Hi all, I have been away from the DOC a few weeks; school just started and I have been really busy.
I have been seeing a new pain management specialist for my back problems and repeated consults with my neurologist for the episodic diplopia ( double vision)., tingling and leg/foot pain. lower back pain, tightness. that may or may not be associated with diabetes. The vision problem is intermittent and is not bothering me at all at this time.
Other things are, though, but I am hanging in there. I have had two MRI's in the past two weeks of the brain and the cervical area of my spine A lower back bulge of the spinal cord was found, as well as some abmormalities with the basal ganglia ( ganglion?) in my brain. My neuro says that he wants to do a brain angiogram to rule out vascular weaknesses that may cause an aneurysm ( No Brett Michaels incidents for me!!). As a result of the second MRI with the dye,he has ruled out MS as a cause for the diplopia and the pain problems.. I am assuming that the foot and leg problems are diabetic-caused in nature, but maybe so ,maybe not They come and go in severity, from very mild to so painful I have to take pills to get some sleep . and then am very groggy in the a.m., sometimes on and off fatigue throughout the day....He is concerned about the brain "abnormalities".. so I am due for an angiogram on Wednesday, September 22.
I wanted to know if anyone has gone through this procedue as a diabetic on a pump.. I understand about the catheter and the dye through the femoral artery ("ouch") and the sedation needed.. I just wanted to know how to manage it on a pump .. Do I disconnect during thisprocedure? I know I am not to eat any solid foods and only clear liquids for 8 hours prior to the procedure... but am I to go out shots and remain "untethered" for several hours after? I would prefer to stay on the pump and have my blood sugars frequently monitored, but would that be too much to ask?. Can I wear My CGM?. I will be sedated and unable to manage my own blood sugars..My neuro's medical secretary had no answers to these questions, told me to call the endo.. Just got this info about the scheduled angiogram on Friday, so I have not been able to directly contact him...
So again, Has Anybody out there in TuLand ever had an angiogram on while on a pump?.. I am beginning to think that we pump users are so rare that procedures have not been established to tell the doctors that order this test? Maybe a call to the Vascular Radiology Dept. at the hospital where it will be done will help me.. Suggestions?
l so appreciate your prayers and concern...
Go Bucks ( OSU)
P.s. There IS some Good news Latest A1c down to 6.6, aiming for 6.0 by the end of the year. My Opthamologist, as is quite usual for the past 25 years that I have seen him., found no signs of diabetic retinopathy in my eyes at yesterday's appt.