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Increased Bruising

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 04, 2011 at 3:43 AM

I have always said that I bruise easily and wondered if it was a sign of some underlying health issues. The Drs have never been concerned. I've been on Paleo diet for about 5 weeks (in hopes it will address some health issues I'm having and lead to better general health) and I feel like my bruising has actually increased. My husband remarked tonight that he thinks there's something wrong with me :-) From what I've read on this site, people have said Paleo has decreased their propensity to bruise. Anyone have thoughts on why my bruising might be increasing? Is there something I ought to be eating more/ less of?

D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

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on July 05, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I'm sure you know muscle pain and weakness is also a sign of Celiac. Did you have the biopsy of your colon done? My doctor told me that is the ONLY surefire way to test for Celiac. While a positive blood test means that you DO have it, my doctor told me that over 60% of the time, a negative test is incorrect. Especially if you've stopped eating gluten. Keep at it. I also had the muscle pain, weakness and fatigue and it's gone now, but if I have something with wheat in it, the following day I'm depressed, weak, constipated and miserable. Yay! :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 05, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Hmm.. you know.. I log my food in using Fitday and there's a nutrition graph on the bottom which shows the levels of what you ingested. I can't guarantee how accurate it is but assume it's close based on what you enter in. I wonder if logging your intake for a full week or two and keeping track of the dailies would help pinpoint anything. Just a thought. I love self-experimentation and am always curious :)

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on July 05, 2011
at 02:48 PM

Not on any meds. I do take some supplements, though. I'll check out some foods high in bioflavonoids.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on July 05, 2011
at 11:19 AM

Thanks-- I've been wondering how long it takes to start seeing changes. One of the big reasons I've launched into this way of life is the hope that it will address some undiagnosed issues that I've had for the last 9 months (muscle pain and weakness mostly). I've yet to see change since going paleo and I've been wondering how long the healing process can take. I've tested negative for celiac disease.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

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on July 05, 2011
at 11:16 AM

Yes, I am low carb and low fruit. My paleo "guidelines" have been set by my naturopath to address some undiagnosed issues I'm having. No fruit and less than 45g carbs daily (also less than 50g protein). I supplement vitamin c, so I'm guessing that I'm not low, but you never know, I guess.

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on July 05, 2011
at 01:55 AM

Are you Low Carb? Low Fruit? Possibly low Vit C?

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on July 04, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Increasing omega three can lead to more bruising in some people, it can act a little like aspirin does and be a blood thinner

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 05, 2011
at 01:43 PM

I bruise easily and all my levels are fine, just dumb luck I guess. BUT I was curious. Are you on any medications? If you're taking too much of a certain drug, especially an antibiotic, your body will just say enough this is toxic and start to filter out of your system - and it can look just like bruising. Happened to me and was yanked off the meds immediately. I agree with all the suggestions and thoughts given, but in addition I've heard that foods that are high in bioflavonoids can help as they're a protectant and anti-inflammatory, as well as vitamins c d and e to help them heal faster. Good luck!

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on July 05, 2011
at 02:48 PM

Not on any meds. I do take some supplements, though. I'll check out some foods high in bioflavonoids.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 05, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Hmm.. you know.. I log my food in using Fitday and there's a nutrition graph on the bottom which shows the levels of what you ingested. I can't guarantee how accurate it is but assume it's close based on what you enter in. I wonder if logging your intake for a full week or two and keeping track of the dailies would help pinpoint anything. Just a thought. I love self-experimentation and am always curious :)

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D3b41912de6b7f60753b8e6063c9b05a

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on July 05, 2011
at 12:29 AM

my doctor told me my high omega 3 intake coupled with my gluten intolerance meant that I would always have an issue with bruising. it is better now that I am paleo but still I bruise crazy easy.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on July 04, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I believe several autoimmune diseases can cause easy bruising in general(one of many symptoms). My doctor asks me every time I go in if I've noticed that I bruise easily etc. I'd get a blood panel if you haven't had one recently and make sure everything is normal.

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D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

(742)

on July 04, 2011
at 03:34 PM

Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance can lead to easy bruising. That's what causes it for me. Here's the link: www.celiac.com This type of thing can take months to resolve in your body - at 5 weeks in, you're still healing from whatever it is that is affecting you. Give your body 6 months and see if things have resolved. :)

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on July 05, 2011
at 11:19 AM

Thanks-- I've been wondering how long it takes to start seeing changes. One of the big reasons I've launched into this way of life is the hope that it will address some undiagnosed issues that I've had for the last 9 months (muscle pain and weakness mostly). I've yet to see change since going paleo and I've been wondering how long the healing process can take. I've tested negative for celiac disease.

D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

(742)

on July 05, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I'm sure you know muscle pain and weakness is also a sign of Celiac. Did you have the biopsy of your colon done? My doctor told me that is the ONLY surefire way to test for Celiac. While a positive blood test means that you DO have it, my doctor told me that over 60% of the time, a negative test is incorrect. Especially if you've stopped eating gluten. Keep at it. I also had the muscle pain, weakness and fatigue and it's gone now, but if I have something with wheat in it, the following day I'm depressed, weak, constipated and miserable. Yay! :)

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on July 04, 2011
at 02:59 PM

I always bruised easily too. Doctors were never concerned about my bruising either, reminding me that women bruise more easily than men, and the fair skinned bruise more easily than those with medium or darker skin.

After my daughter was born, however, I developed a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) (aka nasty blood clot) which could have been potentially life-threatening. Blood work revealed I had a previously undiagnosed coagulation disorder.

Bottom line: see a doctor who will take your concerns seriously and assess your health thoroughly. Hopefully you're just a little anemic and will benefit from some dietary tweaking. But if you're seeing an increase in the amount and intensity of bruising, you need more than just Internet diet advice.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 04, 2011
at 04:51 AM

I upped my Vitamin K-2. Not sure what caused my bruising, too many variables but haven't seen any since I started with 100mcg and nearly daily sunning. I do not have low iron.

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on July 04, 2011
at 04:08 AM

I too bruise easily, might want to get your iron level checked! I was also checked for lukemia, bruising & hair loss are signs of this. I suffer both but I don't have lukemia, my problem is low iron. I eat spinach twice a day to help, and it does abit...Good Luck! : )

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