Is sporadic stabbing pain after an angiogram normal?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 14, 2017
Misspiggy asked...

My partner had an angiogram four weeks ago and is still getting some stabbing pains from the procedure and it is quite painful at times. Although these stabbing pains are not constant, they cause some discomfort. Is this normal as we were not told what to expect after this procedure?

Expert Answers

James Frank is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the V.A. Medical Center in San Francisco.

It's certainly not normal to have stabbing pains four weeks after a procedure, but there are lots of things that could be causing it. It depends on where the stabbing pains are, in his leg or in his chest. Without knowing that, I can't even speculate as to what it might be. Your partner should definitely see his cardiologist as soon as possible.