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Unread 01-28-2004, 08:57 PM
IV Nerve Damage - Hand

Last week I had surgery and woke up with an extremely painful hand. It was so painful like bad frostbite and numbness. I could not grasp anything and the pain was worse than the surgery.

I am thinking they hit a nerve with the IV??? It's improving but still giving probs. Anyone experience this?
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Unread 01-29-2004, 01:13 PM
IV Nerve Damage - Hand

I had a problem like that when the IV infiltrated and the hand, wrist, arm swelled up. It made a lot of pressure, the doc says it's like carpal tunnel syndrome because the nerve gets squeezed. The most soothing thing was heat, although the doc didn't believe me about that. I got a prescription for antibiotics just in case the swelling was infected (I don't think it was). It took a while to calm down. Hot bath water felt really good on it.
Unread 01-29-2004, 01:34 PM
IV Nerve Damage - Hand

Dear LaurLaur...

Yes I have had problems from IVs.... My left forearm was used so much for IVs (some that infiltrated - painfully - when I was in the hopsital for a week) that it is all lumpy with scar tissue and I do not think it works anymore... But I do get nerve-type pain in that forearm periodically (it is momentarily excrutiating and then goes away) especially when I use it alot... like carrying groceries etc. I didn't have the hand problems that you mention... was the IV in the back of your hand? I was just wondering because since my forearm veins are so shot, the doctors like to put the IVs in the back of my left hand... which makes me uneasy because I don't want to end up with pain in my hand too. (I have surgery next week.).

Check with you doctor but I would think that heat or cold would help (not sure which).. and maybe NSAIDS... if it is still numb after several weeks perhaps hand therapy might be helpful... I have had that too when I had terribly tendonitis in my hands from too much computer work and knitting. The nerves can get traumatized by swelling etc and the neurologist I saw said it takes them months to heal... I think he said that nerve only grows 1/4inch in a month.

I hope it heals on it's own quickly.
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Unread 01-29-2004, 04:33 PM
IV Nerve Damage - Hand

The hand is improving. The IV was in the wrist - underside. Now my newest worry is the swelling in my legs. The dr said keep em propped up and drink plenty of water.

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