Problems with veins before infusion

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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Just wondering does anyone have a problem with their veins prior to remicade infusion. I am due to get my next one in about 3 weeks and am dreading it cos it usually takes 3 or 4 goes before they can get a vein.
Tks in advance for advice wink

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   Posted 9/8/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if its related to Crohns or not, but I have the worst veins ever. I never get a IV in just one shot. Whenever I am in the hospital they have to always call a special IV nurse in to put in a midline or picc line becuz my viens are so bad. Try to drink alot of water the days before your infusion and also ask them to put some heat on your arm first to help plump the viens up some. Good luck!
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   Posted 9/8/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Nanners, I'll give that a try. Will let u know ! !

potty pooper
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   Posted 9/8/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same issue with my veins. They are really tiny and tend to roll. For the second time I couldn't get my remicade at my dr's office because the nurse practitioner couldn't get an iv in after 3 tries. Instead of having to deal with another hospital infusion, and since the remicade doesn't seem to be making a major difference, my GI suggested I switch to Cimzia. Waiting for approval.

Nanners advise is definitely worth trying. They have worked for me in the past.

Good luck.

Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 9/8/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Keano-

My veins are bad too.  My is due to the Remicade infusions.  I no longer on Remicade but being on it four years really wrecked my veins.  I would definitly follow nanners advice....being hydrated really helps!

Good luck!


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   Posted 9/8/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I do....I do what nanners suggested. Drink tons of water for the few hours before your infusion, and then before they try, have them put a HOT wet washcloth on the area. Maybe have them try a smaller needle also.
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