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I had a blood test done 2weeks ago.2 days after I have/still have pain when stretch arm.don't have good vains.took 2 trys only bit swollen/sore?

I had a blood test done 2weeks ago.2 days after I have/still have pain when stretch arm.don't have good vains.took 2 trys only bit swollen/sore?

Traumatic phlebitis: It is not uncommon for the vein to be inflamed after being punctured for a blood draw. It can take 3-4 weeks to resolve. If the area gets warmer or redder or more painful or you get a fever, it may have become infected and you need to see a doctor. In the meantime, anti-inflammatory creams like Voltaren (diclofenac) gel might help it improve faster. ...Read more

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I had a blood test 2wks ago and my arm is still very sore achy and striking pain when I strighten and clich my fist. Is this normal what can I do?

I had a blood test 2wks ago and my arm is still very sore achy and striking pain when I strighten and clich my fist. Is this normal what can I do?

Contact doctor: It is not normal for the arm to be sore 2 weeks after blood draw. Please contact the doctor at the site where you had blood drawn or your own physician. ...Read more

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I had a blood test 2 weeks ago and my arm is sore still and achy, yesterday I felt it Jar it hurts when I lift things do you think it's muscle damage?

I had a blood test 2 weeks ago and my arm is sore still and achy, yesterday I felt it Jar it hurts when I lift things do you think it's muscle damage?

May be: More likely there was a bruise, i.e., leakage of blood into the tissue. If the soreness is not improving, it would be prudent to contact the doctor where you had blood drawn. Try warm compress as that may hasten the clearance of bruise. ...Read more

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I had a blood test a few weeks ago and since then I have experienced a dead arm feeling, pins and needles, and now sore fingers. Should I be worried?

I had a blood test a few weeks ago and since then I have experienced a dead arm feeling, pins and needles, and now sore fingers. Should I be worried?

Not necessarily: Feeling pins and needles in the arm can be due to many causes with the most likely being some compression of the nerves in the shoulder or arm from putting pressure onto the shoulder, elbow, or wrist. The procedure of having a blood test by itself should not cause these symptoms. If your symptoms continue and are not being relieved then please see a neurologist for a full neuro exam. ...Read more

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Can a blood test cause you to have a DVT blood clot in your arm? I had a blood test yesterday and now have a sore left arm and shoulder area. Worry.

Can a blood test cause you to have a DVT blood clot in your arm?  I had a blood test yesterday and now have a sore left arm and shoulder area.  Worry.

No: Likely your blood was obtained from a superficial vein which would not give you a DVT. The pain may be for some other reason. ...Read more

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Aching arm after blood test. No issues when giving blood or blood disorders. Is it something horrible like a blood clot? Do I need to see Dr again?

Aching arm after blood test. No issues when giving blood or blood disorders. Is it something horrible like a blood clot? Do I need to see Dr again?

Is it swollen,red: Or firm? If a superficial vessel gets a clot from a blood draw it will not travel to heart lung or brain. May have a mild thrombophlebitis. Use warm compresses and try advil (ibuprofen) or alieve. If red warm to touch or getting worse see a doctor to make sure it is not infected. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a sore arm after giving blood?

Is it normal to have a sore arm after giving blood?

Yes.: Yes, it is normal to have a sore arm. I would suggest over the counter pain medicine such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. A warm compress may help as well. If the soreness does not improve in a couple of days, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a sore arm after donating blood a month ago?

Is it common to have a sore arm after donating blood a month ago?

No: If you donated blood a month ago, you should not be having pain. This would most likely be from phlebitis or irritation to the vein. I would have someone take a look at this or call the facility that drew the blood. ...Read more

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Had blood test wk ago. Large bruise came up on forearm + elbow, now have tender limp inside of elbow where I guess blood was taken. Do I need the dr?

Hematoma: Some blood apparently escaped from the vein into the surrounding tissue when blood was withdrawn for testing. This happens sometimes but should be small and should slowly resolve (it first looks like a bluish bruise then turns brownish and finally over few days it becomes firm and eventually resolves. Call dr if it becomes infected (turns red, hot and painful) ...Read more

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Blood test clear, aches and pains (dull-shooting-burns) hands, wrist, arms, shoulders, ear ache, pelvis, knees, feet, moves from one place to another.

Blood test clear, aches and pains (dull-shooting-burns) hands, wrist, arms, shoulders, ear ache, pelvis, knees, feet, moves from one place to another.

Hard to say: It is impossible to give you a decent answer. We don't know how long you have had this, and what else is going on, or what the blood tests you had done were for. In this limited forum, it is hard to address complicated issues. You need to be evaluated more thoroughly. If you wish, you can try Healthtap Prime, for an opinion, where you can give more detailed history and upload your labwork, too. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual or concerning for my arm to hurt after a blood test?

Yes for one day: It is uncommon but the skin area can be sore for one day. If you notice any redness or swelling then seek medical attention, just to be sure that there is no infection around the needle stick- site. ...Read more

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Why does the skin on your arm around the area blood is taken from bruise after a blood test?

Why does the skin on your arm around the area blood is taken from bruise after a blood test?

Bruise: The blood vessel is punctured when blood is withdrawn during a blood test. If the vessel is not compressed long enough, blood will leak out of the vessel giving a bruise. Holding direct pressure with a cotton ball for 10 or 15 minutes is usually enough. However, if a person is on platlet inhibitors such as asprin longer might be necessary. ...Read more

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I saw blood clots when taking injection in my left arm for blood test.is there any serious problems?

