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#1 Old 12-24-2009, 04:30 AM
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Ever since I became vegan a couple of months ago, my legs have been bruising really easily. I don't remember where they come from they just kind of appear all over my legs. Is this some kind of deficiency? Do I need to eat more of a specific food?



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#2 Old 12-24-2009, 05:21 AM
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This happens to me whenever I cut out fortified food (usually by accident, because I don't have a problem with fortified food). Some people say low iron does it, and some people say it's low B12. Do you feel tired or weak? I usually don't, which is why I don't think it's anemia for me personally.

Do you take a vitamin? If you don't, a bowl of fortified cereal plus fortified soymilk should help.

Or maybe someone knows what it actually is, so you can just eat more of a real food



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No, I don't feel tired or weak although I have also noticed that the dark circles under my eyes are more pronounced even if I get tons of sleep. Also I take a B12 vitamin (when I remember) so its probably not that although, thats the only vitamin that I take.

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#4 Old 12-24-2009, 10:28 AM
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Usually, this is low iron. Either get an iron supplement, or eat more dark, leafy greens. Broccoli and spinach are good for iron. Also, I believe iron is absorbed more easily with vitamin C, so maybe just the combinations of foods you eat could help.



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I bruise easily too, and get dark under eye circles.

I take a B-vitamin and eat a varied, healthy diet.

I figured that's just the way I am. My mother bruises easily too
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I went to the doctor about this a couple of months ago. (I was also having a lot of stomach pains- which is unrelated to the bruising)

They suspected Von Willebrands disease, but after multiple visits to other doctors they concluded that it wasn't anything serious because I didn't bleed easily or have excessively heavy periods. Another thing, it might be a vitamin K deficiency (one of my blood tests suggested this)



Then again, during this time I wasn't taking vegetables and ate mostly bread and cereal
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I went to the doctor about this a couple of months ago. (I was also having a lot of stomach pains- which is unrelated to the bruising)

They suspected Von Willebrands disease, but after multiple visits to other doctors they concluded that it wasn't anything serious because I didn't bleed easily or have excessively heavy periods. Another thing, it might be a vitamin K deficiency (one of my blood tests suggested this)



Then again, during this time I wasn't taking vitamins and ate mostly bread and cereal !
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It could be low iron, I bruise more when my iron's low. But before you go supplementing you should have your doctor test you for it.
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This is something that didn't happen before, yeah? If it's concerning you enough to post about it, maybe it's worth a trip to the doctor. She can ask some questions, maybe do a quick exam and take some blood to check the aforementioned Iron, B12, Vit K, etc. Thyroid issues and all sorts of things can cause easy bruising.

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If it's causing concern then visit your doctor, even if they tell you it's nothing atleast you'll know.



However, I'm not vegan and even before I became veggie I have always bruised easily. But as far as I can tell it's nothing to do with my diet or health. It's just me.
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