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Blood Bluster On Arm
It depends: If it is an emergency, any accessible blood vessel is a target. Lower legs, feet, hands, neck are all common sites. Advanced providers can use longer needles to place catheters in the groin, under clavicle, or deep neck, or if needed badly enough--an access can be inserted into some bones. ...Read more
You sctached the arm: I believe that during sleep, you scratched your arm unconsciously. Other possibilities are 1. There is a splinter or nail sticking out somewhere off you bed, 2. Mosquitos or insects sucked you blood during your sleep, or 3. A remote possibility that you may have a bleeding disorder. ...Read more
Iv in arm, at home for night, it's full blood should I be worried? I don't go back till late afternoon
You need better conn: You need a better connection with your health team who has sent you home with an iv. Make contact with them and make sure you have 24 hour access to your medical team...Otherwise do not go home with an IV in your arm. Collection of blood into the tubing can cause malfunction of the IV and needs quick attention. ...Read more
I accidentally cut my arm not deeply only the tiniest bit of blood came out, like barely anything. It was with A bit of metal that looked clean. Thank?
Cut with metal: Apparently this is not a major problem since the cut looks clean and not bleeding, by the way it is a good idea to be immunized against tetanus every 10 years ...Read more
Bleeding or clot: There are 2 possible answers. If blood leaked out from the site of the needle stick, a hematoma (extravasated blood) could collect and cause are swelling. If the swelling occurred later, the more likely cause is phlebitis, a blood clot in the vein caused by damage to the vein from the needle. Either problem, occurring in the arm, should not cause any long term problems. ...Read more
Yes: It is common for there to be some soreness/tenderness to the site where you had blood drawn. It may also be normal to see a small amount of bruising or swelling. If there is a large amount of bruising/swelling or significant discomfort that causes any debilitation, then you need to speak with a medical provider. ...Read more
Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Various reasons: Women who have had a mastectomy with removal of lymph nodes should avoid it as the arm can be easily injured by the cuff. Those with known arterial blockage in the shoulder (subclavian) arteries should avoid it because it will be inaccurate. Those are the only 2 reasons I can think of. ...Read more
Negligence? Every time something bad happens does not mean its someone's fault.
A small amount of temporary pain is common. You could have some inflammation called thrombophlebitis. Also, a venipuncture is a minor procedure and all procedures have risk. Injuries to arteries, nerves, or muscles are very uncommon but possible.
If it persists please let allow the md who ordered the test evaluate it. ...Read more
Usually no problem: Bruising is common after giving blood. If there is excessive bruising have it evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
See below: This is not unusual but if there is redness with pain by touch around the prt you should go back to the doctor to see if there is an infection at the site. ...Read more
Yes: They can use any superficial vein, but the antecubital fossa (the space in the crook of your arm around the corner from your elbow) is preferred. ...Read more
Yes for one day: It is uncommon but the skin area can be sore for one day. If you notice any redness or swelling then seek medical attention, just to be sure that there is no infection around the needle stick- site. ...Read more
It may be normal: You may feel sore on the arm for a while, and in some instances, you may see bleeding sometime after blood sampling. Sight of bleeding or blood may cause you to feel dizzy or feeling like fainting. These are normal responses. When it happens, I would suggest that you ask permission to lie down for 10 minutes or so, or until you feel normal. Drinking water or juice also may help. ...Read more
Preventive measures: Many rules are in place to prevent limb loss: 60 minutes is the recommended inflation time for arms & 90 minutes for legs. When recommended time limit reached, it's recommended that cuff be deflated for 15 minutes to allow re-perfusion of the arm/leg; then cuff can be reinflated for another recommended time period, eg 60/90 min. Limb should be re-exsanguinated prior to reinflation to prevent clots. ...Read more
See below: That is unusual you should go to your physician and have it checked immediatly. ...Read more
I gave blood a few hours ago. Now my arm is in terrible pain and hard to move/use. What should I do?
Exam: Need to be examined as you may have developed hematoma that is pressing on structures in arm. May need an ultrasound exam to confirm this as well ...Read more
I slept wrong with my arm. Now I have a knot on my arm & my blood is not flowing right in my arm. What should I do?
What do you mean?: What do you mean blood is not flowing to your arm? Tell us your symptoms ...Read more
8 year old son just had a bloodtest, taken from his arm. Blood was very very dark and almost black. Can that be serious?
Can you get any diseases from blood that is 2 weeks old? If your shirt hits into it and your arm touches your shirt can you get anything?
No risk, no worries: Such fleeting, superficial contact with blood -- even fresh, wet blood -- carries no significant risk for any infection. And the risk is for sure zero for old, dry blood. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
I had my blood drawn a week ago and there is pain in my arm. It hurts to extend my arm and when I do, I can feel the nerve stretching with pain.
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. You should not have the symptoms you described. These may be due to bleeding in the tissue or damage to a nerve. It would be prudent to contact the lab that drew the blood or contact your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
I just got blood drawn and from where the blood was drawn, it hurts very bad and I can't move my arm without pain. This never happened before.?
Is there any oter way to check if you are rhesus negative, I cringe at the thought of a blood test on my arm, can they withdraw it from anywhere else?
Needle-shy? Can fix: You'll be getting blood drawn from your arm at most physician office visits from now on. You're a grown woman now, and people will think the less of you if you're not brave like the rest of us. If this is severe, ask about psychotherapy to overcome it; if not, get with friends and say "we're brave" and donate your first unit of blood -- bigger needle, helps people, conquers fear. ...Read more
Hi I had blood test today and afterwards I have had pain in my arm above and below it and it is painful to straighten my arm is there anything I can d?
Need for examination: Is there a swelling or discoloration? You may have had leakage of blood into the tissue. Apparently it has been a few hours since the episode. You may use a cold compress today and warm compresses over the next few days. If the pain persists for more than a day, please see your doctor. ...Read more
I have a pain in my right arm, right where you would go to draw blood. It feels pinched. When I massage it, it goes away for a minute, but then its ba?
You probably mean fistula. For hemodialysis? Blood clots are common and can be removed with a balloon catheter, by a trained interventional doc. Usually no obvious reason but anatomy, blood flow and hypercoagulability testing are checked. Usually all tests normal.
Certainly you want to discuss your specific case with your doc. ...Read more