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Pain and soreness, hard lump after drawing blood

yesterday, I had blood drawn to test me for thyroid storm. Now where the blood was drawn, the bruise is about 4 inches around where the needle went in. It s sore and painful. Dark purple and with a green edge around the bruise. There is also a very large hard lump inside the arm and there is a small hard lump about 3 inches from the injection site. Don t know if I should go to the ER or not. Getting scared
Asked On : Tue, 8 May 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

There is no need to go to the ER neither should you get scared.

Apply ice packs locally thrice a day for 2 days. It will go away soon. If it does not subside in 3 days, then you may visit your primary physician.

Hope this helps.

Answered: Tue, 8 May 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sairajesh Koonamsetty's  Response

Welcome to Health Care Magic.

Based on the information provided by you, the bruise could be due to the needle which was used for collecting blood sample. Improper insertion of needle damages the vessel wall and cause swelling and bruise.

Do not worry . The description of bruise suggests it is dissolving. Hot fomentation or ice pack will help in reducing the pain and swelling. It would take atleast 10-12 days for the bruise to disappear. Heparin containing ointments will help in dissolving the bruise and swelling but usually not recommended as it may cause rashes in few people.

In case if the bruise and swelling are increasing in size see the doctor immediately and take his advice.

Wish you a speedy recovery.

Take Care
Answered: Tue, 8 May 2012
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