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Bruising on my mum

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by rona, Jul 1, 2010.


  1. rona

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    I know that old people bruise very easily but does anyone know if it's a sign of some kind of deficiency or illness?
    My mother is in her 90s and when I visited her this morning she had about 12 bruises, mainly on her arms but also a small one on her face. She thinks she knows how several were caused but not all of them. ( mainly from gardening :rolleyes:)
    Just to put your minds at rest, she definitely isn't being abused, if she were, she certainly wouldn't stay quiet about it ;)
     
  2. RAINYBOW

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    Did you ask them about it where she is ??

    What about a quick call to NHS direct xx
     
  3. rona

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    She lives independently in her own bungalow with alarm systems :)
    I'm going to ring my younger sister later to have a chat about it.
    Just wondered if anyone here knew. It's no big deal, she's still tearing around like a 70 year old :D
     
  4. francesandjon

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    I think, if she can tell you about how they happened, then its not too much to worry about....but, saying that, if you are concerned, then it might be worth speaking to her GP just to make sure.
     
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    My gran comes up in bruises like this. Is she on aspirin or something similar? That could be a cause.

    My nan is also diabetic and I think this has something to do with it also.
     
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    Take her to her GP if you are really worried :)

    Is she on any blood thinning medication? If she is, that can cause you to bruise really easily. My Grandma has paper thin skin and thin blood, you can poke her gently and she will bruise :scared:
     
  7. rona

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    No just Athenol for her angina, but she's been on that for a long time now
     
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  9. rona

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    Yes thankyou. :)
    She has regular blood tests because she has to have vitamin B12 injections
     
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    Is she seen by the district nurses at all rona? Reason being sometimes it's easier to ring them and just chat to someone as you can't do that with a gp. They will be able to give you some ideas on what it could be or at least arrange a dr appontment.

    I use them all the time for my clients if something concerns me but isn't urgent iyswim.

    Yes it could just be she's got delicate skin-I've one client who bruises like a peace even putting socks on can bruise him! Xx
     
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  11. tosca

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    You only have to look at my Mum and she bruises. The last time she went into hospital she came out with both arms black, and that was just from having blood taken and things like that. At home she tends to get bruises from my sister's lab, who is actually very gentle, and our pup who can be a bit excitable. Try not to worry too much, it looks worse than it is. Dad was the same.
     
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    Diabetics can bruise easily and yes, I think elderly do bruise more easily.
     
  13. rona

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    No she's far too healthy to have someone call regularly.
    Will just make my other sisters aware of it, so that we can all keep an eye on her.
    She was tested for diabetes not long ago
     
  14. xxwelshcrazyxx

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    My gran was 99 years old and died a month before her 100 birthday and I can remember her having bruises all over the place, she was like your mum Rona wants to do everything herself and dont like to have help, she used to bump her arm (softly) and she would come up in a massive bruise, I think it is due to her age as their skin is so delicate now and thin. I love your mum she is soooo cute. I want to cuddle her up. xxxxxxxxxx
     
  15. Tanya1989

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    My grandmas skin was like tissue paper and she constantly had bruises. There are a couple of disorders that also cause bruising, so I'd definitely recommend a trip to the GP, but after hearing about your mums daily antics, I think I'd be covered in bruises too ;)

    Hope you find an answer soon :)
     
  16. rona

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    But you'd bruise her :lol:
     
  17. xxwelshcrazyxx

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    I got loads of bubble wrap and cotton wool, and I would be very gentle ;):thumbup:
     
  18. haeveymolly

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    Its really common in old people, even with someone as amazing as your mum at 90 Rona:) its to do with collagen and the weakening of the capillaries (sp)
     
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  19. rona

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    Probably more common with little devils like her ;) ;)
     
  20. haeveymolly

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    Isnt it wonderfull though to get that age and still have some character?
     
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