Prednisone / Needle Sticks / Remicade IV / Viens

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   Posted 9/15/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on prednisone for so many years I forget how many. Over the last 5-7 years and the last
( 3 + ) on remicade and the 40-50 ER visits and my many admissions my veins look good, real good but all the years on prednisone have turned them into rubber. They roll and blow. If ANY nurse can get the IV ( ER or Infusion ) gets the IV in on the 1st attempt I ask for their full name and write the Dir. of Nurses telling the Dir. what a wonderful nurse they were, and how they knew their job. It takes and average of 5-10 sticks to get a vien. Have had as many as 15 ( arm black and blue for weeks ). A nurse will only try twice and call someone else in.....Then you have the cocky nurse when you tell them about your viens , then after two tries they say, I guess your right !   Any one else have problems with their viens and IVs ?

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   Posted 9/15/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 9/15/2007 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, and I ended up with a port so I could still get my remi.
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   Posted 9/15/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Always. These last few times I was in the hospital they ended up putting a central line in, then for my ostomy reversal Sx I had them put the central line in while I was under still. Wish they told me that it was going to be a jug stick since they cannot place it in the chest while under anasthesia since they can puncture your lung. They had mentioned for me to get a port placed but I have always declined this.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 9/15/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kurt When I was in the hosp. in Jan I had the same thing going on and felt like walking out the door.Have you considered a port? What about Humira? I drink lots of fluids 2 days before my IV and get my hand wrapped with a warm blanket and then tapped on. Since I have gained weight and not run down it has been better just one try and sometimes that is enough . Hope you get something worked out. lol gail

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   Posted 9/15/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
same prob here. you are not alone

my viens roll, move, run away, blow, don't give any blood!! and they are small

if an iv tech gets me...same thing...I GET THEIR NAME!!

I had a cath put in 2 yrs ago for same reason....just got out of the hospital tho and look like a domestic violence case cuz all my viens infiltrated every day!!!!

is it the pred??

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005. I deal with daily arthritis ALL over my body, cystic acne, & fibromyaglia. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently being treated with 4000mg of Pentasa daily, 60mg solumedrol, and Remicade.

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   Posted 9/15/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to have trouble with my veins. It doesn't sound like it was anywhere near as bad as a lot of you, but nurses definitely had trouble finding them, and they would roll, as well. I started working out on a regular basis and it has made it SO much better! My veins are visible and only one nurse had trouble since then. I don't know if exercising would be as helpful to everyone as it was to me, it's just a suggestion.

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   Posted 9/15/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep. I do too. I've been on pred for almost 15 years (horrifying, I know). My veins roll and blow so easily. There's an AWESOME nurse where I get my remicade and she always gets me on the first stick, but I've had as many as 5 sticks just to get an IV in. It's no fun being a human pin cushion.
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