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I keep getting purple spots on my arms and legs that appear

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I keep getting purple spots on my arms and legs that appear to be but are not sore bruises they also dissapear after a few days, what are they?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 4 years ago.

Hello,

Do you have any medical problems?

Are you taking any medications?

How long has this been going on?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I am mildly diabetic, high cholesterol,high blood pressure taking actos,mtropolol,waterpill and low dose aspirin. I had this problem since two yrs
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 4 years ago.

Hello,

Just to clarify - these bruises have been occuring for the past TWO years?

Have you had any recent blood tests - specifically your platelets?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I have had blod tests yes to test 3 mth pd of sugar level which tested at level 4 and cholesterol levels.

I also recently experienceda heart attack scare after shoveling snow and the emergency rm Dr. tested my blood which was fine/no problems they saw with blood and stress test was good also. Don't know if platelets would have been looked at in those tests.

Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 4 years ago.

Hello,

Can you also tell me the size of these bruises - and do you just get them on your arms? Anywhere else on your body?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
the bruising appearances are no larger than a dime and appear on my arms and legs only there is no soreness associated with them.
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 4 years ago.

Hello,

Since this bruising is coming and going and there is no pain or itching associated with this - the problem is most likely due to a platelet level that is LOW, or platelets that not functioning as well (and this occurs because of medications, and one of the medications is asprin). I would definitely recommend that you see your doctor to get not only an exam to look at these bruises, but you also need a CBC - a complete blood count, plus I would also recommend other blood tests to include a PT (prothrombin time), PTT, and a Bleeding Time.

You might also have a diagnosis of ITP - idiopathic thrombotic purpura, or possibly other diagnoses.

I hope this helps, Please CLICK on ACCEPT and thank you for your question.

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