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Has anyone had the dye for mapping out the lymph nodes before surgery had this done without a local anesthesia?

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anonymous

Patient about 6 years
 
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had it done without anything - it was horrible. I remember my surgeon saying "it will feel like a bee sting" and she gave me the injection. I sat straight up and ( I can take pain) and had tears running down my cheeks and said 'oh my goodness' "NO"!!! She said 'what's wrong' I said that wasn't a dang bee sting it was a swarm or hornets and she said "GREAT ; that means it hasn't moved out of the lymph nodes"! That was true it hadn't but it was the worse feeling ever!!! I know what your talking about.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I must have been born with non-functioning nerves.... I, too, had the mapping done and don't remember it being anything other than a bit of stinging but tolerable.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had it done without anything - it was horrible. I remember my surgeon saying "it will feel like a bee sting" and she gave me the injection. I sat straight up and ( I can take pain) and had tears running down my cheeks and said 'oh my goodness' "NO"!!! She said 'what's wrong' I said that wasn't a dang bee sting it was a swarm or hornets and she said "GREAT ; that means it hasn't moved out of the lymph nodes"! That was true it hadn't but it was the worse feeling ever!!! I know what your talking about.
    about 6 years Flag
    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Thank you for sharing your story with me. Like I told Anne Marie, I had an incisional biopsy a week before my surgery and was still in pain from that, I guess it made it more painful. It did feel like a swarm of hornets!

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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Oops wasn't finished. Had my lymph node biopsy under local since my veins refused to cooperate. The injection of the dye was actually nothing compared to the biopsy.
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  • Barbara Rowan Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I did and I hate to say, it was very unpleasant. From what I understand, they cannot give any local because the dye won't travel as well. I suggest you have someone drive you and take several xanex. Best of luck to you.
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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    I too had the dye for lymph node mapping prior to anesthesia alittle bit uncomfortable. To say the least. But then I had to have the biopsy under local too since
    about 6 years Flag
    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Thank you all for answering, but I read someones story who said the dr. that did her dye injection gave her a local. When I asked the dr. who did my injection if he could give any local anesthesia, he just said no. No compassion. It's very...

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      Thank you all for answering, but I read someones story who said the dr. that did her dye injection gave her a local. When I asked the dr. who did my injection if he could give any local anesthesia, he just said no. No compassion. It's very difficult going through this without uncaring people supposedly caring for you.

      about 6 years Flag
    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      He also did not give any reason for this. So what if the dye moves slower!

      about 6 years Flag
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Susan the local will probably only numb the injection site. When the dye is injected that is where the pain comes from, it burns as it flows. If I were you I'd get another doctor you need someone you can trust and is sympathetic and caring to...

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      Susan the local will probably only numb the injection site. When the dye is injected that is where the pain comes from, it burns as it flows. If I were you I'd get another doctor you need someone you can trust and is sympathetic and caring to your personal needs as a patient. No two patients are alike may have the same diagnosis but each patient needs to be treated as an individual. If you are with a type of HMO plan talk to the head of the department and request to have another doctor and why. And if your doctor is the department head then go above his head. When you are dealing with cancer you want your team of doctors and nurses to work with you not against. Take care

      about 6 years Flag
    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Thank you Anne Marie. I had an incisional biopsy done the week before this and I guess it made it more painful. This was the only time I had to deal with the dr. who injected the dye, thank God, because he had terrible bedside manners!

      about 6 years Flag
  • Kim Wallis Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had the dye and mapping done as well and I didn't think it was too bad I have had a lot worse things so don't get worked up about it.
    about 6 years Comment Flag

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