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How long should bruising last after having a blood test taken and why have I developed bruising all around my elbow on the same arm and behind the knee of the same side of the body?

How long should bruising last after having a blood test taken and why have I developed bruising all around my elbow on the same arm and behind the knee of the same side of the body?

See primary M.D.: Bruising at puncture sight from needle is very common and clears out in about a week. However having bleeding around elbow and knee is bothersome, You should go and see your primary doctor. After checking you out, he may need to do some more blood tests to rule out any bleeding disorder. ...Read more

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What to do if it hurts to straighten elbow but no bruise or swelling?

What to do if it hurts to straighten elbow but no bruise or swelling?

Find out the reason: It could be Bursitis or Tendonitis. That being said, you need to see your doctor for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Be well ...Read more

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Strange bruise that covers my entire elbow. This has happened twice in 4 months. I didn't bump it or hit it on anything.

Strange bruise that covers my entire elbow. This has happened twice in 4 months. I didn't bump it or hit it on anything.

See primary provider: Start with your primary provider. If it is a bruise (discoloration from bleeding), blood tests can determine if you have a bleeding problem or blood disease. If so, a hematologist may help. If there is a rash or skin problem, a dermatologist may be able to help. ...Read more

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After banging my elbow hard 5 days ago Bruising have only just appeared is it normal for bruising to take a while to appear?

After banging my elbow hard 5 days ago Bruising have only just appeared is it normal for bruising to take a while to appear?

After 2-3 days: Contusions from such injuries may not present for 2-3 days after the incident. Continue to monitor if it's just a cosmetic issue. If you have any new symptoms (tingling, numbness, or weakness in your arm), then see your physician. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/elbowinjuriesanddisorders. Html ...Read more

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My bro and I hit our elbows hard tues. Hurts to straighten and bend. Tender to touch. No visible bruise. Should I leave it or see a dr.?

My bro and I hit our elbows hard tues. Hurts to straighten and bend. Tender to touch. No visible bruise. Should I leave it or see a dr.?

Depends: Probably just sustained a contusion. A bad enough hit depening on location could also cause a small crack in the bone. More than likely though a contusion. Try to ice it and start some nsaids and move it as much as possible within reason. If not better in couple days or notice anything mechanical may be worth an xray. ...Read more

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A bar with 195 pounds fell on shoulder and I have had pain for over a week and it went to my elbow, what do I do? (bruise on my shoulder & elbow)

A bar with 195 pounds fell on shoulder and I have had pain for over a week and it went to my elbow, what do I do? (bruise on my shoulder & elbow)

Shoulder/elbow: Direct trauma can cause muscle tears of biceps, etc. Can also cause bone & soft tissue contusion/injury. Get it checked if it hurts & limits motion. ...Read more

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I slammed my elbow on my towel rack this morning. It hurts when I move it alittle no bruising can bend it alittle. Can I wait it out or should I go in?

I slammed my elbow on my towel rack this morning. It hurts when I move it alittle no bruising can bend it alittle. Can I wait it out or should I go in?

Give it a week: You probably have a bruise. If the range of motion does not improve in a week you should get it checked out. Earlier if you're a competitive athlete (baseball pitcher or something) ...Read more

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My bruise doesn't hurt to the touch and I can move my elbow to some extent it locks but is extremely painful, what to do?

My bruise doesn't hurt to the touch and I can move my elbow to some extent it locks but is extremely painful, what to do?

Locking elbow: If your elbow locks, there is a good chance you have something blocking motion in the joint. This could be a fracture, or debris in the elbow. Have you had any x-rays yet? Bruising will resolve, the locking may not. ...Read more

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Right above my elbow it is sensitive to the touch it hurts could you tell me what's wrong there's no bruise on it and it doesn't feel like a bruise?

Sensitive patch: Interestingly, the skin develops certain sensitivities in various areas from time to time no one can explain. But if it persists, I would definitely see a dermatologist and have her or him evaluate this to see if there's underlying pathology. ...Read more

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Woke up bruise on the inside of my right arm under elbow. Why?

Woke up bruise on the inside of my right arm under elbow. Why?

Bleeding.: Bruises result from bleeding under the skin. This generally happens due to an unrecognized trauma since many bruises don't become apparent for a few days after the incident. Unless you have progressive bleeding or bruising with very minor trauma there is very little to be concerned about. ...Read more

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My boss has a swollen elbow, bruising on it, but no injuries. What could it be?

