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Old 02-08-2018, 09:45 PM
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My sister has to have this done tomorrow. It is like fire in your veins. Any suggestions of how to lesson the pain?


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Old 02-08-2018, 10:16 PM
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I can't offer any suggestions, but I certainly can relate all too well with the discomfort it causes. I needed to have an IV drip for 24 hours after having a heart arrhythmia episode following my first hip surgery. Damn that hurt like the dickens!!! My condolences to your sister.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:33 PM
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I had to have it once as well when I was in the hospital for my asthma. I have been sick a great deal in my life and had many procedures, but that one stands out from the constant pain. Oh how I wish I could take half her pain for her so it would not be so bad.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:59 AM
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Have her ask if they can give it with a lidocaine drip .. I have had this done and it was so helpful.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:24 AM
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Thank you. I will tell her. She has been through so much with her leukemia. I want to spare her any pain I can.


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Old 02-09-2018, 11:33 AM
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That was one of the most uncomfortable procedures I ever had done. I was severely dehydrated and having heart palpitations. I had 8 straight hours of it. They told me it would "sting a bit" going in. It was more than just a bit.

They did mine overnight, and I couldn't sleep. I had a roommate I didn't want to disturb, so I walked around the hospital all night. As long as I was back every hour to get the bag changed, they didn't care. I watched TV in the ER and paced For some reason walking around made me feel better.
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:38 PM
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I had to have several doses and the easiest one was when the nurse gave me ice packs to keep around my arm with the IV. Ask if they can do that for your sister. It's a necessary evil though as the body needs that potassium....it's vital.
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:57 PM
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I passed that idea on to my sister for next time. She is done with todays' treatment. She said it was not too bad but she is Miss Pollyanna always with a positive attitude. I know it hurt.
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Old 02-09-2018, 02:05 PM
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Praying for your sister.
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:50 PM
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I am sorry your sister has to have this procedure. I have always had a problem keeping my potassium levels up (know one knows why) and after my hysterectomy had to have that done a couple of times before I left the hospital. I really don't remember much if any pain with it, but maybe they had something going in with it that dulled or prevented the pain.

Does your sister take Magnesium? I was on daily Potassium supplements which didn't do much to keep my levels up, but when I started taking Magnesium on my own for another reason, by Potassium started testing in the normal range and has done so every year since then! I no longer take the Potassium, just the Magnesium but evidently it must help the body absorb or keep Potassium levels up.

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Old 02-09-2018, 10:38 PM
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She is on a very strict diet because of her illness with very limited vitamin K because of her polycythemia vera. Plus her liver is in terrible condition because it took them so long to determine what was wrong with her. Her liver ended up being damaged and now she has serosis of the liver. This is really a bigger problem for her than her cancer. Most people who get this type of Leukemia are at least in the 70's. She was only 52.

I did send her a list of foods high in potassium and suggested potassium supplements if the doctor says they are okay for her.

I will tell her about the magnesium as well. Thank you.
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