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Thread: Bone scan , has anyone ever had one?

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    I went to see the Orthopedic Doctor today. I have had pain in my hips for what seems forever now. He suspects arthritis in my lower back. They took xrays and found several bone spurs, and one disc that is kinda thin.
    So now he is scheduling a bone scan, I am waiting for the Radiology to call.

    I am in pain but its bearable. I hate narcotic drugs and will avoid them like the plague. So we shall see where this adventure takes me.

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    Sorry you are in pain...I have had a pain in my left hip for years and sometimes it was so bad I had trouble walking. I thought it was sciatica or whatever (I also have Lupus...so that was also a "suspect"). Had a bone density test (full body scan) and my bones are ok, then had an MRI followed by series of x-rays. My Rheumatologist now tells me I have psoriatic arthritis of my left sacro-iliac joint, and basically they can't do much about it.

    I too avoid painkillers and have just decided to work around it. I have worked out a few strategies to avoid too much pain, stuff like breaking tasks into smaller timeslots, not doing one thing too long, not over-doing it (that's a pest!), staying as active as possible and making sure I am reasonably trim (to avoid joint stress). I have also (grudgingly) accepted that some days I do need my walking stick (cane). That was a difficult thing to do...but I changed my thinking...now I look on it is an aid to me getting around and staying active...rather than the negative connotation of "I'm a cripple".

    On the really bad days, I heat up a wheat bag, head to the sofa and "quilt my way through it".

    Hope all goes well and you get some relief soon.

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    Is it a bone scan or a DEXA scan (or bone density test)? They are different. The second one is completely non-invasive. It's rather like a long xray. I'm not as sure about an actual bone scan. I hope you feel better soon, also!

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    I have had a bone density test. They are not bad. Mine turned out ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Is it a bone scan or a DEXA scan (or bone density test)? They are different. The second one is completely non-invasive. It's rather like a long xray. I'm not as sure about an actual bone scan. I hope you feel better soon, also!
    It's a bone scan, the one where the contrast dye is used.

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    Have you had contrast before? Sometimes, the contrast (generally and iodine based product) can make some people feel a little "odd", give you a slight flushed feeling or a metallic taste in the mouth. When you get there, ask them to explain everything properly and question them if you have any worries at all, be very accurate with listing medications, allergies, pre-existing conditions and stuff like that. There will most likely be a consent form they ask you to fill out, this is to make sure you are aware of and understand what is going on. Just try and be calm and relaxed, it is a time consuming test, but it really is not unpleasant.

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    Do well, my friend. At my age I worry about 'holy bones'. But these orthopedic doctors are so wonderful, you will be amazed at their diagnosis. I just received 'the shot' in the shoulder and I wished I had not said no ten years ago. They know best. I'll be thinking about you.

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    Hope your feeling better!

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    I have had a bone scan, 3 times. The technicial injects you with a radioactive dye. You have to wait for 2 hours and then they do the scan. It is easy.
    I have had a bone biopsy also and that is no picnic!
    I have stage 4 breast cancer that has matastisized on the spine.
    I hope you feel better soon. Pain can be so overwhelming.
    Peace and Blessings,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Is it a bone scan or a DEXA scan (or bone density test)? They are different. The second one is completely non-invasive. It's rather like a long xray. I'm not as sure about an actual bone scan. I hope you feel better soon, also!
    It's a bone scan, the one where the contrast dye is used.
    I have had a CT scan and PET scan. But I think it may be a M.R.I. scan that does the bone scan. But don't hold me to it.

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    What ever it turns out to be I hope it is easy for you and the results turn out good.

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    I had a bone scan done in college... I don't remember much about it so I guess that probably means it was probably one of the easier tests I went through that year! ;) They do have to inject you with stuff which is kind of freaky if you think about it, but not really a big deal.

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    Thanks everyone,

    I know I will do fine. I just don't like tests......lol

    From what I read, it's a CT scan. And it also said when preparing for this test, drink plenty of fluids to helps get the dye swished around in the body and remove all jewelery. Will something will need to be done, my wedding ring doesn't and won't come off. So they can stuff my hand in a lead bag.....haha

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    I have had it done twice. My second one was miserable because is was about 10 weeks after major shoulder surgery and I am a big girl and they had to cram me in the machine. My arm ended up falling back and I could not lift it back up and it hurt like no body's business. The test itself was fine, it was just me.
    You do need to stay fairly still during the test.

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    I don't understand why people are so afraid of narcotics. My son takes narcotics every day of his life. He went to the Mayo Clinic(we are from Canada)and with the help of the doctors at the Clinic and pain management doctors here, we have our son back. Basically, his brain receives pain messages for pain when there is no inflammation. Doesn't matter, his brain receives the pain message and he feels diailating pain. He can now function, hold a job again, and go back to school. Not every day is a good day for him, but with medication and careful management of what he does physically he is so much better. Just watch out for doctors that are just/only pill pushers.