Blood clot: It could be normal slight blood clot at the site of injection. Let's wait for blood test results. ...Read more

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Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

See a doctor!: Travelling by plane increases risk for blood clots, usually in the legs. However, it's possible your daughter developed one in her arm. Second, if the painful arm is the same arm where she had a blood draw, she could have an infection. Third, what happened during Spring Break? You may never know, but experiments (injection drugs) and accidents (falls) occur. You care, so get her in ASAP! ...Read more

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I had a blood test 12 days ago and my arm still hurts all down my arm including my wrist and my fingers just wondering if that is normal?

I had a blood test 12 days ago and my arm still hurts all down my arm including my wrist and my fingers just wondering if that is normal?

Hematoma : This is likely just a hematoma. I assume you had your blood drawn from the bend in the elbow, known as the antecubital space. On occasion, there will be some blood that escapes from the puncture site, sometimes visible, sometime not. It will take a few days to a week for the bruise to diminish and as the blood clot breaks down, you will see discoloration around the elbow. Heat may help. ...Read more

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I had a blood test a week ago that left a small bruise, which is now large/dark purple and spreading up arm. Could there be something wrong?

I had a blood test a week ago that left a small bruise, which is now large/dark purple and spreading up arm. Could there be something wrong?

Yes, if the arm is hot : To touch, and you have swelling, and see streaks of bruising going up the arm. Then you have to go immediately in the ER. If it is not hot to the touch, and no swelling or pain, then you need to call your doctor as soon as possible to be seen by her/him, and notify the lab that you are experiencing this too. That has to be documented by the lab manager. Blood thinners or low platelets can do this2 ...Read more

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Middle way on forearm is painful when strength arm & feel a bump under skin. 2weeks after blood test which hurt lots after needle was removed.

Middle way on forearm is painful when strength arm & feel a bump under skin. 2weeks after blood test which hurt lots after needle was removed.

Likely from a: Bruised vein and blood that oozed out from the vein causing swelling or hematoma. U may apply warm packs and take tylenol (acetaminophen) for discomfort. Don't worry, be happy! ...Read more

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I make a blood test on 3 july 2014 after two day area below and upper the vein where needle inserted become some reddish and arm has pain please?

I make a blood test on 3 july 2014 after two day area below and upper the vein where needle inserted become some reddish and arm has pain please?

It sounds like you: Have a phlebitis or inflammation around the needle stick. It could be infected. You should get it checked out. It might just be red and hard and go away with hot packs which you can start now by placing a warm compress over it a few times a day. The hardness can last for a while but it should not be red and hurt so much. Get it checked. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my arm is hurting so much now after my blood test?

Why would it be that my arm is hurting so much now after my blood test?

Possible : Nerve injury with a needle or localized bleeding causing inflammation. Could also be your perception of pain or low pain threshold. If persists, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi am 19 and my left arm keeps hurting me all the time I don't no why do I need a blood test?

Hi am 19 and my left arm keeps hurting me all the time I don't no why do I need a blood test?

Please see doctor: If your arm hurts all the time then you need to have your doctor take a look at it. Following a thorough history and examination, your doctor will be able to decide if you need any tests. ...Read more

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Would being a carrier of HSV1 show up on a blood test without an open sore? And still give it to someone?

Would being a carrier of HSV1 show up on a blood test without an open sore? And still give it to someone?

Yes. Blood tests...: Yes. Blood tests for HSV detect antibody, the immune reaction to HSV1 and/or HSV2. Infection and positive blood test persist for life, with or without visible outbreaks. Whether you can transmit it to another person is a different issue. Pos blood test indicates its possible, but likelihood depends on location of infection (oral, genital, etc), outbreak, viral shedding at infected site, type of contact. ...Read more

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Hi what causes green veins on the arm and its abit painful...it happened after I took blood test two days ago.

Hi what causes green veins on the arm and its abit painful...it happened after I took blood test two days ago.

Phlebitis: You may have developed a bruise at the blood draw site, or even a minor infection/inflammation like phlebitis. If it worsens, see the Dr. ...Read more

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I have swallon lymph node that keeps coming up and down all the time and is very sore. My blood test has came back clear. What could it be?

I have swallon lymph node that keeps coming up and down all the time and is very sore. My blood test has came back clear. What could it be?

Your best friend: I've decided that some people have a heroic lymph node that simply decides to handle all the minor invasions by microbes all by itself. If you're not running a fever or otherwise obviously sick, and the node's not huge or attached to something it shouldn't be, and you don't have any signs of a deep infection in a sinus or something that the node drains, then just watch it. ...Read more

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I had a blood test, I feel sore at place where needle came out, this pain comes & go, also I feel mild pain when i touch, is this sore normal?

Probably: Related to inflammation of the blood vessel in the area of the blood draw. Your may want to try warm packs every couple of hours or so. If you have redness, progressive pain, swelling in the area, you'll want a doctor to see the area, just to make sure there isn't an evolving infection though this is uncommon with blood draws. ...Read more

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Got blood test a month ago in three different places on arm. Started getting small red pimple at the site where blood was drawn. Doesn't hurt or itch.?

Got blood test a month ago in three different places on arm. Started getting small red pimple at the site where blood was drawn. Doesn't hurt or itch.?

Need to examine: Depending on your ancestry, you may be prone to developing hypertrophic scar or keloid. If it does not subside in a week or so, you may wish to see your doctor for an in person evaluation. In the mean time leave it alone and do not try any home remedies. ...Read more

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How can I numb my arm with ice pack before getting blood test?

How can I numb my arm with ice pack before getting blood test?

Local anesthetic gel: Ice pack is not a good idea as it will reduce blood flow make drawing blood more difficult. You should consult your doctor about using Lidocaine gel to numb the skin before needle stick. ...Read more