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Hopeless Unusable veins, track marks, and blood work.

Youpi

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Hi everyone.

Damn, I never thought I'd end up in the Dark Side...

I'm going to make this short. I've had a period where I used to IV a lot. Now both of my arms all veins are unusable even after a long period. (If you IV stim and are careless/young/dumbass you know how hard it can be to inject when shaking..)
If I put a tourniquet nothing pops up it just gets red. Both of the forearms and crook, never injected elsewhere nor in hands but veins in hands are tiny.
Some of the track marks are more close to black than brown... even if I stopped more than a year ago.

I can't go back in time, but I utterly regret not taking more care when injecting. I know I should have.
I don't even wear t shirts when I'm on my own anymore because I literally can't see those marks, I hate myself.
More than that, I've been depressed for a long time and I wonder if my testosterone levels are right.

But those track marks and unusable veins are stopping me from asking and going to get a blood test.
I know some people sadly lost both of their arms so it must be possible to draw blood from elsewhere but how trained is the regular nurse to that ?

Also, I started motorcycling when I got sober and my biggest fear is crashing, when they will get to the crash place how will they do if they want to inject something and can't find a vein ?

I'm a dumbass, I regret a lot, not being to wear a shirt or see my own arms is a punishment I do not with to my worse enemy.
Could someone explain me what I can do regarding blood tests ?
As for track marks, I know there are threads where some recommandations are already, but is there a way to remove them like a tatoo (laser) or all I can do is heal as much as I can with the help of the creams I'll find using the search function ?

Thanks in advance.
 

Pumpkin2021

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Health care professionals ( Nurses, Doctors, EMT's ) all know where to get blood if your normal veins are damaged. They would be able to treat you in an emergency.

As far as getting a blood draw to check all your levels, a phlebotomist knows all the secrets too and SHOULD treat you with respect. There is no shame in past mistakes and you can ease your mind by getting the blood tests that will show anything amiss.

There are some good creams out there that can help you heal them up as far as appearances go. Not sure the name of them but someone else will come along and help with that. Good luck.
 

Lysosomalstorage

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You have veins all over and phlebotomists and nurses will be able to find a vein faster than most doctors. Most will be trained to find veins on very old people which is significantly harder than someone young who has collapsed veins.
 

neversickanymore

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Super easy just tell them your a hard stick and the hands work best. Rinse your hands under hot water for a few minutes close before blood draw in a bathroom.

looked into scar treatment.. there is gel and patches that can decrease healing time.

Coke? Nice work at getting out of that !!

Testosterone was a game changer for me.
 
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G_Chem

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Dude I’ve lost my veins from both IV use and chemotherapy. The chemo was much much worse, and not even a year out I’ve already got some good veins going on the underside of my arm.

You gotta work for it. Those veins don’t just pop up if your not active. I remember when I first started working out again my veins would hurt cuz the pressure was so much.

It takes time but you can and will recover. It takes healthy diet and exercise, mostly exercise.

-GC
 

G_Chem

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But ya it sucks getting tolerance with this low of use… I’d honestly use more if my bladder and urethra could handle it. If I overuse (which to most people would be amounts they sweep off the table when they’re done) I get horrible pain these days. Feels like I’m trying to pass a kidney stone or something. Who knows maybe I am. Either way shit scares me.

-GC
 

jhjhsdi

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But ya it sucks getting tolerance with this low of use… I’d honestly use more if my bladder and urethra could handle it. If I overuse (which to most people would be amounts they sweep off the table when they’re done) I get horrible pain these days. Feels like I’m trying to pass a kidney stone or something. Who knows maybe I am. Either way shit scares me.

-GC
Have you been using it tonight? I believe you've posted this in the wrong thread pal.
 

deficiT

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Vitamin E is important for your skin, I know that much. Aloe lotion and things like that help. Like GC mentioned, exercise can go a long way towards repairing your veins.
 

totach

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I have the same issue , they usually send me to the hospital . A phlebotomist at the doctor or places like labcorp can only draw from the wrist to your elbow . They could hit your hand veins but there not allowed to . Last time I needed to draw blood I tried at the doc which sent me to labcorp which sent me to the hospital. The hospital was able to draw from my shoulder . It is what it is tho and I’m not ashamed of it . If I could take it back I would but I can’t .
 
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