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erin.K
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   Posted 10/7/2005 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
If I ever had to change professions, I think I would totally dig nuclear medicine!  It's much more fun than an MRI or CT...LOL...only people who constantly are in a hospital or have disease could find humor in that statement tongue .  It was neat all the rotating films and machinery & the images on the computer screen too!  all whacky colors.
It took an hour to go from head to toe, and then she repeated 2 areas near my ribs.
What was weird was where I had the most pain...seemed to be most prominant on the screen.
Is that what we were posting about "white spots" on Lipiapita's thread?  I saw more illumination and brightness...but my knees and spine were really outstanding!
The tech also showed me what they look like in 3 other colors too.  It was really interesting.
Not sick from the dye at all....in a lot of pain and tired, but didn't sleep last nite.
I wonder if it is better that I had this scan done while in a bad RA flare? confused    Or should I have waited for when it settled down?
 
Also, what I saw on the screen in a close up looked like cobwebs?  what's that? or sorts like what lymphnodes look like confused .  The digital imagery is amazing.
 
Good or bad...medicine never ceases to amaze me.  So maybe by the end of next week I'll have my follow up rheummy appt and find out what's up.
I just hope this doesn't confuse things and complicate things more than they are already.
 
What I want to hear is..."hey, you've got crappy knees and joints...keep on your meds..."  What I don't want to hear is, "well, it's inconclusive lets investigate."
 
I hate "maybe's" and..."this looks interseting".
But I glowed like a glow worm...but then again anyone who lives around hear is probably already radioactive tongue .

Hey Hubby
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   Posted 10/7/2005 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope that what was interesting to you will be as interesting to the Docs.

Edited after reading the "Bone Scan" Thread:

From the Research Dept:

<semiquote>
The dye is injected and collects in your bones. More of it tends to collect in areas where there is a lot of activity in the bone. 'Activity' means the bone is breaking down, or repairing itself. These areas of activity are picked out by the camera. They are commonly called 'hot spots'.
Bone can break down and repair for other reasons. If you have arthritis, for example, this will also show up on the scan.
</semiquote>

<quote>The doctor will ask you to pass urine just before you return (or when you return) to get rid of any radionuclide in your bladder. </quote>

<Interesting quote> patients that they should not have close contact with pregnant women, babies and young children until the day after their scan.
</interesting>

Results in a "couple of weeks."

On the lighter side, you need to take a writable CD with you so that they can put the pictures on disk for you. :-) With the techno now-a-days, they should be able to make a full size 3D model, wouldn't that be cool tongue

Mods, please edit as you see fit, if at all
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Post Edited (Hey Hubby) : 10/7/2005 2:57:40 PM (GMT-6)


CaMama
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   Posted 10/8/2005 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Glad you didn't get sick!

Yup, those were the white spots we were talking about...good luck, I hope this helps you w/getting the right treatment AND with your case!

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   Posted 10/8/2005 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Hubby,
Thanks for the info..The staying away from Pregnant women and small children would be because you are still emitting radiation for awhile, I suppose.
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   Posted 10/10/2005 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, ma'am. Judging from one photo, the doseage isn't that large, and the camera has to be quite near. Although open, I would think it to be as bad as an MRI tunnel (or is that CAT scan?)

And if I remember correctly, drink plenty of fuilds to help flush the system and it should be "gone" in 24 hrs.

Most of the sites were for cancer detection, if it had spread to the bones. But did mention arthritis and bone fractures, also as uses.
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erin.K
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   Posted 10/10/2005 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
hey all,
thanks for the research quotes Hubby!  bone scans are god tools to detect metastisis and infection; that's what my "rule out" script was for.  the injectable if not flushed from your system tends to collect in the soft tissues...i looked that up in one of my nursing books; particularly as to do no damage to the reproductive cells.
now it's just a matter of waiting!
take care
erin

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   Posted 10/10/2005 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Erin - how are you feeling?
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Dactylitis/Spondylitis 
   -Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
 
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
   -Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
 
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia


erin.K
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   Posted 10/10/2005 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Ducky,
doing OK.  still in  bad flare with the joints, especially the knees, chest and elbows.  guessing time will break this.  enjoyed my honey's birthday weekend...it was very nice.  keeping the knees iced and resting today.  getting chest pains when up and about.  on the chest wall & ribs, not heart pains!
fixin' some mashed potatos!
it's cold outside today!!!
talk to you later
erin

CaMama
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   Posted 10/10/2005 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   

what happens if it settles in to the soft tissue?

