Should I go get the CT scan or not?
October 4, 2007 7:46 PM Subscribe
Should I go get the CT scan or not? I've had a stomachache for 10 days and my doctor thinks it might be my appendix; the blood tests are all negative; should I still go through with this?
posted by mygothlaundry to health & fitness (29 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been having bad stomach pains for 10 days now. Actually, I've kind of had them on and off for about a month, but they settled in 10 days ago and haven't gone away. Yesterday, I finally caved in and went to the doctor (OB/Gyn.) She checked out all my girlie bits & kidneys and they're fine. She thought it was very possibly my appendix getting ready to go. So she gave me a bunch of blood tests, a pain prescription (which I didn't fill) and an appointment for an abdominal CT scan tomorrow. She wanted to do it today but I was looking at a huge day at work and refused. The CT test involves fasting after midnight and then drinking 2 giant jars of barium dye and being in a machine for 2 hours or so. I'm sure it's insanely expensive.
The blood tests came up negative for everything. There's no high white blood cell count, my liver is healthy, I don't have any diseases, my cholesterol couldn't be better and, well, my blood is a vampire's perfect wet dream.
My stomach still hurts, but not as badly. I don't feel well, but I feel okay - as in, I can eat, poo, sleep and walk around: I just don't enjoy much of any of it since my stomach hurts. I want to cancel the test tomorrow. Partly because I just don't want to do it, being afraid of such things and partly because I'm afraid that my insurance (BCBS, NC version) won't pay for it when they learn that my blood is all healthy. I tried to get my doctor's office to find out whether or not they would pay for it all day to no avail. In addition, my mother told me tonight that one of her cousins had a chronic appendix that flared up now and then for 40 years before it blew. I don't want to have surgery unless I'm dying, frankly, so if this is just going to quietly go away, well, hell. And maybe it's a virus?
But on the other hand, 10 days is a long time to have a migrating, moving, usually just bearable but occasionally really. fucking. painful. stomachache. So what do I do? Get the CT scan or cancel it?