Pain and weakness after lymph node biopsy

Patient

Q: I had an axillary lymph node biopsy with general anesthesia 4 days ago. I m still having pain (taking dilaudid and motrin), and tired, and overall weak with numbness on the biopsy arm. Is this normal

Symptoms:  Pain, overall tiredness and weakness, numbness in biopsy arm
Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question. The weakness you are experiencing may be due to the after effects of the anesthesia, however we are concerned with the numbness you are experiencing in your arm. It is important that you report this numbness to your doctor to be promptly evaluated for the possibility that you may have had nerve damage. Please contact your surgeon immediately to schedule a follow up evaluation.

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