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tingling in arm/fingers after bloods taken

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  • Posted By: nortjie
  • July 29, 2013
  • 11:06 AM

Hi guys. I did something REALLY stupid. I had a sterile hypodermic needle at home so i tried to find my own veins the other night cos I was intoxicated and hit a bit on a psychological dip. now I have a very swollen painful vein (I think). its hard above where I dug around, pushed, prodded and re-inserted the needle. I didn't even have a syringe attached!!!!!! :'(  my hand is full of pins and needles and this is the second day. please I don't need to be told I need to get psychiatric help, I just need some sound advice. I live in south Africa and I don't have medical insurance. the governments hospitals here are really bad. I think I may have introduced an infection, or maybe my arm is itching cos its healing. its helluva sore. the bruising isn't so bad at all but I think I dug so deep it's still coming. I did manage to get a little blood so veins were punctured. I've taken aspirin to actually thin out any haematomas. I don't mind if I bruise. I just don't want a clot in the vein that has to be surgically removed!!!!!!!!!!!  i'm scared and alone and ashamed of what I did. am I getting this tingling sensation because the swelling is pushing on a nerve or have I compromised blood supply???   how long until I know I have an infection? there is no red 'tracking' as of yet but I swear my bicep is starting to itch too. I definitely didn't HIT a nerve cos no electric sharp pain at the time. man I am sooooooooo stoopid. I don't have a fever or heat along arm... yet. ANY advice or support would be much appreciated.

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