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Blood Drawn Arm
Just got my blood drawn, my arm is starting to hurt, kinda feels numb is this normal? Got a little dizzy but eating now
Been tested in June, July, & this month for HIV, with all three negative. With the second one being blood drawn from my arm. Should I still be worried?
No: The 4th generation p24 antigen/antibody test is very sensitive. Can detect HIV infection within 2-3 weeks of infection. The rapid HIV test is also quite sensitive. The vast majority of people with HIV will be detected within a month or less by the newer tests. The second test was confirmation, to a high degree of certainty, that you don't have HIV. The third test is further confirmation. ...Read more
10 days: Usually a bruise resolves in 7 to 10 days. It will change color from blue to green to yellow as it revolves. ...Read more
I had blood drawn from my arm today and my arm has been sore since. This has never happned before. What causes this?
Ice today, the bruise will likely show tomorrow.
Just local, trauma and not uncommon .
You have had great luck previously.
Local clot can happen as well and should resorb. ...Read more
I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored. Should i be alarmed?
Depends: After a blood draw, if there is slight bleeding underneath the skin, this creates the bruise. If enough pressure is placed after a blood draw, there should not be much bruising. If it is a small bruise, there should be no reason for alarm. It usually resolves within a week. If the bruise is large (extends farther from the are of the blood draw) and causes pain, seek medical attention. ...Read more
I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored.. Should I be alarmed?
My fiancée had blood drawn from her arm then about an hour later her arm swole up badly and bruising around it, what could of happened?
Probably a hematoma.:
The vein that had blood drawn from it likely continued to bleed creating a hematoma. She can elevate the arm and apply warm compresses to the area to help the hematoma go away. If her arm continues to swell, call your doctor.
When she goes for her next blood draw, have her hold pressure on the vein for at least 10 minutes after the blood draw to help prevent this from happening again. ...Read more
I had blood drawn from my arm 10 days ago. The nurse didn't miss, but I still have a bruise that is 10 CM in length and is getting more painful?
See doctor: You should see your doctor, as a hematoma/bruise should not be hurting 10 days after a blood draw. You should contact the facility where you had the blood drawn. ...Read more
Blood drawn from where arm bends. Tech missed twice. Arm is all black , blue and purple with bumps. Feels tight. What's wrong with my arm?
Hematoma: You probably have a hematoma, which is a hard bruise below the skin surface. A couple of big needle pokes to the vein there can cause this if there was bleeding below the skin. Usually it gradually improves and goes away completely within a few weeks. If you have pain, numbness or tingling in your hand or fingers, it may be compressing a nerve or artery in the area and should be treated asap. ...Read more
I went to the doctors on July 21st and ever since then I've had sharp pains shooting down my legs. I had blood drawn from my arm. What could be wrong?
Leg pain: There is no relationship between drawing blood from your arm and shooting pains in your legs. You need to return to the doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Had routine lab work done on Monday; blood drawn from left arm; nerve was touched and sharp pain went through my finger; sharp pain still present?
nerve injury: It is rare for nerve pain to become permanent after a blood test. However, if you have hand weakness also or pain persists after a week or so, you should be seen by a neurologist. In the interim, homeopathy might help symptom: try Hypericum 15C 5 pellets every 4 hours while awake as needed to relief the pain ...Read more
I got blood drawn from my arm just for some lab work, would it detect genital herpes if i had them?
Genital herpes...: Is typically diagnosed with a swab from the affected area. It is not typically diagnosed with blood tests. ...Read more
Today I got 12 tubes of blood drawn. But now my arm hurts really bad I can barely bend it. I've had blood drawn a lot in my life never had this pain?
GO TO ER: One possibility is that a Hematoma could have potentially formed. If this is the case, this needs to be evaluated promptly since a big hematoma could potentially compress a nerve next to it and bring about other complications. Other things to consider in differential are a phlebitis, but based on the history a hematoma seems the most likely. ...Read more
3 days ago had my blood drawn and my bicep feels like its ripping, burning. What could be wrong? 3 days ago i had 4 tubes of blood drawn out of my arm (where the arm bends in front of the elbow). Nurse took blood from the middle of my arm but the blood
I : I assume you had your blood drawn from the bend in the elbow, known as the antecubital space. The biceps tendon inserts into the forearm bone, the radius. On occasion, the needle can pass thru the front of the vein and then the back of the vein. During the period where the tourniquet is on, when the needle is pulled back (since you cannot get blood when the tip of the needle is thru the vein), then the hole in the back wall of the vein will bleed, but the blood will be contained in the space where the biceps tendon is. Afterwards, this causes pain and swelling. Over the next few days, like any bruise, the blood will break down, causing discoloration around the elbow area. Heating pads applied to the area will speed up the reabsorption of blood. ...Read more
I have a hx of DVTs and was dx with a PE last year in which I was taking Xarelto. I am also a type II NIDDM.. I recently had blood drawn from my left arm AC site. The site was very sensitive and now feels like superficial thrombophlebitis. I have had thi
Thrombophlebitis: I would apply warm compress to the area multiple times a day. You are already on anticoagulation, so you should not have to worry about anything. If it doesn't resolve within a few days, you should see your primary physician. ...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
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. ?
See below: Please contact the place where you had your blood drawn and explain the situation to them. It is not feasible to know if the blood draw is causing the pain, without examining you. ...Read more
My husband had blood drawn this morning & when he removed the bandage there is a thin red line about an inch long going down his arm should we worry?
Probably due to ---:
Leakage of blood around the nerves, causing irritation of the nerves, resulting in some discomfort and pain.
It should be getting better in a another 3-5 days time. If not get to see your pcp. ...Read more
Hematoma: It is where some blood leaked out OB the vein after the needle came out when the blood was drawn. The skin may or may not bruise. The body will eventually absorb it and it will flatten out and be fine. ...Read more
Need: Evaluation for pain and limited range of motion in the shoulder. You may need an XR ...Read more
Is it possible for the needle to break off in your arm from getting blood drawn with a butterfly needle?
No: The metal needle is securely attached to the plastic parts of the butterfly needle and cannot come off during a blood draw. The same is true of non-butterfly needles... the metal needles cannot come out of the plastic during normal use. ...Read more
Had blood drawn two days ago, today my upper arm has severe pain that comes in waves, Is this normal? Please help!!
I got my blood drawn and the nurse didn't wear gloves, what if she pricked herself? Then put it in my arm is there any risk of HIV??
I had blood drawn over a week ago and my arm is still in a lot of pain when I put it out straight, this has never happened in all the times I've given ?
Not right.: It sounds like you have a hematoma, blood collection, or venous clot where you gave blood. It is not normal to have that much pain a week after donating blood. You should be seen by a doctor as soon as practical. If your hand is numb, cold, you cannot grip with it, or the pain is so much you cannot sleep, you should be seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more