Ouch!! and CT and MRIs

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momtofourangels
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   Posted 4/14/2011 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.

My back is really bothering me tonight. My husband rubbed BenGay on it and it didn't help much. My left knee hurts every time that I get up and start walking.

I banged my little toe on my left foot. It hurts so bad. I can move it, but it really hurts bad. It hurts up into the top of my foot even. The toe looks pretty crooked. I've hit it so many times that i'm not surprised that it's crooked. I hope it's better by Friday because my pcp has ordered at CT of my thorax with dye and a MRI of my thoracic and lumbar spines. She wants me to have dye with the CT and i'm scared about that stuff being inserted into my veins. I've never had contrast inserted into me. I'm nervous about that. The MRIs are going to be open ones because I have claustraphobia and I can't go into the other ones. I'll be glad when the CT is all over. Can those of you that have had contrast put in your veins please let me know what it's like?

I hope everyone is having a low pain night.

Take care.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 4/14/2011 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Loretta,

The CT contrast dye feels like being flushed or having a hot flash. This may sound crude, but I tell the techs that do the test every time that I feel like I peed my pants! They usually laugh, but it feels like the warm spreading feeling.

Did your doctor ask you questions about allergies? The CT is going to be much faster compared to MRI. CT scanners are like big donuts, you can see out the top and bottom. They also take about 15 minutes, and the flushed feeling from the contrast lasts for a few moments. I find that if I breathe deeply and focus on something relaxing the whole process is over rather quickly, where in an MRI I have to suffer through almost an hour of being still and not freaking out about how close things are. The open MRIs in our area were not a high enough quality to detect the issues my docs were looking for.

Good luck to you. I will be praying for the tests to pass quickly and easily, and for answers for you soon.

Hugs,
Mindy

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   Posted 4/14/2011 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta, yes, I have had the contrast several times and there is nothing to worry about. Once they put the contrast in you will get a warm feeling that goes through out your body and some people have said they felt like they had wet themselves but they really didn't. Try not worry over this because it really is not a big deal. Save the worrying on something worth worrying over, lol. Take care.
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Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/14/2011 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta....
 
Just agreeing w/ what everyone said :)  The contrast is a warm feeling that runs through your body, and yes - it does make you feel like you wet yourself :) 
 
With my health issues - I have severe heat intolerance...but the "warm feeling" of the contrast doesn't bother me.  You'll be just fine, I promise. 
 
I'm sorry your back and knees have been hurting tonight.  I can't get comfortable tonight either....and it's going to be time to get up before I know it :(
 
Hugs, Tina
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   Posted 4/14/2011 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
You can have MRI with contrast too. I try to get just MRI instead of CT which has a LOT or radiation. MRI has none. They don't show the same things though. At least ask for a thyroid protector if you have to have it. They can give you a lead blanket for your abdomen too - good if you want to get pregnant.

CT machine is the same closed in thing, looks a ot like closed MRI. You can get a tranquilizer to get you through the claustrophobia. I just shut my eyes before going in and keep them shut. I don't want drugs since I have to drive myself home. There's air blowing over your face, so you feel like you are safe if you just don't look.

I had 6 CTs last year, would worry if I wasn't so old.
Alcie
 
 

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   Posted 4/14/2011 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
The contrast can make you a little nauseated and give you the feeling you have to pee, so wear
a pantyliner in your panties, in case. they stick a needle in your arm for the contrast.
you also might need to be fasting for it so ask when you make your appointment.
You'll do fine...I believe in you and know you'll be okay.
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momtofourangels
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   Posted 4/14/2011 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your replies. My appointment is tomorrow at 2:15 eastern time. I feel better now about the contrast. They asked me a bunch of questions before they made the appointment, so I'm all set. I still don't want the contrast, but I'm not too awfully scared about it like i was. Again, thanks for the info.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
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