By heathersdesigns Latest Reply 2011-07-11 07:52:59 -0500
Started 2011-07-09 18:34:11 -0500

probably a dumb question but do you bruise easier with diabetes. I had blood taken Wednesday morning and where it was taken has bruised and looked awful since then its getting a little better I think. Is this normal?? Thanks

13 replies

crosslady 2011-07-11 07:52:59 -0500 Report

Heather, I bruise really easy. Also, I have found that if you drink a bottle of water before the withdrawal it is easier. I do not think it is the Diabetes… But we are more prone to dehydration. I just have found that drinking the water before hand helps :) Have a great day! Naomi

NavyNerd 2011-07-10 20:22:44 -0500 Report

I have to agree.. most of the phlebotomists I see suck at it. They make it painful and I bruise terribly (once I had the doc draw and wound up with a bruise all down my arm!) I bruise more easily due to some other metabolic issues, but the diabetes has never been blamed for it. I know though, that there are those who can do it well- I get some every so often that draw without any pain at all and and not a lick of bruising.. wish they were all good like that!

jayabee52 2011-07-09 20:15:29 -0500 Report

I agree with the answers below, "Not usually". In fact your blood is a bit more thick when your Blood Glucose is elevated, so it is less likely to give bruises when taking a blood test. If it happens consistently with one person, that plebotomist is somehow messing up. If it happens consistently with many phlebotomists or nurses it may be the sign of a blood disorder of some kind, that you will want to get looked at (another blood test).

cavie2 2011-07-09 19:10:31 -0500 Report

When I go the the diabetic clinic at my doctors surgery the practice nurse takes the clinic and everytime Jennifer takes a sample of my blood to send away for testing she puts a little round plaster over the area and by the time I get home around 30 minutes later the crook of my arm is all bruised, but I can get blood samples taken by anyone else and it never happens so I guess she is just rubbish at doing it. Stands to reason it must be her fault.

granniesophie 2011-07-09 18:57:30 -0500 Report

Sounds like the tech who took your blood did a really bad job! You shouldn't bruise when they take blood. I've had tons of blood draws-had Hepatits A when I was younger, and although I now have tracks, very few of the draws bruised. The only bruising I had was when the tech screwed up. i always knew, because I always look. Doesn't bother me at all! And I've been diabetic for 5 years and I don't bruise-unless they miss the vein-which I hate, cause it hurts right away, and I let them have a piece of my mind!

heathersdesigns 2011-07-09 19:24:38 -0500 Report

hmmmm this lady has been my nurse for blood draws and shots for my kids for the past 20 years for me and 12 for my kids and its never happened… hmmm. I was wandering because it was getting worse and it seems a bit better. I will post a pic the bruise seemed to have gone down and to the right or left depending on which way you look at it

Keddiekilowatt 2011-07-09 21:32:42 -0500 Report

You have mentioned whether your doctor has you on low dose aspirin or some other blood thinner. If he does have on low dose aspirin then bruising is very likely. However, I would bring this up to your doctor to be sure there is nothing to be concern with.