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In May of 2012, I had a TIA, The vascular surgeon did a carotid endarterectomy to the left artery. I've had pain in my left arm ever since. The surgeon stated at my Post op visit, that I would always have pain due to the nature of the operation. The pain was slight/bearable up until 3 days ago. My grandson was visiting, he weights 26 lbs. I lifted him up a couple times. Now the pain in my arm is at a point whereas I have great pain occasionally I'm in tears. Did I pull a muscle or did I perhaps damage my artery.?? When I had the surgery, I had a stress test prior to. The Heart Surgeon said my heart looked real good, no problems. I'm scarring my husband...and myself. It's Saturday night.....Do I go to ER ??
The severe pain in the arm can be due to inflammation of the vein, a thrombus in the vein, a muscle pull, a nerve pull or even a referred pain from the heart. It is difficult to say what could be the cause. A comprehensive investigation is required keeping all the points in mind. So, if ER is the way you can get immediate medical care then please go ahead. Take care!
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