MRI after Ultrasound on my heart

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   Posted 9/14/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my MRI with contrast done on friday after my ultrasound on tuesday.
MY cardiologist first set up the appt to have the MRI and the Ultrasound done on the same day, here in town.
So last week the nurse calls and says that they have to do it in another town , which is an hour away.
When I ask why she just says they can't do it here.

She tells me my appt day and time and gives me a phone number to call for directions.

So Last week when I call the number the lady does not have me down for an appointment. she says that she thinks I've got the wrong place. I told her that this is the number that my doctor's office gave me. She said no, this is the number that you need.
So I take the other number that she gives me.

So I call this other number and they have me scheduled.
So I get the name of the place , their address and my appt time.
Turns out my appt time is an hour different than what my dr.'s office told me.

I call my doc back and the nurse says that I have to go early to have some blood drawn to test my kidneys/liver before the MRI.
So I ask her, do I have to go somewhere else or will they do it where they are doing the MRI?
She says they will do it there.
I then tell her that she gave me the wrong number and everything.
She just laughed it off.

So I finally know where I'm going and what time to be there.

This morning I went and got blood drawn for another doctor's appt next week. It's already starting to bruise.

I take off this afternoon for my appt with a splitting headache and in the pouring rain and construction.  I can't remember the last time we had rain and so of course it picks friday to pour.   lol

I get there and the nurse tells me that I have to go to another building for the lab work.
Are you kidding me? I told her that my dr said I just had to come here.
No, have to go elsewhere. But luckily it is nearby.

So off I go out in the pouring rain and get to the lab.
Get stuck AGAIN in my other arm and head back to the radiology building.

I go back and get into my lovely gown.
The nurse puts an IV into my arm, the same one I just had blood drawn from.
Hooks me up to a heart monitor and gets me situated.
I am still a bit sore from the ultrasound and they have to put this big cover thing over the top of me adding extra weight to my chest.
I HATE lying flat on my back. It is very uncomfortable especially with the acid reflux.
They put me in the machine and I'm in there for about 5 minutes then she pulls me out and says she forgot to hook me up to something and she forgot to hand me the button to push if I need to come out.

So back in I go. I've already got a headache and then the clanging and banging and beeping begins.
I muddle through it and tell myself it's not that bad.
After about 15 minutes she then tells me to hold my breath and they are going to insert the dye.

All of a sudden I felt like I had peed my pants and I got very light headed and dizzy. I thought I was going to pass out or freak out.
But I held it in and then the lady says "you're all done"
When she pulled me out I told her that was just in the nick of time cause I was getting ready to freak.
She unhooks everything and takes the IV out and off I go to get dressed.

Get outside and it's pouring still. Get in the car and cried my eyes out.
Came home and took a hot bath and got something to drink.
I've had a headache for 4 days straight.

 I think I'm also having some kind of a reaction to the contrast they put into my IV.
I'm not sure how long it takes that stuff to get out of your system.
This afternoon I have my appt with my cardio and then on thursday with my regular doctor.
Keeping fingers crossed all is well.

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   Posted 9/14/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Maria, they sure had you jumping through some hoops. I'm so sorry that it took
so much to get your testing done. I understand the frustration...sometimes the
people who should kmows things don't know crap!!!

I hope your appointments go well this afternoon and Friday. Hope you feel better
and keep us posted

Hugs, Robin

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   Posted 9/14/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
wow maria sorry you had such a terrible experience. Its a good thing you got most of it straightened out before your appointment. I had to have the dye too but at least they warned me that it would feel like I was wetting my pants so I was prepared for it. Im not sure how long it takes the dye to go out of your system. I didnt have a reaction from it. Hopefully you will feel better real soon. If you still have the headache at your drs. appt. be sure to mention it to him.
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   Posted 9/14/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow...I remember that sensation of wetting yourself...I was warned as well that it would happen.

EML, I hope that everything you've had done gives your doctors the answers they were looking for. Be gentle with yourself...and take care.

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   Posted 9/14/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Robin. :D

Thanks Shirley.
The headaches are an every day thing for me though.
They may have just been a bit more intense though.

Just got back from my cardiologist appt

He said everything was good.
There wasn't any change from last year. Everything sounded good and looked good.
He had no worries at all.

He was very nice and even talked to me about my Fibro a little bit. He's very nice and understanding.

I talked to him about the Ultrasound and the pain that I was in and the possibility of Costochondritis
and he told me to talk it over with my regular doctor when I go on thursday but he said that he would have to say Yes, I do have that as well.
He said that next year we would skip the ultrasound and MRI and then do the Ultrasound the next year.
So that is a big relief.
One down and one to go


Don't think about what you used to be able to do............Think about what you DID do today !

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   Posted 9/16/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much Pam. :D

Just got back from my regular doctor visit today and it was a doozie.

I'm thankful that there is nothing at this point that is serious but it's just all the little things all at once along with the fibro and feeling bad.

I went in and told him about the headaches and the lightheadedness and how I have just felt like crap for so long.
I told him that I can't drive cause of the neck and head pain and everything.

I asked him about the costrochondritis and the ultrasound and pain.
He said no, I do not have that. He checked my ribs and yes, they were tender cause of the fibro but they were not swollen or inflamed or anything. He said it was just sore from the fibro.

I then told him about my stomach and diarehha and such and that I was taking an extra prevacid a day.
He said he thinks that all the pain meds I've been taking for the headaches and such have upset my stomach.

I then had him look at a mark that I had on my back. I've had it for years. It doesn't hurt and it's not gotten any bigger but thought I would just have him look at it while I was there.

He said that my heart was good and sounded good and we discussed my visit with my heart doctor. He said my thyroid was fine as well as my other blood work.

He said the place on my back....has to come out.
So I go back in two weeks to have that removed and biopsied.

He said right now he wants to concentrate on my headaches and my neck aches.
He gave me a lotion (Pennsaid) to rub on my neck and shoulders for the pain and to not take anymore aleve and such. This lotion will do the same thing but I'm not ingesting meds to upset my stomach.
He didn't say anything about inner ear problems or anything like that.

Next I have to go to physical therapy tomorrow for my neck.
He wants me to work on stregthening my neck and doing daily exercises.
He then gave me 2 nasal sprays to use to make sure that my sinuses were clear.
Nasonex and Asterpro are the sprays. So now I'm walking around sniffing like I'm a druggie. :D

So all of this is for 2 weeks then we will have a follow up to see how I'm feeling when I go in to have the lesion removed on my back.
He said if nothing helps and as a last resort he would like for me to get a second opinion on having breast reduction surgery to remove some of the stress on my shoulders.
I don't know how I feel about that. I know I do have shoulder pain as well and my shoulders do hurt even when I just go out to walk. My shoulders are the first place that I start to feel tension.
But I never thought that I was big enough to need a breast reduction.

Guess we'll go from here and see what happens next.

Don't think about what you used to be able to do............Think about what you DID do today !

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   Posted 9/16/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Sorry you've been through so much rigamarole. But glad that your heart is good! Of course, that doesn't help your pain, but it's nice to know.

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