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I donated blood a week ago and am still developing bruises, there's swelling and lots of pain. HELP!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 30, 2015
  • 04:24 AM

The phlebotomist kept rearranging the needle because he wasn't happy with how quickly my blood was coming out. First he turned the needle, which was fine, then he kept moving it around. He never stuck me again, just the one time. When I got home, my arm hurt, which I've never had happen before after donating blood. Sure, the needle area is slightly tender, but never any pain in my arm. The next day, my forearm was EXTREMELY sore and starting to show discoloration and was swollen. All of this wasn't near where the needle went in. Each day since then, the bruising areas change and spread. The pain hasn't gotten any better and the swelling is still there. I might add, the swelling isn't in the same spot as the bruising, its more toward the inside part of my arm, while the bruising is more in the middle, starting close to the inside part of my elbow and about 3/4 of the way down my arm. Its gone from green to purple and red to green and purple again. The pain is the most bothersome part of this whole thing. Like I said, I have never had pain after donating blood, let alone it lasting a week later. Any ideas on what the deal is or what I can do? Should I just wait this out or go see a dr.? Thanks!

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