PM Hematoma? And ?nerve pain in left arm
I am 1 week post PM implantation, and just now realizing that this big bulge at the site is not normal.
I have a bulge that is about 2.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches long, and when I get up from lying down there is an uncomfortable sensation of thick liquid settling. The size seems to go up and down, and when it's up the pain in my arm is amplified.
I had this at the hospital before discharge, and a nurse casually referred to a hematoma in passing. I was not on my game, and I thought she was referring to little spots of blood under the see-through bandage.
Now that I've googled it, I'm concerned. I understand that they can go down, but that there is an increased risk of infection.
I'm a bit miffed that nobody advised me about this complication at the hospital. I have had to take old Vicodin to manage the pain since they did not send me home with any pain medication. I am mostly concerned about the increased risk of infection and really do not want to take an antibiotic prophylactically that could cause C-diff, since I have first hand knowledge of how sick that can make me.
I am contacting my doctor's office for guidance, but in the meantime I do wonder if heat helps or ice helps or what others' experiences are. I have been puzzled by my pain level given what I've read and heard, and am having an ah-ha moment. Thanks for any responses.