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Unexplained bruising, blood tests OK

17 Jan 2019 15:13


Hope someone has some help and advice. 

Im a 34 year old male, in good health until the past 18 month, when I started getting unexplained joint pain and my mental health took a nose dive. 

About 8 week ago a bruise appeared on the inner side of my left upper arm, extending from my armpit.

At one point a bright right spot about the size of a 5p appeared next to the bruise, then went leaving a mark the same dark colour as the bruise. 

The bruise has not changed colour, there's no pain, no previous injury. 

I have had my blood tested for everything possible 3 times, each time it is good.

Ive had ongoing joint and bone pain that the GP has put down to stress. 

I'm at my wits end, my GPs dont want to know, just keep repeating that my blood and bone profiles are good. 

I'm fatigued constantly, my mental health is shot and they are just lumping everything on that. 

I'm a fit healthy lad, I've gone from running half marathons to struggling to get out of bed. 

Unexplained bruising, blood tests OK

19 Jan 2019 21:21 in response to mpy2184

Welcome to the forum mpy2184 although I'm really sorry to read what you're going through.

I can't begin to imagine how frustrating this must be, especially when you feel like you're not being listened to or taken seriously. I know it'll be tough but if you're not happy with the answers you've got so far then do keep on at them until you are. Hopefully some of our members will be along soon to offer their support and advice as well.

I hope you're able to get to the bottom of this soon.

Kind regards, 

Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator

Unexplained bruising, blood tests OK

20 May 2019 19:34 in response to mpy2184

Hi, how are you feeling now? Did you ever discover the reason behind your bruising and bone pain? I’m going through something similar at the moment and like you my bloods are okay (apart from raised immunoglobulin which they tell me js non specific) was just wondering how you got on and if you are feeling better? 

Unexplained bruising, blood tests OK

20 May 2019 20:12 in response to mpy2184


Unexplained bruising is one of the symptoms of multiple myeloma, as is bone pain. There is a type of myeloma, non-secretory, where the usual sign of excess blood protein does not occur. Sometimes protein can be found in the urine and not in the blood.

I'm not a doctor and do not presume to diagnose but it might be worth mentioning myeloma to your GP.

I had various symptoms, including unexplained bruising for over a year before I was diagnosed.

Hope it turns out to be nothing.




Unexplained bruising, blood tests OK

20 May 2019 20:48 in response to Taff

Hi Taff, 

Thanks for your reply. Sorry to hear your diagnosis took so long and I hope you are okay now. The gp has tested my urine for multiple myeloma and it was clear. There is a slight swelling on the shin of my leg which is causing me the most pain. Its not tender to touch and doesn’t feel muscular. It feels like the pain is in my bones. It’s been like this since February but getting gradually worse. I also have pins and needles and numbness in my leg and arm along with several other symptoms since February. The gp doesn’t think any of my symptoms are related and it’s driving me crazy. I’ve been referred to a neurologist and a muskoskeletal specialist now so I guess it’s just a waiting game. Thanks again for your reply 

Unexplained bruising, blood tests OK

20 May 2019 21:53 in response to Young_mum

Hi Young_mum,

Am doing ok, just started my 3rd cycle of chemo after I relapsed.

As well as my bruising that was ignored and treated as nothing important, I had two musculoskeletal consultants tell me my hip pain was actually caused by mechanical back pain. It was in fact, a rather large plasmacytoma in my iliac bone. Fist-sized. A recent lump on the head that was probably nothing, is now a 30mm hole that goes right through my skull.

Hope you get sorted soon.

Unexplained bruising, blood tests OK

20 May 2019 23:45 in response to Taff

Oh gosh I’m so sorry to hear that. Just goes to show that sometimes these specialists do get things wrong. Wishing you all the best with your chemo, hope you make a full recovery. Thank you again for taking the time to reply, Becky