Well good moaning use gize :)
Marcia, those Friday night frolics are gonna get ya!
Erin I am worried about you, because I know you are very sick.
Docs are very powerful in our society. They won't diagnose anything, unless it jumps up and bites their a*ss. Anything they say can and will be used against/for you at some time later. They have to keep the workforce working, else their stock in the "Bunch of Hard Workers Inc." will fall. They are afraid that people will actually try to get SSDI! WHOA, can't have that. Need um working.
Listen to this; I had an infectious disease doctor that ordered a brain mri for me. The imaging place sent me the interpretation. The ID doc got me an appointment with a neurologist. I took the interpretation of the mri with me. The neuro explained all the findings (white matter disease, lesions from strokes. changes in my brain due to small vessel disease (SVD) and each sinus had a growth or something unidentifiable).
Ok, so this ID doc sends me a letter that says all was well regarding my mri, except that I needed to get my sinuses checked out....He didn't realize that the neuro had went over it with me. He also told me that having a chronic, active infection with the EB virus meant nothing, even though the diagnosis sheet said chronic fatigue and arthralgia. Every doc that I mention this ID doc to, says that the guy is the smartest man they have ever seen...He is just too smart to tell patients the truth. I have since found out that having a chronic, active EBV is very serious. It is associated with lots of crap.
What I am really po'ed about, is that I found out that I have had the he*ll irradiated out of me! I have received massive amounts of ionizing radiation (x-ray & Gamma ray) from 8 cardiac catheterizations and the big, big irradiator is the newest "64 slice Coronary Artery CT Scan" that I had in August of last year. This one test gave me 75% of the equivalent amount of radiation that a nuke power plant worker can receive in a YEAR! This is in accordance with the federal rules enforced by the NRC (nuclear regulatory Commission). I worked in this industry for over 20 years.
I read where a cardiac cath is the highest source of radiation a patient can receive, compared to all nuclear medical test. I think this was written before they came out with this "64 slice CT Scan", which is new.
I had 2 stents inserted into my coronary a's about a week after the scan. The more time you are on the cath table, the higher the dose. This is called fluoroscopy. The radiation is emitted from underneath you and a nuclear camera is above you. Basically the x-rays shoot through your body and this camera picks up the images, thus guiding the doc's probe.
I had a cath on a Thursday in one hospital, this March. They said I needed bypass surgery. I asked could it be stented at UAB hospital. They called and chatted with docs at UAB (U of Alabama in Birmingham), and said they could. My lad was 95% blocked and I was in very bad shape (not far from kicking the bucket). The next Tuesday, I spent 1.75 hours on the cath table while they performed rotoblational arthectomy in my left main and Lad. Part of the darn instrument came lose in my Lad!
I was totally conscious, but sedated with a tad of Valium and Versed, an amnesia drug that never works on me. I always remember the caths. So I received a massive dose during 1.75 hours on that table. They had a cath in my femoral artery, and a cath in my femoral vein simultaneously. They had hooked up a pacemaker inside the right part of my heart while working in the left side. Dang, if I had known all this, I would have had the bypass surgery...At UAB, you always have a student doing the work, overseen by an associate professor or professor. The professor told the student to get back from the controls and let him retrieve the lost part of the roto blade. He did and I am alive, I think.
I spent the whole day yesterday researching the radiation deal. I read of cases and saw pictures of what can happen to the skin, lungs and heart. Now I am wondering what this new pain in my chest is. Is it RA or something due to the radiation?
Who is watching over us? No one but ourselves.
I am sorry for this long, off topic rant, but I do feel better telling you my story.
Forgive me and all of you have a great day :)
P.S. I had another cath about 2 months ago due to chest pain. Nothing had changed...Take a look at these pictures...
Post Edited (Aldo) : 8/1/2006 8:46:36 AM (GMT-6)