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Have been bruising very easily lately. How common is leukemia in adults?

Have been bruising very easily lately. How common is leukemia in adults?

Adult Leukemia: In 2011, leukemia was expected to strike more than 10 times as many adults versus children and adolescents in the us. It tends to occur in the older population with a median age of 66. Different kinds of leukemia occur at different rates in various age groups. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is more common in children whereas acute myeloid leukemia and the chronic leukemias are seen more among adults. ...Read more

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Just been diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.What is the treatment. Is this painful and is the treatment painful. Became ill and white cell count went very high but got under control with antibiotics, monocytes have been high for at least 6 ye

Just been diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.What is the treatment. Is this painful and is the treatment painful. Became ill and white cell count went very high but got under control with antibiotics, monocytes have been high for at least 6 ye

Chemotherapy: In most cases, like any other leukemia, the treatment consists of combination chemotherapy and the options are best discussed with your oncologist. Chemotherapy does have various side effects and those should also be discussed with your oncologist before starting treatment. ...Read more

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I have chronic pancreatitis & sarcoidosis. Although my mouth is dry most of the time its been very watery lately. Should I be concerned?

I have chronic pancreatitis & sarcoidosis.  Although my mouth is dry most of the time its been very watery lately.  Should I be concerned?

Sarcoid: Typically pancreatic secretions are decreased in chronic pancreatitis. However with your sarcoidosis other glands can be affected. I recommend you to see a rheumatologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I prevously had anemia but my levels are ok now, however I still tire very easily. What are some other causes of fatigue?

I prevously had anemia but my levels are ok now, however I still tire very easily. What are some other causes of fatigue?

Many possibilities: There are many causes to fatigue. In addition to anemia, other possibilities include thyroid disorders, depression, anxiety, infections, insomnia (and the many causes to insomnia), diabetes and other chronic diseases, and a whole host of other maladies. Best to see your doctor to make a diagnosis after a thorough work up. ...Read more

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I easily suffer by common flue why.And very often?

I easily  suffer by common flue why.And very often?

Need more info: If you are actually getting influenza (proven by testing) suggest you get vaccinated yearly. If these are simply multiple different viral illnesses there are many other questions; with whom are you in contact and in what manner? Do you get any other forms of infection? What do you mean by "easily suffer"? What is very often? Do you recover normally? ...Read more

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Been struggling w fatigue/body pain for 2 years. Recently learned my white blood count is 3.5 and platelets are also low. Is this a concern? Related?

Been struggling w fatigue/body pain for 2 years. Recently learned my white blood count is 3.5 and platelets are also low. Is this a concern? Related?

Fatigue, low counts: Hi Barbara. Your symptoms and blood work could be related. You need to see a physician to look for the causes of your symptoms and for your abnormal blood work to help you find a cause. ...Read more

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Have had hard cysts on my scalp for quite very long now. They grew from 1 to about 8 to 9 now. Out of which 3 have grown a little large. They are painless but is uncomfortable while brushing my hair. Although that is not my main concern. Have been treated

Have had hard cysts on my scalp for quite very long now. They grew from 1 to about 8 to 9 now. Out of which 3 have grown a little large. They are painless but is uncomfortable while brushing my hair. Although that is not my main concern. Have been treated

Depends...: If it is over a limited duration.......Lymphdenitis...inflammatory/tubercular/fungal need to be considered. Certail type of lymphoma, HIV are low in the list. It is simple if you have chronic scalp inflammation. This much can be said....not knowing your age, risk factor PMHx. ...Read more

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Here lately I have been bruising very easily...What could be the cause. No know conditions?

Here lately  I have been bruising very easily...What could be the cause. No know conditions?

Bruising: What do you take for your headaches? Aspirin based products an make you bruise easily. If no medications taken, see your doctor for blood tests. ...Read more

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For the last week or so I have had a very severe headache, have been restless, and have been very fatigued. What is most likely the culprit?

For the last week or so I have had a very severe headache, have been restless, and have been very fatigued. What is most likely the culprit?

Hard to say: In a 29 year old without medical problems, the most common culprit is a virus or flu. From your med list it looks like you have chronic nausea and an inflammatory disease like arthritis or lupus. So it's more complicated. It's worth seeing your doctor, because plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) can impair your immune system and make things more complicated. ...Read more

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My normally healthy nails which were once pretty long have started to chip and become very brittle? Could it be a sign of deficiency?

My normally healthy nails which were once pretty long have started to chip and become very brittle? Could it be a sign of deficiency?

See your doctor: It could be numerous things: hypothyroidism, fungal infection, vitamin deficiency, so you should get bloodwork done to rule out hypothyroidism and also have it visualized clinically by a doctor's eyes to see whether it could possibly be fungal. Good luck! ...Read more

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My white blood cell count has been very very low for many months now. Is it serious ?

