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Swelling of the arm after Intravenous injection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I had surgery on Tuesday and now the hand that the IV was placed is swollen as well as my entire arm. I had lipo on my upper arms and have to wear a compression garment. But the arm that the IV was placed is so swollen and not the other. What can I do?
Doctor :   Hi
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Let me read it
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Ok
Doctor :   it is normally seen in many of the post hospitalized cases
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the reason is thrombophlebitis
Doctor :   that is infection of the vein

User :   is it normal for 1 arm to be more swollen than the other?
Doctor :   Yes

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it is quite commonly seen
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nothing alarming in that
User :   so there is nothing I can do?
Doctor :   You can apply cold compress

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or alternated with hot and cold
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also a compress
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just as a symptomatic measure
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   Also is the swelling same side where you are having compression garment?

User :   I'm wearing a full body compressiona garment
User :   it seems like its cutting off my circulation on the side where the IV was
Doctor :   You shall have to loosen that and check

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loosen
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do not remove it fully
User :   my arm the IV was in is so fat
User :   how can I losen a compression garment
Doctor :   You should consult the doctor

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or the nurse
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to help you take a different size
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which shall solve the issue
User :   how long does it normally take for this swelling to go down?
Doctor :   for how many days have you been advised?

User :   is there something I can eat or drink?
Doctor :   Nothing of that sort

User :   I have to wear this garment for 2 weeks
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inflammation is due to infection
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mainly
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next comes impaired circulation
Doctor :   Are you getting it?

User :   yes
Doctor :   Fine

User :   ok I will just wait it out
User :   thanks
Doctor :   One more question
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Are you feeling any numbness?
User :   yes kind of in my hand, when I try to ball my fist it's a little numb
Doctor :   Ok

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You should consult the doctor
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without much delay
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to fix it
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can be easily resolved
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with a bit of readjustment
User :   ok im calling him right now... thx
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done.
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