Asked by Concerned Mother of 2
Just a quick question... I notice that I am bruising very easily and they last for a long time. Any little thing that hits or nudges my body, I can fell the sensation of bruising. Example. I had to climb through a window nearly three weeks ago and my leg was covered in dark bruising. I still have two or three left that have lightened in color but are still noticable. Am I just freaking out??
I've had RA for a long time and used to bruise as easily as a ripe banana. Mcmac4 is right, it could be due to the medications you're taking. I have an alternate theory which is completely unscientific - that may be it also has something to do with having RA. I've noticed that when I started on the Biologics drugs (Enbrel, now Humira), I no longer have the problem.
I know other people who bruise easily even though they don't have RA or take the same kind of medications that people with RA do. You can help reduce bruising by taking higher than normal doses of Vitamin C (1000-2000 mg a day). I'm not sure why it works, but I know it's commonly recommended.
I am a big fan of trusting your gut and if you gut tells you that something isn't right, make an appointment to see your doctor. It may very well be your RA, your medication or that you're the kind of person who develops bruises easily, but sometimes there's another reason. I don't want to scare you - as you see from the above, I've been where you are in the past and there was nothing wrong with me - but it's always a good idea to check with your doctor when you have unusual symptoms that worry you. While you're there, talk to him about the Vitamin C. I'm pretty sure that vitamin C doesn't interact with other medical conditions or medications, but again, it's a good idea to check.