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Is it normal to have a sore arm after giving blood?

Is it normal to have a sore arm after giving blood?

Yes.: Yes, it is normal to have a sore arm. I would suggest over the counter pain medicine such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. A warm compress may help as well. If the soreness does not improve in a couple of days, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Should I worry about discoloration in my arm after giving blood?

Should I worry about discoloration in my arm after giving blood?

Usually no problem: Bruising is common after giving blood. If there is excessive bruising have it evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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My arm swelled while giving blood and I have to stop. Why did this happen?

My arm swelled while giving blood and I have to stop. Why did this happen?

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

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I still have a sharp pain in my arm 4 days after giving blood. What should I do?

I still have a sharp pain in my arm 4 days after giving blood. What should I do?

Minor injury: There are a number of things that could cause this. A small nerve was pierced. A mechanical phlebitis (inflammation of the vein), a hematoma. These will subside on their own. Warm compresses and medications like Motrin may help. Last and extremely rare is reflex sympathetic dystrophy. A debilitating neurologic ailment that can be caused by trauma. I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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Aching arm after blood test. No issues when giving blood or blood disorders. Is it something horrible like a blood clot? Do I need to see Dr again?

Aching arm after blood test. No issues when giving blood or blood disorders. Is it something horrible like a blood clot? Do I need to see Dr again?

Is it swollen, red: Or firm? If a superficial vessel gets a clot from a blood draw it will not travel to heart lung or brain. May have a mild thrombophlebitis. Use warm compresses and try advil (ibuprofen) or alieve. If red warm to touch or getting worse see a doctor to make sure it is not infected. ...Read more

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My arm is very sore after giving blood for the first time, I know it's normal, but I don't know what to do for the pain; it is in my Bicep, not vein.?

My arm is very sore after giving blood for the first time, I know it's normal, but I don't know what to do for the pain; it is in my Bicep, not vein.?

Pain medication: You may take any over the counter pain medication. Tylenol (acetaminophen) would be preferable. Continue with your usual activities and drink plenty of water.
I applaud you for donating blood and being civic minded. ...Read more

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How long should a bruise from having blood drawn from my arm last?

How long should a bruise from having blood drawn from my arm last?

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

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What does itmean when I have a big bruise on my arm where I had blood drawn?

It called a hematoma: Its called a hematoma where blood has leaked into the tissues. It should resolve with time. ...Read more

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I got bad bruising on my arm where they took blood, how long will it take to go away?

I got bad bruising on my arm where they took blood, how long will it take to go away?

Same as elsewhere...: Usually 10-14 days to completely resolve. You can hasten this process after about 3 days from the needle stick by using warm compresses to facilitate circulation and resorption of the bruise. ...Read more

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Why after blood draw in arm a big bruise?

Why after blood draw in arm a big bruise?

Normal: Some of the blood drawn during the needle stick leaked inside your skin, its ok and it happens, unless there is a hard lump or extreme pain then you should be ok, it will disappear just like any other bruise. ...Read more

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Why do I have red blood spots on my arm that hurt like a bruise?

See below: A doctor would need to examine these spots on your arm to answer your question. ...Read more

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Why does the skin on your arm around the area blood is taken from bruise after a blood test?

Why does the skin on your arm around the area blood is taken from bruise after a blood test?

Bruise: The blood vessel is punctured when blood is withdrawn during a blood test. If the vessel is not compressed long enough, blood will leak out of the vessel giving a bruise. Holding direct pressure with a cotton ball for 10 or 15 minutes is usually enough. However if a person is on platlet inhibitors such as asprin longer might be necessary. ...Read more

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I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored. Should I be alarmed?

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

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I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored. Should I be alarmed?

I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored. Should I be alarmed?

Possibly: Unfortunately, bruising after phlebotomy is a common side effect especially if you are on blood thinners. If the bruising continues to spread, becomes excessively painful, swells, becomes red & hot, a visit to your doctor is indicated. ...Read more

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I just gave blood at 2:30pm today and my arm is very bruised, a little bump, and a tingling sensation. Should I be worried?

I just gave blood at 2:30pm today and my arm is very bruised, a little bump, and a tingling sensation. Should I be worried?

Blood drawn bump: I just gave blood at 2:30pm today and my arm is very bruised, a little bump, and a tingling sensation. Should I be worried? ANS: probably not but could go by lab and show them to see what they think Or do 2nd opinion with me so I can see a picture. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I had a blood test a week ago that left a small bruise, which is now large/dark purple and spreading up arm. Could there be something wrong?

