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Ouchouchouchie Sat 09-Dec-17 23:11:56

Long story short, had blood test in A&E last Monday, nurse quite forceful and couldn’t get enough blood out of right arm so after 5 mins of prodding with the needle he used the left arm instead. Right arm felt dead for about 24 hours and now has come out in a nasty bruise. Arm is pretty painful, can’t straighten it, can’t lift anything or bend it behind my head... AIBU to go to the GP to check it’s ok? Doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

AyeAyeFishyPie Sat 09-Dec-17 23:13:15

Good grief YANBU at all - bloody book an appt!

Ohyesiam Sat 09-Dec-17 23:14:02

Oh my goodness, you need a health care professional. Don't delay, see someone asap.

PurpleWithRed Sat 09-Dec-17 23:18:58

Flipping heck! Got a walk in centre nearby? Otherwise a&e tomorrow morning.

notapizzaeater Sat 09-Dec-17 23:19:55

Do you normally bruise easily ?

SadTrombone Sat 09-Dec-17 23:20:37

Holy shit.
GP at the very least.
I'd say 111 in the morning, describe situation and they may get you an appointment at a 'Walk In' or PCT tomorrow

MsJaneAusten Sat 09-Dec-17 23:20:48

Woah! Does it hurt? Definitely see someone.

RestingGrinchFace Sat 09-Dec-17 23:21:00

Wjat kind of nurse can't even draw blood without making you look like an extra for the walking dead? You should complain to the hospital about it, surely thus person can't be qualified confused

PsychoPumpkin Sat 09-Dec-17 23:23:19

Wow, what did she do to you??!

DownTheChimney Sat 09-Dec-17 23:23:20

Jeez. I bruise really easily when having a blood test but nothing like that. You need to get it seen to.

TammySwansonTwo Sat 09-Dec-17 23:25:28

Christ alive. Please see a doctor. Do you have any other symptoms beside the bruising? I once had a nerve in my hand damaged by a cannula but it felt like my hand was being ripped off, and any light pressure on the back of my hand was excruciating for over a year. It went very bruised but nothing like this.

I bruise fairly easily, it's hard to get blood from me and often takes many attempts but have never looked like this. If you're not someone who always bruises very easily then I'd get seen sharpish. Even if you are, I'd still see your GP as this seems very extreme.

aussielinda4655 Sat 09-Dec-17 23:25:53

I would seek medical treatment immediately. !!

AdaColeman Sat 09-Dec-17 23:26:00

I would go to A&E with that, because you can’t straighten it or put it above your head, possibly something is dislocated, and an X-ray could be required. A GP wouldn’t be able to X-ray you, so A&E would be the best call.

SilentlyScreamingAgain Sat 09-Dec-17 23:27:22

I had someone accidentally hit an artery while drawing blood, it I didn't look nearly as bad as that.

Yes, medical advice.

Hippobottymus Sat 09-Dec-17 23:27:34

Definitely call 111 now in case they reckon you should go to a and e. Hope it's heals up soon!

Lindy2 Sat 09-Dec-17 23:27:39

Wow! That looks so sore.
Is it staying the same size or getting bigger? I think I'd be drawing a line around the edges to check it's not getting worse.
I would definitely go to a walk in centre or somewhere similar tomorrow morning to get it checked.

mistermagpie Sat 09-Dec-17 23:28:41

I am very difficult to get blood from, they have to use the needles that are used on Babies as my veins are so hard to see. Over the years I have had a few healthcare professionals jabbing away trying to get a needle in, once I even fainted because it was so unpleasant. I have never ever had a reaction like this (and I do bruise easily).

See a doctor, that looks terrible. Poor you.

baritonehome Sat 09-Dec-17 23:30:10

bloody hell. this looks awful. I bruise easily but never had something like that.

A few years ago I had surgery to remove varicose veins (legs) and in parts, my legs looked like that. It took ages for the bruises to go so I wouldn't expect the bruise to fade quickly. Arnika cream definitely helped me with the bruise and made it heal/disappear quicker.

but given that this is the result of a blood draw and not getting better, I'd seek help sooner rather than later. Do you have a walk in centre or an out of hours GP service?

And once you are better, I would follow up with a PALS complaint.

Ouchouchouchie Sat 09-Dec-17 23:30:39

Wow thanks all I thought I was being dramatic! No I don’t bruise easily at all. I’ll call 111 first thing. My hand and shoulder do feel achey too (but not sure if it’s just in my head!!)

baritonehome Sat 09-Dec-17 23:31:59

when did the pain and bruising start, OP.

blood was taken on Monday, wasn't it?

GummyGoddess Sat 09-Dec-17 23:33:49

Call 111, then make a complaint to the hospital stating that he needs some retraining!

U2HasTheEdge Sat 09-Dec-17 23:37:03

Surely a blood test can't cause that much bruising? shock

I hope you get seen soon. It looks bloody painful.

Viviennemary Sat 09-Dec-17 23:38:43

That looks horrific. I agree call 111. And definitely complain.

VladmirsPoutine Sat 09-Dec-17 23:39:08

Yikes! Did the nurse use a hammer and a hose??

Get it checked out!

guiltynetter Sat 09-Dec-17 23:42:44

oh my gosh that’s horrendous! could it be related to the reason you were in a&e? is definitely go to a walk in or similar.

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