This blood draw was over a week ago. Yesterday, it started hurting to bend my elbow. Today I can feel a big lump in the bend of my elbow that is as sore as a boil. There is no discoloration, but slight swelling, no fever. I've never had anything like this. What could it be? Any suggestions, ideas?
Hi everyone! I have developed a grape-sized lump where blood was drawn from my AC?
***UPDATE*** Just got back from the doctor. She sent me directly over to the Diagnostics Center for an ultrasound, as she was convinced it was either a haematoma or a staph infection. She just called and there is a small haematoma, but it is not in the vein. Most of the "lump" is edema. I was running a low grade fever when I got to her office, so she wrote me a Rx for clindamycin in case it gets worse this weekend. I won't fill it unless I have clear indications of infection. I am to start taking an NSAID right away though. Of course, I need to watch for more swelling, discoloration and keep track of my temp. So, all of you lovely folks gave me good advice. Thank you all so much! I adore the DC Family!
I am not sure what AC means, could be a few different catheters so my response I for a needle stick.
I could be a deep hematoma, this rarely happens. Usually you will see a bruise. I would have it checked out.
Elevate and put on a cold compress.
Geez Kath, why didn't you tell me? And what IS an AC? I don't know either.
You've got to call your doc, with all the stuff you've gone thru, sweet lady, you shouldn't have to suffer one more thing!
Call that doc, TODAY, please?
Hi, please see your doctor or nurse about this. It does sound like a haematoma, and could be harmless and rectify itself, but i would be concerned about leaving it, in case it interrupts the blood flow of the vein.
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