Our expert says:
They remove some of the veins to use as "new arteries" in heart bypass operations but we usually have a whole network of veins that can take over the work of the one or two that were removed. Some patients get swelling and pain due to reduced blood flow but then they would normally have swollen limbs too. Physio and compression stockings usually help for this. If the muscles are sore, the anti-cholesterol pills could be the culprit, and one should maybe also check his Calcium and Magnesium levels. If it is a nerve pain (needles and pins, tingling) Trepilene or an anti-epileptic medication is usually used (I know it sounds strange but it works to reduce pain experience in the brain) To complicate things, heart pain can also cause referred pain down the arms. The doctors can basically just examine all the possible causes and step by step exclude them one by one. Ask his doctor if he can't stop the chlolesterol medication for few weeks to see if this will make it better?
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