A true story of modern day torture..........

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Chasblah
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Got tested for carpal tunnel syndrome today.......
That tests SUCKS! (can I write that?)

I didn't know what they were going to do for the test until I got there. I asked the nurse about it.
"There are two parts," she said, "First I'm going to send electrical shocks down your arms and hands, then the Dr. will come in and stick needles in various places in your arms and hands."
WHAT!! You are going to electrocute me and then poke me with needles?!?!?!?! (the needles part I wasn't scared about. used to it lately wink And I've had acupuncture b4 and this would probably be similar. But shocks?

She marked places on my arm with a black permanent marker.
I asked if this was going to hurt? she pause for a few seconds and said, "It....won't be pleasant"
then I started my nervous giggling. oh crap oh crap.

Then.....the shock. It's not something you can describe as 'painful', but it's pretty scary. It made my whole body jump each time. After a few times I asked her how many more she had to do (i could handle a couple more) "Several," she said. Oh crap oh crap. could I handle this? I'm no cry baby So i decided hold my breath and see if it helped. It actually did. But sometimes I'd get double shocked and my arm started involuntarily pulling away from her. that messed up the test and she'd have to shock me AGAIN! shocked My right arm was zapped like 20 times!!!!

When that was done and she was ready for the left arm, she asked if I wanted to test the left arm too, if I Could I stand it?
I asked if the right arm has c.t. and they both have the same exact symptoms, couldn't we assume they BOTH have it? She looked at the screen and said,"Well you don't have c..t in the right hand any way." Well then I'm totally NOT going to subject my left arm to that. I'll pass.
"OK. I'll send in Dr. whatshisname."

Shew. I've escaped having to endure that again. But what was wrong with my hands. They'd been bothering me for a few months. Since I'd gotten off pred. And my GP Dr. said the uc probably had a lot to do with this. Figures. All the symptoms seemed to fit carpal tunnel. Hmmmm
Dr. whatshisname (I really can't remember it) asked me why I only tested the right arm. I told him I'm a wimp and told him my theory about assuming they have or don't have the same thing.
"Well, actually you DO have c.t." But the nurse said I don't.
"She's not a Dr." point taken. "I'd like to test the left arm too"
Nope.
"It won't hurt as bad this time."
why
"B/c I don't have to use as powerful of a shock, I can turn it down."
maybe you should let the nurses know that!
"I've been doing it longer"
argh! FINE
He was right. It was way easier to handle when he did it! I barely even flinched. The nursed must like seeing people jump. Now that I think back, I did notice claw marks on the ceiling...........jk
The needle part wasn't bad. Well, except when he stuck the last one in that beefy thumb muscle. It stung. And since I'm on coumadin, I bruised at the inj. sites. It looks funny.

So now I'll either have to have surgery, or local steroid inj. I really don't want either. But it's annoying to wake up and have a hard time doing things b/c my hands are so stiff. I'M ONLY 28! Sheesh. I'm not 78.

Bottom line: That test was not worth the diagnoses.
(can I get a witness)
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


peggy113
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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Chassity,

I'm sorry you had to endure that nurses' torture.  Why do the drs. let some of these so called "trained" folks run tests?  Are we not paying for the doctor to perform these anyway?  Sometimes that really frustrates me.

Was the test called an EMG (electromyography)?  If it was, that was the test that the neurologist used to diagnose my husband's ALS, and it really wasn't pleasant for him due to the symptoms of the disease.

Are you gonna pursue treatment for the CT?

 



Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

Post Edited (peggy113) : 4/30/2009 8:35:26 AM (GMT-6)


Chasblah
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   Posted 4/30/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
yes it was an emg.

i dont know if i'll have surgery or injections. i have a lot of ?'s to ask the dr's.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


summerstorm
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 4/30/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
you poor thing!!! thats horrible!

pepperann27
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 147
   Posted 4/30/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
my dad had surgery for carpal tunnel, it helped him a lot!
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
"Don't worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try"
 

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