OF HAVING A LIVER BIOPSY? READ THIS
AND IT WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND!
September 24, 2003
Dawne recently received
an email regarding a biopsy experience.
The following is that email. After the email Dawne's reply
Dear Dawn, You would do everyone a much bigger favor by
taking your biopsy experience off of the internet because
it does more harm than good and I for one, am so very sorry
that I stumbled on to this site. Reading about your experience
caused me undue alarm, fear, anxiety and nightmares. Thank
you very much. Like you said, everyone is different,so everyone
should find out for themselves. You are not helping anyone.
I look at things a bit different I guess. I feel everyone
has the right to know. I stated that it was just my experience
and that it is not the same for everyone. People have the
right to know what can happen. If I didn't tell people then
I would be in a sense lying....hiding the truth. You may not
like reading it but it is the truth and people do have the
right to know. My site is not a medical site, it is a personal
experience site. Anyone that would use these sites for medical
advice would be foolish. There are plenty of Medical sites
out there...Have you ever typed in liver biopsy in your search
engine? You will find all kinds of medical sites dealing with
biopsies along with personal sites explaining a persons experience.
I refuse to take something off my site because it scares you.
I guess the truth can scare us all. Anyone that would have
nightmares, undue alarm and anxiety from reading a biopsy
experience should not be allowed Internet acess.
I would like to share my biopsy experience with all of you.
I am not trying to place fear in you but rather, be honest.
You need to remember that everyone is different and that just
because I had a rough time, it doesn't mean you will.
The procedure itself was not that bad. They used an ultasound
to find the liver and make an X to mark the spot. They gave
me a shot to numb the surface where they were going to go
in for the biopsy. They told me to breath in and hold my breath
until they told me to breath. You must do this as it kinda
moves other organs out of the way. It felt like a small pinch
and was over before I knew it. They placed a bandage over
the site and had me lay on my right side. About 1/2 hour later
I got a pain up in my left shoulder and they dais this is
normal for some people and is called refered pain. They told
me I had to lie there for a few hours and they would be back
to check on me. Soon I felt this horrible chest pain and found
it hard to breath. Of course I didnt have a call button near
me. I just layed there and the pain became worse. I was really
getting scared and by this time I could not sit up, I could
not breath in enough air to allow me to yell. Finally a nurse
came and I told her I couldnt breath and that my chest hurt.
She called the doctor back down and he ordered a chest X-ray
to make sure they had not knicked my lung.
The doctor took a look at the X-ray and told me that I had
some internal bleeding and that the blood had collected around
my diaphram, causing me the pain and difficulty breathing.
They immediatly started an IV and through the IV line they
gave me 75 mg. of Demerol. That did the trick and I felt much
better. That seemed to work but about 3 hours later as they
were getting ready to discharge me, the pain came back. It
was worse than it was before. The doctor ordered 100mg of
Demerol and 1/2 hour later they discharged me. We live an
hour away from the hospital and we were about 1/2 way home
and the pain was beginning to return. I decided to tough it
out and continue home. I can remember thinking to myself that
surely they would not of discharged me if they had expected
the pain to return and be as intense.
Once home everyone had things to do and places to go, so
I thought I would just lie down and rest. MISTAKE!. Once I
lied down the pain got very intense. I could not get up, the
pain was so bad. Thank God I had the cordless phone on my
bed and I was able to call my daughter. She came over and
after some time I managed to get out of the bed. Back to the
hospital we went. More Demerol and a pressure bandage. I had
to lie on my side again for 8 hours and getting a shot of
Demerol evey 4 hours.
Now let me tell you that I am not a whimp. I have had several
major surgeries and have always done just fine. I usually
dont take much pain meds. But this was horrible. I will never
have another one done. I will never ever forget how intense
that pain was. I had heard of other people having biopsy's
with little or no pain. I really was not prepared for anything
like this. I am so glad that it is all behind me now. They
will never get me to do another one.
PLEASE remember that this was my experience
and that it by no means will be yours. To all going for thier