Have finally decided to do IV ABX after a year of treatment on orals and no real improvement.
I am switching LLMD's and my new doctor "plans" to use heavy doses of IV ABX (around 2 grams a day I believe)
If I can tolerate the herxes from that amount (probablly can't) How long do you think I will be on treatment? (been symptomatic for a little over 2 years)
The reason why is I am having to move to go see the doctor and I will be seeing her everyday of the week except sunday for treatment. She also uses a central line in the chest, how long can those stay in place at one time?
quote:Originally posted by ByronSBell 2007: I meant to say that I will be getting a line put in my chest and wonder how long one of those can stay in compared to a picc line (in the arm)...?
To answer your question about how long a CVC can be left in compared to a PICC. Will your CVC be a Groshong catheter? When I was 14/15, I had one of those in for 18 months while I was doing chemotherapy for cancer (I still have it in an album...lol). I had absolutely no problems with it and just wore a bandaid over the site where it went into my skin. There was a cuff on the inside to keep it in my chest, so I didn't use stat-locks with it. Back then, I think some people probably had them in for even longer.
I have a Groshong PICC right now and have had it for a year. I do my own dressing changes and infusions and haven't had any problems with it either.
The CVC in my chest was much easier to take care of because once it healed, I only wore a bandaid over the entrance site to prevent irritation and coiled and taped the tubing. I did not have to cover it when I took showers either. Only time I wore that plastic stuff over it is when I went swimming. I wish I had another one of those instead of a PICC right now since it was so much easier.
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I agree with kman. I've had a Groshong CVC for 18 months so far and have had no problems with it. You keep it covered with sterile dressing for the first month and after that--it's healed and open to the air.
I can shower with it (just cover it with a bandaid). I leave it uncovered during the day b/c bandaids irritate my skin. The only thing I haven't risked doing is taking a bath or swimming...I guess I don't want to press my luck
I think you'll find it very easy to live with!!
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I've had my chest port for more than 3 years now. I have never had a problem with it.
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I had a hickman line and was on 2gms twice daily Rocephin 4 days a week.
I am also just changing LLMD's as I have become so very unwell and may have to go back on IV but will opt for a PICC this time, me as a women the chest line seemed a little strange
I think this will give you great benefit and I wish I had stayed on it as I only did 5 months as my line became inflammed NHS refused to treat me any further - To this day they will not give any support so all is funded privatly.
I think it depends how long you will ned to stay on the IV, but give it time.
The very best of luck and I think you have made the correct decision.