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I have bruises all over my legs?

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Hi! I am a 15 year old who in participating in track and field and played field hockey last fall. I have always had severe growing pains in my legs since I was little and continue to have them, even though I am definitely not growing anymore. Also, I have had very bad ankle pain for months which started to be very bad about a year ago. I have been to various orthopedics and none of them are convinced it is an orthopedic problem. Recently, I have been having knee and leg pain as well. Also, I am bruising every where on my lower legs. I have 2 huge bruises covering both knees that started out as a bloody red color and turned to a normal bruise color. Now I have bruises all over my legs, and they started the same way. The athletic trainer does not think it is an orthopedic injury as well. I was checked for my rhuemothoid level and it remains normal, so I am not quite sure where to turn. I am not sure if I have a blood disease or possibly arthritis or what. Please help! Thanks!

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replied March 20th, 2011
Blood Disorders Answer A21051
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

From the history given it seems that you have a blood disorder or a sensitive skin.

Blood disorders resulting in a low platelet count can cause a maculopapular red rash, which subsides as the counts recover. Such low counts can occur due to viral infections that can affect the bone marrow that produces blood cells.

You might get a complete blood count and a peripheral blood smear and also consult a hematologist for proper evaluation of your condition.

I hope this helps.

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