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   Posted 7/29/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
i know this is gonna sound weird but i have to ask.  i went to get blood drawn a few different times within the past 6 mths.  for one thing they had a really hard time getting a vein.  they had to twist and turn the needle and pull it out a little and then back in deeper, you torture.  anyway i never felt it.  they were all so worried they were hurting me or that i'd be bruised and normally they would've been right but i felt nothing any of the 3-4 times i had it done, by different people, and the funny thing is that i didn't bruise at all. 
i just know somethin has changed in my body over time .  i know i shouldn't be complaining about no pain or bruising its just that its so not normal for me.  i haven't been able to get it since.  i know its a long shot but have any of you evr experienced anything like that?

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   Posted 7/30/2008 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this doesn't answer your question Domanique, but it might help if you make sure you are really hydrated before your blood draws. It makes it easier for the tech to get the vein.

Sorry, I don't have an answer for your question.


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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have just the opposite problem. My pain levels seem worse now and I bruise really easily, but some of that is the prednisone that I take. Hopefully someone will come along who might be able to offer some insight. I agree with Rosie about being hydrated - I have been told that by lab techs.
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I always have trouble having blood drawn. My veins are really small and they roll. Whether you bruise or feel pain seems to depend on the expertise of the lab technician, as well as how hydrated you are. A lot of technicians will not even attempt me because I am a really hard draw. Hope this helps.


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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have one good arm and one bad arm. Sometimes I let the techs start to panic a bit about not being able to find a vein in my right arm before clueing them in that the left one is right on the surface and clearly visible and always an easy stick. (mind, I don't let them start sticking my right arm-but it never gets that far they can't find anything to poke.).

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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it's different for me each time I go too.  I have small veins that hide. You can't see them at all. I"m a redhead so that is the number one reason for my small, shy veins! 
It's always a good idea to be well hydrated before getting your blood drawn, like Rosie said.  If you can drink a few glasses of water an hour before you go, it will help pump those veins up.  Also, if you're cold, they'll hide too.  Anxiety will make them shrink, and so will a hungry tummy!  Lots of reasons why they might have trouble getting those draws.  Don't worry about it Domanique. It's really common and nothing to be worried about.
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   Posted 8/2/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Seems like we are always having to have our blood taken. Before all of these problems started going back about 8 years ago, I was told I had very good veins to draw from, the techs were overjoyed to draw blood. But I found as the disease progressed so did the frequency of drawing blood, I was told the veins were scarred, the vein would collapse on the vacuum draw. I have a stent in my left shoulder so that eliminates drawing from the left arm for me. There are only so many places than can draw from on one arm. I try to get the Drs to collaborate the blood tests if I have 2 different drs requesting the same test values so I am not stuck twice and I am sure it is less costly for the insurance as well. I do agree somewhat that the expertise of the technician has a lot to do with it. When I was hospitalized I had to have a special hosp. IV tech to work on me. So I think it is a bit of both, my body changed with the onset of the disease and the technician skill. I even take Coumedin which you would think would help the situation but it doesn't.
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   Posted 8/2/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always had tiny, roly-poly, shy veins! I always apologize to the poor phlebs that have to try to get my blood! Judy
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