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Old 09-29-2003, 03:28 PM   #1
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Why do they do arthograms? I read on one of your posts you had to have one done, and why exactly do they do them? Thanks

Old 09-29-2003, 06:52 PM   #2
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An arthrogram shows the joint on a screen. When they inject the dye, they move the needle around and have you open and close your mouth. It shows if the meniscus is working properly. Whether it is displaced,perforated, deformed, etc. I have a high pain tolerance but that test just about did me in. It is horrible and not one I would repeat. The doctor told me it wouldn't be bad. The minute I walked into the room, here they were giving me a pill to help me relax. I knew I was in for something and it wasn't going to be good. I wouldn't wish that test on my worst enemy!!!
Has anybody else on this board had an arthrogram???

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Old 10-01-2003, 08:03 AM   #3
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Hi Elaine,
Do they do them to everyone? I hope that they won't do that to me!! I think that would kill me, I am very sensitive! Thanks for responding.

Old 10-01-2003, 11:07 AM   #4
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No, they don't do them to everyone and I don't know for sure why they did it to me. I didn't have a MRI with the first surgery, just the arthrogram. The second surgery, they did a MRI and no arthrogram. I have no clue how they choose which procedure to do but!!!!Nobody will ever catch me off guard again, with an arthrogram. That is the most painful, god awful thing I have dealt with, while being totally awake. I have a pretty high pain tolerance but that was ridiculous...

Old 10-15-2003, 12:20 AM   #5
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I had bilateral arthrograms done in 1985 prior to having the Vitek landmines shoved into my skull. It was one of the most agonizing experiences of my life, and that was AFTER I received IV Valium. I supposed I should be thankful for that since I didn't know at that time what I was getting into...but I swear, no one will EVER put a needle into my TMJ again. Nearly twenty years later I remember it like it was yesterday. Just thinking about it gives me chills down my spine.

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