Pain Following Cardiac Cath Through Wrist
I had a cardiac cath done 10 days ago via radial artery in my wrist. Because there is significantly less chance of bleeding when done this way, I didn't have to go off my blood thinners. A big plus for me. However, the cardiologist failed to mention that, because the artery in the wrist is so much smaller, the procedure can cause it to become irritated and inflamed. And because it runs parallel to the radial nerve, that then becomes inflamed and painful, too. For 10 days, I have had very bad pain the full length of the radial nerve from the tips of my thumb and index finger all the way to my shoulder. I'm told that some people tolerate the procedure well with no after effects at all. For others, like me, the pain can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Ice makes it hurt worse. A strong dose of Ibuprofen relieves it only until the med wears off. And, being on Warfarin, I can't be taking massive doses of Ibuprofen. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this same problem and what you did to treat the pain. Also, how long did your pain last? Thanks much!