Lately I've been getting weird red bruise-like marks on my back, and the things that appear to be causing them aren't painful or rigorous. What's going on? And on a scale of zero to imminent death, how concerned should I be?
When I got home from yoga class on Saturday, I noticed several long, reddish-pink streaks on my shoulders/back, peppered with little red spots (petechiae
, I suppose?). They're not purple or blue like serious bruises, and they don't hurt to touch. There's zero swelling or abrasion, so I don't believe they're scrapes or friction burns. They're still visible as of today, but a little faded. Here
is a not-great picture of two of the marks after about 24 hours.
I'm certain I got them during the shoulder stand
I did in class, since the marks line up with the way my shoulder/back would have been scrunched up. It was the first shoulder stand I'd done in months, but the pose wasn't difficult for me and I felt no discomfort during or after.
In the past few weeks/months, I've occasionally seen similar (but much smaller) bruisey spots on my back, right around the little adjustable slide things on my bra straps. I don't find my bras uncomfortable and don't wear the straps too tight, but I figure maybe I'm leaning against hard surfaces and the slidey things are digging into my back? Nonetheless, that seems like such a minor thing to be leaving marks. I don't know how long this has been going on, just that I started noticing it over the summer. I've shrugged it off, but the recent yoga marks have me wondering if I should be paying attention.
I haven't noticed this happening anywhere other than my upper back. I do have somewhat sensitive skin, but I wouldn't say I bruise easily. And I've gone to numerous yoga classes in the past and never left with strange marks. I'm in good health, and haven't changed any medications recently other than starting a biotin supplement.
I'm not worried, just curious what might be going on.