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Has any one heard of this, I have just received my report from my last imaging
Sorry I don’t know where the rest of my topic went, I have modic 3 changes in my thoracic spine. I can’t find any info on it in the thoracic to help me know how to help myself. Think maybe the dr who report on our imaging need to use the same wording. I do need another MRI to make sure I don’t have cystitis. Thanks harpy
I just couldn’t take this night pain any longer, sleeping 20 minutes and waking in pain then trying to get in a comfortable position agh it’s hard. so I went back to my gp early this month and asked for a MRI . He gave me a referral for the doctor who wrote the last CT report on my thoracic. He is a pain management dr. I called in the radiology building and asked if I could make the appointment there. She said Yes , he will do his assessment then send me for a MRI and a bone scan though i will need to wait till end April. So that’s ok. But they rang me Friday and have a spot for me Tuesday. So looking forward to this appointment. Stay safe everyone
I hope they find the reason for your pain
Challenger I have so much wrong with my spine , top to bottom. Been on so many high dose meds and through a great pain management dr it tooK 7 months to come off them, I am still taking 3 different meds and am finding I am needing them as prescribed. Not just as needed or when in a flare up. Nothing is helping the night pain. I really didn’t want to go back with the injections route , the last one I had in my left side L5/S1 was horrific. But it will be the main topic of discussion tomorrow. The radiologist secretary rang again this morning and have move my appointment an hour earlier tomorrow Whoo hoo. Be safe , harpy
I understand where you are at in all this, I have had surgery on all 3 levels of my spine, still have at least 3 herniated disc between lumbar and thoracic and waiting on a myelogram on my cervical. I know all that information doesn't help your pain, but it let's you know we're in this together, like you, I can't make it without medication and injections stopped helping some time ago.
I really hope that your doctors can come up with something that helps.
Take care and keep us posted
Cheers mate, Chip it sure does help , just chatting here and reading others stories and how they cope, if something works for one it might not for me , but then again it might not have been something I would have thought to try. 4.36 am here and just can’t sleep, but have a lovely little doggie to keep my occupied till I am ready to nod off again. Harpy
Dogs make life better for sure, they know when you don't feel well and cuddle a little harder.
They sure do, my daughter who lost her baby brought this dog for me “ so I had a cuddle buddy” I named her Jelli , she was so small when I got her she was like a little jelly bean, ( I love jelly beans) she is super hyper. Definitely makes me happy. Harpy
I have a wonderful dog, she's 2, named Oody. She is part brown lab and part don't know the baby daddy!! I can say the word bed or lay down and she's the first one in the bedroom. And will stay there until I get up. It's funny how they know when you hurt, but they know.
That’s so true Sandra, our furry friends knows us better than ourselves. After a dreadful night of no sleep, my Jelli wouldn’t get up, looking at me as if to tell me to get back to bed lol then she slides back in under the blanket lol. JellI is a Maltese x foxy.
G’day , well I have been to the pain dr . Wow what a nice pain specialist. He had all my latest imaging up on screen. Ask me where it hurts the most, I told him from my head to tail. He asked what’s the worse today. I said my mid back and neck. He asked about the sciatica in my legs and where in my shoulder and arms hurt he Asked about migraines, pins and needles in my hands then showed me on the imaging where I have a very large central osteophyte at c2/3 compromising the spinal chord. Then asked about what meds I am on and how I cope with the pain? I said I get through the day by distractions but I am not handling the night pain at all. He said no doubt, you are in significant pain. ( oh boy I wish I had taken my husband to hear this) . A pain specialist verified it’s not in my head . Well I am having a full spine bone scan early Thursday morning, they inject the trace and I need to go walk and come back in a few hours. Then on Monday I have a full spine MRI. Then the pain dr will look at the reports then let me know when to go back to talk pain relief. Oh boy I am feeling a little optimistic. Harpy
I am glad you have found somebody that is willing to look for the cause and a treatment plan, that's great news.
Funny enough though Chip, how well we know our bodies and when things change we knows what’s not “our normal” but yes I am lucky enough to push my gp for the referral. Harpy
I am one of the lucky ones, my surgeon still handles my pain medications for me, that means that I see a PA or him every month and they listen very well, I have been seeing the same PA for several years, she can walk in the room and look at me and say what's wrong.
Chip , my osteopath is like that, he is so in tune with my pains. A very clever man.
We are lucky to have folks like that, they really care and take their time with you
I am so glad you have a doctor that understands what you are going thru and will work with you. I have a doctor like that so I know how you feel. All the testing he is going to do will give you some answers and possibly options.
Take care and keep us posted.Sandra
thanks Chip and Sandra, my alarm has just gone off, now to wait till my body is ready to move, lol. Then will head off with sanitizer in bag. Don’t know what I am supposed to do for three hours. With all these laws, may just hang out the back of hospital car park. Husband is panicking as if he leaves me as goes driving around While I wait he will get pulled over and worried he will get a fine. Oh well soon find out I suppose . Just Smile , harpy
Wow what a long day. Hospital is a good 50 drive. Got straight in. The tracer was injected and they did a 25 minute bone bone scan. I had to go away for two hours have something to eat and drink. Got back to hospital and the radiologist said the next scan would take 15 minutes then do the full body scan . Well 50 minutes later I was done. Oh my , I physically couldn’t get up off the bed. She said sorry I should help you but because of the rotten virus there was meant to no contact if possible. Was given a DVD of the scan to pass onto pain doc when I go back. Agh got to be a better way to do these things. Harpy
Sounds like you had a full day, now we hope all those scans find the cause of your pain so they can get you fixed up
My MRI is booked for 10.15 am tomorrow. A further drive than when I had bone scan so am not looking forward to that part. Though I have a friend driving me as I can’t drive that far. . So after pain doc get both reports he will ring me for an appointment. Hope you all are keeping safe. By crikey we will get through this virus and come out the other side ready to celebrate . We have been spending our days in from of our fire pit down the back yard. I love just staring into the flames with a drink. Harpy
Good luck tomorrow and stay safe!! We have just been staying home but that is our norm, especially for me. And I think you are right, everyone will celebrate when this is over.
We have a huge bon fire for my sons birthday in May every year but he said he will save it till when where all out of lockdown and safe to gather a group. This lockdown isn’t bothering me at all, as I am home most of the time anyways. Like us all on this forum . Harpy
Well I have had my MRI. I had one 15 years ago. Wow they have changed. They get you to lay down and click this box thing over your head. So glad I am not claustrophobic. The clanging and banging isn’t near as load as it was. Now I just have to wait to hear from pain dr. Harpy
You're right, MRI's have changed for the better in the last several years, I used to hate having one because they were so small and I am not, now it doesn't bother me at all.
I really hope the scan finds the issue.
G’day chip, the strange thing was as the young fella came back into the room he pressed the button that moved the bed out and ask were it hurt the most, I said well it would be easier to tell you were I don’t hurt, lol harpy
I understand that statement for sure
Both mri and bone scans are done. I had my fortnightly appointment with my osteopath today and he gave me a copy of the reports and explained what it all means. He also told me that I should go ahead with any injections the PM doc recommends. The PM receptionist just called and I go in tomorrow at 10.10 am to discuss the reports and what pain relief we’re going ahead with. ( lol even though I already know lol) Kinda a little excited, maybe a little relief coming my way soon. You little Ripper. Harpy
That all sounds like good news, hopefully the doctor has a good treatment plan that will provide you relief.
Sounds great!! Good luck tomorrow. It might be good idea if you have a list of questions and concerns to take with you. If I don't take a list with me, then I'll be asking myself why didn't I ask this or that.
Hope and pray for that relief!!Sandra