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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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Dull ache in calf only comes a few times a day...Also feeling like butt is bruised causing pain down back of thighs?

Dull ache in calf only comes a few times a day...Also feeling like butt is bruised causing pain down back of thighs?

Hamstring: The muscles that allow your heel to lift up and touch your buttock attach almost at the level of your belt. That muscle if tight and inflammed with cause aching all the way down to the upper calf. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of a reoccurring warm sensation in my calf. Sometimes it's is also just a feeling there. Not lumps, bruises, my leg looks norm?

What would be the cause of a reoccurring warm sensation in my calf. Sometimes it's is also just a feeling there. Not lumps, bruises, my leg looks norm?

What you describe: May be what we call a "dysaesthesia". This is a sensation we perceive that doesn't have any obvious cause. Pain from an injury is NOT a dysaesthesia b/c there's an obvious cause. Dyasethesias are often caused by inflammation, pressure or overreaction of the nerves that send impulses from a specific part of the body to the brain. Determining a specific diagnosis or cause requires a medical eval. ...Read more

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My left calf was feeling extremely itchy (experienced itching all over legs) now I have a reddish bruise on my left calf which is tender. Dangerous?

My left calf was feeling extremely itchy (experienced itching all over legs) now I have a reddish bruise on my left calf which is tender. Dangerous?

Unsure.: Check for possible clot. Did you scratch/rub it & cause cellulitis? Insect bite, contusion, varicose vein, contact detnatitis, etc. Are also possibilities. Get it checked if painful. ...Read more

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From knee to ankle front side to inner calf on both legs feels very sore when touched. Like a bruise feeling. No injury, medium activivity?

From knee to ankle front side to inner calf on both legs feels very sore when touched. Like a bruise feeling. No injury, medium activivity?

Shin splints: You could be experiencing shin splints. They can present as soreness to pain on the anterior (front) calf. Shin splints can occur after athletic type activities (walking/running) when a proper warm up or stretching is not done prior to the activity. Shin splints can also be caused when there is an imbalance in strength between the anterior (front) and posterior (back) calf muscles. ...Read more

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Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in calf and thigh, nausea, dizziness and unexplained bruises and overall not feeling good heart rate elevated?

Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in calf and thigh, nausea, dizziness and unexplained bruises and overall not feeling good heart rate elevated?

See a doctor today: You could have a blood clot in the leg. If you are are having any shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, or your pulse is over 100 at rest - you should go to the Emergency Room now to get tested. ...Read more

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Weird pain feeling in my leg close to hip. No bruising or anything. Should I be worried?

Weird pain feeling in my leg close to hip. No bruising or anything. Should I be worried?

Leg pain: Do you remember injuring yourself? Can you bear weight? What is your activity/exercise level? Does the pain radiate/travel up or down your leg? If you can walk and bear weight you can monitor the pain. Try some ibuprofen to see if that helps. If the pain worsens, you experience swelling, redness or heat at the site then it's time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I fell and hurt my ankle last Sunday. It swelled immediately. It's bruised up my leg. Now I have a tingly feeling. I feel as if it needs support.

I fell and hurt my ankle last Sunday. It swelled immediately. It's bruised up my leg. Now I have a tingly feeling. I feel as if it needs support.

Ankle sprain: Rest, ice, compression (wrap), elevation (RICE) recommended for this injury early on. If you can bear weight without too much pain = good sign. Support =good thing, an ankle stirrup brace or lace up brace can be helpful (avail at drugstore). Gentle range of motion exercises (foot up/down, side to side) helpful. Bruising very common, should fade. OTC advil/aleve. No better in 1 week, get eval. ...Read more

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A chair feel on my lower leg 2 wks ago. I now have a not feeling there & it still feels bruised, but only when I touch it. Could this be a blood clot?

A chair feel on my lower leg 2 wks ago. I now have a not feeling there & it still feels bruised, but only when I touch it. Could this be a blood clot?

No: It's just bruised. There may be a "hematoma" or collection of blood underneath the skin. This is superficial and not the type of clot that is dangerous. It can take up to 6 weeks for the numbness to resolve due to injured superficial nerves. ...Read more

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Wierd pain in thigh area of left leg. What are possible issues. In upper left leg in just the front of leg. It is a twisting feeling simular to a carliehorse only worse. It burns, bruises

Wierd pain in thigh area of left leg. What are possible issues. In upper left leg in just the front of leg. It is a twisting feeling simular to a carliehorse only worse. It burns, bruises

As: As with most pain conditions, there can be a variety of potential problems that can cause the pain that you are describing. It is difficult to diagnose with the short description given and without a proper physical examination. Pain is often a sign of inflammation. Inflammation often occurs when something is irritated. Irritation occurs from a variety of different things.

If the pain does not improve, you should see someone who is qualified to make an appropriate diagnosis. This may be nerve related, spine related, or something else.

