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   Posted 4/6/2011 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
All thru this terrible uc disease era I have had many x-rays etc. Do you worry about all the radiation from them? The Japan thing got me worried.

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   Posted 4/6/2011 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
      I was watching the news on tv last night and they mentioned about all the CT scans being given to little children lately.  I believe CT scans emit 300 times the radiation as xrays.  Gulp...I have had three CT scans of the pelvic area and abdomen in the last year.  I'm 64 yrs old but I would really worry if I were a young person.

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   Posted 4/6/2011 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I do worry about the CTs.... I'm not even sure how many I've had, and I try to object on some, but the last ones have all been or seemed like emergencies. The doctor told me an abdominal CT gives you about the same amount of radiation as you'd get in a year or ordinary background radiation ..... hard to evaluate that for risk, though..... I've had tons and tons of mammograms too.

On the other hand, I mostly only worry when I'm about to have or not have another one.... otherwise, what's the point?
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Official dx Crohn's colitis. Crazy complications -- cutaneous Crohn's, Erythema Nodosum, marginal keratitis, high fevers. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

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   Posted 4/6/2011 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't worry as think to myself, well they need them to find out what is happening and to get the best treatment for that problem rather than stabbing in the dark cause they don't have accurate information. I worry more about whether the NHS funds will last long enough for me to get the scan I need as even urgent one takes 6 weeks!
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.
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