Topic: Ideas to help pain during scans?
Does anyone have any ideas of how to deal with pain due to having to lay down and stretch out for a PET or CT scan? My father has had pain in his abdomen for some time, but until recently he thought it was related to the Whipple surgery that he had about a year ago. About a month ago the pain got worse and it became more clear that is probably due to the 2 tumors he has growing in the area. He is now on pain medication, which seems to be controlling the pain for the most part. But when he has to go in for a scan, he has terrible pain. I think it is because of the position he has to be in for the scan. While I haven't seen it, he described it as having to lay on his back, with his arms extending up above his head on the table. Laying down tends to be a more uncomfortable position for my Dad, and I figure having to put his arms up probably makes this position even worse. I was going to suggest putting a wedge under his knees but he said they already do that. I'm thinking my dad can't be the only person out there with this problem. I'm wondering if anyone else has dealt with this problem or has ideas of how to make the scan more comfortable. I would really like to help him find a way to not be so miserable during those scans. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them. Thanks for your help!