PEG Tube Removal Pain??

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PEG Tube Removal Pain??

by Violet526 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hello,

 

My husband had his PEG tube removed today. He is now experiencing severe pain on his right side. He says it feels similar to the way he felt when he had the tube inserted.

 

Has anyone experienced this as well? I wasnt told there would be any pain so I am wondering if this is normal?

 

Thank you!

Violet

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by mtkjohn1 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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hi violet,

how did he have his Peg tube removed

I had mine ripped out and the pain was there for 24-36 hours some tylenol helped and then it got better and was healed in 4-5 days

john 

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by scootie45 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi Violet,

  My husband had quite a bit of pain when it was actually removed- like John- his was "ripped out" also.  But it lasted only a very short time and was healed in 3-4 days.

  If your husband is having that much pain-you should contact the MD and have it checked out.

 

Best of luck to you,

Kathy

RE: PEG Tube Removal Pain??

by Babzilla on Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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Wow, I'm going to keep an eye on this thread - my husband is supposed to have his removed on Monday the 22nd.

RE: PEG Tube Removal Pain??

by PopPop on Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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Just to add a little to what John and Kathy mentioned. My appointment to have my PEG Tube removed was at 2 PM. That was about 2 months after my final Radiation treatment. As mentioned, it was yanked out per say, as the Doctor mentioned " this is going to sting a bit" .

I knew I was in for something when he tossed his tie over his shoulder and put his hand on my chest and yanked. It did sting like H*ll for about a minute and subsided then after. The biggest disappointment for me was that he then told me that I couldn't eat until breakfast the next day. Had I known that, I would have made sure I ate lunch before the appointment.

On very rare occassions, the area that the PEG tube was bothers me, but it passes within an hour or so. I guess it is scar tissue issues ?

My Best to Everyone Here,   Pop-Pop

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by Defjoeb on Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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I've told this story on this board before but it seems somewhat appropriate here. My wife and I were carrying clothes baskets into the laundromat. I set mine down and went out to move my car. My terrified wife came running out and said, "Look what I found on the floor" and proceeded to throw my PEG on the floor of my car. It took a second or two for it to register then I felt my stomach and sure as shootin' my tube was gone. My poor wife had to pick this grizzly thing up off the floor in front of the horrified patrons and carry it out of the laundromat. Her first thought was, "what if it isn't his".  I felt no pain or discomfort of any kind. I called my doctor and he said that I shouldn't worry about it if it wasn't bleeding. We had a pretty good laugh about it. I couldn't look any of the other launderers in the eye when I went back in.

Anyway, my point is that the removal, for me, was absolutely pain free. If your husband's pain doesn't subside in a day or two it should probably be checked to ensure it isn't infected.

Good Luck!

Joe 

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by steph_rn on Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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Just adding a note.............didn't have a peg tube, but had a drain after my neck disection.  Went to have it removed........."yanked".......was not expecting the pain and wanted to kill someone!!  Would be nice if you were prepared for the experience!  I am an RN; think this whole journey through hell had made me a far more compassionate person!

Steph

RE: PEG Tube Removal Pain??

by PopPop on Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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Steph and Joe,

          Steph, hear you loud and clear on the drain tube removal on the neck disection. Had 3 tubes removed, the Nurse did tell me to grip the arms of the chair I was sitting in. They were worse than the PEG Tube for sure. Thanks for reminding me  NOT   : ).

          Joe, I'm glad that you had no pain when it fell out. That's the first time I heard that story. Pretty good, not at the time I'm sure, but still a good one. 

           I know at one time, I was holding my at the time 8-9 month old grandson. I had the tube taped down, but he felt it under my shirt and grabbed it and started to pull. I was lucky that I did stop him. That would have been a big "ouch"  for me.

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by Nana56 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 9/16/2008 Defjoeb wrote:

I've told this story on this board before but it seems somewhat appropriate here. My wife and I were carrying clothes baskets into the laundromat. I set mine down and went out to move my car. My terrified wife came running out and said, "Look what I found on the floor" and proceeded to throw my PEG on the floor of my car. It took a second or two for it to register then I felt my stomach and sure as shootin' my tube was gone. My poor wife had to pick this grizzly thing up off the floor in front of the horrified patrons and carry it out of the laundromat. Her first thought was, "what if it isn't his".  I felt no pain or discomfort of any kind. I called my doctor and he said that I shouldn't worry about it if it wasn't bleeding. We had a pretty good laugh about it. I couldn't look any of the other launderers in the eye when I went back in.

Anyway, my point is that the removal, for me, was absolutely pain free. If your husband's pain doesn't subside in a day or two it should probably be checked to ensure it isn't infected.

Good Luck!

Joe 


Joe and Pop-Pop,

     Thank you so much for having a sense of humor, I had my first Rad. treatment today and trying to prepare myself of what is to come. I'm bad to joke about things that aren't too funny to some people but I guess it's my way of trying to get through this treatment. Thank you for making me laugh......

Tracey

RE: PEG Tube Removal Pain??

by Dlynn1210 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 9/15/2008 Violet526 wrote:

Hello,

 

My husband had his PEG tube removed today. He is now experiencing severe pain on his right side. He says it feels similar to the way he felt when he had the tube inserted.

 

Has anyone experienced this as well? I wasnt told there would be any pain so I am wondering if this is normal?

 

Thank you!

Violet


HI Violet

 I had my PEG tube removed about 3 weeks ago.  As my doctor said, the trick is to do it quickly.  His comment on the visit before was come in next month and we will yank it out (sounds bad but is exactly how they do it).  I was at the Cancer Treatment Center of America and my doctor said that there have been times that doctors have called him when the patients had them removed back home to ask "how" to remove the tubes.  Reassuring!!!  He put a small towel over my stomach area and when I turned and said something to the nurse, he pulled!  It only hurt for 10-15 min and then gradually subsided.  I was able to eat immediately with no restrictions.  My husband made a point to ask if there were any restrictions and we were told absolutely not.  I ate lunch within a half hour. 

I see you posted yesterday - I would call the doctor's office and let them know your husband is experiencing pain if it still hurts tomorrow (too late to call today).  After removal, he now qualifies for the second belly button club (as someone on here so amptly put it).  Sure feels strange but closer to normal when it is gone.

Diana 

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