Testing Testing…

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I underwent a variety of tests to diagnose my MS was diagnosed. I thought it might be helpful to cover those should anyone else have to get the same tests. It will not be a very medical description, probably the opposite, but will give you an idea of what to expect.

CT Scans

First up, a definition from the NHS website:

A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. CT scans can produce detailed images of many structures inside the body, including the internal organs, blood vessels and bones.

They can be used to:
diagnose conditions – including damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, stroke, and cancer

The scanner consists of a ring that rotates around a small section of your body as you pass through it.

Being Scanned

When first admitted to hospital, there was a concern I had suffered a stroke. A CT scan of my head would confirm this. Compared to some of the subsequent scans, this was a quick process. I laid on the bench, my head was moved inside the machine and the scan was taken. There’s little noise and the machine is not enclosed. I had no aftereffects.

The scan ruled out a stroke (yay!) but raised the concern it might be lymphoma (uh-oh). A second CT scan, but this time of my full body and with contrasting dye injected would see if anything had spread through my body.

A similar process to the first scan but I had to lie back on the bench with my arms above my head. Not the most comfortable position. A nurse warned me the dye might make me feel nauseous, which it did but not too bad. It might also feel like I would wet myself. Fortunately, it did not.

I lay on the bench in a hospital gown, arms above my head and wondering if I would be sick or wet myself. Oh, the glamour! If my friends could see me now.

This scan took a bit longer, maybe 10 minutes in total but apart from the slight nausea again there were no ill effects. The CT scan process was straightforward and painless.

The results were encouraging – there was nothing negative in the rest of my body. So just what was going on.

That was the first of several tests to diagnose my MS. Now onto the next one…

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