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Shooting pain in the forearm after blood donation. Any nerve damage? Will this be a permanent damage?

Hi, I donated blood four days ago. When the nurse inserted the needle, I had a very sharp pain intially and then an extremely uncomfortable sensation for the rest of the donation. Afterwards, when I d turn my hand or arm away from my body, I had shooting pains along the underside of my forearm . The pain ran along a straight line though, so it wasn t generalized pain. I belief she caused nerve damage because I ve donated blood before and never experienced this, and this type of pain is similar to the nerve damage I have on other parts of my body from previous surgeries. I was wondering if you thought this was nerve damage, and if it was temporary or could potentially permanent.
Asked On : Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012
You might be having a temporary nerve lesion at the site of needle insertion. You should take steroidal anti-inflammatory for a few days (3-5 days) and if pain continuous, I'll ask you to see your doctor to examine the site and see if there is no infection at the site of needle insertion.

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Answered: Sun, 9 Dec 2012
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