The last thing I remember was the anesthesiologist telling me I may feel "a slight sunburn feeling at site of injection." All I can think of is remembering screaming in pain like I have never experienced in all my life. Yesi was asleep within 30 seconds, maybe less, but I have to have the procedure again and am petrified of that pain. I'm not crazy! I've had surgeries, broken bones etc, this pain was torturous and barbaric. Thank God I fell asleep!!! I have never heard of this before! What happened?? Of note, the iv site looked fine post procedure. It was a small vein in the back of my hand, I know they would have preferred a larger line, but I'm a real tough stick.
It was because it was a small vein that they used. When they use the small veins in the back of the hand it can really burn and cause a sharp ache because propofol is irritating to smaller veins. This is usually gone by the time you wake up and it doesnt damage the vein, it just irritates it causing discomfort. Next time, ask them to try to access a larger vein, if possible. Using a larger vein wont cause as much discomfort. If you are a hard stick, you may not have much choice. It hurts, but it is a transient pain and gone when you wake.
- Propofol Information for Consumers
- Propofol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Propofol (detailed)
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