I'm grasping at a straw here, but I have pretty severe iron deficiency anemia. Internal GI bleeding has been ruled out, my periods are not heavy. I did have gastric bypass surgery almost 7 yrs ago, so at this point, every blood doctor wants to blame my surgery for the anemia. I saw the Cleveland Clinic in FL in hopes they would try to figure out why the anemia is not getting better and I'd ideally love a way to not have to go the IV iron route again, but that was the only offer placed on the table
So, it got me thinking about how much a bruise. I bruise VERY easily. Like, I was moving my little boys bedroom around yesterday and within a couple of hours, I had massive black bruises on my upper arms. I knocked my shin slightly against the bedframe and I have a giant bruise with a baseball sized knot that is still coming through. We use a backpack for our diaper bag and if it's loaded with sippy cups, etc, then I get bruises on my shoulders from the weight in the bag.
If I clap my hands to hard or bang the inside of my fingers on anything, even lightly, I get bruises all over my fingers and upper palm.
Anyway, I never thought much about my bruising because I thought it was related to my anemia. (Reason I get frustrated with the doctors blaming my gastric bypass for the anemia is because I've been anemic since I was a baby.)
So, I am a very easy bruiser and I do bruise a lot. With 4 young kids, I am always getting bruises! Could all this bruising be a cause of blood loss/iron loss? Or does the body just reabsorb the blood at the bruise site? I know I have low vitamin D and low vitamin B, so not sure if those relate to the bruising or if the iron deficiency is the cause of the bruising afterall.
The Cleveland Clinic gave me a game plan that I'm not thrilled with. 15 IV iron infusions with Venefor over the course of a month and that will supposedly just take me out of depletion. After that, we'll have to do an iv iron infusion every 3 months for the rest of my life. Ugh.
BUT, if the bruising is the cause of the iron deficiency, then maybe it's a blood clotting issue that is the real problem? I have no idea! Just grasping at straws in hopes to find the root cause of it all. Thanks if you made it this far!!