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02/16/2009 03:50 PM

MRI???

Gina1968
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Have any of you had to have an MRI to prove your illness?? I just want to know what to prepair myself for with the testing. What all do they do?? I HATE Needles!!

Gina

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02/16/2009 03:55 PM
Cornbread
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MRIs cannot prove fibro, so it depends on what you are being tested for and what the dr. ordered. If they are looking at the brain (I assume they are), you might have contrast, which is a quick IV and sometimes makes you feel like you have to pee or can make you sick to your stomach in extremely rare cases. It's brief either way (does both to me!). If you are panicking, ask the doc for something for the anxiety. Mine always gives me a hefty dose of Valium. Talk to the dr. to get all the details, even calling and asking a nurse will get you the specifics for your test! Good luck!!!

02/16/2009 04:13 PM
TinaL
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I've had MRI's before, but not for fibro. A catscan can't pick it up either, although it will spot arthritis.

In my experience, some MRI's are worse than others. The one I had to test my kidneys was AWFUL! They give you a BP medication, start an iv, put you on the table and THEN they inject you with Lasix. Then you have to lay there for liek 45 minutes to an hour and you cannot believe how badly you have to pee that whole time! And you're supposed to lay still!

They're actually supposed to insert a catheter, but my nurse was either lazy or cruel. Or both.

All the other ones I had were no problemo.

Gina, do you know exactly what your appointment for tomorrow is? What kind of doctor are you seeing?


02/16/2009 04:19 PM
Gina1968
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Just a general. The nurse for the Rhumy told me to go see them until I see my Rhumy in April. ???

02/16/2009 04:23 PM
Casty
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I haven't welcomed you yet Gina so welcome Smile

I have not heard of looking for FM with MRI, how interesting, I wonder what your doc is looking for. Keep us posted as to how it goes.


02/16/2009 04:29 PM
TinaL
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oh! A two month waiting period for a Dr. appointment. Must be Kaiser! Just be very clear with him that you're in a tremendous amount of pain. Explain to him the limitations you're having because of the pain. Ask him what he can do to help you until you see the rheumy in April.

Then again, you may luck out and he may be familiar with, and believe in, fibro.


02/16/2009 04:35 PM
Gina1968
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Yeah I know, isn't that crazy?? But at least he is close by.

I'm too and hoping that my general will be familaur with fibro and will do something.


02/16/2009 04:37 PM
Gina1968
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Oh he hasn't said naything about an MRI I have just been looking into what kinds of tests they MIGHT do.

I have no idea what I'm in for.


02/16/2009 04:39 PM
TinaL
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Dear girl, you are putting the cart before the horse!

02/16/2009 04:41 PM
Gina1968
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Yeah probably so, I just like to be prepaired is all.
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