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Saturday, July 27, 2013

MRI? Oh hell no.....

Don't be get'n all excitis, drop'n stuff on the floor....stuff like that, but the old Billy Bob feel pretty good this morn'n. This has happen before but the long term effects didn't last long.

I been do'n my daily exercises with that "bubber band" tube exercise thingy. Muscles still hang'n off the bottom my arms. I been do'n some back bend'n exercises in hopes of reliev'n some of the lower back an' hip pain. Does it work??? Hell, I don't know.

I been think'n bout back surgery ya know from a few posts back. Then I start Googling.....research ya know. It don't look too good. I waited too long (13 years). I can go to a pain control clinic, get some shots. Some last 6 months, others permanent destruction of the nerves. It ain't like I can just show up at the doctors office and say "fix this". I got to go through a series of tests....xrays, MRI's, CT scans....stuff like that. And then no guarantee that I will be pain free. So, for the present, I'll go back to the old standby, Aspirin an' those god awful painful back exercises.

Did I ever tell ya bout the last MRI I had to endure back in 2000? Ya see, I'm claustrophobic. Cain't stand to be put in a brown paper bag. When I was in the Navy, they put a chemical warfare mask thingy on my head. It was called a OBA, oxygen breathing apparatus.

 I rip the clear plastic face shield slap out that thing before they could get me out of it. They don't put me in one them no more.
Anyhow, the nice lady tell me...."I'll be right here in case you need out of that MRI machine". Five minutes into the rumble of that machine, she was out the door....gone, pooof, just like that. I was alone, all by myself. I start sweat'n. I can barely move my arms in this death chamber they call a MRI machine. I want out this brown paper bag. I'm look'n for a way out. "Where the hell is that girl"??? So, a closed MRI is out of the question.

That's it....that what I been do'n. Enjoy'n the air conditioning comfort of "da house". 





     

15 comments:

  1. Boy, oh, boy, Billy Bob. You got that right about those MRI machines that go thump-thump. I have to ask for Vallium before I can be subjected to them, and it seems to work. It does piss off the tech because they have to round up a doc to prescribe it, but it does make a world of difference in how one perceives those thumps.

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    1. Hi Chuck, an' welcome to Billy Bob's Place. I don't decided I ain't never gonna get in one them things again. I was skeered shitless.

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  2. I don't like anything the doctors do to you or prescibe for you but out of necessity I have to see them and take their dang pills.

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    1. Thanks Dizzy, you comment makes me feel better.

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  3. There is an MRI machine that's open. I had that; wasn't bad at all, just the lying still so long and head breaks. Stay away from surgery; the beginning of the end.

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    1. Anon....I think I was in one the open MRI thingys a year before my heart surgery. I can handle that.

      Two of my sons had back surgery. They both have severe pain onest or twicest a year for bout two weeks. I would be tickle pink if'n I could control my pain....I'm kind of used to it by now.

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  4. You're gonna hate me ... I fall asleep in MRI's and CT scans. Shows you how tired I am to fall asleep as soon as I am still (LOL). Even with a CPAP machine I barely manage 4 hours a night without a sleeping pill.

    I do like the open MRI better than the closed one, when I can stay awake long enough to notice.

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  5. I had to have one last November and I also am claustrophobic so I took some Ativan prior to being inserted. I also INSISTED that my husband be in the room with me just in case. I actually did ask them to stop it for a few moments so I could move my legs which were very painfull. They did. It wasn't as bad as I thought.

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  6. Did you open your eyes while in the machine? The trick is to keep your eyes closed at all costs. Or maybe tell the doctor you want an Rx for valium or some such drug before hand. I've never taken valium but I wouldn't hesitate if I was really afraid.

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  7. Hope I never need one! Sorry the back is giving you trouble, buddy!

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  8. Darn it all...and to think my mother is going to have to have an MRI on Monday. You are right the neurosurgeon she was referred to will not even see her without X-rays, cat scan and now an MRI :(

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  9. I had two MRI 10 years ago they looking for things in my head. Did it two times and still found nothing inside my head!

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  10. Feel the same way about an MRI!!! The spine doc I had to see told me if the injection didn't work, i'd have to have one, told him I couldn't. He said he'd prescribe a sleeping pill. GLAD that shot worked!!! He also said the open ones weren't clear enough and he didn't want to use one. I keep seeing advertising about new laser surgery,,wonder if it might help you. It's still surgery but less invasive and quicker recovery. Fixes lots of the spine problems.

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  11. butterbean carpenterJuly 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Howdy #1BB,
    I DON'T DO MRIs AT ALL, CLOSED, OPEN; NONE NONONONONO!!!!!!!!!!

    I have been in 2 MRI machines; 1 closed, 1 open and almost BLEW UP !!!! The closed one they put rear-viewing glasses on me and 'slid' me into the tube Joyce stood where I could see her and I 'managed' to get through the situation... The open one, the technician had to take the mattress off of the table, because my belly touched and when she 'slid' me under the magnets I 'freaked-out' and made her take me out; she went and got Joyce, who sat beside me, held my hand and read travel magazines the whole time to keep me calmed down... I still HAVE TO HAVE AN MRI for my back problems, but I'll just hurt.. The VA has sent me to 5 places for MRIs, which I couldn't do... Once Joyce went to the technician, found out EXACTLY what meds I needed to take to 'DULL' me out and the ?Dr.? WOULDN'T give me a prescription for them.....
    I tell'em EVERY TIME I need to be medicated or knocked-out, but they never listen... STUPIT VA...

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