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Bone scan.

Posted by wendyn on 3/14/00 at 00:00 (017294)

Scott is right - the bone scan is nothing to be concerned about. I've had 3 in the last 2 years and I'm not glowing in the dark yet. They inject you with a very small amount of radio active material (less than what you would get from an xray), and it doesn't hurt. They usually take some pictures then of blood flow. Then you have to drink a few glasses of water and have more pictures taken about an hour or two later (it takes a while for this stuff to be taken up into the bones). The hardest thing about the test is sitting still for a few minutes at a time. Bone scans can show even tiny fractures that would never be visable on an xray. It can't really show PF, but it can show long term changes to your foot that have resulted from the PF. Don't be too surprised if the bone scan is perfectly normal - it doesn't mean that your feet don't really hurt.

They suggest you increase your fluid intake for a day or two after the test to help flush the stuff out of your system.


Re: Bone scan.

Stephanie S. on 3/15/00 at 00:00 (017326)

Thanks Wendyn...I feel much better about this test now. Not
as scary as it sounds. I'll do fine I'm sure. (Keep in mind..
I'm a BIG BABY). Not too crazy about the needle in the arm thing
...but think...if I can handle this cort.shot in the heel..
I can handle this to. Whatever it takes to get better..I'm all
for it. Thanks again!! Stephanie

Re: Bone scan.

wendyn on 3/15/00 at 00:00 (017340)

This is just a teeny tiny needle - and it really doesn't hurt (and I'm way too terrified to try the cortisone shot). Now - no one will believe me because I told Laurie that the nerve conduction tests weren't that bad and it turned out it was awful for her...BUT I am really sure about this one (if I am wrong again I will be banned from posting my opinion I'm sure).

The bone scan produces very intereting pictures - make sure you look at them and ask general quetions. Usually the tech can't answer specifics but you may as well know what's happening.

Once the results go to your doctor - make sure you read them too and ask for a copy if you want. If you're new to this (foot problems/medical tests/specialists), you'll find that it's very helpful to be as informed as possible. Even if you don't understand the terms used, you can always discuss it with your doctor, or look them up later. Doctors may not always be comfortable if you ask to review results and have copies - but they legally have to give them to you (they're your feet).

I caught a major discrepancy with my nerve conduction tests - only because I saw the results. Lucky me - I get to have the tests redone!


Re: Bone scan.

Stephanie S. on 3/15/00 at 00:00 (017326)

Thanks Wendyn...I feel much better about this test now. Not
as scary as it sounds. I'll do fine I'm sure. (Keep in mind..
I'm a BIG BABY). Not too crazy about the needle in the arm thing
...but think...if I can handle this cort.shot in the heel..
I can handle this to. Whatever it takes to get better..I'm all
for it. Thanks again!! Stephanie

Re: Bone scan.

wendyn on 3/15/00 at 00:00 (017340)

This is just a teeny tiny needle - and it really doesn't hurt (and I'm way too terrified to try the cortisone shot). Now - no one will believe me because I told Laurie that the nerve conduction tests weren't that bad and it turned out it was awful for her...BUT I am really sure about this one (if I am wrong again I will be banned from posting my opinion I'm sure).

The bone scan produces very intereting pictures - make sure you look at them and ask general quetions. Usually the tech can't answer specifics but you may as well know what's happening.

Once the results go to your doctor - make sure you read them too and ask for a copy if you want. If you're new to this (foot problems/medical tests/specialists), you'll find that it's very helpful to be as informed as possible. Even if you don't understand the terms used, you can always discuss it with your doctor, or look them up later. Doctors may not always be comfortable if you ask to review results and have copies - but they legally have to give them to you (they're your feet).

I caught a major discrepancy with my nerve conduction tests - only because I saw the results. Lucky me - I get to have the tests redone!