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Radiation Sensitivity/Sickness

Discussion in 'Hypersensitivity and Intolerance' started by merylg, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. merylg

    merylg Senior Member

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    I've become interested in this since over the last two weeks I had two nuclear medicine scans (Gastric & Colonic Motility), and a hospital admission involving a whole bunch of X-rays. I tried to refuse the X-rays as I did not think they were necessary ie I already had recent X-rays, CT lungs & MRI brain & upper spine. I did not win.

    I now feel like I have radiation sickness. Crushing weakness on top of the usual fatigue I already had. Burning sensation lower colon. Oesophagitis, but that is nothing new, comes and goes. In hospital my veins shut down with the cold, as their air-con was set low (probably due to recent heat-wave here).
    It was like a systemic Raynaud's attack, with maybe some dehydration as well.

    They could not cannulate me & had difficulty collecting blood, as they were trying to use the back of my hands.
    I did suffer an allergic reaction to Clexane injection.

    Now that I am back home I do have this sense of radiation sickness. I found this interesting research that pins it down to genetic susceptibility.

    http://www.hhmi.org/news/cheung20090406.html

    Interesting that the same research techniques can be applied to sort out the genetics of chemical sensitivity...sigh...

    I am going to cancel the HIDA scan...another nuclear med scan I was to have which my GP requested to check if I have "sludgy" gall bladder, as reason for my rising LFTs. I'm waiting on some more tests on my liver. Anti-LKM was one interesting test, the others seemed repeats of tests I have had before.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-LKM_antibody

    Also i would like to link to the discussion of radiation sickness on this thread:
    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/human-babesiosis-in-australia.20197/#post-309082

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  2. WillowJ

    WillowJ Senior Member

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    I feel for you. I have had lots of CT scans, etc. I think carefully about any new requests for X-ray or whatever.

    sorry you feel so ill, and I hope they figure it out!
  3. L'engle

    L'engle moderate ME

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    Sorry Meryl, this sounds awful! I hope you can figure out something and can avoid future radiation.
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  4. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    I just saw this post (u should have a pm from me which i did before seeing this). Sorry to hear you are feeling like this.

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