why is my doctor ordering these tests?

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kaitlynn elizabeth
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   Posted 5/2/2012 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor is ordering me to have a bone scan and chest xrays done...I guess i froze up and was taken back by that, plus being in basically a constant brain fart, during the appointment and failed to ask why.
Then once I got home I looked up what exactly a bone scan is, and now im kind of scared as to why she wants me to get it done.
Anyone have any answers? =/

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   Posted 5/2/2012 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Even in a healthy person, chest xrays should be done every couple of years. Particularly if you've been having any chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. Just to make sure nothing is missed.

I believe you are taking prednisone? Bone scans are regularly done, every year or 2 years, to make sure the bones are holding up - with prednisone, our calcium is depleted and needs to be replaced and/or monitored.

These are fairly routine tests, taken as baselines and for precautions, not indicators that the Dr thinks something is going on. Nothing to worry about, okay?
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kaitlynn elizabeth
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   Posted 5/2/2012 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you for your response...
I wasn't on prednisone yet when she ordered it...and i only took it for ten days (as prescribed)
but that does make me feel a little better so, thank you!
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