Thinning skin on arms
I have been to several doctors, been tested about vitamin levels and all come back normal. I'm awaiting results from a hemotologist now.
I wish I could give you an answer, but all I can do is commiserate.
on 4/22/10 2:18 pm
I know they need 11 (if they do several tests from shared vials) to 17 vials of blood to check everything that should be checked after WLS. Did they actually take and run all they need to?
I also know that many tests are missed even when they are marked to be tested, and some really important ones (like vitamin K, which a lack of could make you bleed) are almost always missed. Part of the problem is that some of the tests require the blood to be protected from light (like vitaming K), and it often isn't unless you know to tell the lab tech that, so those tests are just missed.
After my appt with the doctor one of my coworkers asked if I told him where I was raised, which I hadn't. So I wrote him a long email about the mining town I was raised in with the high rate of cancer, miscarriages, SIDS, etc. My next appointment is in a couple of weeks. I'm anxious to see what they find.
Thanks for your input. I didn't know about the vitamin K.
on 4/22/10 4:51 pm - Sydney, Australia
I got to visit your beautiful city in 1985. I will always remember how beautiful Sydney is and how sweet the people are there. I've just recently, through Facebook, got in touch with the host family I stayed with there.
Good luck on your WLS journey.
i ALSO HAVE THE THIN SKIN AND BRUISED ARMS. i WEAR LONG SLEEVES BECAUSE I AM SO EMBARRESSED BY MY ARMS I BARELY TOUCH SOMETHING AND MY ARM IS BRUSED OR I HAVE A BLOOD BLISTER. MY ENDORC DR HAS RUN EVERY TEST SHE CAN THINK OF. i'm glad I'm not alone
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I'm going back to my hemotologist in a couple of weeks and I'm going to tell him about the responses I've received to this.
Is there anybody else out there with our problem?
When I started the iron I could see an improvement almost immediately. My skin seemed to be "thicker". The hematologist told me that he could see through my skin and that my arms lacked collagen, thus the thin skin. Though he couldn't find anything specific, he is certain the thin skin is due to our gastric surgeries. Even though my arms are much improved, I've noticed that it's been tearing again including a 2" gash on my arm just leaning on the edge of a door. With summer and short sleeves it's even more noticable. I usually am wearing one or more bandaids at all times & I keep them in my purse for those skin tears.
It certainly is embarrassing. I've had several doctors ask if I was a bleeder. I do bruise easily on my legs but it's from my elbow to my hand that is the worst.
Have you talked to your bariatric surgeon about your arms? I would interested in his/her take on this. My doctor told me he had never had another patient with this (unless they were old). He's been doing bariatric surgery for 30+ years. Since this only started about 2 years after my surgery, I've got to believe it's some kind of vitamin deficiency.
Good luck to you. If you or anyone else has a remedy, please pass it on!
on 9/22/13 7:17 am
I did research on my puter, one of the things I read was that oriential women eat a pickled bean dish called natto, natto is very high in K2 I found K2 at vitacost. another thing I read was sunscreen, you have to be religious about putting sunscreen on arms and face. I found a sunscreen 45 at vita cost. At puritans pride I found retin a and another tidbit, if you can get your gynocologist to do this is to add a pea sized bit of premarin with your creams and lotions. That's what I read, I am out thirteen years out of surgery RNY and have spent too much time ignoring things so I have to do my homework. If this post is approved it will be passed on to all of you.
I don't know if they've checked her iron recently, but I'll tell her she might want to start taking some, just to see if it helps. She bruises/bleeds if she even LOOKS at something rough. (*grin*)
I SO hope this isn't something I've inherited!!!
Well, I hope you haven't inherited this disgusting thing too. We'll keep checking as time goes on and surely someone will find something,
on 9/30/12 1:56 am
I am curious if you found out anything about this? I am 44 years old, 2 1/2 years out from DS and have lost 270 lbs. My arms are terrible about busting and bleeding, but I clot very quickly. I love to do yard work so I look like I have battled a barb wired fence. I would like to know if my iron is that low. I tried to donatee blood back in February and minimal iron level was 12.5 and I was only 12.4 which was good but just off. Been researching everything I can about this...