Schedule for toenail removal.. Help calm my nerves #!*!

posted 4 weeks ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I had the same thing done when I was a teen, and I didn’t think it was that bad.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: By the lake

I think it’s the anesthesia shots will hurt the most.   But once that’s done, you shouldn’t feel the pain.   Good luck. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

The anesthesia shots are pretty crappy, your feet have a lot of nerve endings so they are more sensitive to pain. After the shots, it’s really not that big of a deal and the recovery isn’t that bad

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Kslim13 :  I’ve had lots of dental work, and novocaine injections in my gums don’t bother me at all. 

You asked for us to give it to you straight, so here goes: I had a big toenail removed, and the needle hurt like hell. I have sensitive feet, so I felt it toward the bottom of my foot, and my doctor sort of dug around shooting my foot with a ton of bupivicaine. Why he shot it between my toes is still a mystery to me, unless he needed to reach a specific nerve. I can honestly say I think the toenail removal without the shot would have hurt less. Tell your surgeon to go easy on you. If he can avoid injecting you between the toes, it shouldn’t hurt much at all.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

All three of my foot surgeries have had the shot between the toes, unfortunately I think that’s where they have to go. Still less painful than having the cortisone shot repeatedly jammed into my arthritic big toe joint I guess…. bearinabeecostume :  

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I shattered my big toe last summer (it split right it half and I almost had to have it amputated), so they removed my toenail. It was pretty freakin bad to get the shot, but my toe had been through such a trauma that’s probably why. Once it was numb, it just sort of made my stomach flip to feel her pulling the nail off. She then had to stitch it up which was also the same way. you’ll be fine if it’s just the toenail.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ask your doctor to show you where the inections will go. Ask your doctor if you can use EMLA cream  cream. Make sure it is non prescription where you live. If it needs a prescription, get one from your doctor. Then go to the drugstore and get some EMLA.  It is the same type of local anaesthetic as the injections. You apply it about an hour before your injections and it totally numbs the area. When the doctor is injecting, ask him to do it slowly. It hurts less.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’ve had it done multiple times on the same toe, and need to actually get it done again. It’s really not that bad in my opinion, the whole thing was done rather quickly.

eta mine is my big toe, it was a while ago but they did the shots  around my nail if I recall correctly. You should hopefully start feeling numb pretty quickly and it should be tolerable. 

Kslim13 :  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

All of my surgeries have been my big toe, and they’ve always given me a shot between my big toe and the next toe over. And then one on the outer side of my big toe as well. Kslim13 :  

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

The doctor can perform a digital block, which generally involves placing a rubber band around the base of the toe then injecting the area with lidocaine. This enables them to numb the entire toe. I’ve never had this procedure done personally, but I’m an RN and I worked in the ER for 12 years. So I saw many patients undergo the procedure, and most handled it very well. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

Eina! This sounds painful – hope you recover quickly

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