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Have you ever had your arm swell after a blood test?

Asked by RedPowerLady (12454 points ) May 10th, 2010

Have you ever had your arm swell after getting blood drawn?

We have already talked with our doctor but he has to check in with his “fleet” leaving us with the impression he has no idea what he’s talking about. He thinks hubby lifted something heavy after having blood drawn and he didn’t.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

Is it his whole arm that swelled after the blood was drawn? I’ve never heard of that before, but I have heard of just the immediate area surrounding the site swelling. I hope the doctor gets back to you soon.

Vunessuh's avatar

No, but I have had a nerve pinched while drawing blood and it took an entire month for my arm to go back to normal. That was horrible. Along with the swelling, if his arm feels numb/tingly and/or if it’s particularly sore for a longer period of time where they drew blood, then they may have pinched a nerve. Good luck in figuring it out.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@Seaofclouds I will clarify it is not the whole arm but it is at least the size of a quarter, maybe bigger, around the injection site. Apologies for not making that clear.

@Vunessuh Ugh! What a pain! I bet you never let that person draw blood from you again!

Draconess25's avatar

Last time I had a blood test, the needle hit bone & bent, & made my whole arm swell up. Maybe that’s what happened?

RedPowerLady's avatar

@Seaofclouds Oh sorry and I doubt the Dr. is even going to get back to us. He pretty much assumed hubby was at fault somehow. Sigh. Well hopefully it is nothing. Just asking b/c poor hubby is worried and he rarely worries about himself. Makes me feel awful to see him like that.
@Draconess25 That is a possibility. He did say it hurt when she was giving the actual shot. It doesn’t normally hurt him. Sorry that happened to you. You should see the grimace on my face.

Draconess25's avatar

@RedPowerLady Oh, it didn’t bother me at all. It just gave me a reason to chew out the doctor. Was he tensed up? That could mess with it, too.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@RedPowerLady I hate when doctor’s do things like that. I work at a doctor’s office now and it’s amazing how some doctors can be so disheartened when it comes to their patients. If the blood draw itself was painful to your husband, it could be his body’s response to the “injury” sustained during the blood draw. Perhaps the phlebotomist scraped along the vein before getting inside it, or perhaps went all the way through it. There are a lot of things that can happen during a blood draw to cause injury to the area (hitting bone, hitting a nerve, rolling veins…just to name a few). I hope your husbands arm feels better soon. If it doesn’t appear to be getting better within a few hours, I would call and insist on it being checked to be sure that there isn’t something else going on.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@Draconess25 I didn’t ask him that question, good one. How can it not bother you, that must have hurt like the dickens.

@Seaofclouds Will do, thanx for the advice! I won’t tell him about the bazillion things that could go wrong though,lol

Draconess25's avatar

@RedPowerLady I’m a masochist.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@Draconess25 well that would explain that,lol

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