Can you remember when you received your first bruise being on Apixaban or warfarin How did you feel
First bruise: Can you remember when you... - AF Association
Be cautious with this combination
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with ARNICA
Arnica might slow blood clotting. Taking arnica along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.<br/><br/> Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
They say that homeopathy does not work but Arnica (tablets or cream) is amazing. My wife had a massive bruise on her upper arm that the doctor said would take over a month to go. She saw him again less than a week later and she pointed to her arm and said 'Bruise gone'
One A&E doctor I mentioned Arnica to said 'They use that on horses' I replied 'And it works without them being aware of placebo benefits'
Another doctor said to my wife that it is only "Spit"
Hi Vonnie I tripped over a log walking my dog in the field and fell and bruised my left side..
How did I feel, sooo relieved I hadn't broken my wrist which I had put out to save myself also that it wasn't the previous year when I tripped over the curb in the fog and slid across the gravel taking the skin off my nose and face and ended up with two black eyes.
I try to be very careful now.
I hope your bruise isn't too bad.
I bruise very easily, always have done but never had unexplained bruises on Apixaban and never really even thought about it when I had a bump and a bruise, nothing more than before Apixaban.
I would always take a head injury seriously though on Apixaban - it’s not the bruises you can see that I worry about, it’s the internal ones that I might no be able to see after a fall or bad head injury - then I wouldn’t hesitate.
The older we get, the more fragile our tissues so bruising on older people (85+) is very common and often nothing to do with anticoagulation - or poor treatment - although relatives sometimes think rough handling.
I have always bruised easily and haven't noticed anything different in the 15 years or so I've been on warfarin
Yes, I had several unexpected bruises and I got a slightly panicky call from my GP on Christmas Eve to say my INR was far too high!
I had a bad fall in the street and banged my head so went to A&E but they just asked a few questions and sent me home with a leaflet on head injuries, luckily I was OK. If you do have a fall or a hard bang put a bag of peas or something on it straight away to try to prevent a haematoma (collection of blood under the skin) as that can take months to dissolve.
Funny you should mention peas. A bag of frozen green peas has always been my favorite ice pack. Especially for my knees. No prep needed, they are floppy and easily conform to anatomy, and if you're hungry after feeling better you can eat them! BTW about bruising and many other small skin injuries. I grew up in South Florida where aloe vera plants grew everywhere. My mother would cut off part of a leaf, open it, scrape out the gel and apply. I still use this remedy for many things. It was especially helpful to radiation burns and bruises I had to my neck years ago. I always have an aloe plant in my house. You can buy aloe but the plant is cheap, easy to maintain, and has not been messed with by Big Pharma. In the winter here in Atlanta I often see large individual aloe leaves for sale in the supermarket produce section which I buy and keep in the fridge. My aloe plants do not always make it through winter and the leaves keep a long time. Just cut off what you need, the leaf will seal itself until the next time you need a piece. 😊 irina
My GP said exactly the same as Wilsond, Vonnie.
I actually DID bang my head on the kitchen cupboard not long after starting apixaban - I was using dustpan and brush and stood up quickly, catching the top front of my head a heavy smack on the corner of an open kitchen cupboard. Gosh it hurt!!! I was clutching my head and bewailing that I had to wait til I was anticoagulated to be so stupid!
The anticoagulation nurse had impressed dire warnings to me about hitting head & needing to go to a&e. So I rang my GP who spoke to me straight away - and then was very very reassuring. Said absolutely no need to get it checked out for banging your head like that. Even though I told him the impact hurt like crazy and was now throbbing. He told me the only time you need to go to hospital is if it’s the kind of blow you should have gone to hospital for even without anticoagulation - eg Possible concussion, losing consciousness however briefly. But that because of anticoagulation you shouldn’t wait/hesitate like you would otherwise. And when you get there they should treat you quickly & give a ct scan to check no bleed.
Obviously I’m only giving the advice I was given- everyone should decide for themselves. And if in doubt always check with a medical professional!
But the answer I was given to your question re do you have to go to hospital even if you hit your head on a kitchen cupboard is: Only if it was the kind of heavy blow that might have knocked you out/made you lose consciousness.
The GP didn’t say this, but personally I would include ‘seeing stars’ in this- to be on the safe side! Xx
Same here! My GP seemed a bit nonplussed by that! I did actually check with another GP too, who agreed. She used the ‘powerful blow to the head’ phrase as helpful - like Wilsond said ‘wallop’ your head on the ice, or like a boxer punching you. That’s the kind of sensation /hit that should be taken to a&e to check no bleeding
Hi Vonnieruth, I haven't had a bruise yet, after 3 weeks on Apixaban. But I got through:
- one blood nose (I had a head cold, plus it's cold dry weather, so blowing my nose would normally do that; not Apixabans' fault. It did bleed twice as long, but stopped with icepack and pressure).
- bleeding pimple on face in an area that usually bleeds quite freely (hardly differed from usual).
- scissor cut on finger (bled no more than usual).
- haemorrhoid - it split but did not bleed more than usual. Gets a bit swollen and throbby though.
Big 'phew' all round! Some of my terrors when first going on the drug have definitely quieted down. And now I have my silicone medic alert wristband saying I take Apixaban.
I think I feel safer at work as I work on a paediatric ward in the hospital so when I banged mine there were doctors on hand to assist me.They had me sat with my leg up with an ice pack on it .it was very impressive.i too was scared when I first started on anticoagulants but I'm happier knowing I am protected from the risk of stroke which scares me more.