A New Experience
April 13, 2017 10:22am CST
This morning, I had my first ever CT scan. I didn't enjoy the experience. First, I had to arrive 1.5 hours early after no food or drink (i.e. no COFFEE!) to consume an enormous jug of lemonade flavored liquid. The taste wasn't terrible at first. However, I felt nauseous around the halfway point. Yuck! Plus, it made me cold. I'm rarely cold. My teeth were chattering by the time I finished. When I was finally taken back to the procedure area, they had to poke me with an IV. This IV was in the crease of my arm/elbow and hurt when I moved my arm. So that part wasn't fun. I started to feel a little anxious upon entering the cold radiology room. Lying flat upon my back, I had to move my arms over my head at times which felt uncomfortable mostly due to the IV. The technicians put iodine in the iv which was an odd sensation. Afterward I felt slightly headachy and queasy. When they had me hold my breath, I had a hard time holding it as long as they wished which led me to feeling a little anxious. I also think that contributed to my headache. Thankfully, the entire process wasn't too lengthy. I think I would have reached panic attack level if it had gone on much longer. Now the slow part: waiting for results. The tech said to expect results in 3 days. THREE DAYS! What the heck? I have no idea why it takes so long. You know they have the information from something like that fairly quickly. Just pass it along to my doctor already! I want to know why I'm in pain. Have you ever had a CT scan?
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• United States
I believe I've had one before, a few years ago when I went to the hospital for stomach pains and they couldn't find anything in ultrasounds. But not sure. Doesn't sound like something I would want done if I haven't.. glad its over and you can somewhat relax. hope these three days go by fast for you.
• United States
No and after what you just described I would turn it down if at all possible. I have an overactive bladder which is. If I drink one bottle of water I have to go to the bathroom about every 15 minutes to over an hour. If I want to go to my bed and have a chance of not pissed in my bed at night I have to stop drinking liquid two hours or more before I go to sleep which leaves me definitely Thirsty. In order for me to adore can a CAT scan it would have to be without that lemonade stuff that you just finished drinking. Or I would have to turn it down
I've never had a CT scan. The headache might be because you needed that morning caffeine jolt. I know if I don't get my morning coffee before a certain time, I get a headache, and drinking the coffee will ease it but it does take some time. Hopefully you find the problem quickly and that it's a quick and easy fix.
• Gainesville, Florida
I had a CT scan done once, and about halfway through they had to stop and ask me what was wrong. I told them nothing, I was fine, but they said I was crying like a baby! I told them that I wasn't crying, I felt fine, was comfortable, and that they could continue. The nurse brought me a mirror and held it up to my face so I could see my reflection, Sure enough, I was balling like a baby! Turns out I was allergic to the radioactive stuff they put in that drink you have to chug at the beginning. I didn't even know I was crying, but that was my allergic reaction kicking in. They wanted to stop the scan, but I told them they were already halfway through it, and that I felt fine, so I asked them to continue. I wasn't bothered at all by the experience, but looking back now it was quite funny that I was crying like a baby and didn't even know it!