My husband had his phrenic nerve damaged during a rough hickman catheter
removal two and a half months ago. I know it is unusual. His diaphragm is
elevated and his lung collapses. The worst part is that he has not had much
relief from pain. I want to make sure that we are doing everything there is
to do. He has been referred to a pain clinic, but we are more interested in
getting rid of the pain than dulling it. What are the chances of the nerve
healing. There is a definite swelling at the base of the neck. Should we
go to see a doctor elsewhere that knows what to do? So far no one has ever
seen this and all they say is that it may be permanent.
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