What are the symptoms of internal bleeding?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The signs and symptoms of internal bleeding are:

  • nausea
  • cold, clammy skin
  • trouble breathing after an injury
  • abdominal pain, tenderness
  • spitting or coughing blood
  • bloody vomit or diarrhea (also may appear like coffee grounds)
  • loss of consciousness with no visible cause
  • signs of shock

Be suspect if any of the above signs and symptoms accompanies:

  • An injury to chest or abdomen
  • A shooting or stabbing wound
  • A car accident, fall from height or pedestrian injury
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When internal bleeding starts, you may not experience any symptoms, and when you do, symptoms will vary depending on the location of your injury. You may feel pain in the area where the injury occurred. As the bleeding continues, symptoms become more apparent. These include disorientation, weakness, dizziness, and fatigue. In some situations, you may vomit blood or begin to see black and blue bruises on the skin surface. You may also become unconscious or pass out due to a drop in blood pressure.

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