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    I have had a bone scan for back pain. The worse part for me was laying flat on my back and quiet for so long. They also gave me a paper stating that I had been injected with this radio active stuff and I had to carry that with me at all times for I think 3 or more days. The test itself really wasn't bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda71
    I don't understand why people are so afraid of narcotics. My son takes narcotics every day of his life. He went to the Mayo Clinic(we are from Canada)and with the help of the doctors at the Clinic and pain management doctors here, we have our son back. Basically, his brain receives pain messages for pain when there is no inflammation. Doesn't matter, his brain receives the pain message and he feels diailating pain. He can now function, hold a job again, and go back to school. Not every day is a good day for him, but with medication and careful management of what he does physically he is so much better. Just watch out for doctors that are just/only pill pushers.
    I know for me I am afraid of not being able to function without some sort of pain pill if I were to start taking them... I also have a strong history of addiction on both sides of my family so that scares me even more. I have chronic back pain that makes some daily activities difficult. I have either been pregnant or nursing for the past 4 years, though, so I don't have many options anyway. Maybe those are similar reasons for some people? There might be others though...

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    Yes I have had one for my hip. It's a breeze. What is not a breeze is the hip replacement I had this past June. Everyone told me "it is the best thing that I've ever done". I say "no doctor I am NOT doing the other side!

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    I've had a bone scan, it is a little more involved that a bone density, but not bad at all.

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    I had one and the technician handed me a card telling me that if I set off the alarms at the airport to just give it to them. The "stuff" (that's not a technical term!) makes you radioactive for a few days. But it's not bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda71
    I don't understand why people are so afraid of narcotics. My son takes narcotics every day of his life. He went to the Mayo Clinic(we are from Canada)and with the help of the doctors at the Clinic and pain management doctors here, we have our son back. Basically, his brain receives pain messages for pain when there is no inflammation. Doesn't matter, his brain receives the pain message and he feels diailating pain. He can now function, hold a job again, and go back to school. Not every day is a good day for him, but with medication and careful management of what he does physically he is so much better. Just watch out for doctors that are just/only pill pushers.
    I don't care for the "fuzzy" feeling they give. It's is just my preference, I took them after major surgery a few years ago. If it is my only option then so be it. I am not at that stage yet, where I have to have meds to get out of bed.
    I also don't care for the stigma involved when asking for pain meds, some act as if one is trying to run a con. I know there are people like this, it makes it bad for those who are in true need.

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    I also have arthritis in my lower spine, with two spurs that irritate the sciatic nerve. Went to PT for a month. what has worked for me is gentle work on an arc trainer for 30 minutes, then I also do an abductor/adductor workout at the lowest weight, 3 reps of 10 each, then on the bike for 20 minutes at the lowest resistance. I also do am yoga with Rodney Yee, and am looking at doing TaiChi. I keep moving because I don't want to end up in a wheelchair! I am fortunate to have a hot tub in which to relax and do some stretches there, and my hubby bought me a great chair to sit in when I sew. It is a bugger gettin old, but every day I wake up on the right side of dirt is a good day.

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    Chasing Hawk and all who read with pain issues.
    I had the bone scan after a very serious auto hit & run.
    Easy test for the most part.
    I am very drug sensitive; therefore I could only handle Tylenol after accident.
    There was so much back,hip and neck pain i was going crazy. I happened to read a recipe that helped out so much and still does years later and I usually end up sleeping like a baby.
    RECIPE IS:
    1 1/2...cups Epsom salts
    1 bottle (1/8 ounce)essential lavender oil
    1...cup powdered milk
    1 /2...cup baking soda
    spread epsom salts on wax paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle lavender oil on it. allow the salts to set until the oil is absorbed; about 30 mins.
    mix everything together.
    I pulverize mine in a food processor I got at a garage sale (not for food use).
    Pulverizing is not necessary and all will dissolve in bath water.
    I put a cup into very warm bath and just sit and soak it in.
    It totally relaxes all the body in the water; great an hour before bed.
    Can start day off this way so body is less pain filled for what it needs to do.
    YES...this works
    I was hit hard at a dead stop mat 65+ mph
    PS...makes great Christmas gift in pretty glass jars.

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    Thanks for this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janetlmt
    I have had a bone scan, 3 times. The technicial injects you with a radioactive dye. You have to wait for 2 hours and then they do the scan. It is easy.
    I have had a bone biopsy also and that is no picnic!
    I have stage 4 breast cancer that has matastisized on the spine.
    I hope you feel better soon. Pain can be so overwhelming.
    Peace and Blessings,
    Janet is right it does not hurt I have had full body scans the only one I haven't had is a PET scan. Sorry to hear that you are having a bad time and pain sure can get to you hang in there you will get the help you need. Janet you have had your share and then some God Bless you.

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