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Old 03-30-2006, 12:11 AM   #1
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can anyone please help me

can anyone please help me
i am a 42 year old female. about two years ago maybe just a little longer i went to the doctor with the really bad pain in my right side just under my rib. it was really bad. he thought it was my gall bladder.
i had a ultra sound and it showed nothing. the pain went to my left side so i had IT now in both sides. i also had it in the back in the same spots.
i went to a specialist and he said it was my back right away.
now i never had any pain really in my back.
i had hurt my back once many years ago. i have always worked in the health field, so i was use to heavy lifting.
they sent me in for phyisio. well she said i had a tight spine and started pushing on it to losen it. well it started to really hurt, so i told her so.
one day she pushed down on the bottom of my back with both her hands and it was horrible.
well now i have three spots
one in the bottom of my back which swells when i sit or stand for more then 20 mins
one in the rib area which now goes all the way around
and one in the area right in the middle of my shoulder blades.
i also get dizzy if i move my neck
also i have a spot on my left leg that is numb and the spot is getting larger. i have this same numbness in my back by my shoudler blades.
my feet go numb and my wrist hurt all the time. makes it hard to do anything with my hands, they also go numb.
i also have these lumps in my left thigh but my doctor says it is nothing.
but i keep getting more, they dont hurt, they hurt me all the time. i have tried all kinds of meds but none seem to work.
they did a mri and it showed something so they sent me to a nuro surgeon.
he ordered a whole spine mri. i went but because i am very closophobic i couldnt do it. i now have a date for one with a sedation.
i know i really need to have this done but everytime i see one on tv or in person i freak out.
how do i get myself to go to this.
the pain is so bad i have lost my job because i cant stand long or sit long and walking to really becoming a problem.
i feel my life is not worth living. i cant do any of the things i use to do,
i miss my life. my husband has been great but it isnt fair to him.
no one seems to understand just how hard this is for me.
going in this machine is just so hard.
can anyone help me. does anyone have any ideas.

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Old 03-30-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: can anyone please help me

Sometimes a distraction from our worries is a blessing. To sit and worry about a MRI only makes it worse. Sometimes the insurance companies will pay for a hypnotist or send you for breathing techniques. This is new, and I believe if you called them, they would help. They have found out it actually speeds recovery, and ends up costing less. Some hospitals have alternative therapys too. Good luck,LD

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Old 03-30-2006, 04:05 PM   #3
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It must be terrible to be so claustraphobic and I'm sorry. You should do fine, though with sedation. Try not to think about it so much as it will just become larger and larger in your mind. Perhaps, rather than full body, your doctor could break it down to 3 separate MRIs...cervical, lumbar, and thoracic. Or would it be harder for you to do it 3 times for shorter periods of time?? Only you know. If you can try to be logical about this it might help some. It's the only non-invasive way to see what's going on in your spine. I suspect the
therapist added to the problems and may have even caused some.

It will be great to find out what is wrong so that you can get the proper treatment. I hope it all goes well for you and that you will let us know the results.

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Old 03-30-2006, 04:49 PM   #4
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Hello Cutekitty -
Do you know that there are 'open MRIs'? I have not used one but my local hospital has one and I am always asked if I feel I need it. I am not sure that an open MRI can do all of the body but that should be fairly easy to find out. If your hospital or doctor doesn't have this type of MRI machine you can maybe travel to the nearest one. Just a thought. From the pictures I've seen I wouldn't think anyone would feel claustrophobic because it truly is 'open'. Just a thought and good luck - Suzy-Q

Old 03-30-2006, 05:15 PM   #5
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cutekitty...I too am very claustraphobic and there have been several times that I have had to be pulled out of the machine. I have since found what works for me. I take the maximum sedation, take a favorite CD, take a blind fold that is dark and has elastic to hold it in place, the place I go to has a panic button that they give me to take inside with me. They can have me completely out w/i 10 secs. if I press it and I have pressed it and they do get you out quick. With all that said, I know it can really eat you up. Like others have already said, try not to think about it too much...although it is easier said that done

I will keep you in my prayers, I know how terrifying it is.


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Old 03-30-2006, 11:42 PM   #6
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Re: can anyone please help me

hi and thanks for all your replys,
i have called the hospital that is giving me the mri and they are going to knock me out.
thank god, i have asked and there are no open mri machines here in england they say.
but knowing they are going to knock me out has really helped.
i know i really need to find out what is wrong so they can fix it. but it is still scarey. i have found because of this machine i can no longer go in a elevator. or anything enclosed or small. i dont even go to town on the weekends because it is so crowded. i really need to find a way to get over this. so hopfully when they get this done my brain will settle down.
it is a beautiful day here in england the sun is shining, god how i wish i could just go for a walk.
i want to go out and work in my yard. but i cant do any of these. this really stinks.
when will it get better,
i am thinking about asking the doctor to order accupucture again, it seems to work better then pills for me. ive taken one pill when i was in the states after my mom died but they dont have it here. darvocet, i sure wish they had it here but my doctor has never heard of it.
anyways thanks for all your replys it has really helped. i know im not the only one with this fear.

Old 04-03-2006, 04:13 PM   #7
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Re: can anyone please help me

Hi Cutekitty41; I've Never Had An Mri,but Wanted To Let U Know If It Is Gal Stones, Don't Worry To Much. My Daughter Had Her Gal Bladder Out While She Was Big Pregnet.she Said It Was Simple & Very Little Pain.
Hope For The Best. Jade1948

Old 04-03-2006, 05:00 PM   #8
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hi cutekitty,
I cannot imagine what it would feel like to be so scared of small spaces i had an mri about 2 weeks ago and while i dont think i am afraid (i have had mrs's bfore this) I found that i had a liitle trouble with my breathing so i closed my eyes real tight and made myself breathe deep after a while i was breathing normal again. But like i said as a rule small spaces dont worry me so i cant imagine.
I hope your worry has eased scince you know you will KO"ed.
I understand all your worries and frustration completly as I am 32, married and a mum of 3, its been nearly 5 years scince i got hurt but it is hard to deal with.
As for the medication you spoke of do a 'google" on it and see what other names it brings up and maybe just maybe you will find one the same or similar with a diff name.
Please post when you have had your mri so we know how you went and then again when you get results.
Will be thinking of you.

Old 04-04-2006, 02:29 AM   #9
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I am sorry you are in so much pain, but you are not alone trust me...keep your head up and it is very important that you get that MRI done...I was surprised to hear there were no open MRI's done in England I have MRI's all the time I go through a company call Open Air MRI in California. You never have to go in that tub thing we all hate so much for long periods of time. Hang in there I feel as you do sometimes, but you just have to keep truck'in away at the symptoms and getting that MRI done is the next step you have to take. Hopefully you'll be going on walks again soon enough...Best wishes...

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