Did they have to poke you more than once? I've only had one bad experience with an IV, but that was more than enough. I was in the ER, about to have my appendix taken out. The idiot that was placing the IV had zero skill. After SIX attempts to get the cath in, he thought he had it. Several minutes later, I noticed that my arm was hurting almost as bad as my appendix. I looked over, and my arm was starting to swell. I called a nurse over, she looked at it, and said something about "That darn *insert name here*)". I said "what's wrong?" I was starting to feel the effects of the Demerol by then, so I might have the terminology wrong, but it seems like she said something about my "iv was infiltrating..." she said other things, but I didn't catch it.
Anyway, I think this can happen when they either miss the vein, or run the needle out of the vein. The IV fluids don't go in the vein, they go in the surrounding tissue. My arm hurt for several days afterwards.
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