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Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 02:09 AM

I figure there's got to be a decent amount of people on here who have had an IV.

I had one done on Thursday of last week. It's still bruised, and is sore as hell. It gets to the point where my arm is aching from my shoulder to my wrist. I don't even have to be using it or touching it for it to hurt.

What I want to know is, is it worth going back to the doctor? Because I really don't want to spend the money again if it's unnecessary. Any insight would be helpful.
   
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Re: Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 02:45 AM

I had a really terrible bruise from an iv in the crook of my arm last year. I ignored it as best I could and it went away. Sorry I couldn't be more help, and I hope you feel better soon.
   
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Re: Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 04:18 AM

If it's hurting that bad then it might be worth considering going back in, but I'm not sure if they can do much for it. When I had mine it was sore for awhile and I had a bruise for 2 weeks. They got "The good IV nurse" to do it though because I was freaking out about it.


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Re: Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 04:24 AM

I just wasn't sure if the soreness/aching lasting this long was normal :/
   
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Re: Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 04:33 AM

What was the IV of?? Because that can make a difference.

I've had several over the years and I've never had the pain last for a week, that seems abnormal to me. Could you call and ask if it's something you should come in for? We have a telehealth line here, idk about where you are..
   
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Re: Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 04:36 AM

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I just wasn't sure if the soreness/aching lasting this long was normal :/
It isn't really normal per se, I'd say it's more likely when:
a) the iv was tricky and took multiple tries
b) your veins are small or otherwise complicate the process
c) the iv was located someplace tender
d) the iv was in for a long time (more then two or three hours)
   
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Re: Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 05:16 AM

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What was the IV of?? Because that can make a difference.

I've had several over the years and I've never had the pain last for a week, that seems abnormal to me. Could you call and ask if it's something you should come in for? We have a telehealth line here, idk about where you are..
The IV was for dehydration I think.. honestly, they didn't tell me

It didn't take more than one try to put it in, and I've never had issues with my veins when I donate blood and stuff. I think he may have not put it in properly, and I'm not sure if he could have possibly caused some damage, and what that damage could be.
   
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Re: Pain from IV - December 15th 2011, 12:57 PM

If it was for dehydration that could do it. If you were dehydrated, it makes everything a bit more "tight" feeling so it would likely be more painful AFTER it's over.

I'm very sensitive to needles so I bruise badly after shots, blood draws, or IVs. I've been told to ice the area up to 48 hours after. Then start on heat compresses after the first 48hours.

Also, even though it hurts you want to still be moving your arm or it could stiffen up from lack of use. So do small exercises with your arm.

If there is a bruise and it hurts, then I think this should be fairly normal. If there is no bruise, then I suggest going to the doctor. It's most likely nothing major, but if you are in pain then the doctor can at least prescribe you something for it.

You might try calling the office and just speaking with the nurse first. Tell her the situation and ask if there's anything you can do. A lot of the time they won't mind giving you a bit of advice over the phone, though they may try to get you to come in.
   
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Re: Pain from IV - December 16th 2011, 10:48 AM

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The IV was for dehydration I think.. honestly, they didn't tell me

It didn't take more than one try to put it in, and I've never had issues with my veins when I donate blood and stuff. I think he may have not put it in properly, and I'm not sure if he could have possibly caused some damage, and what that damage could be.
You would have had sodium chloride 5% glucose or just sodium chloride depending on how dehydrated you were. That's a pretty standard IV. However, IVs can ache for up to a week to two weeks after. Depending on how well the IV was put in and if you bruised badly or not.

Take some paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain. If it doesn't get better then go back!
   
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