A blood test taken from the wrist

@jugsjugs (13037)
October 30, 2010 10:00am CST
When ever i have blood tests done they have taken the blood test from my arm,well this time not only did they want alot of blood tests done through my arm,but this time they wanted to take some from my wrist.A doctor tried to find a main vein in my wrist on my left wrist,with no success,so then got the blood they needed from my right wrist that was to see the oxygen levels in my blood,as it is more acurate than the clip they put on your finger to get the readings from.Painful is all i can say having bloods in your wrist taken.
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@Jacobus1919 (1685)
• Philippines
30 Oct 10
Well, if that is for blood oxygen level then that is not the normal blood tests you would undergo. Blood taken from veins are normally non painful to take. But what you have undergone is Blood gas tests which uses arterial blood. The test you are taking about is Arterial Blood Gas. This method will test your partial oxygen and CO2 levels. Hope this helps in some way. Happy Mylotting!
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Oct 10
I remember now that is the word the doctor used blood gases,thank you for that.They did say it was a main vein,they did say that it is not comfortable to have done aswell,so they did warn me,lol,i think that it was really painful and i do not ever want one of those done again in a hurry.Thanks again.
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• Philippines
1 Nov 10
No worries. I have seen patience when they are undergoing extractions for Arterial Blood Gases, and how painful it is for them. I am also scared of this, eventhough I have performed numerous extractions.
@jugsjugs (13037)
6 Nov 10
I would hate to be the poor dr that took my blood,as he said he knew what i was going through having this test done,as he also had to have his done a while back an knows the pain it causes having it done.I would not want a job like his or yours.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
30 Oct 10
I've had blood taken from my arm and wrist. I'm not crazy about either. Some go so smoothly, you don't even notice. But then there are some that hurt like heck and I have a bruise that lasts for a week or longer. Hope all your test come out ok...
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@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
The one on my arm went ok,even though i had taken ages for them to get all the blood that they needed for their blood tests.The one they had todo in that main vein in the wrist was really painful.The left wrist is bruised under the skin where the dr kept riggling it around trying to get it in the vein and then he decided to get a thinner needle and try the right one.Painful is an under statement.
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
31 Oct 10
Hopefully, they won't need a rerun...
@ElicBxn (58155)
• United States
30 Oct 10
that is so true, and I bruised really bad after mine!
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@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
It was really painful to have done and the worst of it was that they had a go on both wrists so i am not in a hurry to have that test done again.It is feeling bruised under the skin and you can still see where the needle went in.
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@Memnon (2173)
30 Oct 10
My partner has very thin veins, with the result that when she gives blood there is often a bit of a search before any is taken.
@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
The doctor had to get a thinner needle in the end to get the blood that they needed out of my wrist and that was really painful.Mind you after taking the blood out of my wrist it took my mind off the other blood tests that i had to have done out of my arms.lol.
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@kath83 (82)
• Philippines
30 Oct 10
I would like to share my experience in blood exams. It is less painful when they get blood from your arms, I even donated some to Red Cross. I had experienced getting blood sample from my wrist once, and I don't want to do it again. It was too painful that I fell asleep almost half off the day. But after my lab exam I managed to walked from the clinic to our home alone. I can almost felt the pain for several days.
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@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
The doctor did warn me and say that it was going to be rather painful,so i had been warned,however painful is an understatement if you ask me.Two wrists were used to try to get the blood that they needed,so when i come home they were rather sore.
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@aaronfyzeon (1897)
• Philippines
30 Oct 10
I also had the same experience recently during my medical exam. they have taken several blood samples from me from my wrist, ring finger and my arms. It should only be taken once but they have taken an ounce of blood from me And I really dont know the reason why? They have just told me it should be taken thouroughly so I just followed whatever their procedure is. I hope they will have a good result of whatever test they have conducted during those times.
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@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
I hope that they have got enough blood and that they do not want anymore as i would hate to have to have the wrist blood test done yet again.I hope that all the tests that they have done come back really good that way they will not want any more tests done i hope,other than a splene scan.
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@walijo2008 (4661)
• United States
30 Oct 10
I've gotten that done before, them checking the oxygen in my blood, I hated it, its so painful. Thats the one place I don't want them taking blood from, its painful and it feels wierd. I hope your test come out alright.
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@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
I hope the tests that they took all come back ok as i would hate to think that they will have to take more blood from my wrist again.I hate needles at anytime,but that was really really painful to have done.The other blood tests that they done out of my arm seemed like nothing compared to the one in the wrist thst they had tried both wrists for.
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@cerebellum (3872)
• United States
30 Oct 10
I have never had blood taken from my wrist, but I can imagine it would be very painful. If the person taking the blood doesn't know what they are doing, it can be painful no matter where they get it from. I fainted when I went for the blood test to get married (do other countries have to get blood tests for a marriage license)? I hate needles! In the years to come I had a lot of health problems and kind of got used to it. I still can't look and I know I am a coward, but not as bad as before.
