i called my surgeon about
my abdominal pain and he wanted to see me....next week. I didn't feel comfortable waiting that long, so i went to the ER last night.
The ER dr. wanted to do blood work and CT scan. I told him i've had 6 scans in the last 13 months, should i have another? he agreed that was too many and said we'd start with blood work. meanwhile, i got some morphine.
the blood work was A-OK. and so we talked about
what to do next. I asked him how many CT scans can a person have. He said that I was at my limit. I was surprised to hear that. I new that was probably pushing the 5 yr. limit, but he said it was more like the lifetime limit, and if i didn't have to have one, i shouldn't. He was glad I put the breaks on it.
so, he sent me home and told me to take pain meds and if things got worse, to come back. Based on my history, he thought it sounded like adhesions/scar tissue that i aggrevated by exercising. (can i just point out that i jinxed myself last week when someone asked about
working out and i said i do everthing with no probs. sheesh! was i asking for it or what!)
I asked what if i have another blood clot, what if i caused bowel ishemia - he agreed it could be either and he also thought pain and nausea could be from adhesions causing a stricture
now, my pain IS worse. not a ton worse, but bad enough that I'm nervous all over again. I wish i could have another CT scan,but i'm scared to do that too. Also, i work around radiation (take xrays).
I'm curious how many CT's everyone else has had and what concerns (if any) your dr.'s have had.
And has anyone had an abdominal MRI?
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
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