Hello and thank you for your question,
Can you please tell me if you noticed that you bruise more easily then before? Any spontaneous nose bleeds?
No spontaneous nose bleeds, never had one but yes, definitely yes on the bruising. I look like a spotted leopard on my legs! I attributed it to bringing a new baby in and out of the car and pressing hard, but I definitely bruise easy (always have but definitely have been more than usual lately). I also lost 45 lbs from April, 2010 - Dec. 2010 but have been maintaining weight since. (Was diagnosed borderline insulin resistant in April, 2010 and started walking and eating right, stopped walking in Sept. due to weight loss. I was originally 178lbs, Im now 134lbs.) Im 5'9". I have PCOS (no cysts, just extra artial follicles). I also have been diagnosed in August as having anxiety. PRN clonazepam (.5mg) but havent taken it or any thing else since last month (Easter time).
If that helps you answer my question?
I also wanted to note that duing my last CBC and blood screen in March, 2011 my Hemaglobin was slightly low (like 0.2 below the preferred 'normal' range) and my BUN was slighting high at 2.0 above the preferred normal range). Doctor told me that it could be my normal though. I have had some other testing because of the weight loss and nothing has shown irregular.
Thanks for your reply.
I dont think that bleeding more then usual after biting a cuticle is of any concern. You could have injured a bigger blood vessel than you did in the past or maybe the injury was a little deeper then normal but, in any case, that should not create any concerns.
I am a bit surprised that you had some bleeding after you took off a bandage from 4 hrs prior - its ok to have a bruise there but you shouldn't really be having any new blood at all. One of the possibilities is that when you took off the bandage, you also took a thin layer of skin with it causing a few blood speckles. And if the blood was dry blood on the bandage, that's ok too.
Knowing that you had a normal CBC answers my next question - if you had a normal CBC (slightly low hemoglobin is not important in this case), that means your platelets were normal. Platelets is what makes your blood stick together. Some people have low platelets which puts them at risk for more bleeding.
But since you did notice easier bruising recently, I would recommend that you get a blood test called "bleeding time" which will show how well your blood clots.
I really don't think there is any concern at this time but based on the 2 episodes you mentioned but because of the bruising, I would get that blood test. Elevated BUN could be from slight dehydration and we do see it commonly and it is not of any concern.
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