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Posted By : fighter123 - 6/3/2010 4:13 AM
I am due to have a portacath inserted and was just wondering what the limitations are when I am not in hospital and the needle is not in the port ?
 
Thanks

Posted By : Gemsi - 6/3/2010 11:45 AM
Hey there Fighter,
 
Firstly, it depends on the placement of your port to how it is going to effect you.
 
I have my port sitting on the left hand side of my chest wall. I don't notice it often, though do sometimes if I'm feeling tired and lift my arm. Only when tired though. I'm not into excercise of any sort really though. Because of where it is, means I have to avoid rollercoasters with straps that go over my port (the best ones!) and also I find it a bit uncomfortable if I'm wearing a seatbelt and the driver has to break suddenly.  
 
Unfortunately I think it's a personal thing how much you can do with a port, as some people have no problems and can train and do everything. Others find it more uncomfortable because they can feel it tugging when they stretch to far.
 
Hope  this helps a bit
All the best
Gem


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Posted By : fighter123 - 6/3/2010 2:06 PM
Thanks Gem,

My port is due to be in the left side of the chest as well. I was just curious if there was any was any major drawbacks to the port as nobody had been very clear in the past. As you say it'll proberly depend on me as a person as everyone is different.

Thanks again,
Fighter

Posted By : Gemsi - 6/6/2010 5:01 AM
No worries Fighter, glad to be of help.

I absolutely love my port, especially when they now try to get blood out of my arms or something, I still have shocking veins, they are almost none existant and it still takes several attempts to even get a trickle of blood. I had a cannula the other month for an op as they wouldn't use my port in theatre, and it had still failed by the 3 hour mark. I think they wrecked my veins as a kid!

You do have to weigh up the pros and cons, I know others have problems. But, I think when they work for someone they generally work really well!

Gem


Diagnosed with: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, ABPA, Clinical Depression, Mild Liver Cirrohsis, Mild Osteopenia, Erythema Nodosum. Waiting for final diagnosis on Muscular Dystrophy type symptoms.
Medication: Creon 10,000, Vitamins A,D+E, Salbutamol, Paracetamol, Tramadol, Nefopam, Ursodeoxycholic Acid, Trazodone, Slow-Sodium, Azithromycin, Metachlopromide, Omeprazole, DNase Ineb, Folic Acid, Adcal-D3. I use PEP and Flutter device as my physio as well as the occasional ABC when bored. Had a Port-a-cath fitted on chest wall since Nov 04
Help support the forums so we can support you:  http://www.healingwell.com/donate
Sometimes, I feel that I should go and play with the thunder - then I get scared and run away.
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