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Question: 16 years old........

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 cutiechick16 - Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:35 am

Hi, I am a 16 year old female. I have been getting a ton of bruises for no apparent reason, and I have been pretty tired lately. Sometimes I am not hungry at all and I just want to sleep. I also have been having a little dull headache around my forehead and it doesn't seem to go away. Ocasionally in the morning I have a stomach ache when I first wake up. Should these be something to worry about. I showed my dad the bruises and he says im just a kid, but I am worried because i have them all over my arms and legs. Please help. Is there any chance its leukemia? Should I go to the doctor or emergency room?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sat Jul 15, 2006 4:53 pm

User avatar Dear cutiechick16,

The tendency to bruise means increased bleeding tendency due to a systemic cause. If this is the case, you might be losing blood in other forms and through other routs. This results in a degree of anemia, being a female in the reproductive period, losing blood monthly in the days of your cycle will increase your symptoms. Anemia causes headache, easy fatigability and sleeping tendency.
I recommend you as a start to do complete blood picture CBC and blood film.

Systemic causes of increased bleeding tendency include:
Scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency)
Vitamin K deficiency
Chemicals such as Aspirin
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

Blood tests include CBC with blood film, Bleeding time , prothrombin time and prothrombin concentration are the commonly requested tests in such cases. Specific tests and images are requested accordingly.

I advise you to:
Avoid drugs that increase bleeding tendency like Aspirin.
To be checked by your physician for proper medical care.

Best regards,

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