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Woke up with a deep purple bruise on my eyelid this morning ... should I worry?

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My eye felt a bit itchy and sore this morning and I rubbed it then realised it was quite painful. When I looked in the mirror I noticed a dark purple bruise on my eyelid towards my nose about the size of a 5p coin. I've had a headache for a couple of days but I get a lot of headaches anyway. I spoke to NHS Direct who said it was unlikely to be connnected to the headaches but I'm a neurotic so I'm worrying.

Is this familiar to anyone?

foxinsocks Sat 09-Dec-06 21:16:03

could you have bashed it in the night?

what happened with your headaches in the end?

yulelog Sat 09-Dec-06 21:17:45

you may have had a bit of grit in it and as you rub it caused the bruising as it is very sensitive

franke Sat 09-Dec-06 21:17:49

Or did you bump your head recently and the bruise has settled there?

morningpaper Sat 09-Dec-06 21:17:58

I've got them on both sides

Are you you've not just got OLD when you weren't looking?

fox, the headaches continue, no change unfortunately.

I don't think I can have bashed it or rubbed it too hard but you never know.

mp, I've been watching myself grow old quite carefully with denial of course as to the extent of the baggy skin, but this is definitely a bruise it's very defined and really a very intense dark purple.

foxinsocks Sat 09-Dec-06 21:24:36

oh sorry to hear about the headaches. What a nightmare. That's been going on for ages now.

SantaGotStuckUpTheGreensleeve Sat 09-Dec-06 21:25:29

Have you checked inside your pillow case for loose change?

I know, it's such a drag. I go back to the neurologist in January. Sometimes I realise I've kind of got used to it and others it gets me down.

SantaGotStuckUpTheGreensleeve Sat 09-Dec-06 21:33:48

Sorry about the chronic headaches IG, I hope I didn't sound too flippant . You've probably tried it, but when I had chronic migraines (with ME) I found lavender oil on my pillow helped a bit, and also some breathing exercises which I used for relaxation also helped with the headaches. And head/shoulder massage, if you can get it. And limeflower tea helped me too.

I am sorry to hear it, I know how miserable persistent headaches are.

bauble99 Sat 09-Dec-06 21:40:03

Are you prone to bruising easily? If so, it might be worth asking to get your clotting factor/times checked. IIRC these can be affected by all sorts of mundane and non-worrying things.

I speak as one who regularly sports purple/pink bruises on my legs from the slightest of knocks.

Actually I missed your post, greeny, not at all flippant. I'm such a Jew though that I can sniff out spare change a mile off!

I do use lavendar oil actually. And oh, if only I could get regular massages ... sigh ... they really do help.

southeastastra Sat 09-Dec-06 21:42:22

hello im! i get purple eyes if i rub my eyes too much, the next day i can't open them.

bauble, no I'm not particularly prone to bruising.

So, basically, the consensus on this one is that it's just a bruise and not some kind of horrible internal eye bleed? I mean it's common to wake up with a bruised eye? Or common-ish? Or at least not scary?

foxinsocks Sat 09-Dec-06 21:43:06

hope the neurologist can help - so nothing came of all the tests? I suppose in one way that's reassuring but still doesn't help your situation.

Miaou Sat 09-Dec-06 21:45:33

IF, do you have a dp/dh who may have whacked you with an arm-fling during the night? Has happened to me before - I woke up but didn't know what the hell had happened

Hi SEA! But do your eyes look really bruised after rubbing them? This is like a real shiner.

Fox, believe it or not, I still didn't get the results of the MRI and I haven't received an appointment for the other test despite calling and hassling them. They promised me December but nothing's been forthcoming so I'm going back in January with one of the tests not done. Very frustrating. Bloody NHS!

Miaou, I didn't sleep with dp last night so not that this time!

foxinsocks Sat 09-Dec-06 21:49:37

oh if, how ridiculous

robinia Sat 09-Dec-06 21:53:31

Don't wish to worry you but my m-i-l had this and was later told she'd had a mild stroke - could this be linked to the headaches as well. Did you tell NHS Direct about the headaches? Why not go to the GP or ring the neurologist/dept?

It is, isn't it? I've been so frustrated. But it's such a huge hospital I haven't been able to sort out anything really. The tingling and weakness in my legs and feet has progressed quite a lot too, I'd have liked to have the nerve conduction tests done. I suspect that I've probably got some nerve problems in my neck or spine but haven't got a clue how to get that diagnosed.

southeastastra Sat 09-Dec-06 21:56:52

yes they look really bruised

Oh shit, robinia, that's horrible. Yes I did mention the headaches. Did your MIL have any other symptoms though?