 


 


erin.K
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   Posted 10/11/2005 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
hey Camama,
as the radiology tech explained, the radiation dye contains a lace of calcium which attracts it to absorb in the bone...what's absorbed is absorbed and the rest is left floating around in your system. it will eventually collect in the soft tissues and then the bladder for excretion. mainly, no one wants radioactive dye in their body because it's harmful. also, as i was reading...the dye can also go to the male and female reproductive cells and damage them...so the more you drink liquids and urinate, the quicker everything will flush out. all in all, it's to prevent DNA damage to cells.
how are you today??
did you hear about the FDA passing Humira as a treatment for Crohns disease?? exciting huh!!!
till later,
erin
ps...watched the LA angels game last night, might i say...the northeast is in a deep depression. :(
congratualations california!

CaMama
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   Posted 10/11/2005 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hmmm, well, I hope I flushed that dye out back then!

I'm not too bad today.

We watched the home football game Chargers vs. Philly. Philly wone the last bit of the game with a field goal beating us by 2 points. San Diego is bummed.

tongue  
 


erin.K
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   Posted 10/11/2005 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)   :-) yea, we watched a bit of that game as well.  i usually stick with San Diego (we're in one of those Fantasy Football leagues tongue )  but gut instinct told me to pick Pittsburg.  Joe had SD though. sad
 
in my diagnostic testing book for school, i was reading that the bone scan actually involves LESS radiation than an actual XRAY.  cool beans.
 
the world we live in today...who the heck knows how much crap we ingest every day?!  i joked with the tech, "where i live...i don't need this dye, i put money on it i GLOW on my own!" tongue
 
how are the kids doing in school?  i saw lots of kids had off yesterday for Colombus Day.
 
it's weird for me, i have a 9 yo niece, who now has some of the teachers i had in high school and grammer school.  whom of which i have drinks with occasionally too!  makes me feel old! LOL.
 
take care,
erin smurf

CaMama
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   Posted 10/11/2005 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
The kids are doing much better, thanks for asking. My daughter loves kindergarten now and goes in and comes out with a smile daily. We got a call from the principal on Friday saying she was an Outstanding Student picked by her teachers.  They said, always smiling, helpful, ready and eager to learn, interacting, and always participating. We were beaming with pride to hear all this.
 
My son is doing better, but adjusting still. He is playing on the emotions of everyone now and we've caught on....so, we'll see how it goes. He's been through a lot with the teacher change, but now that a permanent replacement is in, he needs to shape up because now it's a ploy for individual attention from everyone.
 
We did not have yesterday off - they grouped the holidays in our district so we have less vaction breaks, but the ones we have are bigger and longer. The whole week of Thanksgiving. A week off in Feb and April. We start early (aug) and end late (end of June), though, and once they are in full day classes they will have one half day a week (some adminstration day thru the teachers union contract.)
 
That's too funny about your neice's teachers! tongue
 


LIPIAPITA
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   Posted 10/18/2005 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad 2 hear all went ok with ur scan,my best 2 u for finding out ur results.Hope it all works out ok.Take Care

erin.K
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   Posted 10/18/2005 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
hey LIPIAPITA,
did you hear anything yet as for your results? i should find mine out thursday @ the rheummy's appt.
best of luck
erin

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   Posted 10/20/2005 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
No unfortunately nothin yet,I have called a few times (answering machine)no call back & unfortunately my dr is 2 far 4 me 2 get 2 without a drive & I don't drive so I have 2 wait till the hubby gets home early enough 2 take me.Hopefully 2morrow he usually gets home early Fri.
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