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Radial nerve injury after angogram - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I HAD A ANGOGRAM DONE 4 WEKS AGO TO REPAIR MY LEFT GROIN. Naturally they had to go thru my left arm. after the procedure about a week later I got a hard shooting pain that went to the thumb, index and palm. Heat/cold doesnt help. It gets worse with movement, and throbs.I have numbness. The is no noticeable swelling and looks normal. During the last three weeks pain is constant with numbness and burning and now it seems it moving to my midforearm. it's to the point I can't bumped my hand without pain. Please if you have any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. I have a appointment two weeks.
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr here
User :   THANK YOU
Doctor :   PLease give couple of minutes to read your post
Doctor :   Ok let me brief you
Doctor :   the problems you suffering are likely due to RADIAL nerve injury
Doctor :   angio procedure is one of the cause
User :   where is the radial nerve? I have noticed in the last 2 days there is a slight swelling to my forearm that looks like a vein swell?
User :   my index and thumb are very stiff
Doctor :   Where exactly is the swelling
User :   wrist to mid way to puncture site
Doctor :   the radial nerve runs al along the upperlimb
Doctor :   MAy be during the procedure the nerve would have been hit
Doctor :   the recovery of it can be determined
Doctor :   only on the basis of the extent of damage
User :   i'm to the point i want to put a cast on my fingers
Doctor :   which can be elicited by detailed urological
User :   it hurts to move them or pick up things. which is hard without the use of a thumb
Doctor :   Nurological*
Doctor :   YES, you can use braces rather than cast
Doctor :   Braces will immobilise the fingers for some extent and relieve pain
User :   really? so i should see a nurologist? not return to the surgeon
Doctor :   That you got it right
Doctor :   Better go for nurologist to know the extent of damage to the nerve
Doctor :   which tells you whether the problem is self limiting or needs intervention
User :   ok. so i can stop the worry and plan on feeling great in a year? why is it i have had 6 angoplasties and never had nerve problems?
Doctor :   Its rarely encountered ,
User :   Dr. thank you for your time and I do feel more relaxed. i thought i had celulitis
Doctor :   NO,
User :   that's what it feels like
Doctor :   thats not at al the reason
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   have a wonderful weekend. thanks~
Doctor :   thanks for consulting, kindly provide your feedback
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