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   Posted 1/6/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone ever have trouble getting blood drawn or IV' inserted?  I went for a test the other day and was poked 9 times, and still didn't get the test because they were not able to get the IV in.  Also does anyone have problems with arms and legs feeling tingly and cold?

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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
You may want to drink plenty of water prior to your lab or Dr. visit. I was told that being well hydrated helps them find those veins. Feeling cold and tingly...better talk to your Doctor.

Crohn's in the ileum for the last 35 yrs.  3 ressections, numerous attempts at fistulae repairs, a battle with C Diff (that was bad), while recouping from C Diff, I had two PE's. Doing good now.
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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
You can also put a warm compress or warm washcloth over the area they're trying to stick and it makes it easier for them. I don't have problems getting blood drawn, but ER nurses in the hospital I go to won't start an IV in your elbow veins-the AC ones (because typically with pain meds you bend your arm and the IV won't work) so sometimes it's difficult to get an IV. I will only let a nurse stick me twice before I ask for a supervisor or someone who is good with bad veins. I don't tell them ahead of time that I'm a bad stick because sometimes it scares them and I think they miss because of being nervous, but in general they have a harder time with me.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Really, Bar77? My veins are so tiny that they can't get an IV inserted in my hand, so they always have to do it at my elbow. Last time I got one put in though, the nurse used a catheter (they always use butterfly needles on me, it was the first time I've ever not had one) and when they took it out, blood was gushing out :( I soaked through all of the gauze (they put more than usual too) in under 20 seconds and had my arm covered in blood. It was so scary haha. Usually I don't have trouble having veins found though, they just complain that they're tiny. Both my sister and father have really deep veins though, so it can take ages to find theirs. They are both overweight, which I think may be a factor.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree don't tell them you have problems and I too have the 2 times and your out rule, espesially with paramedids.
Male with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003.Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on 5-asa Salofalk ,Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
barbaric... have them use a ultra sound... all the IV places i use have one.. one look, see the vein stick it in no problems..

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   Posted 1/7/2010 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, dreaded it every time i have too have blood drawn or a canular put in especially when its a Doc 13 times was the most they have tried! and by then i was climbing the wall I was serverly dehydrated at the time which didn't help. Now when they have trouble i ask for a Phlebotomist to do it they are amazing and know all the tricks Bev x
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   Posted 1/7/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have no problems with IVs or blood draws, but the stupid recliners they have me sit in have the feet elevated above the rest of you... and I have low blood pressure to begin with, so my legs get all cold and tingly.
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   Posted 1/7/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I have sucky viens too. They say I have deep, little and crooked squiggly viens. I do always drink alot of water beforehand and they use heat too, but with my horrible viens those don't always help. I always have to get blood taken from the back of my hand with a butterfly needle and like Randy when hospitalized they use a ultrasound machine to insert either a midline or piccline.
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   Posted 1/7/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
After yrs of hving iv antibitics i literally had no place left to get iv in or blood out..picc line was usde....always drank lots ofneed bi if water as well..i remember one time 17 tries i finally flipped became a 2 pokes your out o here kind o gal lol..lyn
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   Posted 1/7/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
My veins are so bad now they rupture when they put the needle in and they also hurt a lot more then it did when I got my first IV.
and the veins in my elbows have lots of knots.

But since I quit remi they well get some much needed rest
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   Posted 1/7/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I work in a medical office where I have to do pokes on patients. On you toughies I put the turnequette on your arm over the shirt sleeve (as a cushion) hang your arm down beside your bottom and have you pump you hand. I also use a warm compress, we have single use instant heat packets. I also "aggrivate" the blood vessels by rubbing the area or tapping you with a flat hand (gently). I would suggest if your diet allows that you drink as much water as you can handle the day BEFORE and the morning of! Also NO coffee or caffein in any context, the caffein constricts the blood vessels. If you have a place where the nurses seem to have a better time insist that they use that area. I always listen to my patients, they know their bodies better then I do!
Although I see your point in not telling them that you are a hard poke I would say let them know! Sometimes it is hard to asses that someone is a hard poke just by looking at them. A heads up ensures that I take extra care in my game plan before I start coming after you with a sharp thing!
Diagnosed Endometriosis 1998, Crohns 2008
Drugs: Pentassa, Entocort, B inj

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   Posted 1/7/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S. If your vessels break during the poke here is my trick! I pull the turniquette (or have someone else do it) as i enter the skin, this puts less pressure on the vessels and seems to help with those pts that have this trouble. This was not something that I was taught I just kinda thought it mad sence a few years ago, I tried it, it worked, so I still use that method when I have to.
Diagnosed Endometriosis 1998, Crohns 2008
Drugs: Pentassa, Entocort, B inj

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   Posted 1/7/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks jesse's_girl, that's good info for those of us who need it. yeah

I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.
Crohn's Dx April 2006. Pentasa and Entocort EC

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