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IV opiate drug user. Noticed redness and stiffness in wrist, thumb and arm. Should I go to ER?

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Posted on Fri, 14 Dec 2012 in Drug Abuse
Question: IV opiate drug user causing I think redness, stiffness starting in wrist , thumb area and spreading up the arm, redness and pain. what should i do. should I go to emergency room.
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Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 2 hours later
Hi friend,
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Yes, YOU SHOULD...go the Emergency Room

This suggests possible Thrombophlebitis and/or Infection.

There is danger of embolism and/or systemic spread

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