I'm 17 days post -op and I noticed a pain in my left wrist.
the vein is hard and sore. it almost feels like something is in there.
I'm pretty sure this isn't true, but since this is the hand that they placed the IV in, it kind of scares me.
I was wondering if anyone else experienced this.
do you have any advice on what I should do.
will it go away soon, or should I have a doctor look at it?
It sounds like phlebitis. The blood can clot in the vein, and is usually reabsorbed by the body after a couple of weeks. But if it's sorer now than it was, or red and inflamed, check with your doctor. Hopefully it won't be serious, but it's better to find out. I have still got a little bit of a lump left in my hand, but it was about 1.5 inches long. I asked my doctor, and she said that they're usually not anything to worry about, but to watch it and if it wasn't getting better, call her. There is an article under Post-op that explains it better.
I had the same thing and was told probably phlebitis. They said to take something like advil for pain and to use very warm/hot wet compresses on it.
I actually had the same thing when I had a different surgery 12 yrs ago. Both went away, but took a while.
Not to alarm you, but you definately need to get it checked. i had a blood clot in my arm where i received the chemo infusions for breast cancer back in Feb this year. My entire rt. arm was red and the vein was hard and cordlike up and down the arm. I got a ultrasound of the arm, and it was a blood clot. It is definately curable and they just gave me blood thinners for 3 months and it went away, all is well. I just had a hysterectomy 3 weeks ago, and they put the IV in the chemo arm and i had swelling in my hands and arm when i was in the hospital. I was afraid it was a blood clot, but everything cleared up in 2 days. My veins are small and i think the IV fluid went in too fast. It may not be a clot, but i would get it checked.