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Rider Fan
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   Posted 8/29/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else have these on their skin?  They are very small red spots, not raised.  I told my GI about them a few years ago and he didn't say much.  Just wondering if anyone else has them.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


Keeper
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   Posted 8/29/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I think it is likely an angioma - see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angioma

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   Posted 8/29/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   

 

 Hey Rider, Not sure if it is similiar, but I have a extremely rare skin condition that starts out as small red spots, but then they form into like a pimple.... slightly raised from the skin.. and then once they open it becomes very ugly. Derm dx'd me with Granulomatous Panniculitis and Vasculitis. I really hope this is not what you have because it is crippling me. Dermatologiststold me that I have crohn's disease in my bones, muscle, tendons, and skin. And it all becomes inflammed during the hot months of the summer. The sores usually take three or four months to heal.. but like i said this skin condition is very rare. It is treated with steroid injections into the sore but thats just to clear up the sores.


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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there!
I see you're on 6MP - that is one of the side effects. I usually get them on my forearms. They raise up like a blister sometimes. Other times it looks like I must have hit my arm or something. Don't worry, they disappear after about a week or so.  I also got them on the inside of my lip shortly after starting them.
 
Other side effects are nausea, mild gastro (vomit, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain); mouth ulcers; jaundice (skin or whites of eyes turn yellow); rash, fever or an infection; unexpected bruising or bleeding, hair loss (noticed that after about 3 months but has now stopped);
 
If you  get any of the following you need to see the dr immediately:
wheezing, swelling of the lips/mouth; difficulty in breathing, hayfever, lumpy rash (hives) or fainting (could be symptoms of an allergic reaction).  However I found that they tested my TMP levels as that can tell them whether or not you can take the drug.
 
Hope the above info helps
Cheers
B

Rider Fan
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   Posted 8/29/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 8/30/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Are they very tiny, pin-prick size spots? Petechiae?
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


Rider Fan
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, that's what they seem to be to my eye. But like I said, I showed my GI and he asked if they've changed and I said no. He didn't say much after that. This was over three years ago. I don't have alot, maybe 5 on each arm, I'm not covered with them or anything like I've seen in some pictures on the net. I have an appointment in October and I'll ask my GI about them again.

What do you think about this, CT?
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Post Edited (Rider Fan) : 8/30/2008 10:39:09 AM (GMT-6)


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 8/30/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know. I encountered them briefly shortly after starting Forteo for osteoporosis. My Endo was interested in seeing them but wasn't concerned unless they hung around which they didn't. It was a transient thing. Thighs and forearms.

Taber's Medical Dictionary says:

Small, purplish hemorrhagic spots on the skin that appear in certain severe fevers and are indicative of great prostration, as in typhus. They may be due to an abnormality of the blood clotting mechanism. This term is also applied to similar spots occurring on the mucous membranes of serous surfaces.

Mine weren't purplish tho. They were bright red pin pricks. And it wasn't too long after I had spent 6 months on coumadin for a previous blood clot. I can't remember the timing now.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


Rider Fan
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   Posted 8/30/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your thoughts. I'll bring it up in October.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


AussieGirl
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   Posted 8/30/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!
Mine range in size, from very small pin spots and flat, like the ones I have had on both arms for a couple of months, to ones that are bit bigger, more raised like a blister, and then disappear after a week. I also got what looked like blood spots on the bottom of my lip. None are sore and my Dr wasn't too concerned either. Seems to be just the nature of the drug. My sister who doesn't have anything wrong with her (grrr...) has a bcc on her arm and that was just a different nasty looking raised lump much bigger than the ones I get. She got a cream from the Dr but it didn't seem to work so has been applying castor oil (something she read about), and it has almost disappeared.
Cheers
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bentwistle
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   Posted 9/1/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a blood disorder that came on out of nowhere and just as mysteriously disappeared after 6 months of treatment - it was ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenia pupura). It first showed as small red dots and really easy bruising - once I went to get checked, I was easily diagnosed with a blood test, although the first time I could have died as my platelet count was so low I could have spontaniously hemmoraged (my count was less than 1). If the spots get worse, or you bruise easily, go see your family doctor and get blood tests.

Good luck to you,

Bev

Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/1/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bev. I guess I'll have to ask for a platelet count in October. How many red dots did you have? How were you treated? Were you on 6MP? Are you still on 6MP? Sorry about all the ?'s....

Edit: I just looked at my last CBC results. There was a platelet count done (I think). It says: PLT 271. Normal values are 140-440 x10E9/L. I guess it's normal. Do these numbers seem like a platelet count?
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Post Edited (Rider Fan) : 9/1/2008 7:04:39 PM (GMT-6)


bentwistle
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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
That would be your platelet count (271) - although if the dots came on fast and you're bruising easily the platelet count can drop rapidly (within a matter of days). The red dots started on my legs and then everywhere, and I would get more and more bruises. I have a theory that it might have been the flagyl I was put on (that's when I started with ITP). I can't take flagyl anymore because of a severe allergic reaction I had in hospital for an infection, but many medications indicate that they might cause easy bruising or bleeding under the rare side-effects.
I had a major problem with 6-MP. It completely wiped out my immune system (severely immuno-depressed me with frightening blood counts) and gave me medication induced hepatitis. It was sudden and unexpected, and my first experience of hospitalization for a medication reaction. All this occured within weeks of starting the medication. If you start feeling like you have the most horrible flu of your life with chills and fever, get to the hospital. A lot of the drugs we take for crohn's can have really adverse effects if you're unlucky like me!

Good luck to you,

Bev

Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/2/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again Bev, very helpful.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

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