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Pain in right forearm. History of drawing blood from a vein in the arm for lab tests. Reason?

I had blood drawn at a lab 5 days ago.The tech had problems finding a vien in my right arm, then he seemed to find one on the inner side of my elbow and I thought that was odd because any time in the past it was always more towards the outside of my elbow. When he inserted the needle into I immediately felt sharp pain part way down the inside of my forearm, told him so and he removed the needle. He went to my left arm and couldn't find a vien and then asked another tech to perform the test. This lady seemed to have much more experiance and drew the blood with no issue. My question is why am I still having pain in that same area of my right forearm when I extend my arm to reach something? If I twist wy arm a little clockwise and press where the needle was inserted I can feel pain in the same area.
Asked On : Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear friend, welcome to Healthcaremagic!
I am Dr. Prasad Akole (Critical Care Expert- and am glad to address to
your query here.

If he had punctured a vein but caused pain, there could be a deep hematoma (blood clot collection) there which could be hurting.

If he had accidentally hit a nerve in attempted venipuncture and the pain you felt was electric like shooting pain into the forearm on the inner side, it may be a small nerve injury that is hurting now.

Do not worry. Both will heal and reduce with time. Keep a watch on swelling or discoloration in that area.

I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily. I would be glad to answer any further queries. Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at
Good Luck!

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Answered: Sat, 4 May 2013
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