Oct 02, 2009 - 3:20 pm
I have questions for everyone who has had a port implanted. How sore were you after the surgery, and how long did it last?
I have a very high pain tolerance, and expected this was going to be very simple. In fact, I figured I'd be working late afternoon. Thank goodness I told my clients I was out for the entire day. I had the same surgeon that did my resection, and I am thrilled with how I am healing from that. He has inserted lots of ports too - a very experienced surgeon.
I am not one to whine about pain normally. I walked more than the nurses wanted me to after resection surgery. (My surgeon is not as strict as the nurses.) I was up 12 hours after surgery and took many walks each day. I was walking 3 miles a day less than 2 weeks after surgery.
I am VERY swollen and bruised, chest and neck. (I do bruise easily.) I hurt a lot any time I do anything that involves the muscles on the left side of my neck, or my left chest muscles. I couldn't put a bra on yesterday or today - it hurts too much to lift the breast up into the bra - pushes up on the sore area (I'm pretty saggy, so we are talking moving some real estate - LOL!). This pain is as much or more than I had from the colon resection. I was expecting a simple little procedure with not much to slow me down afterwards. Was I just overly optomistic?
I hate pain pills and normally won't take them, but yesterday I was in so much pain I took them twice. Last night I could not sleep. Maybe 5-10 minutes at a stretch, wake up, go back to sleep, wake up.... I'm exhausted today. I haven't taken any pain meds today because I needed to work. They make me fuzzy and nauseated - I can only deal with them if I try to go to sleep after I take them. They did send me home with a bottle of 30 Vicodin - should I take this as a sign that I was to expect a lot of pain?
No one has mentioned much about any pain from this procedure. In fact, I was told I could have it inserted one day, and they could use it for chemo the next. I don't see how they could do that. I don't know how you'd even find the thing - such a huge area of my chest is swollen that I can't pinpoint the port. And if anyone touched/pushed on my chest, I'd kill them. Is this unusual? Should I call the doctor? Wait and see how I am tomorrow?