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Re: BRUISES... A SYMPTOM?

Re: BRUISES... A SYMPTOM?

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Posted by Lee Ann on August 24, 2000 at 09:42:26:

In Reply to: BRUISES... A SYMPTOM? posted by HEATHER on August 21, 2000 at 12:07:46:

: I'M SORT OF NEW TO THIS RSD THING. I WAS ONLY "OFFICIALLY" DIAGNOSED ABOUT A MONTH OR TWO AGO. ANYWAY AS YOU ALL KNOW IT HAS BEEN A HARD AND IRRITATING ROAD TO GET THE DOCTOR TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PAIN IS SERIOUS. WE DON'T SEEM TO HAVE MANY SPECIALISTS IN OUR AREA THAT DEAL WITH RSD. OH, WELL, MY REAL QUESTION IS ABOUT BRUISING. DOES ANYONE ELSE GET BLACK AND BLUE MARKS IN THE AFFECTED AREA? I READ SOMEWHERE THAT BRUISING CAN BE ANOTHER SYMPTOM, BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM ANYONE ELSE THAT ACTUALLY HAD THIS HAPPEN. I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE FROM THE MEDS I'M ON. ALL OF MY DOCTORS SEEM TO THINK I'M A FREAK MEDICAL CASE. IF THEY ONLY KNEW HOW MUCH OF THE PAIN I DON'T TELL THEM ABOUT. AND ALL BECAUSE I THINK THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME. ENOUGH GRUMBLING! I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY RESPONSES TO THIS QUESTION.

: HEATHER

Heather,
I get the bruises. Like all the other symptoms sometimes the bruising is worse and sometimes better. I have never really gotten an answer why it happes, I think it has something to do with weakened blood vessels. Also, don't hide your pain levels from your doctors, even if they don't seem to believe you. They need to understand how bad it is in order to help you. If you have to keep beating them over the head with it, do it. Being treated like you are doing this for attention or drugs is one of the worst things we deal with and I would like to say that it will get better, but you will continually run into new doctors who don't believe you or believe in RSD. Just stick to your guns and hang in there. Good Luck, Lee Ann


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