@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
We do not need blood tests so that we can get a marriage licence in the UK.I think that the dr was having problems getting to the vein that he was after and he did comment on how small my wrists are before he took the blood,shame he had to have ago at both wrists.
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• United States
30 Oct 10
Aww, poor jugs. That sounds horrible and I can well imagine it hurting you. Why do they have to do this stuff from the wrist? Is that the only place they can do this on your body? I'm kind of confused because I don't know too much about all these different blood tests they do. Hope you feel better and your wrist stops hurting soon.
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Oct 10
They needed acurate levels of oxygen that is in my blood and the thing that they would normally get put on your finger to say about oxygen is not acurate enough for them.The only blood that will give you true measures of oxygen is in the main vein in the wrist,the vein that people use that want to kill themselves when they slash their wrists,that is the vein they were after as the vein in your arm can not give an acurate reading.
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• United States
30 Oct 10
Really...that is so strange and fascinating at the same time. Wouldn't you think that no matter where they took the blood, it would be the same reading. That is so crazy to me. You would think a vein is a vein, no matter where it is. I'm amazed at this and know so little about stuff like this. Thanks for telling me.
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Oct 10
I never would have known either if they had not had to get the oxygen levels in my blood.Its not a nice test to have done,also it is only a dr that can take it from there,as if they mess up you could be in a muddle.As it was i had to sit there and hold it for ten minuites to ensure that it had stopped bleeding,before they would let me go.
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30 Oct 10
I nearly fainted by reading this!!! LOL Wow, I hate reading something that as the ability to make my mind feel it happen. I haven't experienced having blood taken from my wrist, as I haven't had much taken from me at all. I don't actually recall having a blood test, so I am very lucky in this sense. I know when my wife as them generally the nurses take the blood from her wrist as it's difficult to locate a good flow of blood in her arm. Openly I will admit I hate needles, blood and watching people have this done. I will hold my Wife's hand, as she also likes them but I really can't watch her face or anywhere towards the needle.
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Oct 10
I am like you and i do not like needles either,i hate where ever they put the needle to get the blood,but in the wrist was really painful.All i can say is,that they said it was not nice to have done,so i warned that it was uncomfortable to have done,it was really really painful.
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30 Oct 10
I can imagine. :(
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Oct 10
I can imagine just how painful it would be to have blood taken from your wrist! Talk about not being able to find a vein. When I had my gallbladder out in 2005, they really had a hard time finding a vein in me. They worked for the longest, too! They finally found it, though.
@jugsjugs (13037)
31 Oct 10
I hate it when they can not find a vein and all they do is make it soo uncomfortable and then they decide that they should try another wrist or arm.I hope that they never have to do that blood test again as i know how much it hurts if they say i need more done.
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@pokumon (648)
• United States
30 Oct 10
I've gotten an IV in the wrist before but not blood taken. I remember it hurting, but not too bad. What really hurt was getting blood taken from your hand. When the vein in my arm dried up that's where they took it from and it was sure painful. I'm sorry to see you getting so many blood tests done. I've had to a lot in my life too.
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Oct 10
They were after getting blood out of the main vein,as that is the only vein that they can get true oxygen levels from.It is the vein that people tend to slash when they want to kill themselves and i will say the vein that it is,is very deep down.I hope that i never have to have that ever done again.
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@saqi78 (1405)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 10
Yes, I agree that normally they take blood from arm for tests, but as you mentioned they took blood for checking your oxygen level, thats why they took it from your wrist. It is always painful when ever you give blood for test or donation, but it is really painful if it is taken from wrist. May you get well soon... Be happy and be the reason of happiness for others...
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Oct 10
I must say i feel alot better now knowing that it is feeling better than it did.I hope that i never have to have a test like that done ever again as that is the worst test that i have ever had to have soo far.I hope that with all the other blood that they also took is enough and that they do not want any more for a while as i really hate needles no matter where they put them.
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Sorry to hear about your wrist jabs. Some tips for next time: - DON'T have a doctor draw it. Have an IV specialist nurse who is good at jabbing. Or at least a high level phleobotomist. I remember so many incidnents, but one in particular in the hospital, when a residential doctor tried to jab and jab an jab me, and it was soooooo painful until I couldn't stand it anymore. I demanded to have a specialist. Had an IV nurse come, and just went, "Boop!" and it was so easily done. - warm your arms, hands, wrists right before drawing. This expands and makes veins more visible. - Slapping the veins gently also makes them expand and be more visible. Hope good results come back for you, jugs! I am overdue for my labs, but am behind in working out insurance to cover!
@jugsjugs (13037)
7 Nov 10
I am soo pleased that we do not have to pay for our health in the UK,as soo far i think it would have cost me alot of money.I am pleased that this blood test has been done and it is all over now,but saying that there is another appointment in a few weeks that may want the same tests repeated.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
7 Nov 10
Yes, it is very frustrating. I was covered for several years, where I had labs taken minimum once a month. But now that the insurance (I am applying for help and lost old insurance through family member changing jobs), I am praying that I will be covered soon. I was just told by the insurance company that it will not cover some of my most expensive medications. :o( Wish me luck!
