can intravenous injections DAMAGE veins?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by karbo, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. karbo

    karbo New Member

    I was reading a post where someone was having to take a break from nutritional IV's because of their veins. I have heard several people saying they were having difficulty getting their IV's into their veins after repeated IV use.They said when they first started it was easy but then got harder and harder to find a vein to use. Is this actually a case of scarred or collapsed veins? When this happens can veins actually recover after a break or are they permanently damaged? If so will the blood flow have to find alternate routes? Thanks.
  2. jillsy1

    jillsy1 New Member

    Hi Karbo,

    This is nurse jill.........Veins can become scarred after continued use but, this does not effect blood flow. It just means that an alternate site must be found to the next IV injection and, there are many available sites.
    Hope this helps
    Jill