Elbow: The most likely answer is he bumped his elbow hard enough to cause some bleeding deep next to the bone. The 'light blood' in the conditions might mean he is on some blood thinner. Even Aspirin can make you more prone to this kind of bleeding. Alternatively, the gout could also be the cause but you didn't mention it being painful. Which is usually the case. ...Read more

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I bumped my elbow hard today on something. No bruising or swelling but really hurts! Should I ice it? Or what?

I bumped my elbow hard today on something. No bruising or swelling but really hurts! Should I ice it? Or what?

Good idea.: Wrap it with a towel to protect the skin and use a ziplock with ice in it or a bag of frozen peas if there is no other ice pack available. Ice for 15 minutes every 1/2 to 1 hour while awake. Probably bumped your ulnar nerve running by the olecranon, commonly called the "funny bone". ...Read more

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I've been hitting my putter elbow on everything. It's painful and I'm loosing strength in my arm. Could there be more damage than just bruising?

I've been hitting my putter elbow on everything. It's painful and I'm loosing strength in my arm. Could there be more damage than just bruising?

Possible: Yes, it is possible to have ulnar nerve neuropathy (crazy bone nerve), the nerve at that area very close to the skin and bone, a repetitive trauma cam cause temporary or rarely permanent nerve damage, the early symptoms is tingling in pinky then weakness in the hand or distal arm.
The first step in the treatment is avoiding more damage of the nerve.
See a local neurologist for correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have noticed a big bruise on my inner elbow & it's swollen. It doesn't hurt at all & I don't remember hitting it on anything. What is this? Why?

I have noticed a big bruise on my inner elbow & it's swollen. It doesn't hurt at all & I don't remember hitting it on anything. What is this? Why?

Be seen: A bruise usually indicated internal bleeding, and so if you are having spontaneous bleeding occuring, I would definitely be seen to make sure you have not developed a disorder of your blood/ clotting system. ...Read more

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I banged my elbow yesterday and it still hurts. I can move it but it hurts if I put pressure on it. No bruises that I can see but I'm Asian so dark.

I banged my elbow yesterday and it still hurts. I can move it but it hurts if I put pressure on it. No bruises that I can see but I'm Asian so dark.

Bruise.: Hi,
Possible trauma to the bone/ligament/muscle/tendon. It might take a few days or weeks for the pain to completely resolve. Try cold compress, OTC pain killers. If pain persists after one week, have it evaluated with an X-ray to rule out fracture. ...Read more

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Hit my elbow really hard a day ago. Doesn't hurt, just minor pain that feels like a bruise. But, when I move my elbow it has a popping feeling inside.

Hit my elbow really hard a day ago. Doesn't hurt, just minor pain that feels like a bruise. But, when I move my elbow it has a popping feeling inside.

This needs an-: -orthopedic evaluation. Talk to your parents as they control your health care decisions. You may need to see Ur PCP & get a referral, all depends on their insurance policy. ...Read more

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6 days ago I got hit by a sftbl in my upper arm right about elbow. Before I couldn't move it. Now I can buy it hurts. The bruise is spreading around?

6 days ago I got hit by a sftbl in my upper arm right about elbow. Before I couldn't move it. Now I can buy it hurts. The bruise is spreading around?

X-ray?: Have you been evaluated for this yet? Minimum would be a physical exam and probably an x-ray. If it is still hurting this
bad six days out, it definitely needs to be seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why does my arm only hurt when touched? It feels like a bruise but a lot more painful, going from just above my elbow to my wrist.

Why does my arm only hurt when touched? It feels like a bruise but a lot more painful, going from just above my elbow to my wrist.

More Information: Without knowing if the pain just started, you hurt your arm, what you did to it, why it is bruised, where it is bruised, etc. It is not possible to give a good answer. It would be best to have it looked at by your md. ...Read more

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I was doing bent over tricep extensions when I felt/heard "pop". I felt pain in my tricep Imidiatly. Now there's bruising above my elbow?

I was doing bent over tricep extensions when I felt/heard "pop". I felt pain in my tricep Imidiatly. Now there's bruising above my elbow?

You may have a: Partial tear of your triceps muscle/tendon. Tonight rest, ice, ace bandage and tomorrow morning...off to orthopedist. ...Read more

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Hi I have a large hard lump on my right lower arm right below the elbow and it started off looking like a bruise but now it grew to be huge?

