Help...scared of Pain During Radioactive Dye Injections

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Help...scared of Pain During Radioactive Dye Injections

by Chrissy123 on Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:00 AM

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I am scheduled for these injections to locate the sentinel node, prior to my lumpectomy. I am more afraid of these injections than the surgery itself. I have read that they are very painful. Doctor said he could give me a valium, will this help?

Dye Injections For Snb

by Sandy1941 on Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:00 AM

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They gave me some lidocaine cream the night before and instructions were to heavily coat the entire auroeal (sp?)area and around it also a couple of hours prior to the injection. Then, they deaden with several small injections of (Lidocaine?)and it was just a stinging sensation, sort of like a dentist does - then they waited a few minutes and then injected the dye. There was the stinging, I grant you, but is was over in a couple of minutes. With the dye injection, the area was numb and I didn't feel a thing. I think the secret is HEAVILY coating with the cream before any of the procedure starts. And, again, this isn't pleasant, but it passes very quickly. Good luck!

Dye Injection For Snb

by Sandy1941 on Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:00 AM

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Sorry, I forgot. NEVER refuse an Rx they offer for pain or anxiety! Make everything as easy on yourself as possible!

Just a Thought

by R4sowski on Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:00 AM

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hi there, first I want to say sorry you are going through this. When I had mine done I was aware of the stinging from the lidocaine, so I decided that just getting the injection for the dye would be better than enduring the lidocain. For me it wasn't that bad at all although I had the same fear that you have now. I did ask for something for the anxiety. My Best to you! Becky

Sentinel Nodes...

by Chrissy123 on Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:00 AM

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Sandy and Becky, thank you so much for your replies. I cannot believe how the stress of this test has taken over my every thought. I seem more concerned about this than what is to come during the next day surgery. Sandy, I called my doctor and told him about the lidocaine and he thought it was a good idea. Is it a perscription ointment? And as you said Becky, he told me the lidacaine shot would not really help and was just as uncomfortable. I think he said I would get four shots of this dye. I hope they are quick...How long did this process take? thanks again for your help.

Time For Procedure

by R4sowski on Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:00 AM

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I think it took about a half hour for the node removal but the process takes a couple because the dye gets injected I think 2 hours befor the surgery. Actually the sound is neat when they run the gieger counter over the node. Let me know how you make out. I am going to plastic surgeon tomm to set up my bilateral mastectomy. Keep in touch Becky

Sentinel Node Dye

by Mittmool on Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:00 AM

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I was in the same situation as you after hearing all the horror stories regarding the injection which is applied so that the readio-active dye is inserted into the nipple for mapping results. I was anticipating the worst scenario only to find out it was a breeze. The most important question to ask you doctor before going into nuclear medicine is to have them apply a anti-numbing cream which will desenitize your nipple. This cream will numb the nipple area where the very fine needle will be applied. I had this procedure done on June 2, at Williamantic Hospital here in CT and the doctor who perform the nuclear mapping procedure was wonderful. As he inserted the needle after numbing me, his assistant held my hand and told me to take deep breaths, while I only felt stinging and before long it was all over. The nipple area will be blue for some time but, you feel nothing afterwards. I'll pray for you and hope that everything turns out fine. Good luck with the procedure.

Sentinentel Noe Location

by Mimtoseven on Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:00 AM

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I had the nuclear injection before my double mastectomy, there was not that much discomfort with it, they explained it was just more like a road map, making it easier for the surgeon to find the nodes, and in my case less damage to the chest area. It has been a year now since surgery and I have never had any swelling or pain in using my arm and the Doctor says it was made easier because of the injections to locate everything. Just think of it this way, the discomfort will save you much soreness and let you use your arm freely. Always a silver lining to every old bad thing. I see so many breast cancer survivors having to wear a wrap to keep down the swelling, not me!!!!!, thanks to that old sentinel locator. Hoping everything goes well. Mim

Sentinel Node

by Chrissy123 on Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:00 AM

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I survived the sentinel node test, and thanks to all of your support, it was not bad at all. The atavan and lidocain cream certainly helped. Needle pricks were short and did not even feel any burning. Was surprised that the doctor doing the injections said he had never seen anyone with this cream! Surgery is over and looking forward to the next step in this journey.

Hope Your Doing Okay

by R4sowski on Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:00 AM

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Just read your message and was so glad to hear it went well. Keep me posted, you are in my thoughts. Becky
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