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Rheumatoid arthritis bruising

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uknickuknick Forumite
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I was diagnosed with this last year and have been mitigating the effects by diet.  Just recently I've noticed my knees appear to bruise after walking about 3 miles.  In addition to that, they become warm to the touch and start to get a little sore.  By the next morning the symptoms have all gone away.  But, they crop up again when I next do a 3 mile walk.

What puzzles me is how a bruise can come and go so quickly.  I can understand how the warmth and soreness, caused by the inflammation, can disappear soon after stopping the exercise, but not the bruising.  Anybody go any suggestions?  


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  • unforeseenunforeseen Forumite
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    I think that is a common effect of RA. I don't think it's what we normally consider to be a bruise (damaged blood vessels) 
  • Ms_Mop_123Ms_Mop_123 Forumite
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    Hi, I've had RA for just over 12 years now.  If my joints get inflamed they may go a little pink/red but nothing like a bruise. RA is such a complexed illness and we are prescribed really toxic drugs for it, even after twelve years of having it I still (via online groups) learn how it can attack the body.  In my methotrexate monitoring booklet it does say any unexplained bruising should be reported, I know if your platelets are low you bruise easily.  If I were you I'd ring my helpline up and report it. 
  • uknickuknick Forumite
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    Thanks for the answers.  Thinking about it, it's probably inflammation instead of bruising.  It doesn't help being colour blind with red and browns  :/
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    I'm on MTX for psoriasis. I tend to get bruises develop from even light taps and the slightest graze or cut is still showing as a white scar months later. 
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