Could new piercings or tattoo be causing this?

Sunday December 4th, 2011 @ 11:56 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I got my nipples pierced in September without issue. Recently, one on the left started aching a little bit so I’ve just been paying some extra attention to it and it feels better now. I got a tattoo almost three weeks ago, a kind of large piece on my right ribs. The piece was done beautifully without issue and I’d write the artist and ask this myself but I don’t want to offend him.

Starting yesterday, I’ve had a very sharp pain in my right arm. It’s a few different kinds of pain; it started as sensitivity to cold and touch on my forearm. Now, it’s a dull pain towards my armpit. The pain tends to randomly shoot sharply up the arm from time to time.

My question is, could this be a reaction to the tattoo? It seems to have healed just fine. Or, is it the nipple piercing? My right one has had no issue, and the left one just seemed a little irritated more than infected.

thank u

I know this isn’t the answer that you’re looking for but my first suggestion would be to get this checked out by a doctor. At first I thought you were going to say that your nipple piercing started to hurt after getting tattooed and I was going to say that it sounds like a nipple piercing to me. They can be fine for years and then suddenly flare up. Breast tissue, on both men and women, is constantly “changing” in the sense that it changes depending on the hormones going through your body.

From your question it sounds like your tattoo is already healed so it shouldn’t be related to the tattoo. Obviously when you’re healing from a tattoo or piercing, your immune system is working double time but, again, if the tattoo is already healed and the pain just started, it is most likely not related. Only a doctor can determine the cause and seriousness of this pain.

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