so bad - that the angiogram is just to be safe and with my other conditions she is worried more about the drugs and the bruising than me having a heart attack. She is going to get me in to see a new cardiologist ASAP. She won't change the medication until she can get the second opinion but if I have other symptoms I am to go off the aspirin first and then contact her office ASAP.

My doctor is really good (she actually phoned me today twice and the cardiologist on her day off because the receptionist thought it was serious enough to contact her). She wants us to photograph the bruising and I need to phone in the morning for an emergency appointment to see her as she is fully booked. They know I will be calling but they have to follow procedure.

This is the second time a doctor has told me to "suck it up". The first one was an orthopedic surgeon who said that no one would touch my knee for 10 years and I would just have to suck it up with the pain and inability to walk. I had the replacement surgery 6 months later by another doctor who when it was done said I couldn't have waited one year let alone 10!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #3259
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Well, I disagree with the cardiologist. Jerk!

What thinner are you taking, what dose and what dose of aspirin? You can PM me that info.

Stupid cardiologist, what a jerk!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:42 PM   #3260
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There's a reason it's called "practicing" medicine....

Laurie, sure hope you can get this resolved!
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