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Date: 12.12.2013
From: lol

Subject: sulfasalazine brusing

Hi it's Lol has anyone had bruising from sulfasalazine got one on my arm this morning and another one came on the other arm tonight got in touch with rhummy nurse said to stay on them have to go for a blood test for clotting levels any feed back would really help thanks
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Date: 12.12.2013
From: bsk

Subject: Re: sulfasalazine brusing

Hi lol, I had the same thing. My legs were covered with bruises, about 12 on one leg and 4 on the other. My clotting factor was fine though so they are not worried.
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Date: 13.12.2013
From: lol

Subject: Re: sulfasalazine brusing for bsk

thanks for that put my mind at rest lol
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Date: 13.12.2013
From: julie

Subject: Re: sulfasalazine brusing

Hi Lol, Im on sulph along with mtx and plaquenil, just lately I get nasty bruise when they take blood. I also am on steroids and only have to scratch myself for it to bleed a lot. Had to go to heamotology clinic last week they say I have been anaemic since March, hb is now 11.7 so I think its now acceptable, I had to go on iron tablets, take 3 a day and now I have been put on calcium and vit D aswell, so bones don't suffer. Are you on calcium and vit D?
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Date: 14.12.2013
From: lol

Subject: Re: sulfasalazine brusing for julie

Hi Julie yes i am vit a and d going on tues for blood test to test for clotting levels i am on steroids 2.5 but its only since i started the sulfasalazine never had brusing prob before
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Date: 15.12.2013
From: julie

Subject: Re: sulfasalazine brusing

Hi Lol, I had to go for clotting levels aswell, my platelets were up and down, I was terrified to get results, always think the worst me!! anyway the consultant said he wasn't concerned with the platelets, he did say that if they were constantly getting higher or getting lower he would want to do more tests, I checked my other platelet counts in my mtx book and they do go up and down. He also checked (by the bloods) if there was any problem with bone marrow function, luckily it came back negative. He put it down to my inflammation levels, Ive had problems all year and cant get them down at present they are 21 which is good for me but they have been over 200. At minute my knuckles are red and swollen and now got painful bruise on my ankle. Maybe it is the sulpha as I have only been on it for about 3 months, before then I didn't really get bruises, but then again I was put on steroids (2 x5mg a day)same time and I do know that my skin feels really thin.

Hate this illness but thankful that I am not as bad as some poor people. Take care and let us know how bloods go. I aren't back till 14th Jan but my rheumy said if I need them they are there even if I need to chat or have a moan which I thought was really nice to know.
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