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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the lumbar ct scan with dye?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Usually not: A lumbar ct scan with dye is no more painful than giving a blood sample (ie there will be a needle placed in your vein). Unless you have a special phobia about such things, you should be fine without sedation.
Dr. Jeffrey Junig
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Maybe, if needed: Some people with lumbar radiculopathy find it painful to lie flat. While a ct is relatively brief, it does require the person lay motionless for a few minutes. A small dose of Valium does wonders for that, and there is no harm in making the procedure less unpleasant. Some people get anxious in tight spaces too. Your pain doc or family doc could prescribe a small dose of Lorazepam or diazepam.

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Is the lumbar CT scan with dye a risky thing to do?

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Dr. Robert Levine
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Not too Risky: The biggest risk would be an allergy to the dye. It is rare, centers knows the cross allergies, that is, red flags about people who are increased risk for an allergic reaction. Centers are also prepared to take appropriate in case there is an allergic reaction. There is also the risk from the radiation associated with the ct.

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