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Vascular Surgery

Pain in my arm/vein

12/11/2007

Question:

I have been having pain in my wrist since my overnight stay in the hospital three weeks ago, where I had to have an IV inserted into the vein in my wrist. It has gradually gotten worse and and is moving up my arm about mid way up my forearm. The area feels warm to the touch. I have been putting heat pack/ice packs on it and still hasn`t gone away. The pain gets worse when I extend my arm or twist it. Is it possible the nurses could have collapsed a vein or is this normal for the pain the be this bad and last this long?

Answer:

There may be thrombophlebitis present where the vein can become inflamed. I would recommend you have your primary care physician take a look. Warm compresses can be of help in the meantime. Good luck!

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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