Bruising in the back of my knee

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   Posted 3/19/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I was going to bed tonight and noticed some pain in the back on my knee. I was settling down to sleep and rolled over with a decent enough amount of pain to make me turn on the light and look. The back of my right knee has a blue bruise the size of a quarter. It hurts quite a bit. I dont want to run to the Dr.s over a bruise. I have noticed my thighs bruising a bit more than usual but my CBC and a couple of others look fine. The bruise is in a weird spot. I am not very active these days and am a bit clueless as to what this is. I looked up DVT's and it doesnt say anything about a bruise, more heat and pain with swelling. What do you guys think? Any advice?

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   Posted 3/19/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I get weird bruises like that since having lupus...randomly in spots you'd think I for sure would notice if something had happened. Mine seem to heal at about the rate of a regular bruise, so I don't worry over them.

I guess if you start getting several at a time and they don't seem to be clearing up quickly, it might be time to check in w/a Dr.


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   Posted 3/19/2008 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I am usually on the Crohn's board but I came here because my best friend has lupus.  I was wondering how your bloodwork looks because according to Healthlinks Newsletter in regards to SLE, "Easy bruising. This is a sign of a low platelet count since they may also be destroyed by the autoantibodies."  Hope your bruising is nothing serious.

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   Posted 3/19/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
If you take most of the older NSAIDS or asprin it thins the blood. Celebrex doesn't thin the blood nor did vioxx the wonder drug. I would call the doctor about it. If your doctor is concerned then have a visit if not then try not to worry too much. I have bruises appear all the time but I am on baby asprin and my skin is delicate.
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   Posted 3/20/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joan 123,

Your best friend is fortunate to have such a best friend care about her. :) Platelet count was 217 so we are good there. The bruise is bigger today but the concern I had about a DVT has passed me as it isnt red or swollen just a bruise. Since last summers flare I bruise without any significant bumps that I remember. Thanks to Redrose and Lynwood.
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