I have MS , Fibromyalgia, aside from sciatica from disc injuries in my lower back and disc injuries in my cervical, plus a fracture of the thoracic spine , torn minicus in my right knee , arthritis , migraines, just to name a few ... I had just adjusted meds and was able to have an acceptible amount of pain or aches ..
I take baclofen , ultramER and an occasional aleve for muscle inflammation and pain (to include spasms, migraines) ... I also take other meds for other reasons .. anxiety and depression .. I also go to therapy to help me adjust to all this stuff ..
Prior to the test I informed the phlebotomist that my veins are thin and normally the tests are drawn from my right arm .. she ignored me and insisted that she take it from the left ..
It stung a bit , and she didn't get a full tube but said it was enough .. later on my arm began to ache bad .. by morning it was stiff with severe pain and weakness eminating from the withdrawal site up to my shoulder blade and down to my wrist ..
My neighbor who is an RN said it could be that she hit a nerve or tendon or muscle .. she said it should take a week to heal .. to watch for stiffness of the skin , bruising ... that I could take tylenol or aleve to ease the pain ..
A week , to the day , I had my visit with the pcp to review the bloodwork .. I told her what happened and that it is still very much in pain and added weakness to my already existing problems .. but it really hurts bad ..
She felt the area and said that perhaps it is taking longer to heal due to the MS .. so I said I would give it more time .. I said I would call if it continued .. well, it has been two weeks now and it is still hurting bad .. from the site and up and down my arm ..
What if anything would the pcp be able to do ? The meds ease al my other symptoms , the aleve sorta helps , but it is such a pain and has added more weakness .. I do stretches daily , and cannot even do that with my left arm .. I have tried warm compresses, cold compresses and massaging the area .. nothing is working ..
So, what do I do ?