Yes, if the arm is hot: To touch, and you have swelling, and see streaks of bruising going up the arm. Then you have to go immediately in the ER. If it is not hot to the touch, and no swelling or pain, then you need to call your doctor as soon as possible to be seen by her/him, and notify the lab that you are experiencing this too. That has to be documented by the lab manager. Blood thinners or low platelets can do this2 ...Read more

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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?

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

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Got blood taken 5 days ago and area still is sore like its bruised but no black n blue marks or anything when I bend arm it hurts is that normal?

This is possible.: Sometimes one can have pain for several days following a routine blood draw. Really hard to say exactly what causes this, but it is not generally related to bad technique on the part of the technician. ...Read more

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Gave blood over four weeks ago. When drawn, my arm was shaking almost uncontrollably. It bruised dark purple, now gone, but still hurts. Go see dr?

Gave blood over four weeks ago. When drawn, my arm was shaking almost uncontrollably. It bruised dark purple, now gone, but still hurts. Go see dr?

Minor injury: The shaking of your hand probably caused the needle to pierce and traumatize the vein and tissue. This caused a hematoma (the discoloration). You also may have traumatized a small nerve or caused a mechanical phlebitis (inflammation of a vein). This could account for the pain. Lastly there is rare neurologic condition called rsd that can can occur from minor injuries. This in unlikely. ...Read more

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Been already 2 weeks since I went to get my blood drawn, and I have this bruise that is just somewhat getting bigger up along my arm. What should I do?

Been already 2 weeks since I went to get my blood drawn, and I have this bruise that is just somewhat getting bigger up along my arm. What should I do?

Get evaluated.: If the bruise in this area of the blood draw is still expanding after two weeks, then you really need an evaluation and maybe an arterial Doppler to see if there’s any continuing leak of blood from the site. ...Read more

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I had blood drawn while pregnant and now my arm is bruised and is expanding all over... Should I he alarmed?

I had blood drawn while pregnant and now my arm is bruised and is expanding all over... Should I he alarmed?

No: This is called a hematoma and will fade over the next week. It is not dangerous or a signs of any bleeding problem for your pregnancy (since you didn't mention any issues or medication). Next time apply pressure over the site with gauze and fingers for 2-3 minutes and then tape the gauze to continue light pressure over the puncture site. This will minimize the bruising. ...Read more

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I always get arm pain after IV or blood test sometimes bruise regardless of where the needle was. Should I be concerned?

I always get arm pain after IV or blood test sometimes bruise regardless of where the needle was. Should I be concerned?

It depends: Whether you should be concerned depends on how big the bruise is and whether you have any problems with your blood clotting factors. If you are worried you could get your blood checked to make sure you don't have a problem that would you have a tendency towards bleeding easily. ...Read more

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I had blood drawn 4wk ago. For about 2wk after, it hurt so badly I could barely bend my arm. Now it's hurting again. No bruising or signs of trauma.?

I had blood drawn 4wk ago. For about 2wk after, it hurt so badly I could barely bend my arm. Now it's hurting again. No bruising or signs of trauma.?

Biceps tendon?: Could they have hit. Your biceps tendon? You may need an x-ray or ultrasound to see if there may be a hematoma. Have someone take a look at it. ...Read more

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I have banged my arm quite bad and have a huge bruise. Just worried about the bruise as it's painful and gets really hot. Is this possible blood clot?

I have banged my arm quite bad and have a huge bruise. Just worried about the bruise as it's painful and gets really hot. Is this possible blood clot?

Unlikely: It is not feasible to give you a meaningful opinion without examining you, however, what you described is consistent with a bruise. If the pain and heat does not go away in a day or so, it would be prudent to see a doctor to rule out infection.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Can really bad bruises on your arm from being grabbed really hard cause blood clots?

Can really bad bruises on your arm from being grabbed really hard cause blood clots?

No: Blood clots rarely, if ever, form in the arms. If the injury is due to domestic abuse, you should contact the police.
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I have a big purple bruise on my arm after donating blood. Is this normal? This was the first time I donated blood.

I have a big purple bruise on my arm after donating blood. Is this normal? This was the first time I donated blood.

Happens: A blood vessel leaked after your donation. Not to worry, just apply heat and it will resolve. Thanks for giving blood! ...Read more