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Fay A.

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Had another one done today. I've been having Nuke Med studies and Ct scans for over 5 years. Back then they didn't bother me very much. I've noticed over the past year they have become harder to handle physically. And today's left me in so much pain I couldn't move when it was over. My arms had been held over my head and slightly elevated without support for just about 30 minutes. By the time the scan was done the muscles in my neck, back, arms and shoulders were in spasm, and my shoulders were locked in place with the arms stuck over my head. As the Tech moved them down for me it hurt so much I cried. It is the first time I have ever cried due to a diagnostic procedure of any kind. I was mortified. I hate crying in front of others. I subscribe to the bear in a cave school of crying. :roll: I don't expect anyone else to do that, just me.

Don't know the results yet...

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Fay,

That sounds HORRIBLE! I am so sorry you had to endure that. Could it be Mr. Arthritis is trying to get the best of you. If you have arthritis in your arms, leaving them in that awkward position for so long would definitely cause pain. Of course, it could be anything, but I just thought I'd throw that out there. Four over-the-counter ibuprofen (200 mg. each) about every 4-6 hours (with food of course) really helps my arthritis. I've tried the prescription stuff, but I keep going back to ibuprofen because it works and it really helps my back pain (not cancer related). I just really have to be sure I take them with food and don't lay down for about 30 minutes after I take them.

By the way, don't feel bad about crying. It's ok. When you need to do it just let it out and cry your heart out.

I hope you're feeling better tonight and the test results are good news!!

Praying for you, Fay!

Peggy

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Fay, what else are you going to have to put up with? You are a trooper. But I have found through the years that a good public cry can offer many rewards. You have to do it carefully, not too often to look just like a sissy. But we women know how to plan our emotional stuff.

Fay, I hope the pain and discomfort brings you nothing but good news from the scans. Make sure to let us know as soon as you find out. I have everything crossed.

How's the renovations coming? Will they be finished before the year 2010 or do you have better contractors then we have on the east coast.

I'm always thinking about Fay.

Love,

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Fay,

So sorry you had such a rough time with the scans. And crying publicly isn't the worst thing in the world. I'm sure the techs have seen and heard it all before. What is important is that you let yourself know that you're human like the rest of us and have emotions that need to be "let out" and sometimes we lose control of where they will be "let out." That's the way we humans are.

I will be praying for good scans for you. I know you have been having a hard time lately and am keeping everything crossed that it's time for your rollercoaster to go uphill.

Gail P-M

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Fay,

I'm sorry to hear it hurt bad enough you cried outside of your cave! I HATE crying, especially in public. I had an emotional "problem" that led to having two weeks off work - it involved crying. The work doctor asked Mark if I get teary-eyed often and Mark said "only when she's really, really p*ssed"....and to tell you the truth, when I'm so mad and frustrated that I cry, it p*sses me off even more!

I hope that it's just something like arthritis - an annoyance that comes with age. I ALSO hope you enjoy senility in your 70s! :wink: (LOL - cuz goodness knows, senility at your age and mine just ain't acceptable!)

Take care.

xxoo,

Becky

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Fay,

Sorry for the pain, that should not happen. Like Geoff says, you are tougher than me on my best day! You are so amazing...

Did you get someone to deliver your flamingos? If not, I'm up for it...(the things I do for you guys....)

Wishing for great results!

Rochelle

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You are very strong, but can't be strong 100% of the time. I'm sure it did hurt like h***

I just cried last week for 50 minutes in the therapist's office. It was an 8 hankie session. Feel much better now.

Hope today is better. Go watch for whales

gail

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There are lots of reasons to have tears in public. Pain is the most legitimate reason of all. (Self-pity is the least.)

Hope, from now on, the pain monster stays hidden away in a locked closet, bound by chains & guarded by an attack dog.

Fay is awesome.

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SPASM'S :x:shock::x:shock:

PAIN PAIN PAINFUL!!!! Oh Fay, I'm SO SORRY to hear that happened to you! :( Oh Lord that had to be just awful!!! I've had alittle pain and discomfort during some of my CT's too! But, nothing like what your discribing! OCH!!! I sure hope your feeling better now! (((((((((((FAY A.)))))))))))))))

Let us know how the results come out. Your in my PRAYERS!!

(((((((((((((FAY A.)))))))))))))))))))

Love & Hugs,

Con

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Fay

I'm not the huggie type, but I want you to know I am praying you get good results. It must have really hurt! I'm sorry for all we have to go through and am sorry it's taking its toll on you. You are one strong woman and strong women DO cry.

love and fortitude

elaine

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Oh heck - go ahead and cry, and yell REALLY loud -- get those techs on their toes. Just bust loose with a good one, and let them know how uncomfortable you were.

Just a thought, but having been somewhat cramped up in those contraptions myself, you might try negotiating with them up front next time, and get them to do the scan in halves or maybe even thirds if it gives you a real problem. Sometimes, you have to sit on health care folks to remind them that it is about YOU and your well being. They can give you cushions and pads to help support your body, they can pause for a few minutes to let you work out the kinks, etc. Of course, many of them don't like to do this because it takes more time, and they want you in and out of there ASAP, but in special circumstances, there is no reason why they can't be more accommodating to make you more comfortable. The object is to get a good study - right? So, whatever it takes to do that is what they need to do.

There are more options than just treating you like everyone else who has the same procedure, and the dozens who they examine day in and day out. You obviously need some special attention, and you deserve it, by golly!

Dianne

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Fay-

The CT experience you described sounds just "sucky"! 30 minutes in a LOOOONG time to hold a rigid position! No wonder you were in such pain. I'm praying that there will be some encouraging news to compensate for the whole rigamarole. I understand your feeling of "self-containment", too. This whole big C thing is deflating, and at times, unforgiving.

We love you lots. Let us know results ASAP.

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Fay,

To my dismay, I know exactlly what you were going through and my dear I totally think it sucks that you had to go through that. You are such a strong wonderful amazing person, I am in awe. But it is OK to cry when you hurt that bad! It truly is and you can't stop the tears from coming down. Take pain killers before you go to these procedures if at all possible. Here's hoping it gets better love.

Blessings

Betty

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Thank you to all who responded. I appreciate the concern. The reason the pain was so severe is because there are new nodules in the right axilla (armpit), according to the CT-PET.

I can't believe I held my arms in that position for that long. The tech was a real sweetheart. He did his best to make me as comfortable as possible. He was trying to recreate the same positioning at his facility that is used at the radiation therapy facility, without benefit of a wingboard to support the arms. The way things were set up when I was first mapped and tattooed did not allow us to do the scan any other way.

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