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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes muscle cramps in the left arm after a blood transfusion?

My husband had 5 blood transfusions. He was down to 5.6 hemoglobin??. He was released from the hospital yesterday. Now his left arm is experiencing major charlie horse type of pain and his lower arm and hand are swelling. Do we need to be concerned? In November he was hit by a truck (he was a pedestrian). Taken to Emergency room to x-ray for broken bones - none. Apparently, though, since he was on blood thinners, he did experience internal bleeding. A scope both down and up his body this Tuesday showed no sign of bleeding, ulcers or whatever.
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
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Hello and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

* As per my clinical experience, the condition of your husband is most likely to be blood transfusion induced thrombophlebitis of the upper extremity veins. I would suggest to immediately consult your GP and get treated accordingly, though primary relief with ice application can be obtained.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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