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Doctor insights on: Anxiety Regarding Ct Scan

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Do I need to worry about sca with a normal cardiac workup (ekg, echo, stress, chest xray and CT scan)? Blood work overall normal, scared/high anxiety?!

Do I need to worry about sca with a normal cardiac workup (ekg, echo, stress, chest xray and CT scan)? Blood work overall normal, scared/high anxiety?!

Probably not: A sudden cardiac arrest (sca) is a rare phenomenon. It almost always occurs in patients who have cardiac disease: either electrical, mechanical, or related to a heart attack. It sounds as though all of your testing has been normal. This should provide some relief from your anxiety.

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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30 year old female having sever anxiety over my first and only CT scan for a rib injury, terrified one scan is going to give me cancer in a few years?

30 year old female having sever anxiety over my first and only CT scan for a rib injury, terrified one scan is going to give me cancer in a few years?

The theoretical risk: Of any procedure or treatment should always be weighed against the benefit. In your case, the theoretical risk of developing a radiation induced cancer from one chest CT is slight, about 0.09% over your baseline risk. To put that in perspective, you have about a 10x higher lifetime risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident. Yet few people worry very much about getting in their car.

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

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

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 there something they will give me for anxiety when I'm doing the chest CT scan without dye?

Is there something they will give me for anxiety when I'm doing the chest CT scan without dye?

Maybe: A chest ct scan without dye/contrast injection should only take less than a minute on a newer ct scanner. If you can close your eyes and hold a deep breath for about 40 seconds, and not panic, then you may not need any anxiety meds. You can practice this at home by covering up under your bedsheets at night. The vast majority of my ct scan patients can do their scans without anxiety meds.

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Need reassurance b/c of health anxiety. Dull ache on my left side 4 mos. Scared it's pancreas-related. Does clean CT scan likely rule out the worst?

Anxiety: I feel empathy for your Anxiety Dull ache on left side of abdomen, not progressing for 4 months is likely due to constipation, Irritable bowel or Anxiety Alcohol can trigger Pancreatitis. Feel good about functioning of your GI system and other systems of your body Use Breathing relaxation, Tai, Chi, Yoga, and Meditation See a Physician for Dia - gnosis, Means Thorough Knowledge and tests

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I have lipase levels that fluctuate from the high end of normal to 20 points over the ref range for the past two years. Normal U/S and CT scan. All other blood work normal, including amalayse. Should I have an EUS or MRCP done? Causing anxiety.

I have lipase levels that fluctuate from the high end of normal to 20 points over the ref range for the past two years. Normal U/S and CT scan. All other blood work normal, including amalayse. Should I have an EUS or MRCP done? Causing anxiety.

No need to worry: Since your lipase levels are only minimally raised, have been so for two years at least, are associated with a normal serum amylase (and U/S and CAT scan), and are occurring in a patient who is asymptomatic--all argue for nothing serious. It probably represents low grade pancreatitis. Do you drink? Diabetic? Are you on birth control pills? Do you have gluten-related problems? No need for EUS/MRCP

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My health anxiety over my heart won't diminish can I once and for all ask for a stress test and or CT scan so I can move on?

My health anxiety over my heart won't diminish can I once and for all ask for a stress test and or CT scan so I can move on?

You can't always get: You can't always get what you want, but you can ask for it - and, if you try, sometimes you'll get what you need. A CBT therapist specializing in health can teach you skills to handle this better and learn to trust the findings of appropriate tests. Best wishes!

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I have anxiety and am going to see a neurologist. I had a brain CT scan last year and it was clear. Will I need another one?

I have anxiety and am going to see a neurologist. I had a brain CT scan last year and it was clear. Will I need another one?

Brain CT scan: If you have new neurological symptoms, a brain CT may be recommended even if a normal brain CT was obtained a year ago. You may wish to discuss your anxiety with the neurologist who may offer treatment or referral to a doctor skilled in the treatment of anxiety.

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Had a CT scan of my head about three months ago getting another for head aches and confusion. Is that many CT scans safe? Can anxiety cause that?

