You can reduce the risk of certain complications by:

  • Following activity, dietary and lifestyle restrictions and recommendations before your procedure and during recovery
  • Notifying your doctor immediately of any concerns, such as bleeding, fever, or increase in pain
  • Taking your medications exactly as directed
  • Telling all members of your care team if you have any allergies

How do I prepare for my erythropoietin test?

If you dread the thought of needles and undergoing medical testing, you are not alone. However, you are an important member of your own healthcare team. The steps you take before your procedure can improve your comfort and help your doctor obtain the most accurate test results.

You can prepare for an erythropoietin test by answering all questions about your medical history and medications you take. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, herbal treatments, and vitamins. It is a good idea to carry a current list of your medical conditions, medications, and allergies at all times.

No other special preparation is needed.

Questions to ask your doctor

Preparing for a blood test can be stressful. It is common for patients to forget some of their questions during a doctor’s office visit. You may also think of other questions after your appointment. Contact your doctor with concerns and questions before your test and between appointments.

It is also a good idea to bring a list of questions to your appointment. Questions might include:

  • Why do I need an erythropoietin test? Are there any other options for diagnosing my condition?
  • What restrictions will I have after the procedure?
  • What medication plan should I follow before and after the procedure?
  • When should I get the test results?
  • When should I follow up with you?
  • How should I contact you? Ask for numbers to call during and after regular hours.
  • What other tests or treatments might I need?

What can I expect after my erythropoietin test?

Knowing what to expect after an erythropoietin test can help you get back to your everyday life as soon as possible.

How will I feel after the erythropoietin test?

Some people feel a mild throbbing or bruising at the needle puncture site. Apply an ice pack if it bothers you. Take over-the-counter pain medications only as directed by your healthcare provider. If you have increased pain at the site, alert your healthcare provider because it can be a sign of a complication.

When can I go home?

You can usually go home immediately after your erythropoietin test.

When should I call my doctor?

It is important to keep your follow-up appointments after an erythropoietin test. Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns between appointments. Call your doctor if you have:

  • Bleeding
  • Fever (you should not have any fever after a minor blood test)
  • Pain
  • Severe skin discoloration or a pocket of blood under your skin
  • Warmth, redness, swelling or drainage at the needle puncture site