(Closed) I gave blood for the first time today and now I'm worried

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@sara_tiara:  I gave blood only once in my life, during high school, and it was absolute torture due to the exact symptoms you just described. That’s what a limb feels like when it doesn’t have any blood in it! Made me imagine how much it would suck to bleed to death. At any rate, it will totally be fine once your body has a chance to circulate enough blood back into your arm! Eat a cookie, drink some juice, and feel awesome about this cool thing that you did πŸ™‚

Post # 4
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve never given blood, but I know people who have & the donation center gave them cookies. So I’d try a cookie!


If you’re really worried, call the place you donated to & talk to them about it.


Post # 5
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

oh it’s definitely the ‘eat a cookie’ . i used to get blood taken and i always drank a can of soda after which helped πŸ™‚

don’t worry – and kudos to you for giving blood!

Post # 6
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s probably due to having had the tourniquet on rather than the actual blood being taken. It will get better. Treat yourself to a cookie anyway, though πŸ™‚

Post # 7
4960 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My hand was freezing after. I can’t say I had pins and needles, but it makes sense that you would. Drink some OJ, eat something, and sit down and relax. If you start feeling worse I’d say call them. But I think you should be fine. 

Post # 8
2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Eat a cookie.  You’re not dying πŸ™‚  Some orange juice will help too, and keep moving your arm and getting your circulation going again.  You did an awesome thing!

Post # 9
5965 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@sara_tiara:  Don’t panic, you’ll be fine.  If you’ve never given blood before, it’s kind of a creepy feeling, and not very nice at all, but if you eat something, have some juice and chill out a minute, you’ll perk back up in no time.

Post # 10
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sara_tiara:  As everyone has said, just get your blood sugar back up and make sure to drink lots of fluids. I donate blood regularly and still have to chug apple juice minutes before I donate so that I don’t pass out. Honestly though, you’re probably making it worse by fixating on it. Most of the feeling is probably just in your head. Drink something, eat something, move your arm around and put on a sweater and hopefully you feel better. it’s so awesome that you’ve donated! Focus on how many lives you’re saving and that’ll make you feel better! Smile

Post # 11
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Have a cookie. You’ll be fine. If it were fatal, you’d be dead already πŸ™‚ 

Post # 12
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

someone had mentioned that it might be from your arm not having enough blood left in it.  I just wanted to reassue you that that’s likely not the case!  Blood flows TO parts of the body via arteries; they take blood from veins when you donate (which is what blood flows AWAY from parts of the body via).  The only way the arm would have those symptoms from lack of blood flow would be if they accidentally stuck the artery and injured it, which they likely would have noticed (it would’ve been pulsatile flow).  As an anesthesiologist I poke the artery there on purpose, and rarely (like less than 1/1000!) do we get complications from it, so that’s probably not the problem.  There is a nerve in the vicinity that can accidentally get poked when they’re looking for veins, and could cause a pins and needles sensation.  Also probably not the problem though.  More likely the tourniquet made that nerve a little “tender,” kind of like if you lean on your elbow funny for a long time.  If it persists though, call them.  Hope that helps!

Post # 14
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sara_tiara:  you shouldn’t be working out anyway. Your body needs 24 hours to refuel. 

Have some sugar (cookies, juice etc) and dont use that arm for anything. No heavy lifting, dont even use it to open the car door.  If you develop a large bruise where the needle was inserted call the blood services hotline. 

(this coming from a regular donor, one who has fainted while donating a few times)

Post # 15
9074 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My father is a regular donator and I’ve don so once, and you’re experiencing a completely normal side effect.

Drink a soda, have a snack (My father swears by sandwiches as opposed to cookies) and take it easy. You’re not going to die.

Post # 16
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@sara_tiara:  Yes to cookies and no to working out!

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