• Did you have any pain with your medi-port, and if so how did you manage it?

    Asked by Bashiemn on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Did you have any pain with your medi-port, and if so how did you manage it?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My first port stopped working, didnt have any pain with it unless I leaned up against something and pressed on it. The second one worked fine. I kept it in me for years after mytreatment was over. Dr's kept telling me I needed it out, but I wanted to keep it in case I needed it. Finally let them have it, then was diagnosed again 3 years later. The port is a great thing!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It was a little bit sore for the first 24 hours but nothing that needed pain management. The only issue for me is that I got nauseous from the anesthesia they used when they put it in and spent the rest of the day throwing up.

      over 8 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      Are you having pain after it has been put in? Once my port was in, the only time I had pain was if I bumped into it. Accessing it was painless. Some people have them put a numbing cream on before accessing it but my nurse was so good, I didn't even need that.

      If you have had your port for a while and it's giving you pain, you probably should call your doctor and have them take a look at it.

      over 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i had a love hate relationship with my port. it definitely made chemo easier... etc... but i constantly had this pulling sensation in my neck and couldn't use my favorite messenger bag and couldn't sleep in my usual ways... when i was in the car, the seat belt was super annoying... otherwise, i had no pain. nothing that needed pain management. i agree with the comment below about checking in with your health care team.

      i'm really glad to be done with that, and i hope to never need another one!

      over 8 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      I had some tenderness at the insertion site from the incision, but used no meds for it. Once healed, the only real limitation is the fact that it protrudes and is subject to being bumped. I was a police officer when it was implanted, and had to fabricate a pad to cover it so that my Kevlar ballistic vest would not abrade the skin covering the port. It is on the right side of my chest, so a seat belt does not cross it when I drive. When i am passenger, I wear the belt beneath my right arm so as to keep the belt a safer distance from the port. I consider the forces that result from a collision, and do not want the belt anywhere near the port. It very possibly could be torn from its location, pulling the tip out of the vein. Internal bleeding would result. How bad? I would rather not know.

      over 8 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear Bashiemn:
      Once the surgical site healed, I experienced very little pain. It would painful if II knocked into it (it stuck out of my chest a little). Once, the onc nurse missed the entry and stuck the needle into my chest. It fel like a thumb tack had been pressed into my chest. Talk about pain! Luckily it only happened once.
      Fight on,

      over 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Just like Leepenn, I had a love-hate relationship with my port. I definitely always knew it was there with the tugging in my neck (couldn't carry purse or sleep on that side). The only time it was truly painful was following the surgery to have it put in. My surgeon had a very, very difficult time putting it in and I was sore for days and a secondary location he used to feed the catheter got infected. But during the treatments, it was a vein-saver. No burning sensation or misses from a needle-stick...had to love that!

      over 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      I hope all is well.

      If any of you are seeking information on chemo ports, this question reminded me of two pieces of content you might want to check out:

      Beginner's Guide on Chemo Ports

      Blog Article - To port or not to port? - WhatNexters Weigh in On Chemo Ports

      Thank you for supporting one another!

      over 7 years ago

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