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KaAl
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   Posted 12/22/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys. I have alot of little broken blood vessels on my left arm and chest. It looks like little red spots and little lines. Does anybody have this? Does it have anything to do with Lupus?
 
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   Posted 12/23/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
KaAl, I have some of those too, but I've never thought to ask why - I think there is always so much other stuff going on with me that I forget to mention this to my rheumy when I see him. Hopefully someone else here will know if this might be related to lupus.
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okie
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   Posted 12/23/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   

KaAl, yes I do. It was the fist indication to my doctor that I lupus. I have them al over my back and my chest. I can't wear a v neck because they are so ugly! I have them on my hands too but not as noticeable. Sorry I didn't answer you sooner but we had a storm come thru and knocked out the computer and t.v. Just got it back up. Long term pred. use can also cause it though so you really need to discuss it with your doctor.

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KaAl
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   Posted 12/23/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks ladies, can you tell me what they look like and how long you've had them? Do they ever do away?

KaAl


KaAl
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   Posted 12/23/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops, I meant do they ever GO away.

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   Posted 12/23/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   

The ones on my hands look like I got poked all over with a red ink pin. The ones on my chest streaks of blood vessels some red some purple. The ones on my back are about quarter size and round but others on my back look like a zebra with red stripes. the round ones are more purple. It's pretty hard to explain. My SIL told me the ones on my back look better than they did last time she saw them. But that was 6 months ago. Frankly I havn't noticed them going away.  

carol


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KaAl
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   Posted 12/23/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Okie, you said that the broken blood vessels were the first indication to your doc that you had lupus. Did he/she tell you why it was an indication. I mean, why does it happen and what is the link between Lupus and broken blood vessels? You know, I showed them to my rheaumy and she just shrugged her shoulders.

KaAl

okie
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   Posted 12/23/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I really don't have a clue. I know I went to the doctor it was my first visit to her as I had just moved here. I was running a fever and from my knees to my toes were so swollen the looked like a tree trunk. She asked me if I minded if she looked at my back. So of course I said go for it. She saw these ugly vessels all over my back and said have you ever been tested for lupus? She ran some blood tests and called me back in and said my ANA is 1 2560 and my sed rate was way high. lots of other things I can't remember now.

I want to make it clear though. My PCP is convinced I have lupus but I have had another rheumy say I was fine and one said I have Primary Billiary Cirrosis. Which is another A/I. So what you have may be completely different from what I have. I do know that some A/I does cause your blood vessels to tighten up and cut off the circulation to your hands and feet.

This disease is so dang frustrating. I'm been coming here for a long time and I still have more questions than answers. Hopfully somone else will see this and have some better answers for ya.

hugs

carol 


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Lupus like symptoms, with pbc symptoms, stage 4 COPD w/CHF,  Cancer survivor.  Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
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   Posted 12/23/2007 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My dermatologist said the numerous small broken veins on my chest and throat are from photosensitivity.  It's a permanent "rash" from sun exposure with lupus.  There is no treatment.  Try to look it as you're already dressed for Christmas!   Love, Butterflake 

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KaAl
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   Posted 12/23/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
butterflake, did you mean broken blood vessels? If you don't mind, what does yours look like?

canuckgirl
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   Posted 12/25/2007 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same things little broken vessels it was my rheumy first clue that I had an AI issue mine came on overnight almost and are mostly on my face. I was told they do not go away there is a laser treatment you can for them but it's dangerous for lupus people to have it done. So makeup it is to cover them up

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KaAl
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   Posted 12/25/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Canuk, what does your broken blood vessels look like? Little dots or short little vessels? Are they actually broken cappilaries?
 
KaAl

Butterflake
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   Posted 12/26/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KaAl.  The rash I'm describing is actually hundreds of broken capillaries, not veins.  It starts on my throat near the base of my neck and covers a portion of my chest about 6 inches in diameter.

Dx: SLE diagnosed 2005, major depressive disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
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townsend
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   Posted 12/26/2007 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone - I'm starting to get these, too. Is there a way to PREVENT more from arriving? Is it just as simple as avoiding too much sunlight?
thanks,
Townsend

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BlessedBe
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   Posted 12/27/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I had a similar thing years ago. The dots were tiny, but all over the place. It ended up being purpora ( dots caused by tiny bruises), my platelet count ended up being 5000 (Normal 150,000-350,000) so make sure that you have a CBC drawn to rule out thrombocytapenia. Just a suggestion!
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mom46
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi,

  I get the red dots from lupus on my hands, arms and legs. The dots come and go for me. When I take prednisone I get the broken cappillaries on my face. They go away when I stop the pred.

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meg1111
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   Posted 12/30/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys.  I have been having trouble with just this sort of thing.  Just the other day the doctor told me it is Lupus vasculitis.  She told me if I would be better about taking the plaquinel it would help.  I have tiny red lines on mostly my face and recently had a bunch of purple dots going down my upper leg.  The most trouble has been that I am actually getting numb in my legs and hands, I thought from circulation but she said no, it affects your brain. She is sending me to a neurologist but I hesitate to go because the last thing I want to learn about is some new problem.  She pointed out that it is too late for that! Anybody heard of this?  This has been an interesting thread to me because it has caused me so much concern lately, so thanks guys!!

