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Unread 04-13-2007, 04:43 AM
Port Insertion Question.....

For those who have had ports inserted for your chemo, how long after the insertion did you NOT hurt??? It's less than 24 hours since I got mine in and I'm still quite sore. The one that bugs me the most is the one on my ribcage for the IP chemo. I know, it's still really too soon to tell for me, but I've been through so much already, I'm not sure how much more I can take.
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Unread 04-13-2007, 06:36 AM
Port Insertion Question.....

It's not quite the same. but I had PICC line inserted yesterday on my inside upper arm. They did my chemo through it, and I'll be getting IV fluid this weekend. It's still sore if I move my arm the wrong way. Not bad, but I'm definitely aware of it.
Unread 04-13-2007, 06:51 AM
Port Insertion Question.....

My port took quite awhile to feel comfortable -- certainly I was still in some pain 24 hours after the procedure, and I only had ONE port put in. Cut yourself a break and realize that you've had a minor surgery and need a few days to recover.
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Unread 04-13-2007, 07:10 AM
Port Insertion Question.....

It was only a few days before my port quit being sore. It was my best friend throughout chemo and all other blood draws. I had it put in in 2003 with breast cancer. I kept it for a few months after chemo. I wish I had it now that I have been diagnosed with UC. I have terrible veins. On Monday I was stuck in three places on my hand before they got blood. Before accessing the port, the nurses would spray it with a cold spray to numb it. There is also a cream that your DR can prescribe that will numb it before access. I have some of the cream now for blood draws, if I can figure out where they will finally stick. LOL
Unread 04-13-2007, 08:57 AM
Port Insertion Question.....

Hi Smeeps,

I only had an IP port and it was painful off and on for about a week. If I turned to sleep on my left side, I cushioned it with a soft pillow. After awhile I just had some awareness. I usually wear an underwire bra, but for the first 2 weeks I only wore a sports-type bra and set it a litlle looser. It will get better, but you won't be sorry to have it removed
Unread 04-13-2007, 01:07 PM
Port Insertion Question.....

Mine took a couple of weeks to feel more comfortable. It took a month for me to forget I had it in (and I quickly remembered when I accidently punched myself in the chest). You do need to give yourself some time to recover from the surgery.
Unread 04-13-2007, 01:45 PM
Port Insertion Question.....

We all react differently and yes, this IS surgery. It may be just where it's located that causes problems.

That they are doing IP is good-studies have shown a much better
survival rate.
Unread 04-13-2007, 01:49 PM
Port Insertion Question.....

Okay, so maybe I was still "under the influence" last night. For those with the IP port, could you clearly see/feel the tubing under your skin at the very top of the port??? I can mine, and it's driving me nuts.
Unread 04-13-2007, 01:58 PM
Port Insertion Question.....

My port hurt for months. I'm going to attribute that to my large chest pulling on it. It was a while before I could go braless without it really hurting. Not for one second do I forget it's there and I can't wait until I get it out in September. Every part of it bothers me, even the tube.
Unread 04-13-2007, 02:14 PM
Port Insertion Question.....

My port hurt for about a week. It looked like and felt like a bottle cap under my skin. In a terrible spot too, right in the middle of my chest to my neckline...now that it's out I have a visible scar. But I was SO glad to have the port...I had one chemo without it and my vein/arm was SO SORE and it took like 6 weeks for that to go away. The port pain was a lot easier to deal with.
Sorry to hear about your new diagnosis. I was 31 when dx in Sept 2005 with ovarian cancer, stage IIIC, grade 3.
I didn't have the IP chemo, just 8 rounds of taxol/carbo and a 2nd look surgery. Good luck with everything. Let me know if you have questions or would like extra support.

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