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As I lay on the table and watched the big square pass slowly over my body, I shuddered at the thought of the radiation it must be emitting. It was my first bone scan, scheduled to find out if my recently diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer had spread.
“What kind of radiation is that putting into me?” I asked the technician.
She looked at me with a funny expression on her face and hesitated before finally answering, “You are sending the radiation onto it.”
Of course! I felt foolish. Two hours before I had climbed up on that table, I had received nuclear medicine and then waited for it to find its way to my bones.
That was 14 years ago, and these days I’m an old hand at bone scans.
Why might your doctor order a bone scan? You might have one as a part of the battery of tests when you are diagnosed with breast cancer to make sure that is has not already spread to your bones. Thi...
Diseases that fall under spondyloarthritis umbrella are ankylosing spondylitis , reactive arthritis (known previously as Reiter's syndrome) psoriatic arthritis and psoriatic spondylitis, and the arthritis or spondylitis associated with the inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease . Still other patients may develop undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. This means they have symptoms or signs of one of the illnesses above, but don't develop the full blown disease. The disease most frequently begins between ages 20 and 40, but may begin before age 10. It affects more males than females. Risk factors include a family history of ankylosing spondylitis and male gender. Symptoms of Spondyloarthris The disease starts with hip or low back pain that comes and goes and is worse at night, in the morning, or after inactivity. Back pain may begin in the sacroiliac joints (between the pelvis and the spine) and involve all or part of the spine. Pain may go aw...
Does the "Big O" cause or stop headaches and Migraine? We've all heard the old joke, "Not tonight, dear. I have a headache." Right? Surprisingly enough, for some people, there definitely is a correlation between sexual activity and headache or Migraine that can be good! The Bad News First For some people, sexual activity can cause headaches and trigger Migraine attacks called coital cephalgia (headache), exertional headache , or exertionally-triggered Migraine . Such headaches may be benign exertional headaches that can also be brought on by other strenuous activities. They may also be directly linked to orgasm or sexual excitement. Coital headaches may have a duration of up to 24 hours, and are more common among men than women at a ratio of 4:1. Although such episodes are usually benign, it is important that they be correctly diagnosed to rule out organic causes. Tests used to confirm the diagnosis include CT scan, MRI, and MRA. Headaches or Mig...
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