SantaGotStuckUpTheGreensleeve Sat 09-Dec-06 21:59:22

IF, you sound so worried - if I was really worried about something like this I would definitely go to a walk-in centre or to A&E or something, or at least call NHS Direct. It can't hurt to put your mind at rest - if there is something to worry about it's better to get it seen promptly, and if there's nothing seriously wrong, you'll be happier knowing sooner.

And how long do they look like that, SEA? You must look like you've been in a car crash!

I do worry, greeny, but I've had the headaches so long and have spoken to so many people about them that I can't bear to go back again. I'm not sure the bruise is connected and just wondered if this kind of bruising was 'common' and non-scary! How are you doing btw?

southeastastra Sat 09-Dec-06 22:04:15

it doesn't last for long, but i started a thread tonight about eye bags i think we're lumbered with them

SEA this isn't like eye bags, this is a dark bruise on my upper eyelid in a circle just like a 5p coin. Is that similar to you?

doyouwantfrankincensewiththat Sat 09-Dec-06 22:18:58

does it look like this?

Yes! Like the eye on the right with less area covered rather than the heavily bruised other eye. But yes, just like that, same colour. What does that mean?

doyouwantfrankincensewiththat Sat 09-Dec-06 22:31:31

It just sounded familiar & when you mentioned you had other symptoms....
Quite rare condtion called amyloidosis, probably not that, but a doctor may not immediately think to check. You're seeing a specialist neurologist, they probably would.

noddyholder Sat 09-Dec-06 22:36:06

I have had this twice it is a very dark colour with a definite edge not really like a random bruise.It is essentially a small bleed my doctors said it is v common in people who are on steroids which i am.It is nothing to be concerned about but show it to gp I know how scary it is as it just looks so bad but is harmless HTh

Noddy I'm not on steroids - would it still be common?

doyouwant, I'll look up amyloidosis now. Is it something you're familiar with?

noddyholder Sat 09-Dec-06 22:48:22

Steroids make you more prone to bruising Are you on any medication or had you taken any?

DonnerDasherDancerDior Sat 09-Dec-06 22:52:38

The anti-biotics I'm on at the moment make the taker more prone to brusing - are you on any?

No, no medication apart from for asthma and Neurofen Plus for headaches.

noddyholder Sat 09-Dec-06 23:02:03

what asthma tablets?I know if I take nurofen or aspirin it can make my blood thinner and cause bruising.The nurofen and asthma tablets together could have caused it.Mention it to your gp but don't worry!

The amyloidosis thing is scary. I hope it's not that.

No asthma tablets, just inhalers. One of those is a steroid inhaler but I've taken it since I was 10 years old and it doesn't enter the blood stream.

noddyholder Sat 09-Dec-06 23:06:57

I think the steroid inhaler with nurofen probably caused it.I have had bruising with nurofen.

Maybe it's that then. Did you find it quite painful? My eyelid feels very hot, achy and kind of itchy.

Oh, I'm getting all worried now ...

doyouwantfrankincensewiththat Sat 09-Dec-06 23:12:55

anything you read on the internet is scary IF. Noddy & DDDD make good sense. It's just worth knowing if it's amyloidosis because there are treatments that can ease the symptoms.

I don't want to frighten you, it just sounded familiar & wanted to help you get to the bottom of it.

Talk to your GP about the bruising ASAP.

SantaGotStuckUpTheGreensleeve Sat 09-Dec-06 23:16:13

Honestly, IF, get it checked in the morning if you can. You're worrying yourself , understandably - I know what it's like to be fretting about something medical and having to wait to find out whether it's something dangerous or not. Is there a walk-in centre you could go to?

I hope you get a good night's sleep without headaches/worry, anyway. I'll be watching for an update!

Thanks everyone. I think I'll reassess in the light of day tomorrow. Hopefully it will have faded a bit by then which I guess would be a good sign? I'll see the GP on Monday.


doyouwantfrankincensewiththat Sat 09-Dec-06 23:27:46


Jimjams2 Sun 10-Dec-06 00:10:58

a bite?

I woke up one morning unable to open one eye. I stumbled ot the mirror and it was swollen and bruised. I looked like I'd been punched. I was in Japan and some friends suggested it was a centipede bite during the night! Decided some sort of bite was the only possibility.

Well, we just don't tend to get insects in our flat - 21st floor of a tower block so they don't make it this high!

Today it's still there, slightly more reddish purple than blackish purple, still sore and achy and I keep imagining I can see some on the other eyelid too ...

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