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Feb 5, 2021 03:39AM
Hi lexie, my MO ordered the brain MRI because I was having some episodes of severe dizziness. No nausea, thankfully, so it wasn't like vertigo. The MRI showed "nothing of concern" in the brain, but it did show "something of concern" on my C2 (or was it C3? - I don't remember right now).
I've have a number of MRI exams - mainly because the neuro-ophthalmologist has been following a non-cancer issue with my optic nerve. But, like I said, the last one was ordered by my MO for dizzines.
All of the CT scans related to my cancer have been ordered for "chest, abdomen, pelvis". I'm guessing that's standard. I have to arrive an hour before the exam and they bring me a bottle of water with the "stuff" in it. It's clear and not chalky. The exam doesn't take super long, but I definitely remember during the first CT exam being SURE that I had peed on myself when they injected the IV contrast. I'm used to it now and don't worry about it. ;)
Oh, here's another thing. I usually have my CT scan right after they inject me for the nuc med bone scan. A few times ago when I was getting the injection for the nuc med bone scan, the nurse asked it I wanted her to leave the IV line in so that the CT tech could use that and not have to re-stick me for the contrast. I said "Yes, please!" and we've done that ever since. The CT tech appreciates not having to stick me again, and they remove the IV line as soon as they've injected the contrast.
Easy, peasy - well at least as easy peasy as all this stuff can be!
Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul.
11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole)
5/5/2020 External: Bone
5/12/2020 External: Bone
6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)