As always, I would highly suggest you do your research when seeking medical help. Find a physician who meets, or even better, exceeds the basic qualifications to practice in their specific field or sub-specialty. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago. I have a tight pulling feeling near the bottom of the leg. No bruising or swelling left.?

Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago. I have a tight pulling feeling near the bottom of the leg. No bruising or swelling left.?

Sounds like: The tendons are inflamed. Typically the tendons at the back inside and outside of your ankle will get irritated after an ankle sprain. take nsaids, ice and stretch. Also an ankle support goes a long way. Your ankle will loosen up but can take 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long will a hematoma last and hurt? I've had it for 2 wks. It's on lower leg. Could it be blood clot. No swelling. Just bruised feeling.

How long will a hematoma last and hurt? I've had it for 2 wks. It's on lower leg. Could it be blood clot. No swelling. Just bruised feeling.

LE hematoma: If a skin deep hematoma you can see the " black and blue mark", if in muscle diagnosed by ultrasound. Can take up to a month or so depending on size. There are also bone bruises when the bone marrow gets edema, muscle sprains, and there are clots which can be quite dangerous as part can dislodge &move elsewhere like the lung. Please F/U w/doc/ER today may need sonongram ...Read more

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Consistent almost charlie horse pain general left leg vein pain and tenderness when laying down. 3 days, additional left foot bruise feeling walking.

Consistent almost charlie horse pain general left leg vein pain and tenderness when laying down. 3 days, additional left foot bruise feeling walking.

Could be a blood clo: This needs immediate evaluation. This coud be a blood clot. Please contact your physician now. It may be a different cause but you need to get evaluated. ...Read more

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Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in leg opposite foot numb face numb nausea very low heart rate 60 dizzy and not feeling right. Unexplained bruises too

Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in leg opposite foot numb face numb nausea very low heart rate 60 dizzy and not feeling right. Unexplained bruises too

Clots: There is a high possibility of clots forming in your veins post surgery. This condition is referred to as Deep Vein thrombosis. There is a high risk of clots forming in your brain or lungs as well which are medical emergencies. Please visit your nearest urgent care clinic or ER as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Why do I having burning leg pain and bruises appearing on them, also tingling and numb feelings?

Why do I having burning leg pain and bruises appearing on them, also tingling and numb feelings?

Numbness: You might be having a problem with the nerves supplying your legs. This can occur from injury, degeneration of the spine, or certain systemic diseases. I would suggest evaluation by your primary physician who could refer you to a specialist in your area if need be. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a charley horse to bruise in the calf?

Is it normal for a charley horse to bruise in the calf?

Possibly.: If the muscle tissue there tears, it can bleed under the skin, and then eventually bruise. It should clear itself up in a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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I have to smal lumps joined togeather under my skin on my calf right under a bruise what could this be?

I have to smal lumps joined togeather under my skin on my calf right under a bruise what could this be?

Clots: Can be related to clots, nodes or just swelling from the trauma. Please get attention. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a bruise (on my calf) to have a burning sensation come and go? Just wondering if I should be worried or not.

Is it normal for a bruise (on my calf) to have a burning sensation come and go? Just wondering if I should be worried or not.

Probably not: ? What caused the bruise?
But most bruises hurt the blood in there causes some discomfort on it's own
this should clear up pretty rapidly
hot soaks help as does wrapping it with plastic wrap at bed time to increase the blood flow and speed the clearing of the hematoma. ...Read more

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I have localized swelling in my lower calf area. Feels bruised to the touch. There is a hard nodule that I can feel. I'm a runner.?

I have localized swelling in my lower calf area. Feels bruised to the touch. There is a hard nodule that I can feel. I'm a runner.?

May need checked: Any swelling which is new, growing and relatively painless, must be shown to a physician to determine its nature.
You can watch it more closely for another week or two but if it does not settle down, then you should go see a doctor especially if you feel it is growing in size. ...Read more

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A large, dark bruise randomly appeared on my calf this afternoon. I had taken Plan B this morning and had a minor bike crash last night (w/o bruises)?

A large, dark bruise randomly appeared on my calf this afternoon. I had taken Plan B this morning and had a minor bike crash last night (w/o bruises)?

Bike not Plan B: Plan B is a morning after pill that prevents ovulation or fertilization and is a hormone called progesterone. There are no indications that it causes general increases in bleeding disorders although a female can have vaginal blood flow with it. The bruise is most likely from the minor bike crash and it took a while to "come to the surface. ...Read more

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What causes bruising with what appears to have lines thru it and a clear center on the calf that is not due to trauma and has no pain when manipulated?

What causes bruising with what appears to have lines thru it and a clear center on the calf that is not due to trauma and has no pain when manipulated?

Possible bite.: Insect bites, including tick bites, often have a bulls-eye appearance. The bites are often associated with infection, sometimes with lasting effects. A small puncture wound, as from a rose bush, could create a similar lesion. It's best to see a dermatologist or infectious disease specialist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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There is a bump under a bruise on my calf. What can it be?

Many things: Small collection of blood, scar tissue or fatty tissue. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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