Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Texas, easily mistaken for a big bowl of dust!!
Reaction to contrast? CT scan, swollen lymph glands
Some of you may have read in my previous posts about my health issues, but I'll summarize it again here.
I'm 17 years old. I'm diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and eosinophilic esophagitis, as well as tons of allergies to tons of fruit. The only exceptions are pinnapple, oranges, and grapefruit. (they make my esophagus burn and swell, other foods are always very slow to go down if I eat fruit first) I have lots of issues with nausea, heartburn, stomach pain (like I've been kicked in the stomach) for the last couple years, continually getting worse over the years. I also have migranes.
I had my gallbladder removed on July 11th, and so far all it's done is limit what I can eat even further. They removed it because my common bile duct was too small, I didn't have stones. I also get pain in my right kidney (I think, in my back area.) I also have had reoccuring UTIs.
I got a CT scan last Friday and it was miserable. She said I'd feel warm, etc. Once she injected the contrast (iodine) I felt like I had been set on fire inside my body. The celling (sp?) was spinning and warped (like a photo editer, stretching and pinching the image) and I was very sick to my stomach. I was close to tears because I felt like I was being smothered. I've had 3 MRIs and the first part of the CT scan was without contrast and I was fine. So I'm sure I wasn't just panicing. It passed, but I was still sick to my stomach the following day and I missed school. Has anyone else had iodine, and what was your experience?
The results showed that the lymph glands in my bowel were swollen. The doctor said it's usually caused by an infection (or in some cases cancer) and can cause stomach pain. He thought I might have had a stomach virus maybe. Well, that doesn't explain why my stomach has been hurting for at least 2 years, and even since surgery. I don't get it!
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