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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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I've noticed faint bruising on the left side of my abdomen not due to injury. I've also had severe blood loss during bowel movements. Any relation?

I've noticed faint bruising on the left side of my abdomen not due to injury. I've also had severe blood loss during bowel movements. Any relation?

Seek help: Please see your doctor. You may have some form of blood disorder which is leading to spontaneous bruising and GI blood loss. Now, don't panic, as this is a very shallow answer based on preliminary information. Just call monday morning for an appt. And, be honest with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you tell you broke something. I have no bruises but I can't put presser on my left side it's hurts to much ??

How can you tell you broke something. I have no bruises but I can't put presser on my left side it's hurts to much ??

Evaluation: You may still have a fracture. There are such things as "stress fractures" that do not require trauma to occur. Have yourself examined. ...Read more

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I have lost 76 lbs and noticed a moderately big dark bruise on the left side of my waist should I be alarmed? X 2d P/L =0

I have lost 76 lbs and noticed a moderately big dark bruise on the left side of my waist should I be alarmed?
X 2d  P/L =0

Worth a check-up: That is a lot of weight loss if unintentional. Bruising can occur, but in the context of weight loss may be a red flag. A few screening blood tests and physical exam are warranted. ...Read more

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Having a bruise-like pain (no noticeable bruise) under my right ribcage, my left side of ribcage feels like it's rubbing against something when i turn?

Having a bruise-like pain (no noticeable bruise) under my right ribcage, my left side of ribcage feels like it's rubbing against something when i turn?

Rib cage: It's rare in a young person, but sometimes people can have some nerve compression in their spine at the level of the rib cage that produces band-like pain around the chest. Both sides can be involved. The other possibility is some early signs of flu or maybe you have been coughing some and the muscles are sore. If it stays uncomfortable for 3-5 days, go see your doctor. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I wrecked my ATV earlier today I have been home icing and elevating it. The pain is only getting worse. I have a large bruise and a knot on my left le?

I wrecked my ATV earlier today I have been home icing and elevating it. The pain is only getting worse. I have a large bruise and a knot on my left le?

ATV accidents: Are very scary from a trauma perspective. Because details of your accident are not known (speed, did you fall to one side, get crushed, have other body parts injured, hit your head) it is difficult to say what may be happening. Strongly advise you to seek medical evaluation ASAP. Exam of your skin / legs will give a more clear sense of what may be wrong. ...Read more

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Unexplained bruising on left under ribs. 3 painless bruises. No injury or other symptoms. ?

Unexplained bruising on left under ribs. 3 painless bruises. No injury or other symptoms. ?

Monitor: Hi, is this just a random thing or do you get unexplained bruises a lot? If it is the former, just monitor. You could have been bruised without sensing it at the time. If it is the latter, see a doctor for more work up. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more