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Can you get your blood drawn anywhere else besides the front side of your elbow?

Can you get your blood drawn anywhere else besides the front side of your elbow?

Yes: Yes there are several other sites for a blood draw and depend on factors such as frequency and volume of blood needed, if there is a catheter already present or if the blood vessels have collapsed due to massive blood loss. Some other sites are upper inner arm, groin, ankle and neck. ...Read more

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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

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

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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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Tiny red dots around inner elbow 5 days after getting blood drawn. No itching just visible?

Tiny red dots around inner elbow 5 days after getting blood drawn. No itching just visible?

Spots after blood: May just be from capillary breakeage from the turniquet. Would not worry, if persists or worsens (appears in other parts of body) then consider CBC, platelet count ...Read more

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I had blood drawn. The lady drew from a deep vein in my elbow crease. Is that normal? Is there any risk of damage or clots? Worry wort

I had blood drawn. The lady drew from a deep vein in my elbow crease. Is that normal? Is there any risk of damage or clots? Worry wort

Normal: The antecubital vein (in the fold of the elbow) is the most common place to have blood drawn. Put pressure on it for a few minutes afterwards and no problems should occur. Good luck with your anxiety! ...Read more

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After the blood drawn for the test near elbow of left arm I had a pain in the arm near elbow & forearms for a days now I see some blood spots on arm?

After the blood drawn for the test near elbow of left arm I had a pain in the arm near elbow & forearms for a days now I see some blood spots on arm?

Bruise: Any puncture wound, whether intentional or accidental, can cause pain and bruising. If it is severe pain, or there is spreading redness and swelling, it may have gotten infected and need treatment. If your pain and bruising is minor, don't fret, and it will go away soon. Getting mild pain and bruising is no sign of poor technique either and it can happen with expertly performed blood draws too. ...Read more

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The other day I got my blood drawn from my inner elbow, right after I experience bruising on my wrist and on top of my hand, is it normal??

The other day I got my blood drawn from my inner elbow, right after I experience bruising on my wrist and on top of my hand, is it normal??

Bleeding: I suspect they hit a large vessel and the blood dissected down to your wrist and hand. It is possible you may have a problem with coagulation of your blood. If you notice easy bruising or bleeding you need to get checked out for your bleeding problem. The blood will be reabsorbed and should cause you no problem. ...Read more

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8 days after blood drawn for labs-hard, nickel-sized lump in arm where needle was inserted (inner elbow). Lump is painful/arm aches, is this dangerous?

8 days after blood drawn for labs-hard, nickel-sized lump in arm where needle was inserted (inner elbow). Lump is painful/arm aches, is this dangerous?

Needle injury: Sounds like you had bleeding and that caused a hematoma. If it gets red or hot please see your doctor as these could be signs of infection. ...Read more

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I just had blood drawn 4 days ago. (enzymes ok) now my right interior elbow is sore & swollen. Lymph nodes or blood clot?

I just had blood drawn 4 days ago. (enzymes ok) now my right interior elbow is sore & swollen. Lymph nodes or blood clot?

Vein my be inflamed: If the blood draw was close to the side where you are having the soreness and swelling this may be an inflammatory reaction and/or clot secondary to the puncture. I would try a warm compress and some Ibuprofen and see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Small raised bump on arm bend were you get blood drawn what can this be.?

Small raised bump on arm bend were you get blood drawn what can this be.?

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

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I just noticed a marble size lump in my upper arm right above where I would get blood drawn. The lump seems to move around when pushed on. What is it?

I just noticed a marble size lump in my upper arm right above where I would get blood drawn. The lump seems to move around when pushed on. What is it?

Node / cyst.: May be a lymph node or a cyst. Hard to say without looking at it directly. If it enlarges or becomes painful or you notice other lumps under your arm or in your groin you should see your doc. ...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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My right arm feel like it numb the feeling is like when you go get blood drawn out and it to tight or getting your blood pressure check?

My right arm feel like it numb the feeling is like when you go get blood drawn out and it to tight or getting your blood pressure check?

Need more info: There are many possibilities, some more serious than others. Need to specify is it the whole arm in the distribution of a sleeve or just part of the arm like from the elbow down on outside. Is it constant or intermittent, is there any weakness, pain or discoloration? How long have you had symptom? If you do not have a provider you can do an online visit with myself or other providers. ...Read more

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I get joint flare ups of wrist, elbow and fingers and on both sides, only in summers. The blood test came positive for RA but it was dismissed as a non-standard test. Why does it happen?

I get joint flare ups of wrist, elbow and fingers and on both sides, only in summers. The blood test came positive for RA but it was dismissed as a non-standard test. Why does it happen?

Second opinion: Symetrical (both sides) swelling/inflammation of joints is often a sign of an underlying auto-immune disease. Ra is one of many. There are conditions that have no test for (as of yet) and they are called seronegative arthritis (ie tests are negative). They can be treated with the same medications as RA but it is a clinical judgement based on the doctor's analysis and the severity of complaints. ...Read more

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Can your arm hurt even after a day after u have blood drawn?

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

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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.

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

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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.?

Go see doctor: Please go see your doctor soon. You could have a damaged nerve or blood vessel. This is a rare but known complication. ...Read more

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What should I do about pain in arm a week after blood drawn?

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

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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 had blood drawn from my arm today and my arm has been sore since. This has never happned before. What causes this?

Local bruising: 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

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My arm is extremely sore after blood drawn and a bit swollen. Should I worry?

Thromboplebitis.: This is most likely due to irritation of veins. Suggest using extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) 1-2 tabs every day for 2 to 3 days. This kind of irritation gets better in 2-3 days. See you M.D. If your symptoms persist. ...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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Pain in arm a week after blood drawn. Is this normal?

No: Not really normal, but also not unusual. It is often from a phlebitis, which is an inflammation of the vein the blood was drawn from. Warm compresses and NSAIDs can help. If it does not get better, be seen. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain in arm a week after blood drawn?

Phlebitis: It is probably a phlebitis, which is an inflammation of the vein sometimes associated with a superficial clot as well. Treatment is usually warm compresses and NSAIDs. If it does not get better, be seen as they can sometimes get infected and need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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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?

Maybe: It's way too early to think about an infection, but if you are worried you should definitely show it to his doctor. If he develops swelling, pain, pus, fever/chills, or other strange symptoms, these are signs of infection and he should be seen urgently. Good luck. ...Read more

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My arm hurts after getting blood drawn over a week ago. Why?

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