Hickman line (not medical)

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Not asking for medical advice as I have a consultant & Macmillan nurses to ask.
But I just wanted to ask others who've gone through chemo, how their arms are now? I've had one cycle, 2nd one due on Wed and another 4 to go. My veins going already and I'm having a Hickman line fitted before my 3rd as they don't think it'll last.

But my arm really hurts all the way up to my shoulder. Does it get better over time? I'm doing the physio that I have to do for my mastectomy on both sides in the hopes that it'll stretch it out as my arm resists straightening already.

I'm really looking forward to the Hickman, just because of my cruddy veins. 3 goes to get blood today and I'm so sore!

Anyone else had one of these?
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  • Not asking for medical advice as I have a consultant & Macmillan nurses to ask.
    But I just wanted to ask others who've gone through chemo, how their arms are now? I've had one cycle, 2nd one due on Wed and another 4 to go. My veins going already and I'm having a Hickman line fitted before my 3rd as they don't think it'll last.

    But my arm really hurts all the way up to my shoulder. Does it get better over time? I'm doing the physio that I have to do for my mastectomy on both sides in the hopes that it'll stretch it out as my arm resists straightening already.

    I'm really looking forward to the Hickman, just because of my cruddy veins. 3 goes to get blood today and I'm so sore!

    Anyone else had one of these?

    I can't answer your question, just wanted to wish you well.x
  • TygermothTygermoth Forumite
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    I also have nothing to contribute other than my well wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
    Please note I have a cognitive disability - as such my wording can be a bit off, muddled, misspelt or in some cases i can miss out some words totally...
  • BronnieBronnie Forumite
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    Me too, wish you well. xx
  • Best wishes from me to xx
  • Another cycle done and another vein knackered :( can't use my right arm now and I'm not supposed to use my left for lifting as I had lymph nodes removed. All I can say is Thank god for Ocado or I'd be boggered.

    Hickman line is going in on the 14th before my next cycle on the 20th. I have to go in every Monday to get it flushed & cleaned until its all over at the end of May. I don't drive so it's a good job OH has an understanding employer & lets him make the time up. Mind you I don't think I could drive a manual now anyway.

    They had to make a note that I need sedation as its a minor op and I tend to freak a bit. I even need Librium for a filling. Lol. Really not looking forward to having tubes in my chest for the next 3 months but it is a relief as they won't have to stick me with needles anymore.
    Noli nothis permittere te terere
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  • Lots and lots of hugs. I hope you have a speedy recovery and that the Hickman line is a help - my cousin had one in many years ago and said it was far more comfortable for her once it was in.

    HBS x
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  • SkylloSkyllo Forumite
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    Wishing you the best of luck, my grandmother had a Hickmann in when she had chemo and found it was great. Her veins were terrible to begin with and one cycle of chemo destroyed whatever was left!
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    Can't really help sorry, but wanted to wish you all the best of luck.

    A lady on here shes had chemo and had the hickman lined, shes finshed chemo now, but from her journey the hickman line did make a difference, xx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
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