Radiation

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Radiation is a process in which electromagnetic waves (EMR) travel through a vacuum or through matter-containing media.

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Can brain radiation affect your bowel movements? - my sister is having to wear a pen because when she has bowel movement she does not know it until she urinates. She doesn't feel the urge to have a movement. She had brain radiation about 3 1/2 months ago.

doctor1 MD

Hi and welcome to HCM,

You can experience lack of appetite from brain radiation. But this does not affect bowel movements. Consult doctor your doctor for further management.

Wish you speedy recovery

Thanks

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a while ago i was about to take a shower when suddenly i felt like collapsing, I stayed up late last night (i only had 4 hours of sleep) and before that I jogged for an hour. I was exposing myself to radiation of my laptop for i think like the entire day. I am also having occassional dysmenorrhea and now, I just went back to as sleep, but when I woke up, I am still feeling dizzy everytime I get up.

doctor1 MD

Hi, You may be exhausted from the work done or may be hypoglcemia. Take a glass of lemonade. If this happens again in a normal condition then consult your doctor

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My 5 year old son has had a total of 6 barium swallow x rays in his first four years of life. How much radiation will he have been exposed to? Equivalent to? I am worrying that they will have damaged his body?

My daughter, now 3 1/2 years old, has had a chest x ray, a barium swallow, a videofluroscopy and 2 weeks after the VFS she had 2 hip x rays. Please could you shed some light on how much radiation shes received overall and whether I need to be worried.

Thank you.

doctor1 MD

VERY NICE QUESTION ASKED,FIRSTLY NOW A DAYS MOST OF RADIOLOGICAL EXPOSURES ARE SAFE FOR ALL PROCEDURES DONE LIKE BARIUM MEAL,CHEST X-RAYS,BARIUM SWALLOW,VIDEOFLOUROSCOPY ETC
PLEASE DONOT WORRY

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I have white bumps in my butt crack at the top. I also have a burning sensation at the base of my spine . I just had a hida scan performed last Wednesday due to upper right pain to check gall bladder function. I had bowel movements on Saturday that were green indicating the radiation was expelled. It was in diarrhea form and I m concerned it may have splashed back on my skin. Could this be the cause of my symptoms? Can this be a form of radiation burn? I am stressed over the scan and the use of the radiation. I am concerned of impact of the radiation on my body in conjunction with other CT Scans I ve had in the past.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

I can understand your concerns over HIDA scan and the radioactive tracer that you have passed in stool.
Thre are no reported cases of radioactive HIDA scan tracer causing such a problem.
Green stool can be indicative of an intestinal infection.
And the local skin problem can be due to local...

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I have had MRIT radiation to my neck for sarcomatoid carcinoma found on my right thyroid. It was removed. I had 2 tx a day for 20 days. Now when I bend my head forward I get a fainting sensation, nausea, my neck to lower back tingles and my buttocks become numb. My radiation oncologist has moved and my family doctor is unavailable. This is getting worse. He changed the last 10 radiation treatments for fear of to much radiation to my spine. I am hoping this will get better. What can I do to get this to stop?

doctor1 MD

Dear Sir, Hi! Very sorry to hear about your condition. Kindly check your thyroid balance and serum calcium and serum albumin. Likely that your symptoms may be due to hypo calcemia or under functioning thyroid. Regards!

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hello sir i am using hhlite ointement on my dark scar on cheek( face) at night only and i am not going in sun or any other radiation .... but its burning badly and become totally red .....i am so much worried dat it should not scar it more!!!!tell me why this is happening??? or guide me how to use it properly......thanks so much...

doctor1 MD

hello,do not use hhlite directly as it causes redness and burning.apply hhlite along with a moisteriser in the ratio of 1:4.and apply it for short contact period that is 2 hours daily in night time and wash it off

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I have just had a primary breast tumour removed and axillary lymph node sampling, nodes clear, awaitng radiation therapy and waiting to start tamoxifen, but I have noticed my legs feel very heavy weak and achy since my lumpectomy, and i have lower back pain,( though i have had back pain for the last couple of years on and off . Could this indicate a secondary spread to the bones?

doctor1 MD

Hi
No, this wouldn't indicate bone metastases from the breast cancer but it could indicate either a vitamin D deficiency or a magnesium deficiency so you need to be checked for those

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My Dad has a tumor in his rectum that may be pushing on his bladder. he just started chemotheropy 2 days ago and radiation the last 2 days. in addition they are treating him for a uninary track infection with cipro. today when peeing air comes out of his penis like a bubbling sound. Should he go to ER tonight?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Yes, he should. It sounds like a fistula has formed between his intestines and his bladder. It may be necessary to make a stoma.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Anders Mark Christensen,
General Surgeon

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Name:vasantha,gender:female,age:56,hello sir,am affected by cervical cancer and since last two months i been treated wt radiation therapy,though,we dint get proper response from them. can it be treated by surgical therapy,if it is hw much it would cost and how effective is that

doctor1 MD

u can still wait till you complete 3 months post completion of radiation therapy as radiation requires time for complete action. Hope u have undergone brachytherapy as a complete part of your treatment. If after 3 months, there is no complete response, surgery is possible. It depends on extent of...

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salam im a 35 yo female wd parenchymeal vs medullar calcification right kidney cannot rule out mild medullary nephrocalcinosis.parenchymal vs vascular calcification vs non obstructing inferior calyceal calculus left. my doctor suggest ctstonogram im afraid the radiation dye or sideeffect will cause ,is there a possibility that it will? will my liver be safe frm it?

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Ct Scan can be done plain (without contrast) and also be done with contrast (dye), so if your kidney tests are abnormal, you should always get only a plain CT, but in some conditions to know further anatomy ,if contrast CT is required, you should consult your Nephrologist and take his...

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I have white bumps in my butt crack at the top. I also have a burning sensation at the base of my spine . I just had a hida scan performed last Wednesday due to upper right pain to check gall bladder function. I had bowel movements on Saturday that were green indicating the radiation was expelled. It was in diarrhea form and I m concerned it may have splashed back on my skin. Could this be the cause of my symptoms? Can this be a form of radiation burn? I am stressed over the scan and the use of the radiation. I am concerned of impact of the radiation on my body in conjunction with other CT Scans I ve had in the past.

doctor1 MD

My Dad has a tumor in his rectum that may be pushing on his bladder. he just started chemotheropy 2 days ago and radiation the last 2 days. in addition they are treating him for a uninary track infection with cipro. today when peeing air comes out of his penis like a bubbling sound. Should he go to ER tonight?

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today, my mother had a colonoscopy performed...however, they could not complete it because the dr. punctured a hole in her colon and emergency surgery had to be performed to close the hole...she is now in icu and will have to have a bag for a few months... she is an endometrial cancer survivor (surgery jan 2001...radiation only)... this past fri (6/25/10), an upper endoscopy was performed bcuz she had internal bleeding and they were trying to find the source...when they couldn t find anything from the upper endoscopy, they decided to do the colonoscopy which was not completed due to the puncture...your comments please...

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