BardPort Implanted Port w/open ended catheter

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BardPort Implanted Port w/open ended catheter

by Recruiter on Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:00 AM

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I can't sleep on the side where the port was implanted because I become mildly short of breath and the port feels like it is digging into my chest wall.  I had it installed on June 22nd and had my first chemo treatment on June 26th.  The swelling and bruising is almost gone, but I still have the above issues.  Has anyone else had this experience? God bless you for responding.

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by Jodie on Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hello,  yes I had the same experience when I had my port in..I had treatments in 2001, as soon as I was finished with my last chemo treatment I asked to have it removed because it was so uncomfortable and I didnt want that constant reminder of what I had just experienced from the chemo..brutal stuff!  Anyway, it did pinch, and I could not sleep on that usually preferred side, I had to take coumadin blood thinner which also made me nauseated...it was a trip to remember for sure.. but I have been in remission for 6 years until just recently, on a routine chest xray which led to a ct scan, which led to a Pet/ct scan...I have been re-diagnosed with br. ca. mets in right lung, sternum and clavical lymph nodes, and a spot on my spine..havent gone to oncologist yet to get on with what I know is ahead of me treatment wise.. I dread it if they have to reinsert one of those ports in me...I had a bad experience with the other one in 01, the catheter line into the chest vein decided to migrate north and to the left, and it got kinked and I had to have an emergency procedure similar to an angiogram for them to go up inside my groin and blood vein to retrieve this line  back down straight into the vein the way it was suppose to be..the doctor said this was the first time he had ever seen that happen to anyone..so needless to say, I am reluctant to have another one put in for anymore treatments..what a mess!!!  So, I just wanted to answer your question with a big YES...they do cause discomfort..but I guess it is the only way to administer some of that toxic medicine safely into our system..so it can go kill cancer...

good luck, hope you do well in your fight otherwise..

 

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by kimbs19 on Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 7/14/2007 Recruiter wrote:

I can't sleep on the side where the port was implanted because I become mildly short of breath and the port feels like it is digging into my chest wall.  I had it installed on June 22nd and had my first chemo treatment on June 26th.  The swelling and bruising is almost gone, but I still have the above issues.  Has anyone else had this experience? God bless you for responding.

My wife had a port implanted approx. one month ago. her chemo will start in one week. she is very unhappy with the way it feels. if you would email her she may be able to help, you are not the only one: but the medical staff seem to make you feel that way.I hope finding someone with the same problem will help you.

RE: BardPort Implanted Port w/open ended catheter

by sandy56 on Fri Dec 23, 2011 02:41 AM

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On Jul 14, 2007 12:00 AM Recruiter wrote:

I can't sleep on the side where the port was implanted because I become mildly short of breath and the port feels like it is digging into my chest wall.  I had it installed on June 22nd and had my first chemo treatment on June 26th.  The swelling and bruising is almost gone, but I still have the above issues.  Has anyone else had this experience? God bless you for responding.

I just had my port put in yesterday.  Last ight while trying to sleep on that side, I was awaken with chest pain so bad I thought I might be having a heart attack.  Once I got turned over to the opposite side I was able to get comfortable and no more chest pain.  I guess I am not going to be able to sleep on the side the port was implanted either.  I have my first treatment next Wedesday.

 

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