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The brain doctor

  1. Oct 21, 2008 #1

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    I have my appointment at the big city hospital tomorrow, first they are going to look see if i have a brain. If i have they are going to try to make it go wrong, i doubt that they can make a few AND and OR gates go wrong some how, but i guess you have to let them play.
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2008 #2

    lisab

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    Are you going to get an MRI, woolie?
     
  4. Oct 21, 2008 #3

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    Yes, and EEG, and they are going to make me hyperventilate and flash lights at me.
    And i not worried one tiny bit, but i do not like hospitals much.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2008 #4

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    I've had several MRIs - they aren't too bad. But they take a LOT longer than I expected, and it's very loud in there.

    Do you have a tendancy to be claustrophobic?
     
  6. Oct 21, 2008 #5

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    I did not like having to run cables in crawl spaces, but i am sure i will cope okay.

    How come you have had many MRI's?
     
  7. Oct 21, 2008 #6
    ya Ive had all sorts of brain tests. MRI's are just boring but at least there arent any injections. Lisab is right, youre not allowed to fall asleep and you have to remain perfectly still and theres all sorts of crashing and banging, and its all just giant magnets so any metal stuff will fly right in and so you have to be naked under one of those gowns. whew that was quite the run on sentence. Its really quite uneventful. EEG is kind of fun because they stick all these little electrodes on your head and that takes forever but Im sure it looks super science fictiony when its all said and done and then you just follow direction. Again, painless and uneventful.
     
  8. Oct 21, 2008 #7
    It might be painless and uneventful, but can you imagine how depressed wolram will be to see those needles drawing nice straight parallel lines down the paper, with barely a wiggle. His EEG is going to look like those seismographs we left on the moon.
     
  9. Oct 21, 2008 #8
    :surprised
    luckily they dont let you see the results
     
  10. Oct 21, 2008 #9

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    A couple years ago, I had symptoms of multiple sclerosis. It was really scary - that's a terrible disease!

    But I checked out OK, and the symptoms eventually went away by themselves. I sure did have to go through a bunch of tests, though...!
     
  11. Oct 21, 2008 #10

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    How long do you have to stay in the MRI machine?
     
  12. Oct 21, 2008 #11

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    True, when i got electrocuted and did not die they said ,where there is no sense there is no feeling.
     
  13. Oct 21, 2008 #12
    they have open MRI machines now too.
    Don't you think its going to be cool? they are going to use light to knock you out. How cool is that. I'd like to see how they can do that. The closest I've ever come to anything like that was when a flashlight rolled off a shelf and gave me a concussion.
     
  14. Oct 21, 2008 #13

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    The longest test I had was over an hour.

    First they did a whole series of scans - they can take as long as 5 minutes each. Then they pulled me out, gave me an injection of a contrast agent (I think it was gadolinium), and did the whole thing over again!
     
  15. Oct 21, 2008 #14

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    Cor blimey, i bet you were happy, thats enough to scare the pants off any one.
     
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    gadolinium? you made that up.
     
  17. Oct 21, 2008 #16

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    I've had a number of MRIs, Woolie, in a pretty small old truck mounted machine. It's no biggie - just listen to all the weird noises, pings, clanging, and stuff, and try to make mental music with it. I hate techno, so my "music" was pretty strained.
     
  18. Oct 21, 2008 #17

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    When I got the news I didn't have MS I walked on air for....well I still am, after all these years :smile: !
     
  19. Oct 21, 2008 #18

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    http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/Gadolinium.html" [Broken] :tongue2:
     
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  20. Oct 21, 2008 #19

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    Oh, yeah? They shot me up with dilithium salts. I can still achieve warp speeds from time to time.
     
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  21. Oct 22, 2008 #20

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    I passed all the tests, then disgaced myself by having an episode afterwards, i feel like these guys are wanting to pin some thing on me, even if they cause it.
     
  22. Oct 22, 2008 #21

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    Were you in the presence of the doctors when it happened?
     
  23. Oct 22, 2008 #22

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    Good grief Wolram, I hope it was in fron of the doctors.
     
  24. Oct 22, 2008 #23

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    Yes that is what stinks, caus i can not get out of it, i sure hate myself for this momentary weakness.
     
  25. Oct 22, 2008 #24
    Are you worried they are going to take your drivers license away?

    I hate brain doctors. Their answers are always the same, "we don't know what the hell is wrong with you, but we can give you some seizure medication though". Then they send you $1,000 is medical bills AFTER your insurance covers 95% of the tab even though they did absolutely nothing to help you.
     
  26. Oct 22, 2008 #25

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    No disgrace. If you have a medical disability of some sort, one of the first things you must do is refuse to blame yourself. If your body is getting quirky, you've got to learn to come to terms with it (if you can) and try to minimize your risks until, hopefully, the docs can sort out what's happening. My little brother has epilepsy, and I have fragrance-induced migraines, respiratory problems and acute hypertension (after exposure). I also go into anaphylactic shock if I eat or drink anything with free glutamates in it. My brother's epilepsy is controlled with medication and he has been driving, working in industrial settings, etc for years. As for me, now you know why I live 'way out in the country and try to grow most of my food.

    For a few years after the MSG and fragrance problems came on, I apologized to family members, etc when I couldn't participate in pot-lucks (except to eat my own cooking and that of my wife) and eventually had to back out of most family get-togethers, since some members of my family thought that they could "slide through" wearing "some" fragrances or wearing clothing with fragranced fabric softeners, etc. An hour or two with family is NOT worth several hours in the ER, and the pressures that all that puts on my wife. We stay home a lot. At first I blamed myself for putting my wife in an uncomfortable social/family situation when we had to decline invitations. Not anymore. My mother died of sudden cardio-pulmonary collapse when I was 28 and my little brother was 5, and I'm not going to die off on my wife due to carelessness, pride, or guilt-driven assumption of risk.

    Take care of yourself, friend, and keep trying to cooperate with the neurologists until they can get you some help, or at least guidance.
     
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