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#1 summer

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 05:31 PM

I haven't posted here for sometime. I have CREST/limited Scleroderma.

I was out shopping this morning, when I slightly knocked my finger on something. I was in so much pain, and couldn't work out why. It is the finger just before the little finger, about 0.5 cm from the cuticle. I do have red shiny cuticles anyway, but a few hours has passed since then, and now I have noticed, that my finger is a deep purple, like bruising to it. I cannot work this out, as I have not injured this finger at all.

All of my other fingers are fine, except they are also red, broken capillaries around them. At first the marking on the finger, looked like enlarged veins, but now is the purple colour.

Has anyone else had anything similar?

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#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:20 AM

Hi Summer,

I'm clueless, but of course that could be due to the fact that I am not even current with a First Aid certificate. Sometimes an attack of Raynaud's or a developing finger ulcer can cause an area to go purplish and really hurt. Usually a slight bump that causes a little black and blue mark wouldn't hurt very much to speak of. So if it still hurts a lot and is still purple, you should get it checked out. Meanwhile you'll need to be the best judge of whether it is a normal bruise, perhaps having gotten injured a bit more than you thought, or an abnormal thing that needs medical attention.

Let us know how it goes, and what you find out, okay?
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#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 03:03 AM

Hi Summer,

I don't get visible bruising, but I have 2 fingers on my left hand that, if bumped on or close to the nail, will have excruciating, eye-watering, stomach-turning pain. They are the fingers where I have a bit of curving going on and the nails also seem thinner. I'd be curious to know how your finger gets on and whether it turns out to be just a bruise or maybe a kind of bizarre Raynaud's reaction to the injury.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 06:52 AM

Hi,
Keep an eye on it and pay attention if you get a red hotness to it. It could be the beginnings of cellulitis. Then again it could be nothing but a bruise! :flowers:
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 06:04 PM

Thanks for all of the replies, the purplish mark, moved up to my first knuckle last night, so I marked it with a pen, before I went to bed,to see if it was spreading. I woke up this morning, it hadn't spread further, but still a bit sore. I have a feeling that when I bumped it yesterday, it might of broken the capillaries near the cuticle and had a slow bleed under the skin.

Hopefully, it will get better soon.

Summer :flowers:

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:30 PM

Hi Summer,

I suffer as you do with limited/CREST. I dropped a bottle of shampoo on my big toe and foot in the shower and like you the pain I couldn't begin to describe! It too went a blueish, purple colour and my big toe actually had a cut that bled and bled but not till an hour after I'd hurt it...bizarre! It took ages to heal and the bruise to fade, if I'm truthful the mark is still there.

Could be that the knock you gave yourself was bad bruising but it's always wise to keep an eye and get it checked if you're worried!

Hugs,

Lynn

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 06:49 AM

Hi Summer,

What a relief, that its a normal bruise, eh? It's always a relief to dodge a bullet, such as wondering whether it was a Raynaud's attack and a digital ulcer was on its way to visit. I'm happy for you, and hope it all goes away now, in its own good time.

Until my husband got a major bruise, over his whole thigh (he fell through a deck), I wasn't aware that bruises can move It was fascinating, watching the huge bruises gradually migrate down his legs for a few weeks, until they completely dissipated.
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 11:46 AM

Hi, Summer! I have limited sclero with Raynaud's phenomenon, and I get a lot of discoloration and acute pain from minor injuries. I am a teacher, and someone threw a piece of paper, and I went to catch it. It hit an active ulcer at just the right angle. I saw stars and thought I was going to pass out right there! It literally took my breath away - a piece of paper! The injury had nothing to do with sclero, but the increased sensitivity made it horrible. Also, if you have had an ulceration/flare up of Raynaud's on that finger, it could be that the skin itself is thinner right now so the bruise is more visible. Since a bruise is blood cells visible under the skin, they might very well move. I hope you have healed well!

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:31 PM

Thanks for replying, much appreciated.
The bruising and my finger is fine now, I intend to be more careful from now on.

:thank-you:

Summer