Saturday, September 26, 2009

CT scan

Sorry I didn't post last night, but it was late and I was really tired after the long drive from Houston.

I was told Wednesday that I would be having a CT scan with and without contrast, so I shouldn't have been surprised on Friday when the nurse presented me with a barium smoothie. I also shouldn't have been surprised to see a small bolus of barium when I went in to have the CT scan, since I was having a pelvic series done. If you don't know the significance of the bolus, don't worry about it. If you do, my sympathies.

Dr. K. called me while I was navigating Houston's rush hour traffic in a bid to get home. Lucky for me I was trapped in a school carpool lane at the time and wouldn't be going anywhere so long as the crossing guard had his way. The CT scan didn't show anything unusual.

This finding lead Dr. K. to theorize that my phrenic nerve has been partially paralyzed. This is the nerve that, for lack of a better description, coordinates the movement of the diaphragm. So, the right side of my diaphragm is stuck in the up position which is causing the pain when I breathe. There's nothing to be done for it and as far as I can glean, it's not life threatening.

I'll be going back to Houston in December for a three month check-up and we'll repeat x-rays, etc. to see what's going on with my diaphragm. The paralyzed phrenic nerve isn't a definitive diagnosis and anything could happen between now and then.


Anonymous said...


I am so happy for your good reports in Houston. I don't usually comment, but I just had to comment on this post.

I have a paralyzed right diaghragm since I had polio many years ago. I had bulbar and paralytic polio so my breathing is compromised. I am still here but I have to be careful with colds, bronchitis, etc. and make sure I get to the doctor asap.

Marilyn in NJ

Nancy said...

HI Ann. I'm sorry that you are not feeling well. I never even heard of the phrenic nerve. I hope that the situation resolves very soon and that all your tests come out fine.

Thinking of you always!