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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to have an MRI on Monday. (Hope I can lay flat for 45 minutes!) Anyway,
I'll be given IV sedation. That's the kind of relaxing stuff that makes you feel like
you're in a good dream.

I've had many MRI's in the past but I've always been offered a tranquilizer (a pill)
Anybody else have IV sedation.

Uh, by the way I'm just asking, NOT complaining.

Pamela smilewinkgrin

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Sedation for an MRI??? I've only heard of them doing this if the person is afraid of closed in spaces. I've never been offered any sedation or anything like that for MRI's , I think they like to torture me or watch me writhe in pain.

Hugs

Scarred

P.S. Good luck Pam with the MRI. I'll be praying for ya.
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Pamela, I just had an MRI on Tuesday...they didn't offer me anything...what a ripoff!!!

Me.
 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
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Denim
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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to laugh at that last answer, I never heard of sedation for an mri, not for nothing, why would you need sedation? There is no pain involved. I had a couple of blocks that I SHOULD have been given sedation. It was so painful, I couldn't believe he did that to me, I was screaming. As far as MRI's, I was never offered anything but maybe headphones. I never heard of being offered a pill either. Well, I guess it's a policy but I can't understand it. Pamela, I wouldn't be complaining either. Good luck, dear.
Just teasing before, hope u know that. You never know on boards how people might take you.
I had someone, I believe, take me the wrong way and it's a shame, cuz, she never talks to me after that andI didn't think anything of it, but when I saw she would avoid any post I made, I figured she took me wrong and I wish she hadn't. I guess, I had the forgiveness post on my mind. :) 

White Beard
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   Posted 3/12/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard of it before, it is not all that common, I had a couple of patients in Onco that they did that to! But usually they give a perosn an oral medication like xanax or something to relax them if they are claustrophobic, but it all depends on what the Doc orders and what they are looking at and the length of time, and position. I know I had one done of my entire spine and my brain, and I thought I was in there for days! Never been so miserable in my life, I can't lay flat, and they couldn't put enough pillows under my knees to get me comfortable and still get me inside the MRI, Luckily but I knew what was in store for me, so with the Docs approval I premedicated first with with two percocets! The IV sedation would of really been handy then!

Good Luck to You Pamela
White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/12/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Denim, I read you right. I certainly know the feeling you speak of. You're right
we really do have to watch what we say. I am personally ignored. : ( . I do not
weep over it. : )

Scarred, I always say I'm claustrophobic and they give me a tranquilizer. I already
have Xanax so it's no big whoop.

Me, "You gotta fight for your right to pardeeeeee" Heard that one, Sweety?

White Beard, I really can't premedicate because I take Methadone. With Methadone,
you might just pass into that long dark night due to its long half life. But you know what?
The amount of pain I have right now, I couldn't even do it. Holy cow, I just
don't know what is going on with my shoulder and spine. (I wouldn't ordinarily say
"Holy Cow" but you know how the program goes)

My husband just called the hospital. My IV sedation goes right on the bill to Blue
Cross. It's paid for, boys and grills!
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


White Beard
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   Posted 3/12/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Pam you take care of your self! I know that methadone is different, I am glad they are going to take care of you with the IV sedation. Just make sure you let us know how it went for you when your done!
 
Good Luck to You
White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 3/12/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Pamela,
Could the IV sedation be related to the methadone? Maybe your needs are different because of that. Others may know more about that. It's just a thought.,

PaLady

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/12/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
AH'LL BE BACH ...
California Chic mimicking our great govennor.

Hey White Beard,
How are you?

Surf Board Pammy (NOT)
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


skeye
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   Posted 3/12/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! I hope all goes well!

Skeye

White Beard
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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Pamela
I am alright, thanks for asking, I suppose like you, good days and bad days? The Oxycontin along with the Baclofen have been a real Godsend for me. But pain and muscle spasms are just part of the way of life for me! I don't envy you the MRI though! The last one I had done I pressed the red panic emergency button, and they were scrambling to get me out, got major charlie horses in both my legs. Not something you want to have when your in the tube!
Pam have you ever had to take a steroid like Prednisone? I was put on a MethylPrednisolone pack yesterday for some swelling and inflamation. I have a Love/Hate relationship with Prednisone I love it because it helps take away aches and pains every where, but I hate it because it screws up my sleep ( it keeps me awake) and for me it messes me up emotionally I cry allot or want to for just about anything and everything while I am on it!! I hate that! I know it sounds wierd but that is how steroids affect me! It does that to allot of people, but for some it just makes them swell up, I don't have that problem, luckily this is rather low dose and only for a week or so.!
Good Luck to You
White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/13/2009 1:12 AM (GMT -7)   
My dad used to say, "You can stand on your head for a week."

Breathe deeply. We're here for support. You're a dear friend.

Kleenex, White Beard?

