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Medium sized bruise from IV 2 weeks ago on forearm. Bruise is healing (slowly but surely) but the area around it is desensitized (not completely numb) is this desensitization normal?

Medium sized bruise from IV 2 weeks ago on forearm. Bruise is healing (slowly but surely) but the area around it is desensitized (not completely numb) is this desensitization normal?

Stretch versus injur: A few possibilities. Swelling from th IV and bruising may have stretched the nerves to the skin in that area and as the swelling resolves the nerves will gradually recover and sensation restored but may take several or more weeks after swelling resolved. Slight chance that the IV actually injured the nerve itself in which case it may take much longer for sensation to return. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I fell and had my forearm bruised for 2 weeks. Now there is a 1/2 golfball of hard mass with a weird muscle like feeling fibers on one side. No pain?

I fell and had my forearm bruised for 2 weeks. Now there is a 1/2 golfball of hard mass with a weird muscle like feeling fibers on one side. No pain?

Bump: likely a hematoma or collection of old blood. Should slowly resolve over a few weeks. If doesn't, go see an MD to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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My whole forearm is bruised after having a catheter placed in my hand a week ago? Is this normal

My whole forearm is bruised after having a catheter placed in my hand a week ago? Is this normal

Can cause bruising: Sometimes when a catheter is placed into a vein it can move a bit and there can be a small amount of bleeding under the skin. This will appear as bruising. Also can happen if your veins are fragile and the vein starts to fall apart. ...Read more

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What does a blood clot look like on forearm. A bruise-like circle of about a 1/2 inch just showed up; yesterday it was brown and today it is red. ?

What does a blood clot look like on forearm.  A bruise-like circle of about a 1/2 inch just showed up; yesterday it was brown and today it is red. ?

Varies: Blood clots can produce different presenting symptoms. If it is in the artery, it can cause dramatic pain and even turn the limb blue/black if it blocks important circulation to the rest of the arm. If in the vein, it will lead to swelling in the limb. If you have a bruise, it is likely a small bursted vessel. You may want to consider an insect bite too (spider?) and it may be infected. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a forearm bone bruise or fracture?

How to tell if I have a forearm bone bruise or fracture?

X-ray : If u have sustained a forearm fracture most times you will know it w/ deformity, crepitus ( crunching sound), and pain. Occassionally non- displaced fx.S'( esp.The ulna) can result from a blow( nightstick) and cause pain only. Ap/ and lateral x-rays will detect the fracture.Mri scans( which are not needed) but occ. Obtained by non- orthopedists may show a contusion or bone 'bruise'.Gl! ...Read more

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So 4 days ago i fell on my left forearm it was bruised and sore but i could could use it but it's still very sore and swollen still four days later?

So 4 days ago i fell on my left forearm it was bruised and sore but i could  could use it but it's still very sore and swollen still four days later?

See answer: You can try continuing rest and an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, and if still with pain and no resolution than see a dr. As there is always the chance you could have a hairline fracture, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

First see your Dr.: After any trauma that occurs, especially fall injuries down staircases requires that you see your doctor for evaluation, and to make sure you haven't injured bones, tendons, muscles strain, or ligaments. An x-ray will rule out fracture, but an MRI will show soft tissue injury. So your doctor will determine which one you need.Then, you'll need realignment to get everything back in order.Don't wait. ...Read more

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62 yr old female. Purple bruises on forearms only. Should i be concerned?

62 yr old female. Purple bruises on forearms only. Should i be concerned?

Bruises: Bruises can be due trauma, platelet abnormality, malignancy use of anticoalation/antiplatelet medications ( coumadin, (warfarin) plavix, Aspirin etc...), see your doctor for further evaluation if this continues. ...Read more

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Bruise on forearm with white lump in middle. Reddish-purple 2" diameter doesn't hurt, don't recall hitting it. Is it a bruise, boil? Not bite marks

Bruise on forearm with white lump in middle. Reddish-purple 2" diameter doesn't hurt, don't recall hitting it. Is it a bruise, boil? Not bite marks

See your doctor: Please see your doctor or health care provider. Lack of pain is unusual for early brusing and infection. Please do not take this lightly, although it probably is benign. ...Read more

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Bruise on forearm from labs 2 weeks ago this Tues. Its healing but its starting to get sore. Like a cut under the bruise. Should i worry?

Bruise on forearm from labs 2 weeks ago this Tues.  Its healing but its starting to get sore. Like a cut under the bruise.    Should i worry?

Probably not serious: Unless there is associated redness or hardness with tenderness of the vein itself, it doesn't sound like a serious problem. Warm applications may relieve any residual irritation. See your Physician as needed. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more