During an appointment with my PCP last Friday, he ordered some routine blood tests. When the nurse inserted the needle on the inside of my elbow to draw blood, it hurt A LOT. I'm sure she thought I was being a wuss, but my left arm hasn't been right since and after 5 days I'm beginning to get concerned.
I have tingling, pain and tightness radiating down my forearm, especially when I extend it completely or rotate my arm like I'm turning a doorknob. I'm not left-handed, but I'm mixed-handed
and I drive a manual transmission, so my left arm gets a lot of use. Doing almost anything with my left arm causes some amount of pain/discomfort. Looking around online, I'd say that my primary area of discomfort runs down the deep branch of the radial nerve
I plan to talk to my PCP at our follow-up appointment, but until then I'm wondering:
-- How long will this take to heal? Is there any liklihood that the damage is permanent?
-- How should I treat my symptoms? What sort of painkillers/therapeutic treatments can I do to calm the nerves in my arm?
-- Should I put my arm in a sling? I'm trying to be careful and not put too much stress on it, but I don't know if this warrents immobilizing my arm or not.
-- Finally, how do I address this with my PCP? A member of his staff injured me, and while I'm not eager to lawyer up the longer this goes on the more upset I'm getting. Does this happen often? Am I overreacting? Is there some kind of note I can get added to my patient file that says DON'T STICK JUNKBOX REAL HARD WITH NEEDLES OMGZ!!!
I know that you are not my doctor, that this is not medical advice, and that I should seek professional treatment. That's fine, but a professional did this to me in the first place.