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My 11 month old has a constant bruised spot on her sacrum, been there about 6 wks. She has mild developmental hip dispaxia, could it be related? Thank

My 11 month old has a constant bruised spot on her sacrum, been there about 6 wks. She has mild developmental hip dispaxia, could it be related? Thank

May be: Bring her to see her pediatrician and discuss further with the doctor. She may need to see a pediatric hematologist for further work-up of the bruising and to evaluate whether there is any bleeding disorder like von willebrands disease etc.. Good luck. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I have a tender area just to the left of my spine an inch above my sacrum, which, when pressed refers pain down my leg to my foot. What could it be?

I have a tender area just to the left of my spine an inch above my sacrum, which, when pressed refers pain down my leg to my foot. What could it be?

Sciatica: All lower extremity nerves originate from the spine. You may have an impinged nerve, this may be called sciatica. See your pcp and if need be, a referral for pt/ot. ...Read more

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I need advice on what's this expanding painful bruising on my lower back?

I need advice on what's this expanding painful bruising on my lower back?

Do not know: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Fell on ice a week ago. Still hurts on left lower back. Is that normal to take that long to heal? Tiny bruise visible

Fell on ice a week ago. Still hurts on left lower back. Is that normal to take that long to heal?  Tiny bruise visible

Could be a fracture: Many unexpected falls in ice can create tremendous force at impact. You may have a fracture to your pelvis, sacrum, or even the lower spine. Most of these injuries with an external compression from the side (lateral compression fractures) are inherently stable, so you could stand or walk with discomfort. This injury may take 6 weeks to 3 months to get better. Have an orthopedic surgeon check. ...Read more

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Why did i get a fluid-filled bruise on my lower back after dropping 300 pounds?

Why did i get a fluid-filled bruise on my lower back after dropping 300 pounds?

Need further evaluat: This is a great deal of weight to loose, and will result in very stretched, overlapping skin. This may simply be a large fold of skin. You should see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I have a bruise like discoloration on my lower back but i havent been hit. Should I be concerned?

I have a bruise like discoloration on my lower back but i havent been hit. Should I be concerned?

Bruise: if you develop more bruising you may want to have a cbc done. That is a blood test that looks at white cells, hemoglobin, and platelets. ...Read more

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Pain in lower back from falling on ice when skating. No visible bruise on the skin?

Pain in lower back from falling on ice when skating.  No visible bruise on the skin?

Need Xrays.: As my old professor used to say, "we doctors don't have xray vision!" you'll need to get some xrays to make sure you haven't broken anything. ...Read more

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I've noticed my 2 year old son gets these dime sizes bruises on his lower back and spine. Is this normal?

I've noticed my  2 year old son gets these dime sizes bruises on his lower back and spine.  Is this normal?

Maybe,maybe not: A rambunctious kid can get bruises on occasion over the bony prominences of the spine, shins, elbows, etc. These should reflect their activity and come and go over time.Bruises that arise over fleshy areas, unlikely to have pinched tissue between trauma and hard bone, are abnormal and a sigh of inflicted trauma or blood issue. ...Read more

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Today I was walking down the stairs and I slipped and fell. I hit my lower back on the a step. There is bruising and pain. What should I do?

Today I was walking down the stairs and I slipped and fell. I hit my lower back on the a step. There is bruising and pain. What should I do?

Fall: Although you hurt, you do not have to be seen. If you can stand and walk it is unlikely you have a fracture. If that is the case then cool compress and Ibuprofen. Pain should resolve within a week. ...Read more

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I keep getting a bruise on my lower back right in the middle where my spine is. I haven't done anything physical and it feels like I have cramps?

I keep getting a bruise on my lower back right in the middle where my spine is. I haven't done anything physical and it feels like I have cramps?

Muscle or: soft tissue damage. The bruising is always suspicious for a blood clotting disorder. Get examined asap and get routine blood test of blood for coagulation issues. I suggest calling for an appointment ASAP. ...Read more

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Why does my spine hurts when i touch it? The feeling is as if i had a giant bruise. It started in my lower back and now I have it on my upper back!