Bump: Depends on location. If it is under the elbow in the area of the olecranon it simply is bursitis and easily can be drained. See your PCP first and he can refer you if needed. ...Read more

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Elbow cellulitis: on day 8 of azirthomycin. Only did 5 days of sulfameth bc of allergy. Bruise was gone 2 days in with both. Now it's back. What? Why?

Elbow cellulitis: on day 8 of azirthomycin. Only did 5 days of sulfameth bc of allergy. Bruise was gone 2 days in with both. Now it's back. What? Why?

Wrong abx: If it improved with abx then recurred, it means that the organism causing the problem has not been killed. You need to consult an infectious disease doctor to make sure that this not from mrsa. By the way, Azithromycin is not that great a drug for cellulitis. ...Read more

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I have a wart looking round circle bruise that had come up in my elbow. I'm concerned. It doesn't itch or hurt. What could it be its a perfect circle.

I have a wart looking round circle bruise that had come up in my elbow. I'm concerned. It doesn't itch or hurt. What could it be its a perfect circle.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to know the nature of the lesion without examining it. However, it may be ring worm. Try over the counter treatment and if it does not go away in a week or so, you may wish to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I just hit my elbow on my table a while ago, it hurts when I bend it. There's no tingling, bruises, or anything, my elbow just hurts. What's the best thing I can do right now?

I just hit my elbow on my table a while ago, it hurts when I bend it. There's no tingling, bruises, or anything, my elbow just hurts. What's the best thing I can do right now?

Bone contusion: Sounds like you have hit the elbow pretty hard. As long as there is no deformity and you feel like your motion is gradually improving in your elbow you most likely have a deep bone bruise to the elbow. If you fractured it it would not be able to bend, you would have significant bruising and swelling and increasing pain. I recommend ICE 20 minutes every hour, NSAIDS like alive or advil (ibuprofen) and time. ...Read more

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What is large bruise on elbow from? I had a very tender, sore part right on my outer elbow. It's no longer sore or tender but now I have a huge bruise on the the entire elbow area - probably at least 5 in. In diameter. Any thoughts what that might be f

What is large bruise on elbow from? I had a very tender, sore part right on my outer elbow. It's no longer sore or tender but now I have a huge bruise on the the entire elbow area - probably at least 5 in. In diameter. Any thoughts what that might be f

A: A bruise is a result of bleeding under the skin. It sounds as though you had a minor injury, possibly one that you we're even away of, that caused bleeding. Sometimes it doesn't take much to injure a small vessel. That would explain the tenderness and then the bruise. Most likely the bruise will resolve and you'll have no further problems. However, if your tenderness returns or the bruising continues, I would be sure to discuss it with your physician. ...Read more

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16. 1 yr neph. Elbows me accidently in breast. They are sore & feel like knots are in them. Could this be cancerous or just a bruise?

Just a bruise likely: If the soreness and lump is in the part of the breast your nephew accidentally struck, it is almost certainly a bruise or even a hematoma (bleeding into breast). It should go away in a few weeks. If it doesn't go away, you should see your physician. Breast cancer if very rare but not unheard of at 16 years of age. ...Read more

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I had bloodwork taken 10 days ago and I now notice that my bruise by my elbow has spread up my arm and is yellow. Is this a harmless bruise?

Yes: I'm sorry you got a bruise; it's mostly luck and putting and keeping a lot of pressure on the site only helps some. This is the normal progression of a bruise. If the elbow moves normally and isn't especially painful, don't worry. ...Read more

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Right arm between elbow & shoulder popped the other night, I've been having pains to move it & also the back of my arm has a line of bruising since.

Right arm between elbow & shoulder popped the other night, I've been having pains to move it & also the back of my arm has a line of bruising since.

Tear: This could have been a spontaneous muscle tear with some bleeding unless you may have injured your arm unknowingly. Try alternating cold and warm applications. If there is no evidence of further bleeding, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve, if you can take them, should relieve some of the discomfort. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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I hit my elbow on a metal frame it now hurts to move place pressure or lift things there is no bruising and slight swelling. Should I see a dr or wait?

I hit my elbow on a metal frame it now hurts to move place pressure or lift things there is no bruising and slight swelling. Should I see a dr or wait?

Depends: Depends on when you hit it but it sounds as though you are having enough trouble to say "yes" to seeing a doctor and getting this checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Definition)

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