Hello my Chronic Pain Forum members, or shall I say my family. I have seen my surgeon last Monday, and he has released me from his care. Although he told me if I have any problems at all or questions, not to hesitate to call him, because once he does surgery on a person, he is always there for that person for as long as he is ever needed. Which is really nice to know! Anyway they took X-rays of my neck Monday and I got to see first hand what he did to me last November. I was kind of surprised, I know he told me he was going to fuse the articular joints at C-3/4 on each side, using the bone from the spineous process on the vertebra as the graft material and then brackets to hold it together. I was thinking the brackets would be like the one used when I had the ACDF at C-5/6 the year before. But that was not the case, I have two 2 to 2 1/2 inch rods in the back of my neck, one on each side, for each articular joint, the rods are attached to the C-3/4 vertebra by two post for each rod. It is no wonder I have a stiff neck and I have lost allot of my mobility in my neck!
I have continued to have problems with my lower back and hips especially my right hip! Monday morning I had two MRI's one of my lower back and then of my hips. I had an arthrogram with an MRI of my right hip last summer, and I had problems with have the MRI, and had to be taken out of it because I was getting hot like I was being cooked in it. This time I refused to have the MRI in that machine, and they had me go to their other clinic where they have a new MRI machine. Well the first MRI of my lower back was about 25 minutes, toward the end the scans the machine was making the very rapid higher pitch pinging, and around my lower stomach and pelvic region, and my my hand ( as they were down on the side of my body) started heating up, and I mean the heat was very intense, and it was starting to make me sick, so I yelled out and pressed the emergency button, and they took me out of the machine, but luckily it was right at the end of last scan, so I did not have to have it done again. I was really red and hot around the scanned area a sweating, they gave me water and let me walk around. They then turned on a fan and I had to get back in the machine for a slightly shorter scan of my hips. This time my head and shoulders was actually sticking out of the machine. The started the scan and everything went well untill the machine started doing the very rapid high pitched pinging, and I again started feelin heat, it was like I was heating up in the inside, and this time it was just in my pelvic and hip area, they had my hands on my chest and it did not affect them. I managed to hold out till the end of the scan, but I felt like I was cooking from the inside out, my skin was really red and hot to the touch, and well, I will tell I am now very aftaid of these machines, and I have many many MRI's before and never had a reaction like this, till last summer and this past Monday. Have any of you in our chronic pain family ever experienced anything like this while having an MRI?????. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to have an MRI of my neck or head again. I don't think I would have it done, this has really scared me an has shaken me up!!. I googled this problem and an have found some disturbing information about people getting 1st, 2nd degree and worse, burns from the MRI machine. I always thought this was a very benign test not like a Cat Scan with the X-rays, but now I am not so sure. Anyway I just thought I would check in with you folks to see if any of you have had any experience with being over heated or cooked in an MRI machine.
The other news is I finished with Physical Therapy for my neck and I had my initail exam today for pulmonary rehab and I start that program this Monday three days a week, for 24 sessions, it is a monitored exercise program, at the hospital, where they are trying to build up my stamina and improve my respiratory capabilities. I have problems with fluid retention and shortness of breath! Too many things going on right now!
Thanks for listening!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!