I don't want to jinx myself, but I just have to say that this has been a really great week. I'm almost completely recovered from my cold and the spring-like weather has been nothing short of phenomenal. Seventy degrees in the middle of February? Are you kidding me? I actually took a walk on Main Street between jobs the other day, just enjoying the sunshine. But the best part of the week was definitely getting the results back from my health scan with Deb. I mentioned doing the scan in my last sharepost but didn't have much information yet. On Thursday, Deb and I sat down so we could go over the lengthy printouts and discuss the suggested protocol. Here is what I learned, briefly:
I am lacking in many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes
My hormones are out of whack
I have borderline allergies to gluten, dairy, honey, and garbanzo beans
I'm not digesting certain animal proteins
My biggest physical stressors are related to food and emotions
Bone density scanning, also called dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) or bone densitometry, is the most widely used method to measure bone mineral density and is the only method that can make a definitive diagnosis of osteoporosis and monitor a patient’s response to treatment. It is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that requires no injections, sedation, special diet or any other advance preparation and the test is performed by a physician or technician in about 30 minutes. DEXA is most often performed on the lower spine and hips. Portable DEXA devices, including some that use ultrasound waves rather than x-rays, measure the wrist, fingers or heel and are sometimes used for screening purposes. There is some controversy over which bones are best to use for bone density measurements. DEXA is most often performed on the lower spine and hip, which are the bones most commonly used during screening exams. In special cases, bones in the wrist, fingers or hee...
V/Q scan; Ventilation/perfusion scan; Lung ventilation/perfusion scan
The health care provider should take a ventilation and perfusion scan and then evaluate it with a chest x-ray. All parts of both lungs should take up the radioisotope evenly.
What abnormal results mean
If the lungs take up lower than normal amounts of radioisotope during a ventilation or perfusion scan, it may be due to:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Narrowing of the pulmonary artery
Reduced breathing and ventilation ability
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