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Dr. Edward Hellman
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What to do if I have pain in arm a week after blood drawn?

Dr. Edward Hellman
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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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What should I do about pain in arm a week after blood drawn?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Pain in arm a week after blood drawn. Is this normal?

Dr. Edward Hellman
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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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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Tingling in left forearm down to fingers after blood draw 2 days ago.Shock-like pain at poke site each time I flex arm.whats wrong?how to recover?Thx.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Tingling in left forearm down to fingers after blood draw 2 days ago.Shock-like pain at poke site each time I flex arm.whats wrong?how to recover?Thx.

Hematoma: it seems you developed a hematoma, or localized bleeding under the skin at the site of your blood draw. This should resolve on its own. the hematoma seems to be pressing on a nerve when you move or flex your arm. if it persists, you may need to be evaluated. give it a few days ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Is pain on the inner right side of forearm and outer side of upper arm expected after nerve hit from blood draw 7 days ago at forearm of left hand?

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Is pain on the inner right side of forearm and outer side of upper arm expected after nerve hit from blood draw 7 days ago at forearm of left hand?

I would not think: that the discomfort would persist from a blood draw a week ago unless a pain sensitive structure was injured. You might want to have that looked at. In the meantime take some Motrin or another anti-inflammatory for a couple of days to see if the pain subsides. ...Read more

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Dr. John Harris
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Tingling in left forearm down to fingers after blood draw 2 days ago.Shock-like pain at poke site each time I flex arm.perm nerve damage?visit doc?

Dr. John Harris
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Tingling in left forearm down to fingers after blood draw 2 days ago.Shock-like pain at poke site each time I flex arm.perm nerve damage?visit doc?

Inflammation: Most likely you just have localized inflammation of the nerve. There is nothing a physician will be able to do to fix this problem. You can try an NSAID such as ibuprofen or naproxen to help with the inflammation ...Read more

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Dr. Ujjala Kumar
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Nerve pain top of pinky,ring fingers & below thumb,forefingers-palm side, after blood draw at forearm.pain at poke site upon arm flex.cause?self-heal?

Dr. Ujjala Kumar
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Yes: Seems like Ulnar nerve injury during the blood draw, traumatic should be better in few days. if not see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Sinha
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What to do if a blood draw results in ongoing pain and reduced mobility in the affected arm?

Dr. Tracy Sinha
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What to do if a blood draw results in ongoing pain and reduced mobility in the affected arm?

TISSUE TRAUMA: Ice pack, or heating pad, Motrin or Aspirin would help. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Felt extr pain during blood draw yday in left arm & asked to stop.still hurts in that spot and nerve clicks when I lift the arm.will this heal?thanks.

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Felt extr pain during blood draw yday in left arm & asked to stop.still hurts in that spot and nerve clicks when I lift the arm.will this heal?thanks.

Nerve pain: Yes. Sometimes the needle can pierce a sensory nerve under the skin. Apply ice and the pain should resolve in a few days. Neuropathic pain medicine and compound creams can help reduce the pain too. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Kovatis
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How common is it to get a thrombosis in your arm after a routine blood draw?

Dr. Paul Kovatis
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How common is it to get a thrombosis in your arm after a routine blood draw?

Common: The vein that is punctured for the test will often clot and form a lump of sorts.-- especially if the phlebotomist missed vein or went thru it with the needle. This is a superficial vein, usually not serious and responds to heat and rest. If there is redness or persistent pain, see and md. Not all clots are serious but, when in doubt , of course please please see an md feel better. ...Read more

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