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   Posted 12/30/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Meg . . . Sorry you have a new issue to deal with. A scary one at that. Thing is, ignoring it is SO much worse. If they can identify an issue, they can treat it agressively and help you hold onto your health as long as possible. Do keep us posted on this sis. . . . start a new string when you see the neuro. . . I know others will want to follow your progress.

I see you have Lupus and Crohns . . . do your lupus meds help your Crohns?? does pred help crohns?? I have been dealing with spells of inflammatory bowel and I am sure that the anti-inflams I take do help it . . . but I have a script now for medrol dose pack in case I have a flare and was wondering if that would also help the bowel inflammation. Thanks for your help.

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meg1111
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   Posted 12/30/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Rosie.  First let me say great job on your weight loss! 

 The pred will really help with your bowel inflamation.  The problem that I run into is that the anti-inflamitories really hurt my intestines more so it's always a desicion about if I would rather have pain in my joints that day or pain in my abdomin.  I have one area that gets very ulcerated and that seems to be what causes the most pain.  I don't know if your doc has mentioned to you but my GI doctor said that it is much more common for people with an autoimmune disease to get crohn's.  I hope that is not what you have but you should consider getting tested for it.  Go for the medrol dose pack it should help alot.  Let me know how it goes too!!  You should notice results in as few as three days, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you luv :)


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   Posted 12/30/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
*sigh* . . . This is such a tough decision. Thank you so much for your help . . . I'm just getting my breath back from another attack . . . darned. OK . . . I'm going for the dose pack . . . I hope it helps faster than three days . . . but I bet we all would like immediate relief of our junk. Thanks so much, Meg, for your help!

KaAl . . . . SO sorry I highjacked your string . . . thanks sis.

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canuckgirl
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   Posted 12/30/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
KaAl said...
Canuk, what does your broken blood vessels look like? Little dots or short little vessels? Are they actually broken cappilaries?
 
KaAl
they are short little vessels like broken cappilaries you can google for a picture if you are not sure what broken capillaries look like. They are like very very tiny veins. I have dozens of them
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KaAl
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   Posted 12/31/2007 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
No prob Rosie, highjack awayyyyyyyyyy!!!


canuck, yup that's what I have, tiny little blood vessels......I had these on my arms ever since I can remember but recently i noticed them on my chest, yuck!!

KaAl

muzzi
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   Posted 3/27/2012 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just noticed I have tiny red lines on my chin and a lot on my chest. The ones on my chest have got worse the past week. I have been tested Positive for Lupus, but was told to stop taking the cholesterol medicine I was taking because it can cause drug induced lupus. After I stopped taking it, the symptoms got better but now they are back. Been waiting for months to see a Rheumatologist, I have an appointment Tuesday. Maybe I can find out about the broken vessels or whatever they are.

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   Posted 8/7/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to put in my $0.02, I have had a horse shoe shaped broken capillary pattern on the last 2 - 3 ribs also a small spot on my right bicep, and one at the base of my SCM near the collar bone.  I believe they are from sitting too much folded forward causing pressure and lack of blood to that area.  Breathing from the chest seems to be a big proponent of continuous forward folding.  Slouching with my shoulders against the back of the chair and my low back on the seat was a common position for me.  Much of the way through High School and College I played a LOT of video games, mostly computer at first but then I went on to console.  When I say a lot, I mean a lot.  Talking about 8 hours+ a day for many years, sometimes extending into 36 or 48 hour stints - though those were extreme and didn't occur frequently.  I have since quelled this behavior.
 
I highly doubt I have Lupus, I normally get over any sickness within a day or so and barely get sick.  The key I am trying to work on is pushing the bottom of the rib cage and upper middle chest out and up.  Also trying to expose my torso to sun as it hasn't seen it in years.  As for the bicep spot?  That was my mousing hand, incredible stress for long periods of time on the arm.  The neck?  The SCM on that side will not relax, due to scoliosis and sciatic pain causing me to shift and turn for long periods.  There are also some pretty intense trigger points in those areas too which are maintaining the pressure, tightness and lack of blood flow.  I have been trying to address them but there are so many from all this abuse and I work in an office at a computer all day so that isn't helping.
 
Don't know if that helps any, I have been to doctor's and they have seen this and none have mentioned any kind of lupus.
 
And I am not saying that this is everyones reason for having them, just that in my experience this has been the case for me and may help those with similar patterns.

deegee
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   Posted 7/22/2013 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
apparently i have lupus...
I have always had a couple broken blood vesels or capillaries on my legs..i am not over weight, but always had bigger legs (I think they actually belong to another..i got the wrong legs)lol...
But just lately i have wayyyyyyyyyyyy more of these guys on my legs..they look like purply- red mini lightening...or mini bare tree branches..so far my lupus has been joints and muscles...
plus im hypothyroid..but keep close eye on that.
i take plaquenil..but was cut back due to horrible headache,and loss of appetite,brown urine...
i take no steroids thanks! skull
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