Well, the PICC was put in last Wednesday, by some highly competent people, followed by homecare nurses who were trained in pre wwi hygiene.
I returned to the hospital, and they made my dressing sterile again But now my arm is sore and swollen above the insertion, and one of my three lumens are blocked. Mind you, when the line was inserted, a different lumen was blocked, and unblocked on its own by the next day.
I saw my llmd last night, and he said it looked like inflammation from the trauma of the insertion - tonight it was bigger / harder; I showed it to another physician on duty -- same conclusion -- inflammation. Took two advils. The inflammation started to go down.
Just put a hot water bottle on the hard swelling; I felt a twinge, then poof -- hard bit had gone down.
Have you had a similar experience? That twinge and hard area of swelling releasing wasn't a clot dislodging??
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Oh boy - sorry you have to go through all this! Read my past posts - my arm swelled up so much I ended up in the ER 2x and no doctor was even the least bit concerned! But I had no 'hard swelling', this was generalized swelling that they said was probably due to the trauma of the insertion.
Did you get a f/u X-ray and ultrasound done? That should show any abnormalities. Thankfully mine were clear though I contiued to experience a ton of pain and swelling. Not nice. I do have little hard things under my skin (maybe nodules?) which bother me but they are also all over my arms/legs so don't know.
Oh wait - I did have some swelling but *below* my insertion site especially upon infusing and they said that probably it was a broken blood vessel whch had been caused by the trauma of the insertion. It ballooned up and was scary but eventually did go down. I'd get the X-ray and U/S done just to be safe. Good luck!
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