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   Posted 2/2/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I have trouble every time I get an IV, I go again monday for my 2nd remicade. Anyone know if I can do anything to help my veins. They always miss or they roll........please help.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't say it will help a lot but my Daughter drinks a ton of water before her infusions to try and plump up at least one vein so she doesn't have to be stabbed several times. I hear using warm compresses beforehand helps too. She has had some really nasty IV insertions. All depends on who is doing it. The regular GI's Nurse is awful, but Nurses at infusion centers who do it all day long seem to have a better handle on IV insertions in
almost non-existent veins.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes drink water to hydrate yourself, and also keep heat on the arm right on the vein before you have it put in and that generally helps push the babies up. I have the same problem and it is a pain.
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Remicade every 6 weeks, 6-mp, Nexium (GERD)
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines, GERD
Surgeries: Spleen, Gallbladder, Tonsils, Adenoids, foot of terminal Ileum, Appendix, Ileocecal valve, bit of colon

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   Posted 2/2/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
My nurses at my infusion center put a very hot wash cloth on my hand for a couple of minutes, and they pop right up....also be sure you are well hydrated....and relax after the stick....breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth until they are finished.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree drink plenty water a day or two before the infusion it does help. The last iv i had the nurse blew my vain and it hurt like hell.


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   Posted 2/3/2008 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I agree drink plenty of water before infusion.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 2/3/2008 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem with tiny rolling veins. I agree with everyone ....drinking lots of fluids is key, and putting a warm compress, facecloth,towel on your vein 5 min or so before the big pick is usually very helpful.Good Luck
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 2/3/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I definitely agree with drinking lots of water on your way to the infusion. Infusion center nurses are very profecient in their practice. I had the same problem when I was getting Remicade but just ask fot the MOST EXPERIENCED Nurse and hopefully you will have no issues. Good Luck. I totally understand what you are going through.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000
Bowel Resections 6/05, 11/05 & 7/06 (removal of terminal ileum and appendix)
Humira 40mg. every week
Percocet 10/325mg
Codeine 30 mg.
Cymbalta 30 mg.
Xanax 0.25mg
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   Posted 2/3/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
If they are sooooooooooo bad you could always have a port put in. That would be worst case scenario though. I know you see addicts in the movies smack their arm or rub the arm to get the vein to show through better. The warm compress probably does the same thing but rubbing it probably wouldn't hurt.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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