• Port-a-cath

    Asked by jojo12 on Friday, December 9, 2011


    It is now Thursday and I had my Port put in my chest on my left side on Monday. When I take deep breathe's it's a little painful. Is this normal? I'm planning on calling my doctor tomorrow, I just want to know how other people feel after getting a Port put in.

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    • jennt4211's Avatar

      I am to have a chest port put in on Monday during my lumpectomy. I do have a friend who has one and I was living with her when they put it in. She said it felt a little difficult to breath and tight, with some pain. I would definitely check with the surgeon's office but its probably normal.

      over 9 years ago
    • Cath1953's Avatar

      yes,it is normal to be unconfortable for a few days. When I had mine put in the D.R. gave me pain pills. I had my chemo the same day.

      over 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had similar pains for a little while, but then I didn't even know I had it in me. They are definitely the way to go. My first round of chemo I didn't have it, my veins dried up, they couldn't stick me that was painful. The port made all the blood draws easy, treatments better. My first port quit working and I had to have a second put in on the other side, and the first was taken out. I kept that thing for 15 years after my treatment was done because I didn't want to give it up. 4 yrs after I gave it up, I was diagnosed again. But this time I didn't have chemo, just radiation. The ports are great though, this pain "should" be temporary, but as always, bring it up with your dr.
      Good luck to you!!

      over 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      For sure ask... I wasn't really able to turn my head to the left for a few days, and I had not expected that. So, I asked. The pulling feeling is normal... I still get weird sensations now and then, and it was placed in August. I plan to have my removed during my post-chemo surgery!
      I have only 3 chemos to go....
      One thing to consider - they take a surprisingly larger sample of blood when going through the port. By going through the arm, the amount of blood is reduced, which means you get to keep more of it. If they don't need a metabolic panel, then consider finger stick for the CBC as that takes the least amount of blood.
      I realize that it's small amounts... but after sometimes 2-3 blood tests per week... I like to keep as much as I possible can.....
      HUGS and best wishes,

      over 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      PS - do you use the lidocaine goopy stuff? WORHT IT! Makes the stick nearly unnoticeable!

      over 9 years ago
    • jojo12's Avatar

      Thanks for all the advice. I did go in to the doctors office this morning to pick up some paperwork for an upcoming surgery. I explained what I was feeling to the nurse and she sent me to get a chest x-ray and will have the doctor look at it and then follow up with me. Everything is just getting a little overwhelming so I have to remind myself to just take a deep breath, unfortunately that deep breath is painful right now...lol. I just can't win. As far as the lidocaine goes, I haven't actually gotten the chance to use my port yet. I have surgery next week on Wednsday so hopefully it isn't too painful. I'm pretty scared about being poked for the first time through the port. Would't it be great if all you had to do is take a pill that will take away any pain you might feel before you start getting poked?

      over 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      for me, the pain was more from the nurse pushing down on the port to secure it. The little stick just going through your skin isn't much, but some of the nurses really push down hard to make sure the port doesn't move sideways when they stick it. Other times it didn't hurt at all. Probably depends on the nurse.

      over 9 years ago
    • grams2jc's Avatar

      I never filled my pain med rx after my mastectomy but did after port placement. I had frequent hiccups and some trouble sleeping after the port, it has eased now 1 year post placement. Mine is almost in the center of my chest above my right breast..kind of an ugly spot but I do appreciate what it does for me and have not had any pain with the sticks.

      Good luck, I think you will get to where you appreciate that "bump" under your skin..I would say that the discomfort lasted about 6 weeks for me

      over 9 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Jojo you will be so happy you have the port once you start your treatments. It doesn't hurt when they poke the needle in and it really saves your veins. They put mine in my upper left arm because by the time they got to that point in my cancer I was too skinny to put it in my chest. I love it in my arm. They also said you can leave them in for up to 5 yrs which is cool if you have long term care.
      Good luck and the needle is teeny tinny that they put in. :)

      over 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I didn't have a pain when breathing, just some mild soreness for about a day after implant. I had more trouble with the nausea from the anesthesia when they put the port in than I did from pain at the port site.

      over 9 years ago
    • lamyrasp's Avatar

      I had a Power Port put in when I had my surgery....axillary dissection...and had no problem at all. The site was a little sore initially but that passed after a couple of days and I have had no problems since. I have completed treatment now and my Oncologist wants me to keep the port of a couple of years, which is fine with me.

      over 8 years ago
    • Wassuta6's Avatar

      For some people it is a little painful intense don't forget that goes through your muscle into I mean arterial area and down into your heart my fiance experienced sharp pains, but now constant hiccups that won't stop we ask the surgeon and he said it has nothing to do with the port. Doctors don't know your body only you know your body so what you explaine to any doctor is only what they know.

      almost 5 years ago

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