how many ct scans have you had?

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Chasblah
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   Posted 2/6/2010 4:01 AM (GMT -6)   
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 shakehead
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?
Chassity
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. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


RobinByrd
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   Posted 2/6/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there Chica!  I'm so sorry you're having these issues.  shakehead   Boooooo!!!!
 
The had ct scan in 2007 as part of the diagnositic process.  The another MRI type abdominal scan just before the surgery (1 year ago today!)...no ever disucssed the risks of having too many, and that was probably because I haven't had many.  Oh, and come to think of it I was given some sort of ct scan  because they were tracking the progression of the MRSA staph infections and making sure it stayed out of my heart.  I had totally blocked those details until my husband filled me in on it last night.
 
I really hope you find out what's going on with you...and I also wish we lived closer so you could have called and I would have been right there holding your hand yeah
 
Please keep me/us posted!
 
smurf 
: )  Robin
 
29 year old Mommy of an amazing 2 year old and Wife for 3 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


Chasblah
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   Posted 2/6/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
you're so sweet Robin. thanks.
i think i'm going to go back to the hosp. and ask for an mri instead of ct. i'm just so uncomfortable, even with pain meds. :(
Chassity
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. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


Janiepain
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   Posted 2/6/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Chassity,

I had 3 CT scans in 3 months last summer when they were tracking my blood clot in my mesenteric vein. After the blood clot disappeared, they found "something" they wanted to watch, (possibly fat necrosis) and then the 3rd CT showed it smaller, so I didn't have another. Three was enough. I don't like all that radiation either!

Sorry you're not feeling well, get that MRI and let us know what you find out!
Hugs,
Janie

Allison77
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   Posted 2/6/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I had 5 CT scans in 3 days when I was having my strokes. I've had an abdominal CT scan as well. Not bad, the dye they inject into your veins itch's a bit and it feels warm.

-Allie
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


Chasblah
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
well, i've been admitted into the hospy. hopefully will get an MRI tomorrow to figure it all out. Every time i mention how many ct's i've had, they are all like 'ok,that's enough and we won't do any more unless we HAVE to.

If MRI's are just as good, then why wouldn't they just do those. They are safer too. I know why.......$$$
Chassity
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. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


RobinByrd
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 511
   Posted 2/6/2010 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Chassity keep us posted...text me tomorrow if you want to talk...I have not a thing to do except paperwork, and you know that I'll take ANY excuse to get away from that!

Let me know if you need anything!

*hugs!*

smurf
: )  Robin
 
29 year old Mommy of an amazing 2 year old and Wife for 3 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown

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