(Closed) NWR – Has anyone had a bone scan?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hey there SP!  I do these procedures all the time and consider it one of the easiest I do!

1)It’s NOT A DYE.  Nope.  It’s a harmless radioactive isotope called MDP (methylene diphosphonate) and it is simply absorbed into the matrix of your bones and our cameras simply detect or “pick up” where the isotope has been absorbed into your skeletal system.

2)skeleton is an organ system.  We’re going to assess the physiology of your bones, that’s all!  You get the shot (I use a 25 gauge pediatric needle on my patients btw) and then wait 3 hours and are scanned head to toe with special emphasis on areas of interest.

3)You might ask your doc for a spect study done of the region of interest in the vertebra.  This gives a 3d and inside look into your bones and can pick up even smaller abnormalities.  In fact, I consider it quite routine.  Just adds on an additional 15 minutes of scan time.

4)I have been giving this drug for almost 17 years and can say it does NOT cause any side effects at all.  In fact, it’s considered to be basically non-reactive in the PDR.

5)Nuclear Medicine is the department where they do the scanning and procedures, and we’re very different from cat scans and other radiology procedures.  We go through a different educational process and most of us are B.S. or higher.  We’re all licensed and degreed for the most part and knowledgeable.  I outta know.  I was president of my state specialty society here for 2 years!

Please don’t worry.  This is a great test!  I actually myself, had one   when I was 15 courtesy of a cheerleading pyramid disaster practicing for regional competition.  Ended up having to do surgery on my foot but am good as new!

  

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I’ve had one… Bellenga gave you all the good info and all I can share is my personal experience, which is that I had a horrific headache right after getting the injection that lasted until the next morning. It hurt so much that I thought no painkiller could possibly be adequate, so I just went to sleep and hoped it would be gone in the morning–it wasn’t. But when I finally took some Tylenol (just Tylenol, OTC), it went away within 30 minutes. πŸ™‚

So it’s probably harmless, but if you get a headache take some Tylenol. πŸ˜‰

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I’d keep the plan. Just don’t be stubborn like me and if you end up with a headache, take something for it right away instead of 12 hours later! I’m not sure there’s any reason you should have one, though. πŸ™‚ It might have just been coincidental.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

I had one done as a teenager. It was completely painless and I was able to do anything I wanted afterward with no problems. But everyone has different reactions, although it should be very minor if you do.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

According to the package insert and the PDR it is to be totally non reactive.  I personally haven’t had anybody complain ever of a headache, but everybody is unique.

We’re all n ot textbooks yanno?

If you’re worried, you can pm me always πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I encourage you to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.  That is what they are there for.  

Post # 12
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Newbee

I had one 2 years ago and I didn’t have any side effects. The only odd thing was that I set off the metal detector at a department store. I was warned it might happen within 48hours of the test until the dye left my body. It added a little humor to the situation.

 

Just relax and lay still and try to fall asleep on the table πŸ™‚

 

 

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