I got my blood drawn yesterday and my left arm still hurts for some reason.
Despite no major illnesses, I've had my blood drawn a lot in my life. Like, hundreds of times. OK, maybe not hundreds, but a good amount. (I've also been fingerprinted more than a dozen times, despite not having ever committed a major crime.) It's like any time I go to the doctor, they find some reason to take some blood. I'm only in my early thirties and I've had my cholesterol checked four times! My HDL is 80 -- my greatest achievement in life.
I used to be a little squeamish about blood draws. In college, I valiantly donated blood, but then I made the mistake of looking at the blood after it was out of me. I told the guy drawing the blood that I was a little queasy and the bastard stuck smelling salts under my nose. Have you ever smelled smelling salts? It kind of feels like being punched in the nose. I didn't like it.
Anyway, I'm all deconditioned now from being a doctor, so I don't really mind having my blood drawn. It hurts for a minute, then for a bit after, then the tape hurts coming off, then that's it. I've given birth, I can deal with pain. No big deal.
Except last year I got a new doctor, and of course, during my first visit, they wanted to draw blood. And it hurt a good amount while they were doing it, which was okay. But then it hurt the next day and the day after that, and a week later, my biceps was still sore. Finally, it faded.
I figured it was some kind of fluke. I had my blood drawn since then at another place and it was fine. Except I went back to that doctor's office today, again consented to have my blood drawn, and while the needle didn't hurt going in, afterwards I had a lot of pain in my biceps and forearm. I was hoping to sleep it off, but my biceps still hurts a day later! I fully expect it to be sore for the next week again.
I don't get it. It didn't even hurt that much when they were drawing the blood. There's not really any bruising. How do they so consistently make my arm this sore? Is there some kind of special needle they're using to cause extra pain? Seriously, what's up with that?