1.) My brother finally had a CT scan yesterday. Although he told the ENT who ordered the test, via his PCP, that Samji specifically wants a CT scan without contrast, the ENT wanted it with, so that’s what his PCP order and it’s what he got.
2.) Brother had a bad reaction to the iodine. Excruciating pain throughout his whole body and terrible pressure in his head like it was going to explode. He’s a tough guy (seriously, really tough) and the tech went ahead and did the scan as he tried not to move in reaction to the incredible pain.
3.). Test done, body pains fade in 30 minutes, but severe head pressure continued for several hours. Couldn’t breathe through his nose (due to swelling?) and huge sinus pressure. Those symptoms released in due course. He is left with the worst jaw pain he’s experienced yet. This guy never complains, but he’s talking about this pain.
A.) I assume the pressure in his head was from swelling. Do y’all have an opinion of whether this possible swelling screwed up the CT scan by showing abnormalities that aren’t generally there; causing exacerbated nerve and jugular/carotid views? IDK.
B.) Since then, his jaw on one side (the side where he feels a foreign object at the back of his throat) has been in terrible pain and he can barely open it more than a finger width or two. The pain was about a two beforehand and is now a 9.99. I’m assuming it’s because the associated nerve was enervated by yesterday’s situation. Do you think that might be the case? If so, I’m wondering if it will slowly fade back to a two on the pain scale or if will stay at a higher level until his fang on that side is removed? I’ve gleaned that ice and OTC pain relievers are his only friend tonight, unless one of you can share another option that worked for you. (I searched via the magnifying glass icon, but couldn’t find specific advice.)
Ideas? Thoughts? Experiences?
*IANAD and I realize neither are you. However shared experiences come with a big gold star
**Sorry if my questions are sophomoric.
***apologies for the tl/dr