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port issues...cant walk more than few steps

debi1054
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Joined: May 2013

I had colon surgery april 4th.. got port put in 3 weeks ago....they took out all the right half of colon and some large bowel...the other day I felt I ad pain under my right side ribcage and everytime I took a breath would hurt in ribcage and my port area up shoulder and into arm...is that part of the healing or wasmit part of my 2nd chemo I just had... also cant walk more than 20 steps without having to stop and rest cuz legs want to give out and get shortness of breath

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Beachlace
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Joined: May 2013

Im new to all this.  Having port installed tomorrow morning.  I would definitely call my onc if I had those symptoms just to be on the safe side.  Let us know.  

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Trubrit
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I would definitely call your Oncologist today.  There could be a leak. a movement of the port, anything really. There are tons of side effects with chemo, but pain like that I would look in to. 

Good luck, and be sure to visit us often. You won't regret it. We are travelling the same road and have allot to offer. 

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Phil64
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Joined: Apr 2012

Those do not sound like expected side effects. I would call my doctor immediately if I experienced those side-effects.

Good Luck!

Phil

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AnnLouise
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Call your oncologist immediately.....the side effects seem to be extreme. Let us know what you find out...~Ann

debi1054
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Joined: May 2013

I gonna call him... bad thing I am out of state for wedding hope maybe I slept wrong on it

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annalexandria
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and go to the local ER if necessary.  Seriously.  It may be absolutely nothing, but when you're in the middle of tx, and post-surgery, you don't want to take any chances.  A quick visit now may save you a longer hospital stay later.  Let us know how things go~Ann Alexandria

PatchAdams
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Joined: Nov 2011

Sounds like a blood clot to me.  In almost 5 years, I've never heard of a port causing discomfort like you're talking about. 

 

Let us know!

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Annabelle41415
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Joined: Feb 2009

Agree it's best to get it checked out and you surely don't want a clot so call your oncologist and see if they suggest going in.  Good luck

Kim

Chelsea71
Posts: 1170
Joined: Sep 2012

Yup, this is a blood clot. Very common in your situation. Better get to the ER.

Chelsea

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tootsie1
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Joined: Feb 2008

I agree you should get it checked. Good luck with it!

*hugs*

Gail

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fatbob2010
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Joined: May 2012

Agree, this could be serious and nothing to play with...Good luck.

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Port catheters can flip up into the inomate vein causing severe pain, tips can break off and get into the heart or other vessels, fiborous strands can develop from the tip, blood flow past the tip can cause the tip to form a lesion in the vena cava or inomate vein, infection can develop, several possibilities that may require a die scan, MRI, CT, consult with an anesthesiologist who have extensive experience with subclavian vein inserted port catheter pain. Serious possibilities are to be ruled out by any means. I had to have mine changed due to the tip flipping up into the inomate vein. My surgeon disagreed, but i insisted after a PET scan confirmed it was in the wrong place. My pain had become unbearable after a few weeks. Within 4 days of the replacment I was fine and have been ever since. Do not delay getting referrals from your oncologist.  

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