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Severe groin pain after cardiac ablation?

I have had two separate ablations through my groin. In my first ablation, they only put the catheter through my right side and the second ablation the catheter was put through both my right and left sides. After the first one, I experienced discomfort and pain in my right leg stemming from my groin and after walking over a mile my leg would begin to shake as if I was having a seizure of some kind. After my second ablation, the pain in both legs became overwhelming. Most mornings I wake up and I cannot feel my legs. I fall in the shower and now have to use a chair. I cannot walk over a mile and cannot do things that I used to enjoy. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else. When I asked my doctor about it he said it would go away but it has persistently gotten worse and I have sought help with another doctor.
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11548417 tn?1506084164
How long ago did you have that second ablation?
Normally the pain should be gone in less than a week. Sometimes, especially when there are complications with the closing of the artery in the groin and extra pressure is applied to stop bleeding, it can take longer.
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It's been just over a year. My first was 4 years ago.
Tat is very long.
Perhaps it is due to irritation of a nerve in the groin area called the saphenous nerve. This condition, called “saphenous neuralgia”, is sometimes seen after cath procedures. Inflammation in the area is thought to irritate the nerve and cause the symptoms of pain shooting down the thigh. Patients can experience pain along the inner aspect of the thigh and it can also extend down to the inner aspect of the knee. The pain is often described as a “shooting pain” or an “electrical shock kind of pain.” It can also be associated with numbness in the same area. Some patients have both numbness to the touch and shooting pains down the inner thigh. The diagnosis is usually a “clinical diagnosis.” That is to say, CT scan or an ultrasound test (for example) will not show irritation of the nerve. It is important to first rule out a problem with the artery (such as a pseudoaneurysm or an infection, for example) and vein (such as a blood clot for example). If you have not been seen by a vascular surgeon, I recommend that you do so. The diagnosis of “saphenous neuralgia” is usually made by a vascular specialist after ruling out any other abnormalities of the artery and vein. Sometimes consultation with a neurologist is appropriate. An occasional patient has pain that does not go away and they are still uncomfortable six months or more after the procedure. In such cases, injection of the area with local anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications by a pain specialist can sometimes be of benefit.
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