I used to cry and I loved the feeling afterward. My head felt
clear and my blue eyes sparkled.

My head is a big stone now.

Sincerely,
Pamela smurf

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck today Pam, I'll be thinking about you!
Hugzz!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


edt
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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Luck, Pam...I hope all goes well!

XXOO
Patti


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/13/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
: ) to Pete
: ) to Patti

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 3/13/2009 10:05:18 AM (GMT-6)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/13/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
: ) also to

PaLady, White Beard, Blue Skeye & edt.

Some I've thanked twice ... Some not at all, I spoze.

(it's lack of sleep lads and ladies)

Pamela has little pink shrimp eyes

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/13/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Pamela, good luck and sure hope you get through
this without too much discomfort... will say a prayer for you..
So that it'll be easy on you...
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Denim, I had a total of ten injections done once for my lower back, eight where for
faucets and two for the spine and they kept me awake for it and well it hurt so bad,
I never went back to this pain management doctor ever again, I still have nightmares
and remember saying ouch after each and everyone of those injections, he never did say why
he kept me awake for them. and even being belted down they kept having to tighten that one belt,
I remember bracing real hard for the two in the spine................
Sorri I got carried away........
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straydog
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Pam,

Hey IV sedation is the only way to go girl.lol. See how many are jealous you get to do your MRI the easy way.lol. I too am claustrophobic, been there & done that many, many, many times, lost count. Susie Q


Danimal
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's fairly standard if you say that you are claustrophobic, you will be offered sedation.

Good luck with the MRI, Pam.


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PAlady
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Chart - just a thought about why you may have been kept awake. Some injections (edpidurals, facet joint, etc.) are done for pain management. Some for diagnostic purposes. Some for both. It's actually not unusual for you to be kept awake so the doctor can identify he/she's placing the needle correctly. And if it's being done for diagnostic purposes, you have to be able to tell the doctor if they're at the right location. But usually you're given a local anesthetic at the site (at least I was) so none of my injections were painful - just somewhat uncomfortable. So there may be a reason you're kept awake.

Pam - hope all goes well. I still think the IV sedation is unusual for an MRI. And unless you're in an open unit I would wonder how they would keep the tubing, etc. from getting in the way. But I'm sure there's a way and a reason!! Either way, you shouldn't feel a thing!!

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Chart when I had radio freqency done on my neck and back both times my dr gave what he called light sedation. During the entire process he talked to me and asked me alot of questions about how this or that felt. He did hit one spot in my back that just nearly took me off the table and the pain recreated made me sick at my stomach. I remember that very well. As far as I know they usually keep us wake some give light sedation and some don't which I think is wrong. Even tho I was somewhat sedated I felt it, it was uncomfortable but I handled it till he hit that one spot. Thank goodness that was the last spot, not sure I could have laid there for anything else after that. I have also had medial nerve branch blocks. I think thats what they are called. Susie


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
My pain doctor is an anesthesiologist. I think most CA doctors are anesthesiologists. That may be the reason
I'm having IV sedation.

It's difficult for me to lay on my back for a long time but my pain doctor doesn't know this. He doesn't know
much of anything, really.

PaLady, I don't see how they are going to keep the IV going while I'm in the tube. Someone mentioned
that I might get the sedation BEFORE I go into the MRI.

Maybe this is all a great hoax. Maybe they want to give me an incentive to go there and get the dam
MRI. When I get there they'll say, "So solly, Mrs. Neckpin, we thought you was someone else and there
ain't no orders for you to get IV sensation." hmmmmm .......

My doctor freaked when I showed him that the pain was in the rotator cuff area. Now I think he thinks
that I have something more serious than I do have. He thinks I have pain in my neck and back. Susie/
Straydog says that shoulder pain can be caused by neckpain. So I'm not tooo worried. I hope he doesn't go
through with all the ordering of tests he's planning on. He may think he missed something. Eh?

Oh, what can a creative tiny mind come up with next?

Uh, bet you can't say "anesthesiologist" real fast five times.

Pamela smhair

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 3/13/2009 8:29:25 PM (GMT-6)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I know ... I'll show up at the hospital for the MRI and they techs will be all ready for me --
"Colonoscopy time, Miss Neckpin."
I'll take the sedation and fly outta that so fast their eyeballs will spin.
Sincerely,
Miss Neckpin

shocked shocked shocked <--the techs

Becoming undone
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
well here's you and hoping everything goes well....including your IV sedation yeah
"The earth laughs in flowers"


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Shrimp Eyes>> Keep the faith! Y'all are going to be fine>> Gonna get great pictures>>> the doc will find out whats wrong and treat you for it correctly>>>Stay possitive>>> My spelling sucks!!!>>> Karma is coming>>>> You are a good>no, GREAT person>>> Good things are going to happen to you!!!!!!!!!
I just know it!
Your brotherly friend>
>Pete<
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 

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