Talk to your doctor: If you have persistent headaches, you may want to ask your doctor whether they would consider a mri/mra instead of a ct scan. Mri does not use x-rays (unlike ct), and has much greater diagnostic value that ct in the brain, and allowis to study blood vessels without dye with mra. At your age, the likelihood of finding a serious problem is not very high; therefore stress and anxiety may be present.

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I suffered of anxiety during a brain MRI evaluation, and it can not be completed. What others procedures (b.Map, CT scan) are useful for the brain?

Options: It is not uncommon for patients undergoing MRI scans to feel claustrophobic and have to end the test prematurely. If the information needed is important to make a diagnosis or determine treatment, you can try having the procedure with an open mri. Alternatively, if your doctor needs the clarity of the regular MRI images, you may benefit from mild anti-anxiety medications taken before the scan.

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I'm having random right ribcage pain. I had my ekg. Abdominal ultrsaound and CT scan all came normal...Is it due to my anxiety? Thnks..

I'm having random right ribcage pain. I had my ekg. Abdominal ultrsaound and CT scan all came normal...Is it due to my anxiety? Thnks..

Various causes: Several things can cause variable right ribcage pain that wouldn't show up on those tests. A costochondritis or a pleural irritation come to mind. A chest ct scan and abdominal ultrasound should have picked up stuff like cancer or pneumonia in lungs or lung fields, collapsed lung, or liver abnormality. Causes depend highly on the timing of the pain, how long you've had it, other symptoms, etc.

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Would a CT scan without contrast show a brain tumor or evidence one was there? What are the chances it won't? Doc not concerned but my anxiety is :/

Would a CT scan without contrast show a brain tumor or evidence one was there? What are the chances it won't? Doc not concerned but my anxiety is :/

See long answer: Ct without contrast is largely indicated for acute hemorrhage or infarcts. It may not show more subtle tumors. Mri with contrast is much more sensitive in the correct clinical situation. Talk to your dr. To see if further imaging evaluation is appropriate.

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Every nervous thought gets my lower tummy achy relieved by stool. Colonscopy and CT scan normal. It's bad in the morning when anxiety is high.

Every nervous thought gets my lower tummy achy relieved by stool. Colonscopy and CT scan normal. It's bad in the morning when anxiety is high.

See GI-? IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a diagnosis of exclusion, but since your tests are so far negative, and anxiety is associated, it appears you may have IBS-check with a GI doctor. Some treatment may involve working on your anxiety. Best wishes.

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I have anxiety disorder routine CBC ok urine they found trace of protein and blood and CT scan abdo pelvic was normal should I worry?

I have anxiety disorder routine CBC ok urine they found trace of protein and blood and CT scan abdo pelvic was normal should I worry?

Don't worry: Don't worry, but follow up with your doctor to make sure all bases are covered. Let your doctor do the worrying, if any is to be done. Trace of blood and protein is abnormal, but physical trauma (like being hit in the back, etc) could cause that result. It may not mean any ongoing illness at all. Talk with your doctor, and ask all the questions you need to.

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Neg d dimer/ct scan 5 days ago. Now having the same chest pain/shortness of breath that led me 2 hospital. Cld I have a pe now 5 days later? Anxiety?

Neg d dimer/ct scan 5 days ago. Now having the same chest pain/shortness of breath that led me 2 hospital. Cld I have a pe now 5 days later? Anxiety?

Chest pain: Possible reasons for the chest pain would include a cardiac event or acute anxiety attack. Assuming that a cardiac work up at the hospital was negative it's likely that you have experienced recurring anxiety attacks.

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3 wkspostpartum, shortness of breath, difficulty projecting voice, feeling of tightness Had chest X-ray and ct scan, no PE. Possibilities? Anxiety?

Workup.: Excellent you had workup you did. Yes, this could be anxiety. The postpartum period can be quite stressful. See if you can get some support and take care of you!

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Have had an ekg, chest xray, and CT scan. All came back fine. Is there any possibility that I could have heart failure/related? Or is it anxiety?

Have had an ekg, chest xray, and CT scan. All came back fine. Is there any possibility that I could have heart failure/related? Or is it anxiety?

Possible: It is possible that this is an anxiety disorder. Good to hear that your are being followed by your doc and that your test results are good. Seek the help of a clinical psychologist who works w/anxiety disorders for additional help. There is much reason to hope. Peace and good health.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more