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    I was sitting at home this morning and noticed that I have started getting bruises all over my legs. Right now there are about 9 that I can see. I don't see any anywhere else on my body and I have done nothing that would have caused the bruising on my legs. Does anyone know if this is related to lupus or what this means? Thanks.

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    Hi Hippimom2;
    Are you taking any steroids? The use of steroids can lead to easy bruising because the skin becomes very fragile.
    This might be what is happening in your case if you are using steroids.

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    I'm not taking any steroids or any other meds that can make me bruise easily. This just kind of came out of nowhere. If it gets much worse, I'll probably try to get a Dr. appointment.

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    I just recently went to my rheumy, and has also noticed these red bruises all over. I have the general kind, where i bumb myself and they go through the range of colors, but these other ones i could not figure out. I asked him about them, and he explained that it's the Lupus acting up--its an extension of the 'rash' showing up as if they were bruises! I'm not saying this is the same for you; you should definetly check with your rheumy, but it was the case for me. Basically, the complements (C-3, C-4; which is why they can be low in us Lupies) go to the surface to these 'areas' and form clusters--or bruise like patches in the skin. Sometimes they can be elevated a little or even itch. At least that is what i understood from the doctor. My blood work has been showing signs of deterioration-- in fact, they just started me on Plaquenil about a month ago, and he actually lookd at the bruises and wanted to increase the dosage!! because he says it means that my body is going into a flare and there is more activity with lupus. I definetly recomend telling your doctor about it as soon as possible. i had noticed the bruising before going on the plaquenil, and he told me that they are not neccesarily drug related, but activity from lupus. However, it's true that it you take steroids, because it can lower your platelet levels, you do tend to bruise easier and they can last longer. So bruises something to always keep track of. Hope that helps!

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    I can kind of relate where you're coming from. I also have these strange lines (dark) all over my leges. I'm thinking their stretch marks from me losing some weight. I was reading on the internet that you can get stretch marks from the med. predisione, does anyone here know if's that's true? :?:
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    I can kind of relate where you're coming from. I also have these strange lines (dark) all over my leges. I'm thinking their stretch marks from me losing some weight. I was reading on the internet that you can get stretch marks from the med. predisione, does anyone here know if's that's true? :?:
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    Thanks tatiana and butterfly. I did end up going to a PA at my local clinic (my rheumy is an hour away). It was SO frustrating. I was hoping he would check my liver because I have had some disease activity in my liver before and I read that problems with the liver can cause bruising. First of all, I was having fevers too, but they didn't take my temp, blood pressure or urine sample (I've also had protien in my urine). He said he was going to check my platelets and indicated he was going to check my liver also. The next day he called back and said my platelets and blood count were fine. When I asked about my liver, he said he didn't test the enzymes. He said he didn't know why I had bruises that maybe I had bumped into something and didn't know it.

    The bruises are starting to fade and I have only gotten a few new ones. It may be what you talked about, tatiana - that my lupus is flaring up. If it gets worse again I will go to someone more familiar with my case.

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    I get bruising all the time, most of the time I don't remember bumping anything, but if I bump something, even lightly, I bruise very badly. I've also not had an answer for this, meeting a lupus specialist next month, maybe they'll have an idea!

    Hope you find the cause

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