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Random bruising on legs and arms?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

All of a sudden I see these random bruises on the inside outside of my knees and then my tibia and arm near my elbow, my wrist part of my hand. I don't understand. I don't remember bumping into anything at all.

I started taking an iron supplement 3 weeks ago, but then stopped when my poop turned black (stopped 2 weeks ago) cause I thought that was bad.

I don't have fatigue anymore, but I always did have random chest pains when breathing, tingling in arms and legs, I was always cold hands and feet, my period pains hurt so much. I've been in the Caribbean for the summer, and have been eating meat and I'm not cold anymore like I used to be,but I think it's just the temperature here. I'm a serious running, I run for a Division one sports team, and trainr eally hard. So I started taking the iron cause I thought it would be good for me.

But I stopped cause I thought maybe I don't even need it and my self diagnoses is silly. But even before I started the iron I was getting these random bruises.

I eat a lot of fish and I think I eat enough meat on paleo. I dont eat nuts. Hmmmmmmmmmm

Does anyone have any idea what's going on?

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on July 15, 2013
at 02:14 PM

As stated, I eat metric tonnes of foods rich in potassium and was still low. I'm saying it's not something you can diagnose w/o blood panels.

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:34 PM

I eat a lot of fish and it has potassium

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:34 PM

I don't crave bananas at all, what are other potassium rich foods?

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:33 PM

I've been taking once krill oil a day? Should I stop it? I'm in the Caribbean and eat fish at-least twice a week and take my fish oil.

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:00 PM

While it is NOT recommended to just start slamming potassium, my unusual bruising was ONE of the symptoms that caused somebody I hardly know to warn me about potassium deficiency.

I WENT TO THE DOCTOR for a BLOOD PANEL. You really need this rather than toy with potassium.

Turns out, I was crazy-low, which isn't unusual for me as I'm Celiac and other autoimmune. I took RX supplements for deficiencies throughout childhood. I eat insane amounts of potassium-rich foods normally and always have but that's not enough for my body.

If you have Celiac or other autoimmune, you may have some deficiencies, too. If you eat low-sodium, you may have a little potassium issue. It's a great idea to specify this on blood panels the next time you have a physical (which should be done yearly, even for healthy folk!).

Although I had all these issues since infancy, I went about 20 years without regular blood panels (cos I did all I could to be healthy and any time I got tested, it was worse...you start to say 'never mind').

Most of my symptoms have improved since my doctor got me off grains, nightshades, dairy, citrus, garlic and a number of other things (done before I 'found' paleo, through extensive elimination testing).

BUT even though I'm off most trigger foods, I still make less than perfect choices, sometimes by accident/ignorance (eating chronically low sodium) and other times because I'm stoopid (booze and sugar).

I do stay on top of my blood panels again, though. Get yourself checked, friend.

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:34 PM

I eat a lot of fish and it has potassium

Medium avatar

(78)

on July 12, 2013
at 03:34 PM

I don't crave bananas at all, what are other potassium rich foods?

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on July 15, 2013
at 02:14 PM

As stated, I eat metric tonnes of foods rich in potassium and was still low. I'm saying it's not something you can diagnose w/o blood panels.

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on July 12, 2013
at 01:26 PM

I suggest you should consider seeing a doctor. The symptoms you mention could relate to bleeding disorders or even a pulmonary embolism...

On the dietary side of things, fish oil can lead to bleeding. Have you upped intake recently?

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:33 PM

I've been taking once krill oil a day? Should I stop it? I'm in the Caribbean and eat fish at-least twice a week and take my fish oil.

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