Not sure where to post this... Can't get IV's or even draw blood, Doc doesn't want to order Port..??

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 2/9/2012 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
   I have been through a lot over the years, and it has baisicly left me with NO veins to get an IV or even draw blood. 
   I have recurrent shoulder dislocations that require IV sedation to reduce it. The last several times, after at least 10 IV attempts, I ended up with a femoral line. The last time, they attempted a central in my neck and I had so much scar tissue from previous centrals that the catheder(sp?) kept getting kinked so they had to put in a femoral.
  Just this last week and finger stick CBC showed I was anemic and I needed further blood work. After multiple poke and digging, they just gave up and asked that I come back in week to try again and go the the Hospital lab.
  I have repeatedly asked my PCP to order a Port-a-cath. I have already had 3 ports. One clogged, one they took out b/c they didn't think I needed anymore after doing well for a wihle, and the last removed b/c of Staph Pnemonia they were afraid would attack the port so it was removed. I have had PICC lines, and a central almost anytime I am admitted, have surgery, or a simple procedure. But still, my PCP doesn't want to do a port. "I have to really prove you need one" she says, and "you haven't actually been admitted that many times this year" and other excuses like that. I am getting all the records I can to prove I need this done. I just don't understand why they make is so hard. I hate being a pin cusion and risk the effects of so many central lines.
27 years old
Dx's: Depression/anxiety, Non-Epileptic Seizures, Migraines, repeat joint dislocations, suppressed immune system
14 Major surgeries
Meds: Cymbalta, Vyvanse, Valium, Trazadone, Ambien, Loratab

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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 186
   Posted 2/9/2012 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ang,

I was in the same boat as you. It never failed, anytime I was in the hosptial I was stuck like 20 times. I was no longer a candidate for Piccs or midlines. After a few bowel obstructions my colon and rectal surgeon recommended a port. I was kinda dreading it but the thought of no more needles sounded like a dream! So I had the port put in in October. All has been great and smooth with no problems accessing it. Then this week, I was in the hosptial again and for some reason they could not get a blood return but "thought" I could still use it for fluids and meds. Well it started feeling very tight and uncomfortable. Long story short, they de-accessed it and tried again. Still no luck. So they ended up getting blood from my palm (hurt like hell). I was soooooooo mad! I have never had a problem using my port. So I am currently not loving it. I am hoping it was just that particular nurse. I guess I will find out with my next infusion. Anyways, Sorry to take over here. Just wanted you to know you were not alone. Being a pin cushion sucks. I don't understand why your dr won't order it. Aside from my experience this week, its been such a blessing. Do you have a specialist you see that could possibly recommend it to your PCP?
I am a 30 year old female. Have had problems with Crohns/Colitis since 1997. Once I had my colon removed things got a little better. Until about 2 years ago. I just got my port placement and will start Remicaid treatments soon:)
I have awful tummy pain and joint pain as well as female issues.
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