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Teresa

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i injected my lantus and then noticed all the insulin dripping down my stomach, when i moved the pen the needle was gone!!

After about 5 mins i developed a lump so i phoned the NHS helpline and they told me to go to hospital asap!

When i got there they xrayed my stomach and found it. I then sat in the hospital waiting room for 5.5 hours before being told the doctor didnt know what to do! so now ive been sent home with the needle still in my stomach and i have an appointment to go back tomorrow when there is a more senior doctor there who can decide how to remove it!!!

im not impressed and even more not impressed with the company that makes needles for Lantus pens!!!

has this ever happened to anyone else!? if so, how did they remove it??????
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What kind of doctor does not know what to do to get a needle out?

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Teresa,

I can't offer anything in the way of information. I have never heard of that happening before. I hope you can get it removed soon.

I've been highly unimpressed with various stories of the treatment some people have received from the UK NHS. Apparently the long delays and lack of knowledge occur way too often. Don't get me wrong, all is not perfect in U.S. emergency rooms, but it seems that the attitude is a little worse over there.

I have a very good friend near Manchester. She has had some medical difficulties during our acquaintance. In our discussions, I would ask if she had asked her doctor this or that. Her response on several occasions was: "Doctors here don't like questions." I was outraged. I don't know if that has been your experience or not, but I have seen similar sentiments posted her at times.

Good Luck,

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lgvincent

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How horrible! I've come close to having the needle from a syringe break off under the skin but I've always gotten them out. I was told to circle the area where the needle is and get to an emergency room as soon as possible. Considering you've already been to the emergency room and still have the needle in you, I don't know what to say. How deep is the needle and is it moving deeper?
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OMG My sympathies go out to you.

My son, when I told him not to get a pierced earring, did of course have one put in. During all his sports asking him to take it
out, he of course got infected and the earring went inside his ear
totally. Well, he got sent to emerg and it had to be surgically
removed. At least they knew where it was and didn't have far to look.

I would have thought the body would react with an inflamation and the docs would xray and decide on best way to remove it
which may also be a simple surgical procedure. The sooner the better before it punctures some other vessel or organ.

I do recall one of the inmates at the pysch center here eating
a sandwich of thumbtacks in his attempt to get out of center or out of life-not sure which. Anyhow, the docs decided to xray and watch passage thru his stomach which of course did happen uneventfully. That surprised me cause these were tacks. I thought they would surely puncture something in the intestinal on the way out and all those bacteria can kill a person but didn't happen. Everything cleared fine and guy went unhappily back to center.

Perhaps, waiting is the smart thing to do and the needle will work it's way upward and outward. I hope that happens for you as I've been very close to that happening also.
Good luck.

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... perhaps it was a wise decision to sent you home Theresa? I would want the best and most senior to deal with this.

I'd write a formal letter of complaint to the company that makes the Lantus pen. Just for the principle. Your letter will probably go into file #13, if you get my drift...

I hope they rid you of that needle asap Theresa and that it will soon become just a bad memory. Take good care now!

Marie
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Teresa, I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope everything goes well for you today.

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Wow, I never heard of this before. Best of luck to you. And for going back...I wouldn't wait 5.5 hours. Make some noise so they know you are there..again!Good Luck

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well i went back to the hospital (only had an hour 10 min wait this time!) and they said they are going to leave it in there!!!!!!!!

he said it will swell up, probably get infected (in which case im gonna need anti-biotics) and eventually form a hard lump. when that happens i can have it removed if i want to!!!! i certainly want to!

the doctor doesnt *think* it will move anywhere - which is reassuring - NOT!!!

im not happy at all, i dont like having a sharp needle in my stomach!!!!!!

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I'm so sorry that this happened to you! I don't know what I would do in your situation. I probably would try to get it out myself and if that didn't work I guess I would go to the ER (emergency room). I can't imagine them ever telling me to go back home with it still in me. I know I am not a medical doctor or a medical expert for that matter either, but it doesn't sound like those doctors know what they are doing. I can't believe that no one knew how to help you, Teresa. I would think the last thing that they would want is to let it get infected, especially as a diabetic. It just doesn't sound right to me, but then again I haven't been thru medical school so maybe I shouldn't be speaking on the matter.

Is there any way you can go to your own family doctor and see what he or she can do? I know it must be a little uncomfortable for you and I'm sure you want to get it taken care of right away, maybe your regular doctor can help you out.

Again, sorry to hear about this little mishap, hope that things improve soon.

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From the description you give it sounds very scary. I would try to remove it as though it was a splinter, Using a razor blade to cut the surface if needed and tweezers to remove the needle.

