Nerve damage and bruising

Lemon

Active member
Joined
Nov 27, 2021
Messages
46
Hey guys, do you think bruising could be a sign of (old) nerve damage under the skin, and possibly broken veins, and if so how can I fix these things? New bruises are always popping up all over my legs, and seems have been bruised that come and go forever now. I’ve had many injuries through life that I think are catching up with me, with this flare. It just hurts and I’ll try almost anything, but not sure if spinal cord surgery is the answer I just don’t want to become totally paralyzed either way.
 

JayCS

Very helpful member
Joined
Sep 5, 2020
Messages
906
Reason
DX FIBRO
Diagnosis
02/2020
Country
GE
Hi Lemon - looking at causes for seemingly spontaneous bruising, e.g. on healthline confirms my gut feeling that it doesn't make sense that it's nerves or old injuries catching up with you - which may be the case, but resulting in local pains (Scar- and Bonework etc. might help), not in bruises. Rather I'd suggest meds or nutrient deficiency decreasing blood ability to clot. (Unlikely rare inherited disorders which'd need to be excluded.) So I'd get your meds checked for anticoagulants and think about trying vit. C, K and get iron checked. Is that any help?
 

sunkacola

Very helpful member
Joined
Dec 2, 2016
Messages
1,752
Reason
DX FIBRO
Diagnosis
00/0000
Country
Uni
State
Somewhere
Bruising would not be caused by old injuries spontaneously coming back again, since that really doesn't happen to my knowledge. A more likely thing would be, as Jay suggests, a deficiency causing bruises to happen far more readily that they normally would, meaning that you lightly bumped something - so lightly that you didn't even pay attention to it at the time -- but it was enough to cause a bruise.

If this is happening a lot it should be investigated by a doctor to see if it needs treatment or reducing one medication or if taking a supplement would make it better.

I have always had bruises appear on my body, sometimes huge ones, without knowing exactly what caused them, but I have also always been very active and with a high pain tolerance, so I will at times cause a bruise without feeling it enough to pay any attention. I also tend to be hyper-focused on what I am doing, which adds to the not noticing. These days I feel it more if I bump into something, so it's less common for me not to know where a bruise came from.
 

Lemon

Active member
Joined
Nov 27, 2021
Messages
46
Thank you both for your thoughtful replies. I know my vitamin b and d run low, and take supplements. Also my k runs low so I take potassium ad well. Not sure what else I should try, fish oil is hard to swallow and I’m not on much else now, keep changing around my fm stuff. I’ll be more watchful of anything, if I sleep in pj pants with pockets they bruise me it seems also but we will keep on figuring these things out
 

JayCS

Very helpful member
Joined
Sep 5, 2020
Messages
906
Reason
DX FIBRO
Diagnosis
02/2020
Country
GE
vit. C, K
I know my vitamin b and d run low, and take supplements. Also my k runs low so I take potassium as well.
Ah, sorry, I didn't mean K as in potassium, I meant vitamin K, the one often added to vitamin D: I take 20.000 IE vit. D plus K2-MK7 once a week.
Remember to check iron? And you don't take any meds? Edit: Just seen you say gabapentin - that causes a lot, but doesn't anticoagulate or cause bruising.
 
Last edited:

Lemon

Active member
Joined
Nov 27, 2021
Messages
46
Ah, sorry, I didn't mean K as in potassium, I meant vitamin K, the one often added to vitamin D: I take 20.000 IE vit. D plus K2-MK7 once a week.
Remember to check iron? And you don't take any meds? Edit: Just seen you say gabapentin - that causes a lot, but doesn't anticoagulate or cause bruising.
Right I just thought of that but no, my Kand platelets are fine. Should I try supps and see if it helps? Meds that I’m on shouldn’t cause this.
 

JayCS

Very helpful member
Joined
Sep 5, 2020
Messages
906
Reason
DX FIBRO
Diagnosis
02/2020
Country
GE
Should I try supps and see if it helps?
Well, no way would I do spinal cord surgery... Not sure what that's got to do with bruising tho!?!?!
But aside from that there's a load of diagnoses it could be, from easy to tough, so like sunkacola says I'd definitely get it checked by docs and not accept it, and definitely not blame fibro.

The supps are an easy & cheap first try and maybe an answer, and probably something the docs'd suggest anyway.
I usually lwork on everything at the same time - take supps and make appointments.
"Dangerous" or expensive supps I check with the doc first, but most I just look up first.
Just to show it's not that easy: Vitamins, esp. vitamin E can cause bruising!

BTW I got vitamin K wrong, it's not K2, it's K1 that may be responsible for bruising.
And I'm not sure if good platelets mean your iron levels are OK...
Vitamin C is usually OK to try (but use "protect" if your gut is sensitive).
You can theoretically get all of these if you eat healthy (e.g. K1 in green veggies, C in fruit), but sometimes it doesn't work as it should...
 

sunkacola

Very helpful member
Joined
Dec 2, 2016
Messages
1,752
Reason
DX FIBRO
Diagnosis
00/0000
Country
Uni
State
Somewhere
Right I just thought of that but no, my Kand platelets are fine. Should I try supps and see if it helps? Meds that I’m on shouldn’t cause this.
I would suggest that you first have a talk about this with your doctor.

Treating ourselves is fine IF the doctor has no idea what to do, or if what all the doctors have tried did not work, or if you have had the problem previously and know what helps. I am all for people taking charge in their treatment, as you all know. But if you do not know what is causing a symptom and have not even discussed it with a doctor, that has to be your first step.

Just trying supplements may be an expensive and unproductive way to approach it, and could even make things worse. On the other hand, there are several unpleasant diseases and conditions that cause easy bruising. So the first step is a doctor's opinion.
 

Lemon

Active member
Joined
Nov 27, 2021
Messages
46
I would suggest that you first have a talk about this with your doctor.

Treating ourselves is fine IF the doctor has no idea what to do, or if what all the doctors have tried did not work, or if you have had the problem previously and know what helps. I am all for people taking charge in their treatment, as you all know. But if you do not know what is causing a symptom and have not even discussed it with a doctor, that has to be your first step.

Just trying supplements may be an expensive and unproductive way to approach it, and could even make things worse. On the other hand, there are several unpleasant diseases and conditions that cause easy bruising. So the first step is a doctor's opinion.
Thank you and agreed, I will check before taking k and only take my vitamins as prescribed too so I’ll check again. Last year I had this and my doc didn’t know, so we haven’t figured it out yet.
 
Top