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    Old 03-01-2006, 05:01 PM   #1
    Melissa765
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    VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    Hey everyone! To cut right to the chase, I just got back from a spine specialist today and he's sending me for a bone scan. Apparently he thinks that I may have had a fractured vertebrae in my neck that they missed originally. He also said that I had the tightest traps he had ever felt (which kind of freaked me out)! He said that I'll probably need botox injections in my neck as well to release some of the pressure. Anyway, I'm extremely nervous about the bone scan. So nervous (about the injection), in fact, that I may cancel it. I'm allergic to so many things that I can't even begin to name them all, but here are a few that come to mind:

    -Shellfish (EXTREMELY allergic)
    -Diet soda
    -All fruit (especially citrus fruits, apples, bananas, and watermelon)
    -Cefzil
    -Singulair
    -Oxycodone (Percocet)
    -Tylenol #3
    -All codeine
    -Walnuts
    -Protein bars
    -Whey protein
    -Citric acid
    -Cucumbers
    -Tomatoes
    -Phosphoric acid***

    *** He said that the injection was a phosphate compound, but I'm not sure if that's the same as PHOSPHORIC ACID.

    I should also mention that probably 10 of the things on that list I've only become allergic to within the last 6 months to a year, so I'm sure there are many other things that I have just not tried yet that I am also allergic to. With the exception of tomatoes, I have breathing trouble, chest tightness and pain, and swelling of the throat and mouth with all of those things I've listed.

    As I'm sure you can imagine, I'm very nervous about having anything of this sort injected into my body... especially where they send you home for a few hours. I'm not taking any precautions or taking Benadryl (because I'll fall asleep) or Prednisone (I've taken it so many times for other illnesses that I'm afraid I'll start developing odd body hair or other side effects) before hand either.

    What should I do? Or more importantly, if it were you, what would [i]you[/i] do? Thank you if you can help!

     
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    Old 03-01-2006, 05:42 PM   #2
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    Re: VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    Mellissa, try to relax. The injection is safe, it is very, very easy, FAST, and does not hurt. It takes less than a minute, seriously. Then you have to wait a few hours, go shopping, whatever, come back and relax in an open sided machine which is NOT stressful at all, not like an mri. Let me repeat, this is not a stressful procedure, this is not an injection into your spine, they are just putting something into your bloodstream. It then leaves through your urine. Get the facts from the radiology dept, do not think this is some invasive procedure that it is not. It is actually boring, I fell asleep.

     
    Old 03-01-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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    [QUOTE=davetheplantman]Mellissa, try to relax. The injection is safe, it is very, very easy, FAST, and does not hurt. It takes less than a minute, seriously. Then you have to wait a few hours, go shopping, whatever, come back and relax in an open sided machine which is NOT stressful at all, not like an mri. Let me repeat, this is not a stressful procedure, this is not an injection into your spine, they are just putting something into your bloodstream. It then leaves through your urine. Get the facts from the radiology dept, do not think this is some invasive procedure that it is not. It is actually boring, I fell asleep.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for responding! I'm calling the radiology dept. tomorrow (which I would to pre-register anyway) and that'll be the deciding factor I suppose... depending on what I find out about the test. I know that it's an easy test, and I've had four MRIs before without any difficulty (i.e. with claustrophobia or anxiety), so that's not it. I'm just afraid that I'll have a reaction to the injection itself because I'm allergic to SO many things. Also, whenever I have shots or IVs, I have huge reactions on my arms where they get all red and swollen from the injection site (and the surrounding few inches), regardless of what the injection is. You'd have to understand how severe my allergies to nearly EVERYTHING have gotten in the past year or so to truly get why I'm so anxious about this. Even things that I've had my entire life I'm developing severe reactions to lately.

    While I've been reading through studies on the internet, I found that Technetium Tc 99m Pyrophosphate (the ingredient in the injection) has had no long-term studies regarding mutation, nor ANY studies involving reproduction side effects (male or female). As a rather young woman, I don't want to find out 10 years from now when they finally test the material that if I decide to have children, my baby with have 3 eyes or some birth defect from the radiation. I've been caring for my niece as well (15 months old), and I read that you're not supposed to go near children or pregnant women for 48-72 hours afterwards because you give off radiation. If I'm going to be having that much radiation shot into my body where I will be giving it off to others for days, that makes me hesitant in itself.

