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I have a small patch of tiny purplish veins/bruise on my right shoulder. I also have one or two on my ankles. What are they? And what causes them?

I have a small patch of tiny purplish veins/bruise on my right shoulder. I also have one or two on my ankles. What are they? And what causes them?

Spider veins: Most likely spider veins. Spider veins are small dilated veins near the surface of the skin shaped like tree branches that blanch when direct pressure is applied with a finger. Most common cause - venous hypertension within varicose veins or flow abnormality in medium sized veins of the leg (reticular veins). But there are many other congenital ; acquired causes. ...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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Lifted weights raked leaves 2 hours used leaf blower too. Blood vessel burst in right shoulder/bruised Prone to these in hands Cause for concern?

Lifted weights raked leaves 2 hours used leaf blower too. Blood vessel burst in right shoulder/bruised Prone to these in hands Cause for concern?

Recurrent Bruises: Trauma to superficial blood vessels can result in rupture and pooling of blood below skin surfaces--bruise. Can be normal due to excessive trauma; but this can also be a heralding sign of other serious conditions. Connective tissue disorders, autoimmune disorders, adrenal gland disorders are just a few conditions that may result in friable vessels. Consider review with your primary physician. ...Read more

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I have pain between my shoulder blades, tender to touch, and at base of my neck? Can working out cause that?

I have pain between my shoulder blades, tender to touch, and at base of my neck? Can working out cause that?

Yes: Anything that causes strain or spasm of the muscles can cause pain in those muscles or muscle groups. The area your talking about is probably the second most common area of the body to experience this, the first being lower back. ...Read more

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Pain in r shoulder blade area that is tender when pushed on and makes r arm ache. Would any internal organ, aorta, gallbladder causes feel like that?

Pain in r shoulder blade area that is tender when pushed on and makes r arm ache. Would any internal organ, aorta, gallbladder causes feel like that?

Possibly: usually, gallbladder or aortic pain would not feel worse with pressure on the scapula. Have you been doing any physical activity? Sometimes, certain exercises and activities strain the rhomboids and infraspinatus muscles causing similar pain. If you're not getting better, get checked out. ...Read more

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Neck pain on my right side? Recently I've had a stiff neck cause by a lot of shoulder tension. I put some ice on my neck it burns and is very tender.

Neck pain on my right side? Recently I've had a stiff neck cause by a lot of shoulder tension. I put some ice on my neck it burns and is very tender.

Muscle spasm: Sounds like some spasming of the muscles. Ice is a good choice. Try some icy-hot cream or patches. See your chiropractor as soon as possible and take ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) for the pain. A massage therapist may help as well. ...Read more

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Very intense pulling burning pain down my right shoulder blade. Tender on touch. Also, there is pimple like bump which also hurts. What is it? Causes?

Very intense pulling burning pain down my right shoulder blade. Tender on touch. Also, there is pimple like bump which also hurts. What is it? Causes?

Shingles: You may be developing shingles. After you get chickenpox, the virus remains inactive (becomes dormant) in certain nerves in the body. Shingles occurs after the virus becomes active again in these nerves years later. The reason the virus suddenly becomes active again is not clear. Often only one attack occurs. Treatment is with valtrex (valacyclovir). ...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