Veins Gone Bad

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 5/9/2012 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy, all.  So, I used to have "beautiful" veins, back when I got bloodwork every six months or so to check my thyroid levels.  Each stick was easy and virtually painless, and the vials filled up quick.  I rarely left with even the tiniest bruise.
Now, blood draws are really painful.  My veins are "scarred" according to the phlebotomist, making them hard to puncture.  And on top of it, today my veins kept "collapsing" (the word the phlebotomist used) and they could barely get 1/3 of a vial before they gave up and called the lab to make sure 1/3 of a vial was enough blood because they didn't want to torture me anymore.  And now I have nasty discoloration on my arm that makes me look like an IV drug user.  Lovely.
I assume this problem stems from the tons of bloodwork I've had done in the past year.  Can't even recall how many times I've been stuck.  Is there anything I should ask for next time I get blood drawn to avoid the pain and misery of them trying to get just enough blood out of my recalcitrant veins?  If I stop having blood drawn for a while, will my veins heal?  Or is this just something I'm going to have to live with?

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 5/9/2012 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you load up on the water before your bloodwork?
Do you warm up the area to be stuck?

I had one phlebotomist tell my niece to drink 3 8oz glasses of water before coming in for bloodwork.
If I'm cold they have a hard time getting blood from me. I have to rub my arm very hard and heat up the area.

My biggest problem is my veins roll at times and they have to chase it down which hurts at lot.

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Date Joined Apr 2012
Total Posts : 50
   Posted 5/9/2012 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Ooh. Good idea on hydration, Joy. No one has suggested that to me before. I'll try that before the next time I get blood drawn. Thanks!

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 5/10/2012 3:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always had issues having blood drawn, the only place they can get mine is from my hands.  But last time she had me run my hands under water as hot as it would get for like 5 min and the blood came right out so def  try heating the area they're drawing from.
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