Is this a normal reaction to a blood test? It hasn’t happened before

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Hi ladies/gents,

I had a blood test 5 days ago and I have this rather vast bruise thats developing and seems to be getting worse before it gets better. My Doctor is saying this is a normal reaction but I've never had it before and I hate to say it but my Doctor has been totally fobbing my problems off so I wanted a second opinion.image

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    Hi it always looks worse than it is, sometimes i get tiny little bruise, sometimes none and sometimes a big dark one especially if I haven't drunk enough fluids before or nurse is a bit heavy handed, i had a lot taken a while ago and most of my arm was bruised badly

    So i would definitely say don't worry

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    when you have your blood taken and they give you that cotton wool and tell you to press, you need to press hard for a couple of minutes otherwise you can bruise badly, particularly if they were rough and not precise with the needle. Things like alcohol, aspirin or non steroidal medication (like ibuprofen) can make bruising worse.

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    I do not think that is the norm, but it has certainly happened to me before. During an ablation they put in a arterial line in my wrist. I was bruised from my fingers right up to just about my elbow.

    Yours is turning yellow so it is healing nice and quick. I don't think it looks that bad.

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    This bruising also happens if after you had the blood taken, you bend your elbow. Years ago they always told you to bend your elbow up, but no longer tell you to do that.

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