?Skin?: Your symptoms are not typical of anything but local trauma. For instance, if you do a lot of sit-ups or other activities in the face up/supine position, you can get bruises along your spinous processes (the tips of the vertebrae you can feel/see under the skin). Otherwise, it could be a skin problem or a muscle problem, as both lie between skin ; the bones themselves. See your pcp for and exam. ...Read more

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I had a small lump under skin on lower back. Has always been the same. Today it was bigger and bruised and somewhat sensitive which it hasnt been b4.?

Ruptured cyst?: Your description makes me think this might be a cyst which ruptured and is becoming inflamed as a result. If it worsens, gets very large, or painful, it may need to be opened. Warm compresses can help bring it to a head and resolve it faster. Squeezing isn't a good idea. ...Read more

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I have a large swollen bruise on lower back from fall. It burns at times. What can I do to speed up healing?

I have a large swollen bruise on lower back from fall. It burns at times. What can I do to speed up healing?

Nothing particular: There is no known way to improve on the body's healing abilities, other than a proper diet and adequate vitamins, and avoiding things that may impair healing, including cigarette smoking and alcohol. ...Read more

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Today I fell on my tailbone/ lower back while doing squats, I think it's bruised. what should I do to treat this injury/ relieve pain?

Today I fell on my tailbone/ lower back while doing squats, I think it's bruised. what should I do to treat this injury/ relieve pain?

Ice and don't sit : The tail bone is a sensitive area of the body but not a critical part of the spine. When injured one needs to avoid sitting on it. This a doughnut type of a cushion helps as wellas icicng in the beginning. As time goes this becomes easier but they can last sometimes for weeks. If the pain is severe you need an x-ray to make sure that you do not have a fracture. ...Read more

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I have been having lower back pain for months and it's getting worse. And i've started to notice that it looks somewhat bruised on my lower back.

Probable spondylosis: Likely arthritis is the culprit. Muscle spasm generally comes with it, and can cause some swelling and burning. The primary cause of bruising or scarring is from heating pad overuse, to try and relieve some of the pain. Best to have a doctor evaluate you for the best treatment modalities, which may include physical therapy, steroid injections, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, or other. ...Read more

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I have a knot on my spine in the middle/ lower back with pain an sometimes bruising in line down part of spine doc won't do anything for it help?

I have a knot on my spine in the middle/ lower back with pain an sometimes bruising in line down part of spine doc won't do anything for it help?

Many causes: There are many causes of back pain, most are annoying but not dangerous. Impossible to tell what might be causing your back pain without a lot more information. Maybe you need to get a 2nd opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Left side of one vertebrae in lower back always feels bruised to touch. X-ray shows some degeneration, but I'm 24 and very active/fit. How to fix?

Good question.: I would suggest that you consult with an Osteopathic Physician (D.O,) and a physical therapist who specializes in sports medicine. You are too young to let this get worse and have more problems later on. ...Read more

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After fall, dx severe lower back internal bruises.Can only sleep on back but it's hurting nxt day.Could this make it worse? Cant sleep side,2 painful.

After fall, dx severe lower back internal bruises.Can only sleep on back but it's hurting nxt day.Could this make it worse? Cant sleep side,2 painful.

Take pain meds: I hope you have already seen a physician and have evaluateed. If so, then you need a strong pain medicine to ease off the pain and let you rest. Please contact your physician for prescription. ...Read more

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I found that my lower back was sore today while standing then found unexplained bruising along my spine.

I found that my lower back was sore today while standing then found unexplained bruising along my spine.

Medical check up nee: You need to have a medical check up from your doctor. Bruising can be from trauma/injury but you will know if that is in the picture or not. Unexplained bruising indicates possible bleeding under the skin for which there has to be a cause. Your doctor can check/examine you to find the cause of bleeding which will require blood tests including CBC(Complete blood counts) and some special blood test ...Read more

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Fell on my right side I have horrible pain Down my whole leg and lower back hip area. With bruising. ?

Fell on my right side I have horrible pain   Down my whole leg and lower back hip area. With bruising. 
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Fall: Evaluation. If you are hurting bad enough that it is difficult to walk then you need to be checked. X-ray may be needed. Sometimes falls can be associated with internal injuries. ...Read more

Sacrum (Definition)

Below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone or coccyx lies the sacrum. The sacrum is part of the spine and interacts with the pelvis ...Read more


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Bruising (Definition)

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