I am, for almost a year and a half now, on home hemodialysis. I’m doing dialysis 5 days a week. I had no issues with the cannulation neither with the artery nor the venous access. My button holes are located on the upper arm and I had to undergo a vein transplant to a more convenient location as my vein is very deep.
About two months ago my artery button hole collapsed. The nurse at the dialysis center created a new button hole (we do not use sharp needles as we are not proficient with them). When the nurse created a new artery button, since then I have had a sharp burning pain when inserting the needle and it lasts for some time (about 15-20 minutes after starting treatment). There is also pain when removing the needle. At the venous button hole I have no feeling whatsoever when inserting the needle.
As an experiment I did not do dialysis for 3 days. The next time when I did dialysis there was far less pain than before, but the day after the pain returned in full.
I have very limited space on my upper arm where I can cannulate and create a new button hole. My question is, can I reuse the original hole that collapsed? Is there anything I can do to ease the pain?
Thank you and hope to hear from you soon,