My white blood cell count has been very very low for many months now. Is it serious ?

Depends : It all depends on the cause and the degree of the decease in wbc. Some ethnic groups tend to have mildly lower WBC at all time and that is normal. However, you doctor should search for alternative causes before assuming so. Medication and autoimmune diseases are common causes of low wbc. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me (24yo) to have been diagnosed osteoarthritis? I'm confused and some days it's extremely debilitating

Is it normal for me (24yo) to have been diagnosed osteoarthritis? I'm confused and some days it's extremely debilitating

Yes-unusual at 24: Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly affects weight bearing joints after excessive wear and tear or significant prior injury. Symptoms and X-ray changes may not be clinically evident for quite some time after the causative event. OA becomes more common in advanced adulthood, especially over 50. It is uncommon to have OA in one's twenties, but certainly not unheard of. ...Read more

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SEVERELY thinning hair for over a decade,have been told by 2 specialists that non-surgical hair replacement is only option.Have agoraphobia due to this&red shiny face that easily gets very flushed since age 19.Also get very hot&sweaty easily.PTSD exacerba

SEVERELY thinning hair for over a decade,have been told by 2 specialists that non-surgical hair replacement is only option.Have agoraphobia due to this&red shiny face that easily gets very flushed since age 19.Also get very hot&sweaty easily.PTSD exacerba

Thyroid problems?: Hair loss in women can be due to a variety of causes. You need a thorough history concerning severe chronic illness, major surgery, thyroid disorder, crash diets, inadequate protein, and certain drugs (Fiedler & Gray, 2003). I think that there is certainly hope for restoring most, if not all of your hair loss. ...Read more

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Im 17 and have been diagnosed with bronchiolitis caused by rsv, is this something to worry about considering it is usually found only in infants? Help

Im 17 and have been diagnosed with bronchiolitis caused by rsv, is this something to worry about considering it is usually found only in infants? Help

Mistaken belief: The Respiratory Syncytial Virus is responsible for 70% of colds and URI's for anyone at any age in the RSV season. It is more worrisome in infants because it usually goes deeper in the lungs and triggers more problems.However, there are some older kids and adults, typically those with asthma or a history of recurrent bronchitis that can have problems with RSV.Less common but not unique. ...Read more

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Thyroid issues are very common in my fam.Im starting to show signs now.Low temp, no energy etc. But im so young, is this abnormal with someone my age?

Thyroid issues are very common in my fam.Im starting to show signs now.Low temp, no energy etc. But im so young, is this abnormal with someone my age?

No: This is not abnormal especially if it runs in the family. You may have hashimoto's thyroiditis which is an autoimmune form of hypothyroidism and the most common. Often it runs in families and occurs most commonly in young women so you should have your level tested. ...Read more

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Have been bruising very easily lately. How common is leukemia in adults?

Adult Leukemia: In 2011, leukemia was expected to strike more than 10 times as many adults versus children and adolescents in the us. It tends to occur in the older population with a median age of 66. Different kinds of leukemia occur at different rates in various age groups. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is more common in children whereas acute myeloid leukemia and the chronic leukemias are seen more among adults. ...Read more

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I am afraid i may have leukemia :( or something serious. Bruising easily a lot lately?

I am afraid i may have leukemia :( or something serious. Bruising easily a lot lately?

Hard to say...: Leukemia can present with multiple signs and symptoms including but not limited to: bone pain, refusal to bear weight, gum bleeding, bleeding from other sites, pallor, lack of appetite, fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, easy bruising, fatigue, multiple infections, etc. If a concern for leukemia exists, consultation with the primary care physician or a hematologist is recommended. ...Read more

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Never bruised or bled easily but no awake daily with feelings of bruises in several places and get bloody noses also have leukemia in family ideas?

Never bruised or bled easily but no awake daily with feelings of bruises in several places and get bloody noses also have leukemia in family ideas?

Doctor visit: You need to see a physician for a good physical exam and possibly blood work. Make sure you tell the doc about any medicine you may be taking, be it prescribed or over the counter. ...Read more

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No appetite, frequent infections, can't seem to take satisfying breath, bruising easily.... No tiredness or body pains.... Leukemia?

No appetite, frequent infections, can't seem to take satisfying breath, bruising easily.... No tiredness or body pains.... Leukemia?

Hard to say...: Leukemia can present with multiple signs and symptoms including but not limited to: bone pain, refusal to bear weight, gum bleeding, bleeding from other sites, pallor, lack of appetite, fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, easy bruising, fatigue, multiple infections, etc. If a concern for leukemia exists, consultation with the primary care physician or a hematologist is recommended. ...Read more

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I had anemia in the past. I wanted to know the symptoms of leukemia. I have dizziness, headache, loss of appetite I eat sometimes 1 a day. Bruise easy?

