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What causes unusual bruises all over right leg?

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015
Question: Hello, I have a bunch of unexplained bruises all over my right leg. I definitely do not remember injuring myself, but they keep popping up over my veins, and it's worrying me a little bit. Some are the size of a quarter, and some follow along the veins. I took Naproxen for a week last week, and had been prescribed Topamax the week before for silent migraines (vertigo, dizziness, nausea, only 2 severe migraines with head pain) but took it once (25mg) and stopped because it made me feel really weird. Please help!
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
need some details to guide you better

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem.

I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. There could be a number of causes for your complaint. I would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please:

1. since when are you having this problem?
2. is it only on right leg or any other part of the body as well?
3. please share a clear image of that area?
4. did similar complaint occur in past?
5. are you on any medication?
6. do you or anyone in the family has history of diabetes, hypertension, bleeding disorder or any other illness?
7. is overlying skin hot and raised(swelled)?
8. any other symptom that you would like to share?

I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours.
Thank You
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (4 minutes later)
I've been noticing these bruises since last week, I only have one other bruise on my other thigh, but that seems to be healing. My right leg seems kinda tingly and cold but I'm not sure if it's because I'm hyper aware of there being something not right or not. I can't share an image at the moment but there are multiple bruises on my thigh, calf and ankle, some are circular and brownish and some (upper thigh) are along the veins and one has a purple dot in the center. I do not believe there is any such history in my family, no. And the skin feels fine, it doesn't look swollen, and it is not hot. It's causing a lot of anxiety though (not too abnormal for me, I worry--just not usually about health problems).
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Needs workup if persists even after 4-5 days

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank you for getting back with the answers as well as image. I have gone through them. There could be possibility that it is minor subcutaneous bruise which will reabsorb itself in few days and there is also possibility that its is some hematological disorder. I would suggest you to wait & observe for few days. Hopefully it will disappear itself as soon as blood is absorbed from the subcutaneous tissue(like on thigh). If it persists even after 4-5 days then visit hospital and get an appointment for "Consultant Hematologist". He is specialized in blood disorders. He will perform some investigations including CBC with ESR, peripheral smear, clotting profile to confirm the diagnosis. Further management will depend upon the results.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help if not then don't forget to close the discussion and rate it.
Wishing you good health !!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (19 minutes later)
Thank you so much for all your help!
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome

Detailed Answer:
Hello

You are most welcome. I'll be available 24/7 for if you ever need guidance. Don't forget to close the discussion and rate it. Feel free to contact me directly on HCM by visiting http://goo.gl/fxj9bG
Wishing you good health !!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: need some details to guide you better Detailed Answer: Hello Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem. I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. There could be a number of causes for your complaint. I would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please: 1. since when are you having this problem? 2. is it only on right leg or any other part of the body as well? 3. please share a clear image of that area? 4. did similar complaint occur in past? 5. are you on any medication? 6. do you or anyone in the family has history of diabetes, hypertension, bleeding disorder or any other illness? 7. is overlying skin hot and raised(swelled)? 8. any other symptom that you would like to share? I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours. Thank You