For about 3 months now I have been feeling so much pain.. I've posted on this board before so some of you may have read them.. Well now I keep getting these little red dots on my skin.. I can't seem to make a connection about what makes them show up but all I know is that i'm having constant thoughts of dying because I was researching on the internet and came across something called petechiae which is linked to many serious illnesses.. I'm not even sure if this is what these red dots are.. they are very very small, show up in random places & a lot of the times it feels itchy in that area and if i scratch them they will either disappear or turn into an itchy bump then fade away within an hour or day or so.. altho some of them do not blanch when pressed on, which is what scares me.. this all started a few days after I got really bad sunburn at the beach a month ago.. & my skin has been really dry and tender lately.. i don't know what this is from.. the fibro or not? .. i also had a psychical exam & extensive bloodwork done for the 2nd time in 3 months RIGHT before these dots started showing up and the bloodwork was fine.. I'm praying this is not petechiae... I'm scared I'm going to die...
someone .. anyone please help.. please offer your advice
The only advice i can give you is to go see a dermatologist. I haven't had this symptom. You are obviously very upset and i understand how scared you must be. When presented with problem what works best for me is to take action to find a solution, and not focus on the problem.
Take DonnaMaries advice to ease your mind. Those red dots could simply be small blood vessels that come to the skin. I have red small and larger dots all over my body and sometimes they do itch. The ones that stay are blood vessels, that info comes from my dermie. The ones that itch I don't know about but they do disappear in a few days like you said and I have had them for years. Try not to worry till you see the doc.
I don't know when i'll get a chance to see the doctor.. & sometimes I have none on me at all so what if I go and none are there for me to show my doctor.. then it will seem like i'm crazy.. do you guys think this might be something serious?
Welcome to our family. You've chosen a superb place to be. Everyone is so helpful and will andswer your questions, or just listen to how you are feeleing. Now to your questions. Because you mentioned the sun in connection with these little red bumps, I thought you might be interested in looking at a condition called Polymorphic Light Eruption - PLE for short.
I will give a brief synopsis of it, and then you can look into it further if it sounds familiar ok?
Polymorphic light eruption (PLE), otherwise termed polymorphous light eruption (PMLE), is a skin complaint caused by sunlight.
Typically, those affected by it will have been exposed to the sun for two to three days while on holiday, although the complaint does occur between the spring and autumn months in the UK, and sometimes as little as 15 minutes' exposure to sunshine can induce the condition. It can even be brought on by sunlight penetrating through a window or thin clothing.
A delayed-onset, spotty, itchy eruption appears on the skin, and may take between 5 to 10 days to clear.
The rash usually consists of small red spots or blisters and can appear on any part of the body that has been exposed to sunshine, although commonly the face and the backs of the hands will be spared. It tends to heal without scarring.
If possible try to take photographs of the spots whilst they are there, and then you can go to see your doctor and show him these to back up what you will be asking him about.
If I can be of any further help, let me know.
I am not a medical doctor, I only speak from my own experience of the illnesses I discuss here.
Last edited by goldenwings; 08-31-2005 at 11:36 AM.
i get the same thing. from the sun. ever since i got a really bad sunburn 20+ years ago i have had to be careful. those spots are a pain in the fanny. i have had them biopsied and they always turn out to be nothing. well, my own bullheadedness, maybe, giggle. i love the sun.
i had to stay out of the sun completely for 10 years. it was hard, but i did it. now i can do the sun, with intelligence, and not get spotty.
girlfriend, you cannot let each new symptom, or information you read on the internet, make you fearful. you will make yourself crazy. i speak from experience. i almost lost it during the first couple of years. i kept thinking, oh no! this one for sure is something bad, i just know it. know what? i was wrong. here i still am.
i found myself a good head shrinker and got my life back together with my new body. it is like waking up in someone elses body. these days when something new pops in for a visit i check with my doc at my next appt. i do not run for the phone and freak out. that feeds fibromyalgia. see, fibro likes you afraid. more stress for it to feed on.
breath deep and slow. fear is not your friend. never was, never will be. especially with fibro.
peace and three hugs,
thank you all for replying.. bluelakelady i agree with you so much on the fact that i can't let each new symptom.. or even if it's not a symptom of fibro, just something else get to me because i will drive myself insane.. i'm halfway there already it's just so hard for me right now, i guess it's going to take me a while to get used to all of this.. you sound like such a smart, helpful, comforting person and this board is really lucky to have you here! don't ever stop sharing those words of wisdom & goldenwings thank u so much for that information, i'm going to look into more.. altho sometimes i'm not exposed to the sun and i see the little red dots appear .. ugh.. i think it may have a connection being hot & having dry skin.. hopefully its not something so bad
i will pray for you to grow proactive and make an appt. with a dermatology specialist, if you have not already done so. fibro fog is visiting me today. it's okay tho. the fun aspect of fibro fog is hearing the same thing again or seeing it and being just as delighted as i was the first or third time, giggle.
you will find your way. heat can bring out the little red dots. try a cool shower and less clothing.
i actually mustered the energy to clean my house a bit today. the floors feel so nice under my bare feet. no golden i did not do the yucky barf toilet duty. brother get's that chore this weekend. just thinking about it grosses me out!
i thank you for your kind words alex. we are blessed to have you with us.