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Possibly a silly thing to worry about…possibly not…

I have what I now believe to be a recurring bruise (in color, only) on my upper, inner right thigh.

It’s nearly perfectly round, perhaps 1/2″ in diameter, and doesn’t hurt when I press on it.  It is, however, slightly raised, and when I run my finger over it, I can feel things “shifting” under the skin.

I think it’s recurring…it could always be there.  I only notice it once per month, though, when I’m dealing with menstrual things, and am therefore paying more attention to that sector of my body.  I really believe it’s recurring, though…it’s just a hunch.

I’ve been getting recurring, perfectly round bruises on the backs of my upper arms (usually the left) for a couple of years, now, but they’re flat in addition to being painless…they also change color to brown, eventually disappearing.  I attribute those to the way I remove my bra, with the underwire hitting the back of my arm.  I mean, I don’t know where they come from, but at least they act like “normal” bruises.

This bruise (or whatever it is), never changes from a dark purple/blue shade, and the surrounding skin is red and irritated.  I’ve never seen it in any other form than how it is, now, as I’ve described it.  It’s not a boil.  It’s not hard or lumpy, and the skin texture is normal.  It’s not centered around a hair follicle.  It’s just randomly there.

To get a general idea of what I may be looking at, I did some Googling, but came up with nothing aside from a possible weakened vascular wall that’s compromised by my rampant use of NSAIDS at this time of the month.  My other options are things like cancer and autoimmune complications, so clearly I’m going to go with the best-case scenario.  Also, I think if it was cancer or something, I would have quite a few more, instead of just the one random bruise.

I’m going to wait another week to see what happens to it.  If it goes away soon after my period ends, I’ll know that it’s related to that time frame, somehow.

This is the third or fourth time I’ve noticed it, which is why it’s even come up as a potential issue.  It’s not like I engage in activities that would produce such a specific bruise, especially one that doesn’t hurt (and my skin, as a whole, hurts most of the time, so I find the painlessness to be one of the most odd factors).

The closest thing I can find that even remotely resembles it is something called a venous pool, where blood builds up in areas (usually on the face and ears) that are exposed to a lot of sunlight, causing capillary damage.  Since my legs don’t see the light of day, let alone my inner thighs, that’s not really an option.

So I’m left with the possibility of it being a result of too many NSAIDS, or endometrial tissue that’s settled there and “sheds” when my uterus does.  *shrugs*  I really don’t know.  It’s not a vitamin deficiency, because it’s happened both while on and off multivitamins.

It’s got Forrest worried, and I’m only worried because it’s so weird.  It’s like me getting blisters on my forefingers during PMS – it defies explanation, it has to have a hormonal component…but my doctors just kind of shrug about it, because they have no idea what’s going on, either.

Hopefully it’s just the NSAID thing, and I won’t have anything to worry about, but happy thoughts wouldn’t go amiss.

It’s just…weird.  I don’t like “weird”, right now, because “weird” usually leads to “bad”, and I’ve had quite enough of that this month, kthx.

I guess I’ll try to get some sleep.  My schedule’s all kinds of messed up, lately.

I’ll keep y’all posted.

2 comments to Possibly a silly thing to worry about…possibly not…

  • So do you know anything yet? Been thinking about you.

    • I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon, but it doesn’t look like MRSA, and the only other thing I can think of is the “too many NSAIDS” thing. I’m thinking my doctor’s going to think I’m nuts, because it just looks like a bruise with a really, really dark center, now (it’s burst twice…ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh!), and it’s not as huge of a lump, but there’s still a lump. So…yeah. No clue. I’ll update when I know.