     
    Old 03-01-2006, 07:29 PM   #4
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    Re: VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    Why do they need to do this with an injection? I had a bone scan and no one offered me an injection of anything after I told them that I was allergic to X-Ray die. You might tell them that you would like it done without the dye.


     
    Old 03-01-2006, 08:04 PM   #5
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    Re: VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    Mellissa, all I can tell you is that the shot took about 10 seconds, was covered with a bandaid, I was told it was the equivalent of getting several xrays. I had this last summer at the University Of Washington with latest of medical equipment, no side effects. I checked in at 8 am, left at 810am, went shopping at the mall for a few hours, came back and laid in a open sided tube with a thing that spun around and took images. I had no side effects, and I was told with dye would be gone within 48 hours out of my system. This test revealed the true problem with my spine, much more than the mri. Good luck, let us know how you are. I will be thinking of you. Many hugs.

     
    Old 03-02-2006, 11:00 AM   #6
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    Re: VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    Hi, Melissa.

    I totally get where you are coming from. I have all kinds of allergies and have developed new ones recently. In fact, my orthopedist really wanted me to have ESI's done even though I kept telling him 1) I had a really bad reaction to the oral steroids he had given me...my thyroid went totally hypo and I got really depressed and also developed a nasty fungus under my toe nails and a wicked yeast infection...2) I had read on the internet that this was an off-label use of the products proposed 3) I was too frightened to do it because of 1 and 2 and I had not even had an epidural for childbirth because I had heard too many horror stories from women who had. He just kept insisting because I had not had a bad reaction to them 2.5 years ago and finally sent me to a guy who does Kenalog ESI injections. Well, after talking with him about all of the above, he said I wasn't a good candidate for the procedure and referred me to a pain management clinic that I'm still waiting for approval to be treated by.

    Meanwhile, my DO finally got the results of the bone density scan she had done last summer (before my accident) and I went to see her. She saw how bad I am (I can hardly walk) and I have been having really bad headaches for months. I told her about the steroid reaction, too. Anyway, she takes pity on me and gives me a free sample of Lyrica to try for the nerve pain in my legs and feet and also a nasal spray thinking it will help with the headaches if it is allergy congestion.

    I used both right away and 1st my throat swells and almost closes the day after the nasal spray and then my legs and feet swell 3 days into the Lyrica. It turned out that the nasal spray has steroids in it and I had an allergic reaction. How blessed am I?!?

    I went off the Lyrica for several days then she had me tried it again, but I had the same problem with it so she's put me on a low dose of Topamax for the headaches.

    Anyway, I say all that to say this. I am not trying to discourage you from having the bone scan. It may be the one thing that gives you a proper diagnosis. I would strongly suggest, however, that even after discussing this with the doctor doing the test and making sure that they can reverse things if you react, that you take a good book with you and sit right there JUST in case you have a reaction or a problem.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.

    Houston

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 08:53 PM   #7
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    Re: VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    Thanks so much for the feedback everyone!!! Just wanted to let you know that I cancelled it, and the doctor said that it was okay because A) if it was a bad enough fracture that I'd need surgery, they probably would have seen it on one of the numerous MRIs and x-rays I've had, and B) even if there was a fracture, it would be too far healed by now (almost 2 years old) to do anything.

     
    Old 03-04-2006, 12:49 PM   #8
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    Re: VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    So what are they proposing to do to help allieviate your pain?

     
    Old 03-04-2006, 02:55 PM   #9
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    Re: VERY nervous about BONE SCAN!!!

    [QUOTE=HurtinHouston]So what are they proposing to do to help allieviate your pain?[/QUOTE]

    Botox injections I suppose. Although that stirs up a whole new fear of injecting a disease that paralyses muscles into my body. LOL Can't win!

     
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