Severe Arm Pain After Blood Test , How Long Does It Usually Last ?

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Asked by Adrian Serra

Severe Arm Pain After Blood Test , How Long Does It Usually Last ?

I have a number of chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia, MS, migraines, and other problems. I take medications to relieve them, and they help a bit. Recently I had a blood test and the phlebotomist took my blood from the arm that hurts worst for me. It stung a bit, but by the next morning my whole arm ached and was stiff eminating from the test site.

Two weeks later it is still hurting. I sound like a baby, but it's quite painful. I've tried massage, compresses, and stretching, but to no avail. How long should it hurt?

Answer

While fibromyalgia can cause what would normally be relatively minor and temporary pain to spread and last for a much longer time, this sounds like a bit much even for FM - although if a nerve, muscle or tendon was significantly damaged it could take awhile for the pain to go away even after it healed.

I wish I could tell you what the problem might be, but I just don't know. I would definitely call your doctor back and let her know it's not getting any better.   It seems she should start trying to find out exactly what happened.

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