I had anemia in the past. I wanted to know the symptoms of leukemia. I have dizziness, headache, loss of appetite I eat sometimes 1 a day. Bruise easy?

See below: There are many different types of leukemias and those present with different symptoms. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/leukemia/basics/symptoms/con-20024914 ...Read more

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I am showing signs of easy bruising, night sweats, some discomfort in my left side and some weight loss. These symptoms are showing me leukemia?

See MD: The symptoms you describe can be caused by a number of things. However, they are somewhat concerning when taken all together. Though the likelihood is low, these symptoms could be caused by something like a leukemia or lymphoma. You need to see a health provider now to figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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Are my symptoms all in my head? I went to get a CBC in february and everything came back fine. I still feel tired, bruise easily, and have horrible shortness of breath for no reason. Could leukemia have developed between now and then? Should I get a secon

Are my symptoms all in my head? I went to get a CBC in february and everything came back fine. I still feel tired, bruise easily, and have horrible shortness of breath for no reason. Could leukemia have developed between now and then? Should I get a secon

Get checked again: You should go right away to get a check of your complete blood count. Leukemias can arise very quickly and often occur in younger people. Your bruising may be due to low platelets and your shortness of breath may be due to low hemoglobin. ...Read more

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My mother,40 bruise easily on arms and knees which everytime fades away in 2-3 days. It also hurts. She also has lot of shoulder pain. leukemia?

My mother,40 bruise easily on arms and knees which everytime fades away in 2-3 days. It also hurts. She also has lot of shoulder pain. leukemia?

Needs check up: Easy bruising can be caused from many reasons, leukemia being one of the less common causes. You should get her blood count(CBC) done and this can easily exclude leukemia as a cause. A medical exam would be the next best thing to do. ...Read more

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Yeast infection came and went on its own...4 weeks later sudden UTI with urine in blood. Easy bruising/unexplained weightloss. Leukemia?

Yeast infection came and went on its own...4 weeks later sudden UTI with urine in blood. Easy bruising/unexplained weightloss. Leukemia?

Dont jump conclusion: See you primary care doctor or midlevel provided for the bruising and weight loss issue. There are many possible reasons, though leukemia is very uncommon it is one of those reasons. ...Read more

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Im tired all the time, bruise easily, get cold hands and feet, and recently have gotten dark circles around my eyes (i get 9+ hours of sleep)leukemia?

Im tired all the time, bruise easily, get cold hands and feet, and recently have gotten dark circles around my eyes (i get 9+ hours of sleep)leukemia?

Leukemia : Can be diagnosed via blood work and bone marrow biopsy. The symptoms you describe and concern you express are enough to warrant a doctors visit. The symptoms are not enough to make a diagnosis. Please see your doctor asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Leukemia tests negative, von willebrands neg, but i bruise easy, weak muscles, bone/joint pain, fatigued easily, itch after warm water use, help?

Leukemia tests negative, von willebrands neg, but i bruise easy, weak muscles, bone/joint pain, fatigued easily, itch after warm water use, help?

Routine tests: Consider checking blood work: liver and kidney function tests (serum chemistry), thyroid and parathyroid hormone tests. Definitely keep working with your internist or primary care physician to find a cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could it be leukemia? I'm 20 years old, I do smoke, I have an iron deficiency, i'm anemic, the lymph nodes under my left and right arm are enlarged as well as the right side of my throat. I bruise easily and have a headache almost every night. & no matter

Could it be leukemia? I'm 20 years old, I do smoke, I have an iron deficiency, i'm anemic, the lymph nodes under my left and right arm are enlarged as well as the right side of my throat. I bruise easily and have a headache almost every night. & no matter

See your doctor: Most forms of leukemia are obvious on a blood count, and there are many other causes of swollen lymph nodes. It sounds like you need a comprehensive medical evaluation, preferably by an internist. You may need referral to a hematologist/oncologist and may need tissue biopsy if the history, physical exam and routine lab are of concern. Infectious mono can give all the things you have as well. ...Read more

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Pictures of leukemia bruises or petechias ?

I think you want to: Know where to find pictures of the types of skin findings that one might expect to see in a patient suffering from leukemia. There is one caveat, are you talking about Leukemia cutis? That is another entity with its own skin findings. There are many such images available online. start by using a search engine and enter cutaneous or dermatological manifestations of leukemia. Then narrow to images. ...Read more

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I have random bruises and it doesn't hurt, is this leukemia?

Not likely: Probably not. This could be due to diet or medication you are on, or a blood disorder. Have your parent or guardian make you an appointment with a doctor to have this checked. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

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Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more