Hi fellow spineys,
I was just wondering how you guys handle the issue of the radiation exposure that is unfortunately necessary for the wide variety of chronic pain treatments.
It's something that always bugs me, but I find that doctors tend to dismiss my concerns so I really have no idea how concerned I should be. I've tried to discuss this with pretty much all my doctors (my internist, my ob/gyn, my PM doc, and my surgeon), but all I've really gotten is that it is something to be concerned about but there is no alternative. I love my doctors, but quite honestly don't think that anyone is really taking my radiation exposure into consideration. I agree that most of the radiation is unavoidable as the fluroscope is a necessary tool for injections, but at the same time I know that the cumulative effect of all this radiation could not be good and nobody is really sitting there adding up how much exposure I've had. Do you guys get concerned about your radiation exposure? Does anyone have any information regarding radiation exposure in chronic pain patients? Have any of your doctors addressed radiation exposure with you?
Between the X-rays, CT scans, and all the procedures done under the fluroscope I can't help but think about what all this radiation is doing. I know most people on the boards have had imaging involving radiation and a lot of fluoroscope time, so I was hoping you all could weigh in with some opinions on whether this is something you worry about, or if your PM docs have addressed this, or if there is anything you specifically do to help limit your radiation exposure.