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Xanax before the Pet Scan

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Kent Cass
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Some time ago there was a thread on this subject, and how the Xanax did more than just calm the nerves- it also did something to fat(?) which helped in reducing false positives. I recently had a check-in with my regular Dr. and threw that past him, and he didn't buy it. All I wanted was one measely Xanax tab! No dice.

So, any info on this, including anything new, with reference to a medical study in support of this, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

kcass

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Hal61
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Kent, if you are a cancer patient (and you are), and you feel Xanax can be helpful to you, then your doc should give you an RX. It's easy for them to monitor use, abuse is a non issue. You shouldn't have to twist arms or cite studies.

best of luck on that, Hal

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I didn't remember that thread so I googled it. I think I found it. I never heard anything about Xanax reducing false positives. If it were true wouldn't you think they would have people take it before their scans where that would be a concern like it is for many just having scans after rads?

This is the thread about the fat I found.

SWEETS LINK

(ok John. I'm trying your idiots cheat sheet for making my link. Lol)

Just in case it doesn't work. Sorry I don't trust you but you know my motto, John. Haha!

http://csn.cancer.org/node/190702

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sweetblood22
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Ha! Well whaddya know your cheat sheet worked for me, John and I made my first fancy link. :)

timreichhart
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I take Xanax before the Pet Scan everytime and it does help you relax alot. I also take xanax for anxiety I never anxiety intill I found out I had cancer and during and after cancer treatments was done. I am still battling anxiety right now as we are speaking and I am currently out of xanax so when I go back to chemo doctor the 2/22 I am going to ask for more xanax which I dont know if he will give me a other RX for it or not but I am going to see. I also wanted to say xanax does help you fell to sleep alot quicker at night and it also make you sleep better at night. Yes I do have problems sleeping at night due to this whole cancer thing.

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When anxiety has the best of you there is medication for it. Yes, doctors are always on the look out for abuse...but really...cancer has got to be one of highest anxiety producing events out there. When Mark and I were waiting for his first PET results, I had to take one in the waiting room...my anxiety was through the roof. For me, there is no shame in a needing a little help when my anxiety is disabling.
Kim

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3 hours of sitting in the waiting room at the hospital while Doug got his dissection done. 3 hours of consciously trying to slow my breathing and my heart rate. I suspect Xanax would have done a better job, but Doug never needed it during treatment (should have told him to ask for it).

Anyway, the doctor showed up smiling the "I'm not hiding anything" smile. He reported that he did not think any of the lymph nodes he harvested looked suspicious - the node that we knew had cancer and another one right near it looked as dead as could be to him.

That's almost as good as Xanax. I can even drink my coffee now.

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Well that is good to hear, Dr. Mary.

samtheman
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Husband would not have made it this far without "Vitamin X" as we call it. I have not heard that it helps PET/CT results just anxiety and help sleeping. No cancer patient should have to beg for this prescription, try your primary care doctor. Good Luck!

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LOL, TNO....< you're motto.

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Lol it took me a second, but then I got it. :)

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I never heard of using Xanax before a PET but that is not to say it doesn’t work. I believe one of the problems is that not all of our doctors are on the same level. I did rad twice and the first doc put me on amifostine before treatment and the second time a different doc told me it does not work and refused to treatment me with it before treatment. I believe the amifostine worked because I still have my saliva glands they only work at 60% but that is better then nothing at all.

All the best my friend
Hondo

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That be it, Sweet. And, I thank you. Will try to investigate further. Next PS/CT is April 4th, and I got it in my mind to prep for it w/Bitter Gourd, if I can find it- so far I've only found Bitter Melon, and possibly a tab of Xanax, if my Dr. will oblige. Thank you, Sweet.

kcass

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Your welcome, Kent. For some reason I have seen bitter gourd a couple times in the last week on the Food Network. I think it was in one of the baskets in Chopped. I think I have it in my head that bitter melon and bitter gourd are the same thing. Hang on a sec.

Yeah. I think it is:

Bitter gourd or melon

I have never had it. The other place I ran across it was in a juicing recipe this week. I've never seen it in the stores here. Guess I will read up on it.
I can tell you I won't try it though because I really dislike bitter flavors. Also sour flavors. Yuckaroo. :)

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Yes bitter gourd and bitter melon are one and the same. Supposedly it is good herbal remedy for calming anxiety, among other things. It is commonly eaten in Se Asia as a vegetable. The name is quite apropos as it is rather bitter. I've been told numerous times that it is really good if it is cooked correctly. Apparently no one I know has learned how. Let's just say I will never try to eat it again. My wife makes a soup with it. I eat something else, anything else. Cheers

Jimbo

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"...I've been told numerous times that it is really good if it is cooked correctly. Apparently no one I know has learned how. Let's just say I will never try to eat it again. My wife makes a soup with it. I eat something else, anything else. Cheers..."

That's too funny. Thanks. I am definitely thinking that's something I will have to pass on trying. Lol

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The reason for the Bitter Gourd/Melon is what it does to Sugar- reduces glucose in the blood. As we all know, Sugar is the key player in the PS/CT, and by reducing the amount that gets spread around the body in the weeks before the test- one is also reducing the chances of a false-positive in the tests. That's the principle of it.

Must advise that I was tipped on the BG/M some time ago by a Brother to us all, and there may be cautions that come into play with the BG/M, and what it actually does, so that if one does try it- do so in moderation, and ease into it. Might be a problem for the Diabetics, or anyone with a similar problem.

Scam, with your being the resident Dr. to us all in regards to the Far East and diet- any info you can provide us on Bitter Gourd/Melon will be greatly appreciated. Might even be cool if you start a thread about it, especially if it really can be beneficial to the PS/CT. Hmmmm...Think Hondo might know something about it, too. Hmmmmm...

kcass

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