Damage to Ulnar nerve

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   Posted 3/18/2017 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all! Unfortunately I'm a new user, who found the website through research into my own condition. I'm a phlebotomy student, and on my third day of class I was injured by another student. we were practicing venipunctures, and she drew from my basilic vein and hit my Ulnar nerve. I know now that the basilic vein is a high risk area, and shouldn't be drawn from....

Anyway, has any one here suffered nerve damage from a blood draw? All the horror stories I'm reading online are very unsettling.. The first few days I had constant tingling like when you hit your elbow, most people call it your "funny bone". It's actually the ulnar nerve. The ER doctor I saw said it should be temporary, and my discharge papers say I was seen for "Paresthesias". It's very frustrating for me, because a year ago I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a SLAP tear in the same arm, and I had just gotten back into weight lifting. Now this happens to me, and I've been told to stop lifting weight once again until it heals, which he couldn't give me a time frame...

I'm going to see a specialist as soon as the referral comes through and get the emg done to see what is exactly going on. I have to say, I've felt pain before, but nerve pain is on a whole other level. If I have to deal with this for the rest of my life I will go crazy, and I'm sorry for any one who does. Anyway, has anyone here suffered from nerve damage from a venipuncture(blood draw)? And if so, how have you recovered?

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   Posted 3/20/2017 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello germ. Welcome to the forum.

My ulnar nerve injury was not from a blood draw. I had a transposition done and now have a 'limb alert'...NO Venipuncture on the left arm, as my nerve is now in a different location.

I'm sorry to hear of the trouble you are having. I am one of 'those' that has the numb, burning, tingling sensation 24/7. I guess I've become accustomed to it as I hardly notice it much anymore. It's no where near as 'strong' as it used to be. Nerves take their time healing. There are medications that can help calm them down.

I also experienced a poorly placed Demerol injection that affected my sciatic nerve several years ago. The pain was indescribable! The memories are a bit fuzzy at this point, but I recall it was only a couple of months before it calmed down.

Hope your situation resolves quickly.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus
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