@jugsjugs (13037)
7 Nov 10
Good luck, i hope it all works out well in the end for you, i am so pleased that i do not have to worry about insurance to do with my health as well.
@MsTickle (24367)
• Australia
6 Nov 10
Doctors are renowned for not knowing how to take blood. It's an invasive procedure and needs to be studied and practised. If blood cannot be taken via the inside of the arm at the elbow joint then it is taken from the back of the hand. If this still proves difficult a finer needle is used with a butterfly clip. Taking blood from the wrist is very painful and when I studied blood collection, taking blood from the wrist was NEVER an option.
@jugsjugs (13037)
6 Nov 10
The test they had to do was in the wrist as that is the only place that they can get a true reading for blood gases in blood.I am glad that it is all over,but hope that they do not need to do that test ever again as it was really painful.
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@MsTickle (24367)
• Australia
6 Nov 10
Then I'm guessing...if the doctor did it, and from the wrist, it must have been from an artery..and the test is called an ABG, arterial blood gas. Very painful.
@jugsjugs (13037)
7 Nov 10
Yes that is the test that they had to do and all i can say is i never want that test done in a hurry again.
• United States
2 Nov 10
awww i know how much that hurts it was so pain full and the worst part was that they could get it in at first and then they couldn't use it so they had to do it someplace else.
@jugsjugs (13037)
7 Nov 10
All they wanted was some blood from my wrist to see a truer reading of my blood gases.I hate to think if they ever want to take the blood from there ever again,as i know what pain it will be again,also how they had to try in both wrists,which also was not nice at all.
• United States
22 Nov 10
the worst is a spin tap i had one it takes like 20 minutes with a needle in your back.
@Hatley (112884)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Oct 10
hi jugsjugs oh yes indeed and if the nurse or doctor is not reakkt good at getting wrist blood sample it really painful. I had to have my blood tested evey four hours when I was hospitalized for bleeding divderticulitis. and at time they had this one lab tech who was a gem,I mean it was one stick and in and a few seconds later done, and here she was with her own teen soon ill in a room across from me and having all he same te sts done on him. Mine was caused of all things by blackberry seeds getting into one of those diverticuli sacks in my intestines and puncturing an artery. It took five days and four blood transfusions to undo the damage of eating a cupful of blackberries.Oh indeed painful is right when it comes to inept ones trying to drawblood out of theveubs ub your wrists.good luck with your tests and hope it will all come out well and you will be feeling great again. hugs from hatley
@Hatley (112884)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Oct 10
oh my too too manytypos did not edit first reakki should be really diverticulitis not divderticulitis and veubs should be veins and ub should in.sorry for the mess, horrible errors. sorry I was so careless.
@jugsjugs (13037)
6 Nov 10
Thats awful that blackberries caused you soo much trouble and pain,i wont be eating any of them,lol.I hope that they will never have to take a sample out of my wrists again as at one stage i could feel my bp going up,through what i think was panic and pain.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
31 Oct 10
YES very painful and they tell ya it dont hurt
@jugsjugs (13037)
6 Nov 10
The dr who had to do the test did warn me it would be uncomfortable,more like really hurt.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
6 Nov 10
yeah uncomfortable huh? wished I could do that to the DOc and tellthem it wasnt going to hurt of it would be uncomfortable I tought my fore arm was going to burn off.
@celticeagle (71684)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Oct 10
When i was pregnant with my daughter I volunteered for a program where they check your blood and urine each time you come in for different malodies they were doing research at that time. I remember they had me take home this huge carton and I was urinate into it first thing each morning for a week. Ugh! And they took alot of blood. I learned at that time that if they used a small needle they had more luck getting blood from my pathetic small veins. Now it is just older and more pathetic.
@jugsjugs (13037)
6 Nov 10
I wish that they would use a smaller needle each time that they took my bloods as they seem to just pick what feels the biggest one that they can find each time,lol.I have to have regular pee tests and then they tend to put me on stronger antibiotics,yet more pills,lol,beats needles though.
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@celticeagle (71684)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Nov 10
I always insisted on the smaller needle. And, I agree with the 'beats needles' thing.
• Philippines
4 Nov 10
That was awful. I feel the hurt. My tummy is in pain while you I am reading your discussion as if I felt the pain. I even looked at my veins and I never imagine how it hard to choose what is the main vein and the blood should be extracted into it, woah! I do not like the idea. Thankfully you survive it, thanks for sharing this one and hopefully that will be the last for you.
@jugsjugs (13037)
7 Nov 10
I do so hope that they never want this test done again ever again.It is bad enough having a normal blood test out of the arm, as i hate all needles.Lets hope they only even need the one in total.