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Arm pain, possible IV injury?

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  • Posted By: ANormalName
  • March 23, 2013
  • 02:37 PM

My name is Mel, I am new to these forums. I joined to try to figure out what is wrong with my arm.

Let me start by saying that I haven't been to the doctor due to the fact that I believe this was caused by medical personnel in the first place. Christmas day 2012 I was diagnosed with pneumonia, during the diagnoses the nurse attempted to insert a needle for an IV line into my forearm, roughly two inches below the inside elbow of my right arm.

As soon as she started to put in the IV I experienced an extreme pain shooting up my arm, more than I've felt from any needle (including IVs) going into me before. I asked the nurse and the doctor why it hurt so much. The only response that i got was that sometimes that happens. The site of the attempted IV immediately discolored and I noticed swelling. The localized bruising and swelling lasted for two weeks. During those two weeks I also experienced muscle soreness (lameness?) and stiffness in my entire forearm. Now 3 months later I continue to experience arm pain.

The pain now from wrist to elbow constantly. I have increase and stabbing type pain in my elbow running up down my arm when I move my arm. I am also experiencing limited movement and flexibility in my arm Making a fist or grasping something tightly also sends a dull pain from my wrist to my bicep. The inside of my forearm is also slightly discolored and splotchy. Right under my elbow appears to be slightly swollen.

It does not really make sense to me that this would all be from the IV that was over three months ago. However, I can not think of any other cause. If it is from the IV, what possibly could have happened? Where would I possibly seek medical attention for this if it was caused by a medical procedure?

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