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    Old 06-08-2017, 06:25 PM   #1
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    Unhappy RSD from a blood draw?

    Please, did anyone develop RSD/CRPS from a blood draw? I already have excitable nerves but it hasn't been bad at all for months. When the nurse was drawing my blood it burned and itched badly in the crook of the arm where she was drawing the blood. She used a butterfly needle and had to "dig" a little to find my vein and it took several minutes. When I told her it was burning and itching she thought maybe some alcohol got in the skin but didn't remove the needle. She used a butterfly needle and took four viles of blood so it was like this for several minutes. It's been over a week now and the burning feeling is still there over entire arm from crook of elbow to hand to shoulder, my elbow is sensitive like a funny bone feeling, and there is pain and burning at the site still. There is no visible bleeding or bruising or lumps. I'm very scared this will be permanent. Has anyone experienced anything like this?

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    Old 07-06-2017, 02:46 AM   #2
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    Re: RSD from a blood draw?

    When it comes to RSD/CRPS triggers, I suppose nothing is out of the question. I don't recall ever coming into contact with anyone who had an experience similar to yours. If you've received a diagnosis, I'm sure it would be helpful to someone else down the road if you would post any updates. Hope this post finds you well!

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    Old 01-21-2018, 08:17 PM   #3
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    Re: RSD from a blood draw?

    As I was doing some of my periodic browsing, I ran across your post. My CRPS wasn't from a blood draw, but was however triggered from a flu vaccination over 7 yrs ago! It has since spread total body including facial & oral(which was triggered from the injections during dental work). I'm on "needle stick precautions" & currently receiving Ketamine Infusions, which has yielded great results for me, but in recent it's become more difficult to gain IV access because of increased swelling in my upper extremities & we're thinking that the trauma from trying to gain access has contributed to the increased swelling.

    I hope this may help you in some way & would be willing to answer questions.

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    Old 04-20-2018, 12:20 PM   #4
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    Re: RSD from a blood draw?

    How often are you receiving ketamine infusions? Procedures? Has it caused it to spread? What are side effects such as schizophrenic behavior, liver levels, memory loss, bladder issues? Is pain relief lasting months? Thinking of ketamine infusions but scared.

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