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Picc line questions
Aug 15, 2007
Hi everyone, I have a question about my picc line. I'm in my third week and starting to have a funny feeling in the arm. My pick is in my left arm. When I stretch, or now lift my arm 3/4 of the way up, I have to stop. I feel a pulling sensation or an irritation pain. It's kind of hard to explain. Like the picc line is to short and not allowing my arm to do certain movements. I feel this weird feeling in the underneath part of the arm. Or armpit area. I get a few stabbing sensations here and there in the arm also. This line was put in under fluoroscopy (xray), I assume it was done correctly. I just worry about a blood clot forming. Anybody ever have this feeling or can explain what a blood clot would feel like?
Thank's Tony64 and Ticker,
I called the hospital where it was put in and they want to look at it tomorrow. The nurse dosen't think it is a blood clot because she said I should have a constant throbbing pain. Also I can infuse with no problem. I only feel the weird pain sensation when I lift my arm past the half way point. The Picc is 49 cm or around 19 1/2 inches long. The nurse said this is plenty long enough, but it could be affecting a nerve in some way. So will see tomorrow and I'll let you know.
Thank's Andy I remember reading your post of your blood clot. I am curious if the Rocephin has worked for you. Is that why you had the picc removed? Did you start orals?

Hope recovery is soon.
[QUOTE=bigstan;3157943]Thank's Andy I remember reading your post of your blood clot. I am curious if the Rocephin has worked for you. Is that why you had the picc removed? Did you start orals?

Hope recovery is soon.[/QUOTE]

Hi Stan -

Unfortunately, it was my PCP who prescribed the IV abx and I don't think the dosage was very strong (I think it was 1 gram and most people I have seen had 4 grams/per). So, I haven't noticed anything so far. I have to figure out what to do next. My PCP isn't going to do any more abx and the LLMD I did see is closing his practice in October. So, I have to figure out what to do next. Next week I see a Neurologist at MGH (Mass General). Hopefully something will come of that but from what I have heard, it probably won't. I may see another LLMD, who knows. Have to see how badly I feel or if I can manage work again. Financially we are screwed....

Hope you PICC works wonders for you! As always, you all are in my prayers.

Take care and God bless, Andy





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