anyone had pain after angiogram apart from the normal ones ?

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Hi there i had my fourth angiogram in september 2012 ,they did it in my left arm and the artery was too small to get the tube in and it hurt so much despite the numbing of my wrist they then injected a widening solution into my artery and said you may feel a bit of a tingle my god i felt like i was being electrocuted all over my body nasty really nasty ,after about 3 months i started to get the most severe arm pain now and again and its over a year now and the pain is getting to the point of i want to cry and i am pretty tough i am terrified to tell the doc as they may send me for another angiogram and i truly could not bear the pain of another one especially as i use a walking stick in that hand and have a bad leg and they would only have my groin to go in and its been gone into on my right side ,has anyone had anything like this please thank you ,

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    I'd say that the lining of the artery has been scraped / damaged and this is causing it to go into spasm on a regular basis neutral
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    aw thank you benny i thought it may have been blocked in some way any ideas how i can ease the pain i am so not telling the doc
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      WHY? are you not telling the doctor....not I did 47 a and e visits in 2 years I got to the point I wouldn't go in unless my pain score was at least 8 and if it was busy and I wasn't having a heart attack I would sign myself out. I really didn't understand how sick I was until I woke up in recovery after my heart bypass. You can go to a and E and/or the doctors and seem to waste your time and theirs spending hours on uncomfortable beds....or you can ignore it make a mistake and end up dead....or in my opinion worse having a stroke...sorry to be so blunt but you know I'm right
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      i know pauline i asked for a bypass when i found out i would have to live on meds forever they said at 45 you do not need a bypass just to get your life in order i was running around in a fast food cafe six months before then my leg went bad and they did a wrong op on it made it worse it was my back that needed an op i am screwed now as they will not put me under because of the heart condition plus it could leave me doubly incontinent or dead so i get on with things as much as i can xx
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      iya pauline i am in the merseyside area but they have said no i dont need one as i just need stents well i will need one more when it blocks fully but i do all i can to stop it blocking ,i have been under broadgreen for years and they have signed me off now no check ups or reveiws of meds just get on with it basically,they first gave me painkillers after the heart attack and then when i had the angio first he said the doc my god you are on the hard shoulder and i waited 13 hours for the stent to be fitted,they gave me four pills to take each day and i was thrilled i thought great, and the pains kept happening a month later i was rushed in for another angio and they had missed a blockage and stented it there and then so you can see why my trust in the hospitals that have dealt with me,before being rushed in for the second one the ambulance women told me i was having a panic attack and would be better at home so i agreed with them then collapsed in agony on the bathroom floor and my brother took me in to the hospital when i arrived they were very sheepish x
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    Going to see your GP is the best thing to do, you can always say no if s / he starts talking about sending you for another Angiogram, maybe what you need is a Doppler Ultrasound, they could catch the spasm in action, or a Nerve Conduction Study smile

    I think the easiest non medicinal thing you can do is to try and shake the spasm (if that's what it is) out, the like you've hit your thumb with a hammer shake cheesygrin Keep the arm moving smile

    If you want an easy medicine for it well Paracetamol and a few blasts of a short acting Nitrate (to make your blood vessels relax,, Angina spray, Nitromin) could help, if this hits the spot (for a short while at least) then maybe what you could do with (only your Doctor can prescribe this) is a long acting Nitrate, Isosorbide Dinitrate, Isotard smile

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    benny i went to my gp today and he has said they have damaged the interior wall of the artery before putting the widening stuff in and thought i was screaming from nerves i am pretty hard and can take pain so they just continued to do it despite my plea,s,when the doc pressed on a certain point i near went through the roof so he knew exactly what had gone wrong, i have nitromin for my heart spasms and will use it i am also on the highest dose of isosorbide mononitrate they can give so you have been a great help as long as no bigger lumps come up i will sort it with that ,thank you ever so much for your help lorraine :-) x
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    sudhir thank you for your help and advice but i will not be going for another angiogram ever again after the damage they have done to the interior of my vein/artery i will not undergo that pain ever again i have used my nitromin and it works thankfully also i have cream that will stop any swelling or build up of tissue thank you for your advice take care .
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    Last time I had an Angiogram (Angioplasty) I was having a Heart attack with it, I was nearly jumping off the table lol the Cardiologist was all like rolleyes lie still exclaim cheesygrin Good luck with the arm, given a bit of time it might settle down to just being an ache from time to time smile
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    I have deleted the post from sudhir as this was a spammer posting the same comment throughout the forums.

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    dear alan i knew he was talking rubbish and took no notice just thanked him, and its so horrid that people are doing this to people like me and others and getting a kick out of it when i rely on sites like this to be honest well spotted and it is good to know that you are on the ball thank you .
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    I've had a angiogram in the last few days & the artery in my arm went into spasm. The pain was like nothing I'd ever experienced. Even with doses of Valium & Morphine it was excruciating! I then had the procedure done from my groin, which was a fraction of the pain whilst I still had the other catheter in my arm as it wouldn't budge, then once the procedure was complete, I had the pain of the removal of the arm catheter.

    Good results but bruised & sore. Hope I don't get nerve pain in future from this procedure!

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    simoneysimoney Hello i hope you do not get any further pain from your arm also,i have had an angiogram in 2005 in my groin on my right side and have to say it hurt like a bitch as they found it needed stenting and they made me wait from 2pm in the afternoon on this machine with all sorts of wierd stuff on it to keep the atery open till 9pm at night when they were able to stent it by then the drugs had worn off and i had to lie so still wanted to wee and could not and they took me back down to the theartre and had to give more numbing jabs which hurt like a bitch by 10 pm i was on the ward with a cork thing in the wound and had to carry a card for 6 months saying if i had an accident not to interupt that area i was again made to lie still till 4 am that was then and my back oh my god beyond any pain worse than having a babby ,that was then and i thought all done never again,still attacks of heart pain a month later they rushed me back in for another one this time in my arm my right arm it hurt but not as much and did another stent as they had missed it a month earlier so time went by and the angina got worse and so back again i went and another one in my right arm only a 50% blockage so all was cool ,the last time i went as they had gone into my groin once on my right side and i have a problem and nerve damage in my back and left leg they went for my left arm i was fully dressed even with shoes on and just no bra i thought that was very unhygenic as i did not know what sort of diseases could be in there and then they just started they said this will numb it and you will not feel a thing so i trusted till they started to push the catheter in i do not make a fuss usually and by god it HURT i said stop its hurting me too much i was told to stop fussing and they kept going and they could not get the catheter in i was in extreme agony then they said we will give you something to widen the artery it may sting a little no painkiller no morphine or anything and then they put this widening agent in f..k me i screamed so loud i felt like i was being electrocuted all over my body it was way worse than any heart attack and they just kept shushing me and telling me keep still i hated every moment of it and am not a whinghy type and after a year now i am still getting the chronic spasms and have even bruised myself gripping to take the pain away the doctor gave me some cream for it but its very damaged inside and the cream is crap i so hope you do not experience any pain after this i thought i was fine till about 3 months after then it started good luck with your future health and happy holidays sadsack x

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    I'm using Arnica for the bruising/swelling. Not sure it's doing much but can't be doing any harm. When I'm in considerable pain I take Codeine but to much of that stuff can become addictive. That Nitrate spray gives me the most intense headache so don't like to use it either.

    I wished I knew more about the procedure before having it. Then again I probably would have worked myself up even more and it was a reassuring test as my arteries are clear.

    I just dread having another in the future!

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