|02-27-2012, 10:17 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
quad HIDA scan
I am a C3/4 sci, no motor below shoulders. I have a HIDA scan scheduled for later this week as they are trying to test the functioning of the gallbladder. One of the main questions I have is related to AD. When they administer the enzyme that will stimulate the gallbladder, I'm worried that the pain sensation may trigger AD. Is there anything that they can give me ahead of time to prevent that? If not, do they have some sort of medication that could reverse the effects of the enzyme that they inject? I'm a little nervous going in as I don't feel particularly comfortable with the level of knowledge of sci at the hospital. Also, is there anything that might help with anxiety during the test that would relax me for a couple hours? Any help/experiences would be great.
|02-28-2012, 01:26 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2001
You need to talk to the physician who will be doing the test prior to having it done. You can do this by phone. Insist on having this discussion before your get to the place where the test is being done.
They should monitor your blood pressure through-out the test, at least every 3 minutes. They should have medication on hand for immediate use if you start getting AD. Nifedipine is most often used, although some prefer some form of nitroglycerine (either oral spray or topical paste is most common). You also need to report any symptoms you have of AD immediately.
Sedatives will not prevent any AD, and they may make it difficult or impossible for you to direct your care or report AD symptoms. I would suggest you avoid them if possible.
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