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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
I also posted this under the scoliosis forum (because I have scoliosis) but I would like your input. Thanks in advance!


If anyone has any input on what the following could possibly be please feel free to tell me. I have been having joint pain and that is why this bone scan was ordered. (*I also have lots of stomach issues, migraines, fatigue, I get sores in my mouth and nose at times, I thought I had a kidney stone the other night I was in such severe left flank pain, and I also seem to keep getting sinus infection about every 3-4 weeks.*)

The Bone Scan

I went for my bone scan today. I had to show up for 8:15, I got registered, they injected me with the radioactive isotopes then I was told I could leave and come back in three hours. There were no restrictions on what I could do, and I could eat and drink. I had to be back at the hospital for Noon. I went back and they took me rigt away and started the test. After the scan passed my head and upper back I was able to see the screen above the machine. There wasn't anything too impressive in my hip area, but when it got to my knees and feet...WOW! Both of my knees were lit up and so were both my feet in the ankle area. Then, after the technician said he wanted to get some side views of my knees, so he did that. After that he went to his computer and looked at my full body images, and while he was doing that I caught a sneak peak too. All my thoracic spine was glowing very brightly! Then he started to question me as to where my bone stimulator was implanted for my last fusion. He asked me if it was by my right shoulder blade. I told him no, that it is in my lower left back, and that I have x-ray proof of where it is. He seemed very concerned with the area of my right shoulder blade...so much so that he took more pics of that area too. Then came my hands. He took extra pics of those cause they just don't come out well with the rest of the body, beings they lay at the sides of the body. When he did those, once again, I got to watch, and the joints where my fingers connect to my hands were lit up and also my wrist were pretty bright. He then told me we were done and that my orthopedic doctor would get results by tomorrow. I don't know if my doc will call me tomorrow or if he will just wait till Wednesday the 13 to let me know.


  • I don't have a clue. But, I do know that you have the right to call your doc tomorrow and ask about the results if you are not comfortable waiting until the 13th. I would be very interested to know what all of that meant myself. Please do keep us posted on your results and try not to worry too much. Sometimes the unknown is much scarier than the facts.
  • hi,

    i had the same scan done in 2007 and i lit up like a christmas tree! i found out i have degenerative arthritis thru out my whole body except my elbows but especially in my hands, wrists, spine, hips, knees, and feet. i know that is supposed to be OA but I also have RA too. plus I have thoracic scoliosis curved to the left. I hope you find something to help you. so far, i havent had any help from these dr's to try and help but i am in hopes that this new ra dr that i am supposed to see will help me. if you find out anything and dont mind would you please let me know? you can even pm me! :D


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  • :) i had one done recently. put the doctors on track to the fact i had so much arthritis. explained alot of joint pain too. eliminated fractures as a problem. i think the test could be of help to some spineys and i don't hear it talked about much. Jenny :)
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