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What Causes Mysterious Bruising?

By February 21, 2012 October 21st, 2016 Mystery Symptoms

Pale, Sick-Looking Young WomanWhat causes mysterious bruising? Are you noticing bruises on legs, arms, and other parts of your body you never noticed before? Mysterious bruising could be a simple sign of clumsiness or forgetfulness. You may just not remember what you’ve bumped into.

However, if bruising is frequent and bruises on legs, arms and other parts of your body don’t go away after a couple of days, there could be an underlying medical cause. Let’s take a look at the five most common causes of mysterious bruising.


ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is something I have personal experience with. ITP is an autoimmune disorder characterized by low platelets, easy bruising and bleeding. Like most autoimmune diseases, there is no clear definable cause. Some believe like I do, that ITP is linked to gluten intolerance. I have both. This disease tends to strike young women most.

My platelets have since stabilized since I’ve cut gluten and the prescription medication, depakote from my life. (Gluten intolerance produced symptoms of bipolar disorder, which I do not have.) A blood test at your doctor’s office will determine if you have ITP. Meanwhile, there are plenty of natural remedies for ITP to try, including a gluten-free diet.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by a slow onset of joint pain, stiffness, dry eyes and mouth, eye burning, itching and discharge and easy bruising. If these symptoms sound familiar, you might have rheumatoid arthritis. A blood test can diagnose RA. There are plenty of natural treatments for this autoimmune disease.

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Mysterious bruising can also be caused by iron deficiency anemia. This condition is characterized by the body not producing enough healthy red blood cells. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, headaches, brittle nails, lightheadedness, feeling faint upon standing, paleness, easy bruising, sore tongue and dark, tar-colored stools. A blood test can determine if this condition is the cause of your symptoms.

Iron deficiency anemia can be corrected naturally through diet and supplementation of nutrients. In severe cases, a series of blood transfusions may be necessary.


Diabetes is another condition associated with easy mysterious bruising. Symptoms of this disease include excessive thirst and appetite, fatigue, frequent urination, blurred vision, nausea with or without vomiting, slow-healing sores or cuts, easy bruising, frequent vaginal infections, dry mouth, itchy skin, especially in the groin area.

Some of these symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have diabetes. Mystery symptoms can be hard to pin down. A blood test can determine if you have diabetes. If it’s type II, it may be able to be controlled through diet, lifestyle changes and supplements.


Don’t panic. Leukemia is only one of many causes of easy bruising. Symptoms of this type of cancer include fatigue, frequent infections, paleness, painless lumps in the underarm, neck, groin or stomach, pain or feeling of fullness in the ribs, easy bleeding or bruising, fever, bone and joint pain or tiny red spots under the skin.

Again, a blood test can tell for sure. A bone marrow biopsy may also be conducted to conclusively determine if the cause of your easy bruising is due to leukemia.

Mysterious bruises on legs, arms, back or any other part of your body could be due to any number of reasons. These are the five most common. Don’t panic or make yourself crazy wondering if you’re dying. No matter what the cause, there’s a natural treatment out there for you. After you’ve received a diagnosis, you’ll be well on your way to effectively treating the cause of your mysterious bruising.

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