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Bruises, Bruises, and More Bruises

Bruises, Bruises, and More Bruises

If I went to the doctor today, I’m sure she would have some serious questions for me about the condition of my body. Given the fact that she knows my myriad of autoimmune conditions, especially my most vocal, my psoriatic arthritis, she would still look at me skeptically. She would look at me sympathetically in the eyes and ask me if I felt “safe in my home.” I’m sure she would think that clearly, all the bruises on my body could not have been inflicted by myself. Her concerns would be justified because I look like I fell out of the top of the highest tree in the forest and hit every single branch on my way down.

Covering up bruises

Our weather has hit the highs of the season and here I sit in my jeans and sweatpants. Not because of any psoriasis rash. Nope, that is mostly in check. Rather, it is the many swirls of colors ranging from a lovely yellow-green to deep purples, and blues that keep my body covered these days. I can barely look at them and question my own sanity, I hate to think of what anyone else would think.

Sure, I can hear y’all now- who cares? Just wear your shorts and ignore those questionable glances. Have you tried this great cover-up makeup? All valid comments. But I can’t help but feel this angry rant welling up deep inside me every time I look in the mirror or simply down at my ailing body.

Nope, no accidents

I haven’t had any tremendous falls recently. No car accidents or slips in the shower. I’ve been simply living my life trying to make the most of the good days when I can find them. But that doesn’t stop my body from looking like it. Even the slightest touch, nudge, or bump will leave quarter size, or larger, bruises behind.

Our psoriatic community is prone to bruising

A quick Google search tells me that I’m not alone. Easy bruising appears to be pretty common among us AA (autoimmune arthritis) folks. And yet, most doctors don’t seem to be overly concerned with the fact. It’s just another part of our life with psoriatic arthritis. “Experts” tell us to slow down, be cautious, take our vitamins. And perhaps they have a point. In the grand scheme, I suppose purple welts across most of my body isn’t the worst part of PsA, but at the same time, it really gets under my skin. (See what I did there? Lol.)

There are several things that could make us more “prone” to bruising. Mostly pretty much blood related (obviously) and pretty sciency (see what I did there?- I made up a new word!). Basically we end up with low platelet counts or it can be a side effect of some of the medicines we take. Yes! Yet another gift from the almighty steroid gods.

Bruises, bruises, and more bruises

Either way you slice it, it isn’t pretty. And if I’m being honest (and possibly a little vain?) my self-esteem does take a bit of a hit when I look at myself in the mirror. All those nasty blue bumps and circles dotting my body from my head down to my aching toes. Maybe I should look on the bright side and just hand my kids some markers and let them play connect the dots!

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  • DebeeC
    3 months ago

    Leanne, I can really relate! 2 years ago I fell over my walker in my carpeted hallway. What should have been a sprained wrist ended up with2 broken ankles! The pain was excruciating! A 4 mile ride to the hospital and I was asked the same question. Do you feel safe in your home etc. Besides the broken ankles I was covered with the Major shades of Purple from recent and past bruising. Add to that I had a “live in boyfriend” and not married! That raised a few conventional eye brows! I am sure they thought he threw me down the stairs. I explained the Psoriatic Arthritis. And they were on quiz street! Not that it is extremely rare but I then was told “they” didn’t have much experience with it. Even the Orthopedic didn’t seem real familiar with the disability and balance issues and the back fusion I had 7 years earlier! Again I had to explain I was in a safe loving relationship.
    Even going out to eat, if my bruises are exposed my boyfriend is always given the visual once over! Thanks for making me feel I am not alone! I feel really self conscious about it! Now I try to use concealer( makeup) to cover the gnarly ones! Lol!

  • youngNrestless86
    4 months ago

    Here I sit, that’s a lie…lay (see what I did there) in bed with full heat on the heated mattress cover, barely made it to the end of my 8-6 workday. I gently grasp my phone and begin thumbing…no, handing through emails as if it were my first time touching an iPhone.
    Your message hit me to the core but I haven’t been able to log in cause…brain fog is freakin real. On top of that, I am attempting recovery from the latest bug (which involves the worst throat pain that extends alllllllll the way up my throat, into my teeth and jaw so much that I cannot tell where the sick portion begins and my PsA takes over) because…auto-immune disorder + meds means I become ill by even viewing a sick person…in a bubble…100 yards away…and I have a 3 yr old!
    HOWEVER, I felt it imperative to reply to this posting as, YES!!! Once again LeAnne hits the nail on the head. I grab a door handle wrong – bruise; stabilize myself on the kitchen counter – bruise, sit up too fast, sit down awkwardly, sleep on the couch to avoid waking my wife (who as a nurse and incredible mother & partner barely sleeps anyway!) BRUISE BRUISE BRUISE! I cannot tell you how reassuring this post is as (as you mentioned) my doc…rather the myriad of doctors don’t seem too concerned. I’m a 33 year old former rock climber, hiker, kayaker, mixed martial arts competitor and now avid (well…attempting) businessman…what the hell happened to my life? Will I be able to work til retirement? Will I be able to get out of bed for that 8am meeting 45 minutes away? And why do I feel like I’ve been in a car accident after carving pumpkins with my family?! It’s so easy for the outsider to look at my internal issues (it’s not like a broken arm or physical deformity) and say…”yeah, we all hurt” or “okay, I’m in pain too!”. But I am very slowly beginning to see how PsA has effected my life, my job, my relationships and the things that bring me joy and pleasure…and boy can it be depressing sometimes! SO THANK YOU LEANNE DONALDSON! For proving that it’s not just me. For solidarity. And for sharing with us.

  • Kerry
    4 months ago

    @leanned I am not sure which type of medication you take. I take humira and it can cause easy bruising. I have bruising in weird places too. Mostly on my legs. So I completely understand where you are coming from. The following day after my injection I have a lovely deep purple bruise. Which is why I started giving them in my stomach. I did not have this issue until I started this medication. But the humira makes me feel so much better.

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