Why Does Lupus Lead to Easy Bruising?

Understanding Lupus Bruising

A purple butterfly may be the universal sign for lupus, but sometimes black and blue seems to be a more accurate color for the disease. Lupus appears to give me a visible beating at times, with multiple bruises popping up all around my body for no apparent reason or injury.

Sometimes severe itching occurs before the lupus bruising and I am left wondering if I caused the massive bruise by simply scratching my itch, or if the itch was the bruise actually forming (chicken or egg, I have no idea which came first). I have asked doctors over the years, and there never seems to be any great concern expressed for what clearly is not normal as far as I, the patient, am concerned.
Why Am I Bruising So Easily With Lupus?

Here is what I have learned from my latest group of doctors and fellow lupies:
People with lupus can experience bruising that seems unexplainable.

This type of illness-related bruising is often caused by a low platelet count in the blood because the body’s autoimmune system attacks healthy platelets as well as those that have been infected with viruses or bacteria. Platelets are responsible for blood clotting, and the inability to clot properly will ultimately lead to increased or more severe lupus bruising.
Normal blood clotting can also be affected by the medications we take like aspirin

NSAIDs and steroids like prednisone can also cause severe bruising by disrupt platelets, which can cause black and blue marks to appear, even over something as simple and benign as scratching an itch

You can’t really predict or prevent it — the best advice is to take good care of your skin by staying hydrated and moisturizing with unrefined coconut oil
This is where I would normally give more advice. Unfortunately, other than to say, “Me too!” I am at a loss.

This is all I have to offer: love yourself. Know that your beauty and divine perfection lies within you, in your strength and courage to keep going, to fight this disease and be all you can be for the people who love you.

If you find that you need courage to face the world with these bruises and scars, borrow some of mine. If you are asked questions about these battle scars (as I call them) and don’t wish to explain, laugh it off and make up an amazing story where you battled the wolf — and it was you, the lupus warrior that won.

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What is a Bruise

A bruise is also medically known as a contusion, it is a discoloration of the skin that results from breakage of small blood vessels beneath the soft skin tissues after an injury or any other trauma. A bruise is normally caused by internal bleeding into skin tissues that does not allow a break through the skin.

A blunt trauma results to the damage of soft skin tissues by causing compression and deceleration forces on the affected area. Trauma to the skin may result from a variety of causes such as accidents, surgeries and falls. Your body may also react to some diseases and allergies by causing a bruise. Such diseases includes insufficient platelets, vascular disorders and coagulation deficiencies.

A bruise normally happens in stages. After having a trauma on the skin, the affected area will appear red or purple and tender. The area may become swollen as a result of blood collecting underneath the skin. After a few days, the bruise changes the color to blue or blackish. After one week, it becomes greenish or yellow which may turn to brown from the second week. It will finally starts to lighten as it heals.

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Nick Cannon talks about Living with Lupus

Lupus Foundation of America 

Published on Aug 7, 2014Entertainer and TV personality Nick Cannon announced in 2012 that he has lupus. Since then, he has chronicled his battle against lupus through his online videos, in the media and at personal appearances. Nick served as the Grand Marshal for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Washington, DC Walk to End Lupus Now event on April 19, 2014, and after participating in the walk, along with 4,000 other people, he sat down for a brief interview to discuss how he is living with lupus.

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Vitamin D3 is Important in Autoimmune Disorders

There is also a considerable amount of research showing that vitamin D deficiency has been associated with several autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Vitamin D3 is Important in Autoimmune Disorders
Vitamin D has a well-established role in calcium metabolism and bone health, but recently there has been a great deal of research looking at the effect of vitamin D on other body tissues, especially immune cells. It is now known that there are vitamin D receptors (VDRs) located in the nuclei of all immune cells, including antigen-presenting cells, natural killer cells, and B and T lymphocytes. There is also a considerable amount of research showing that vitamin D deficiency has been associated with several autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

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Let’s Talk About Chronic Illness

Chronic illness affects millions of people. It is not “all in their head”. It’s very real and it really sucks……Let me guide you into a better understanding of it, and help you be a better friend or family member to someone who has a chronic illness.

Let’s talk about Chronic Illness and how you can help

How many people have you met that are always sick? Friends who are just “too tired” to kick it with you? Someone who is at the doctor several times a month or the ER? And how many times have you rolled your eyes at them or about them, when they have frequent doctor visits? Well, listen, read this and share it, cause I know many people need to be educated. Not on a book level either, but reality level. Let’s go.

There are many chronic illness, auto immune diseases. To name a few would be Lupus (SLE), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Type 1 Diabetes, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Chron’s Disease. I bet you know of at least 1 person who has one of these conditions.

To have a chronic illness is to take away a real quality of life. For example, let’s talk about Lupus. Lupus is like your body is allergic to itself. A bad germ comes in and your body attacks it and kills it and you feel better again, right? Well, with Lupus, the body keeps attacking cells even after the bad ones are gone, so it’s killing off good cells too. This causes so many different problems. No two people have the exact same issues with Lupus. It can attack anything, any organ! Sometimes you see people with a rash across their cheeks and nose, it’s called a butterfly rash. Now, only about 30% of patients with Lupus actually get that rash. So, it’s not defining for everyone with Lupus. Lupus causes great fatigue, severe joint and muscle pain, skin issues (too many to list) and organ failure.

When your friend or family member who has this says they don’t want to go out with you or do things you want to, show some compassion. Say okay, ask them if there is anything you can do for them. Maybe they would like help making dinner, help them. It’s hard to do simple tasks that someone who isn’t chronically ill, can do. Don’t get upset with them cause they don’t feel well. All you are doing is adding to their stress level and causing the flare to take longer to get over.

Things you can do to help your friend or family member who has a chronic illness.

* Help them prepare meals for the week

* Ask if you can run any errands for them (they are not always able to leave the house)

* Help them clean house once a week

* Don’t offer advice on how to “cure” their incurable condition. I promise, it’s all been heard before. Just don’t.

* Let them vent about their pain and frustration with their condition. Don’t offer advice, just listen. Really listen.

* Do a little research on their condition, so that you understand more about what they are going through

* Lastly, don’t say “but you don’t look sick”. Most people don’t “look” sick. Is there a standard to looking like you have a disease? The inside of the body is usually what’s being destroyed, and a person has to be extremely flared up to look like society’s perception of what sick is suppose to look like. That’s why they are called “invisible illnesses”.

I hope you learned a little bit today, and thanks for reading the post. Please learn about auto immune diseases and spread the word. 💜💜

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