Then I'd contact a lawyer, or someone about this, because the company that has made this is highly responsible for this and they all are afraid of this kind of problem happening.

I have had needles break off in me, and I have had many needles bend and break as I was trying to inject into my arms. I have also had one needle break off in my vein and started to float towards my heart. That one was removed surgically. I was blessed to have it not move past my armpit area for several minutes. I was told it could have killed me if it got to my heart.
Anyway try removing it as it were a splinter. This has worked for me.
Don

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Hi Teresa

Both am1977 and dpav have given you good advice. If you can't get the needle out on your own, then I would definitely encourage you to see your own GP first thing tomorrow. Tell the receptionist that it's an emergency. When you talk to your GP, be sure to tell him/her how upset and scared you are. If he/she thinks you're coping okay, they're much more unlikely to insist on action being taken. If you're on the edge of a breakdown (not literally, but they don't need to know that!!), hopefully they'll refer you back to the hospital for the sake of your mental health.

I really hope you can get this resolved tomorrow...you should not have to put up with this treatment. I cannot believe that the doctor at the hospital sent you home again with the needle still in. That's outrageous, and I'd complain to the hospital as well as to the people who make the needle.

Hope we hear some good news from you soon.

thinking of you :)

Sue

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lgvincent

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I can't believe they would leave it in. It looks like it wouldn't be that hard to remove. Of course, I'm not a doctor, but it looks like it would still not be that hard to do.
Brandy
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That's horrendous!!! We really have lost the plot in this country! When this is all over be sure to complain to the hospital. In the mean time try to keep your blood sugars as low as is practical to try to promote healing. I also agree that you should see your GP first thing tomorrow. (I'd also claim that th thing is agony!)

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Yikes Teresa, now that is scary!! One wonders how 'senior' this doctor is if he's telling you that it will get infected and you'll have to go on antibiotics, and he doesn't realize what an infection is capable of doing to a Diabetic's blood sugars??! :eek:

My advice may come a little late, but if I were you I would demand that someone in the know-how remove said foreign object ASAP. Don't ask, don't nod and smile in response to their conjectures, and don't let them tell you 'no'. These medical professionals are working for you.

I, personally, would not resort to trying to cut the needle out myself. Not only could this cause tissue damage but it might also push the needle in further and aggravate the situation.

I hope everything turns out well. Keep us posted!
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... I can't believe what I've just read. Theresa, are you serious?!?? Animals have better care and much quicker at the vet!!!! I think you've been patient enough.

Demand this needle to be removed. Refuse to leave the doctor's office and/or the emergency room. Don't leave them any other choice but to deal with this and promptly.

I hope the next thing we hear from you is that the needle is out and that your ordeal is over.

Take care Theresa!

Marie
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Wow Theresa!!! I am shocked that they would risk you even getting an infection!!! That is HORRIBLE!!! Leaving that needle in there? I'm so sorry you have to deal w/ this!!!

When Eri was in the ER last Monday, we had our 5 hour wait. First thing, when you walk into the ER, it says if you have chest pains, tell the staff IMMEDIATELY , which I did....and they had us sit and wait for at least 30 - 45 minutes b/f seeing us!!!(good ol' FL for you...I assure you if she was geriatric and not a child, she would have been taken ASAP. Then the doc that FINALLY showed up...around 4.45 hours later, told me not to even ask or talk to him about diabetic related issues, he is JUST an ER doc...and a cocky one at that.

I pray that all works out for you!!!

God bless!!!

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The saying that comes to mind is.

You can't live with them and you can't live without therm.......

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I'm a little late getting in on this, but I'm shocked. I've been told to make sure it doesn't happen, but if it did, I cannot imagine nobody doing anything about it.

And to just let it encapsulate and cause an infection is positively ridiculous!

I hope you get somebody to do something asap. Maybe a dermatologist?

Keep us posted!
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Teresa

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another update!

i phoned Diabetes UK today and they said they didnt think it should be left in and that i needed to phone my diabetic nurse. She said it is way too fine and way too sharp to be left in and that it could travel around! (yuck!) so she said she would talk to the diabetic specialist then phone back.

He agreed and said it needed to removed asap! i was told to go to my GP and see if he could remove it as minor surgery and if not he could refer me to someone who could remove it

saw my GP after work today and he said he cant remove it, but he does think he found it as it hurt ALOT when he pressed in a certain place (and if thats where it is then its moved already!) ...

he doesnt know who can remove it but is going to phone some people at the hospital and try and find someone to get it out... he suggested they may use a strong magnet or an ultrasound to locate it...

so basically, its better news than yesterday but still no proper answers...




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