**Originally posted by user WomenHeart 06/01/2005 : 13:47:00 **
I had an angiogram two months ago. As it turned out, it was a false alarm and no angioplasty or stents were necessary. However, I have been experiencing persistent pain in my leg and lower back ever since the procedure was done. My cardiologist told me its likely a nerve issue, caused by the angio-seal he put in. He explained that some peoples nerves are unusually close to the femoral artery, and the angio-seal can cause irritation by pulling on it. He said the pain will "probably" go away once the angio-seal is absorbed in 2 to 3 months. But it has been getting progressively worse over the past several weeks rather than better. Im assuming the angio-seal absorbs gradually, so it seems to me the pain should be lessening as the device dissolves. No OTC painkillers relieve the discomfort, and while it is not excrutiating, it is unpleasant and has kept me from many normal activities.
My questions are: is this nerve irritation a common complication with angio-seals? Has anyone out there had the same problem, and, if so, did the pain really go away when the seal dissolved? Finally, is there any place I can get more information about this complication? My search on the internet has been unfruitful.
Thanks for any help offered.