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Hematoma After Blood Draw
Blood draw from inner elbow 1 month ago. 3in x 2in hematoma. Arm still aches, sore to touch at elbow and clear to shoulder when lifting something?
Hematoma: See a Surgeon you may need that hematoma surgically removed ...Read more
Have a history of blood clots in arm, leg, and pulmonary embolism. Last night I had a blood draw, today huge hematoma that is painful. Possible clot?
No: A hematoma occurs when blood leaks out of the blood vessel that was punctured. There is a pool of blood in the adjacent tissues and, since blood is irritating, it hurts. Because of your hx, I'm guessing you might be on an anticoagulant ("blood thinner")? If so, it predisposes you to a hematoma. Hematomas hurt but get better on their own. There's no risk of the clot "traveling" anywhere. ...Read more
Observation: Just try some warm compress over the area. The bruising will improve and resolve and the heat speeds the process up ...Read more
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
I got a bruise after a blood draw and the bruise is getting bigger. There is no pain and no numbness or weakness. Could it be serious? How does it go?
Not serious: By far the most likely explanation is some spreading of the hematoma under the skin. Its color will change from purple to green to yellow, and then it will disappear. ...Read more
Every bruise I get, bump into table, stub toe, blood draw... Leaves a stain, like a shadow of the bruise. Blood draw was 90 days ago!! Can you explain?
See your doctor: Injury or blood draw can sometimes result in bruising. A residual discoloration is often due to some hemosidrin deposits in the subcutaneous skin and can give a hue around the injury/blood draw site. However, 90 days is a prolonged amount of time for that to still be present. Medications and diseases can also be related to preventing clots which can lead to prolonged bruising. Get checked! ...Read more
I had a blood draw today and now have about a 2 inch bruise running along the vein. Sore to the touch. Should I worry?
Week ago I did blood draw and I felt pain from pinch down to my hand. After few days little bruise appeared. It still hurt when I straight arm. Why?
Likely harmless: What you describe is a "blown" vein. When your blood was drawn, the tech likely obtained the specimen then on withdrawal the vein ruptured which isn't as bad as it sounds. Veins often have associated nerves that travel with them. The bruising also makes this more likely. Apply heat a few times per day and it should go away. ...Read more
Blood draw in wrist. Grape sized swelling during last tube. 4 days later swollen, painful, & very dark bruise in line down center of wrist underside.
Bad bruise: Consistent with some blood leaking from the vein during the blood draw. Usually takes 4 or 5 days to resolve ...Read more
Bad blood draw yesterday (venipuncture/8vials).Immediately:red/blue, v.swollen&painful. Now:flat, hard lump, bruise. Do ruptured veins heal? Just a leak?
Hematoma: The venipuncture for blood draw leaked and caused a hematoma outside of the vein or in the vein wall or both and this will heal in most cases without any consequences. I recommend ice in the first 2 days, several times a day (15 min each time) and switch to topical heat on day 3-4 and take ibuprofen as tolerated. ...Read more
Is it ok to exercise with a hematoma after getting blood drawn? Area is still somewhat painful to touch. Wish to exercise with weights
I had blood drawn, was a large lump under my skin, 4 days later shows up as a Hematoma, its very painful and around the main vein any dangers?
It depends: If you just had your blood drawn, then there is red swelling and pain, then some extra blood might have leaked under the skin. This will go away with time. If it has been a few days since you had your blood drawn, then you might be dealing with an infection, and you need to have your doctor check it out. You can put on some topical antibiotic and a bandaid, and call your doctor. ...Read more
HIV: If the blood drawer sticks themselves with the needle which has been in a vein or artery of an HIV+ person they may get HIV infection in this manner, but this is a very unusual occurrence. In order to get HIV you need intimate contact between a positive and negative person, either sexually, needle sharing, organ donation, etc. This is not an easy disease to acquire if you are reasonably careful. ...Read more
Phobias: Some people may be afraid due to the pain associated with needle stick. Others have a phobia of seeing blood. For others it may harken back to some unpleasant experience with healthcare providers. Phobias are by definition irrational. ...Read more
Relax: Deep breathing. They also have topical Lidocaine they can apply to make the pain much less. Bring an ipod or headphones and crank up the sound to focus your thoughts elsewhere. Ask them to use the smallest needle possible. ...Read more
Why would I be feeling like this after blood tests? Held my breath during blood draw and had to sit back down
Not uncommon: Feeling dizzy or light headed, or even fainting are not uncommon and do not indicate that any thing is wrong with you, especially, it is no indication of your fortitude. Now that you know that it is likely to happen to you, plan to rest, preferably, recumbent, for a few minutes, after blood draw. ...Read more
Had blood draw and now 3/4 hour later it is num and tingling and at one poin pain radiated up shoulder, scared?
Phlebotomy Norms: Unfortunately it is common to have a temporary pain, numbness or bruising from a blood draw. I would advise being careful with this arm and if the pain worsens or if you become feverish then you contact your physician. In most cases the temporary symptoms will subside and all will be well. ...Read more
Started b complex day before blood draw didn't take one morning of draw but b12 was >2000 is this from the one pill day b4?
I would doubt it: As the usual normal value is about 180-900 ng/L, your reported value (if in these units) should not result from one B complex vitamin pill (or even daily pills!). As a high B12 level is uncommon, I would be suspicious of the test and repeat it before doing anything else. Rare causes of elevation are liver disease and bone marrow problems including some leukemias. ...Read more
Can the fingertip blood draw for diabeties detect all diabeties known to man? They say I don't have it but my symptoms indicate I do
Diabetes: Diabetes is diagnosed with a fasting glucose less than 125. Glucose should be less than 145 two hours after a meal. Another test, hga1c above 6 may mean diabetes. Symptoms of excess thirst and urination with blurry vision, muscle cramps and weight loss are common symptoms of diabetes. See your doctor to get more tests done for a real diagnosis. Usually not going to diagnose diabetes on finger sti. ...Read more
I had a blood draw Fri and they messed up My sample for Cotinine. I smoked one cig the week before & 3 this sat. How long before I can retest?
On the safe side...: ...10 days for urine and blood tests. Staying well-hydrated, exercising & avoiding drinking alcohol may decrease detection time. To be really safe, however, take this opportunity to QUIT SMOKING altogether. You've already shown that you can do so for a week, so why not for the rest of your long healthy life???? ...Read more
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