How big of an area did it cover? Mine as on my thigh and it was about 3-4 inches long. That was it. Dr called it thrombocytopaenia. He had me do bloodwork for ANA and DNA & I'm not sure what else. 1 week after that I had more bloodwork done w/blood count and all was good.
Well I'm going to see Rhuemy...hopefully my referral will go through. I will ask for more bloodwork.
To repeat what Cath said, thrombocytopenia means having low platelet levels so by definition there has to be abnormal blood work. Typical symptoms might be
"Signs and symptoms of a low blood platelet count may include:
Easy or excessive bruising
Superficial bleeding into the skin that appears as a rash of pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots (petechiae), usually on the lower legs
Prolonged bleeding from cuts
Spontaneous bleeding from your gums or nose
Blood in urine or stools
Unusually heavy menstrual flows
Profuse bleeding during surgery
Serious or widespread bleeding indicates an emergency and requires immediate care."
( Mayo clinic site )
Some people have low platelets,that is thromobocytopenia, and have no symptoms. There are several possible reasons for low platelet levels. I am fairly sure there might be short lived reasons for them being low at a particular time
There are three relevant terms referring to associated marks on the skin; Petechiae, purpura and ecchymoses depending on size.
Petechiae is pinpoints under 2mm diameter, purpura are 2-10mms and ecchymoses are over 10mm
Of course there are non thrombocytopenic petechia etc. such as petechia caused by scratching and damaging the tiny blood vessels and other injuries. And many other possible causes
You can expect to have full blood tests done when you see the rheumatologist. If you have to ask for them, leave and don't pay the bill !
You can note any marks on your symptoms list without knowing exactly what it's called.The crux of a doctor's job and of diagnosis is to determine if anything unusual is significant.
There's a limit to the amount of medical information we can have or even need to have at any particular stage of our journey. Being well informed is important for several reasons but it is very easy to put a lot of time energy and worry into what isn't necessary to know to make the best of medical appointments and there's a fine line between gathering useful information and trying to diagnose yourself.
Keep notes of times and duration and appearance of visible symptoms.
Take care and please don't sit for hours on end at the PC. It can do more harm than good causing information overload and is very unhealthy. Find something enjoyable and relaxing to do, promise?
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