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...
Alternative Names Aches and pains in bones; Pain - bones Home Care For unexplained bone pain, see your health care provider. Call your health care provider if Take any bone pain or tenderness very seriously. Contact your health care provider if you have any unexplained bone pain. What to expect at your health care provider's office Your health care provider will ask you about your medical history and perform a physical exam. Medical history questions may include: Location of the pain
Is the pain in the forearms, hands, lower legs, or feet ( distal extremities)? Is the pain in the main part of the arm or leg? Is the pain in the heels (calcaneal pain)? Time and pattern of the pain
When did you first notice the pain (at what age did the pain begin)? How long have you had the pain? Is it getting worse? What other symptoms do you have? Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: Blood studies (such as CBC , blood differential ) Bone x-rays , including a bone scan CT or MRI scan Hormone level studies Pituit...
The middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe.
A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.
Signs and tests
A physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.
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