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Ways to Enjoy Your MRI



  • Ever have a chemical stress test where you have to keep your arms over your head and the medicine makes you short of breath and your heart is beating a mile a minute. The MRI was a piece of cake. They put a cool cloth over my eyes and headphones over my ears (although the noise of the MRI machine drowned out the music). I got to keep my clothes on, except for my bra. My only problem was they said to be still and my diaphragm kept moving up and down as I took each breath, but it was all good. The worst part was waiting 2 weeks to have the doctor interpret the results for me. Actually 3 weeks, because the PA gave me the preliminaries today and next week I get to see the specialist.
    Ellen T Klock
  • Wouldn't it be a good idea if nervous or claustrophobic people(like me) were given a preliminary "training" session in a mock up scanner. Patients would have the opportunity to get used to being inside the tube and to ask questions.

    The person running the "training" session could give advice and make notes which would warn the real MIR operative of any likely problems or special needs of the patient.

    I know there would be a cost involved but this would be easily offset by fewer failed or abandoned scans. I had a panic attack half way through my first scan which had to be stopped. I was then given a sedative and had to wait half an hour for the sedative to take effect before the whole thing was started again.

    The next scan I was sedated and, more importantly, I was prepared for what was about to happen.

    I'm not young enough to know everything - Oscar Wilde
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  • Sandi, that's really sweet of you. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone doing that. That's a VERY good idea.

    In my case, the MRI that I had about 2 months ago, I first starting thinking about this thread and started giggling so I had to stop. I ended up having to move my arm once but other than that, the whirring and vibration lulled me right to sleep. 8-) But I should also mention that it was open at the head end with a fan on me and if i looked up just right, i could see the ceiling, so maybe that's why mine wasn't as bad.
  • That's too funny. 100% true though!
    5 MRIs since 2010 | Severe DDD throughout entire Lumbar Region | Facet Arthrosis throughout | Spinal Canal Stenosis | Herniation L4/L5 | Broad - Based Bulging L1/L2, L2/3, L3/L4 - but still kicking - just not very high. :)
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  • I am an MRI technologist and I have certainly heard it all.. the only correction I would like to make is that we are technologists and not technicians today.. over 4 yrs of school, tests, degrees, continuing eds are required to do the job. In the old days it was on the job training and they would qualify for the title of technician. I stay in chronic pain and try to get my pts through the exam as best as possible with the tools that I have been given. The different facilities offer various things.. Where I work we have the tube and the 'open' MRI. And I agree STRONGLY with the first statement... Take your pain meds!!
    ACD&F c5/6; Lumbar DDD and bilat neuropathy..
  • I was dreading my MRI on Tuesday. I remembered reading this post before hand so this time I was prepared.
    I was armed with my eye patch a muscle relaxer and a positive attitude. I was still scared stiff.
    On arrival I was met by 2 lovely technicians who I nicknamed Ron and Sandi.
    They were very patient and let me inspect the back of the scanner....for my getaway if needed!
    I made them promise not to go home and forget about me in the tube...... If there was an emergency/earthquake/brushfire etc!
    I was all set and into the tube I went.
    I reminisced over some of Ron's funny posts and I imagined Sandi there too ready to hold my foot for reassurance.
    It really wasn't too bad. In fact the advice on the forum here made things a lot easier.
    45 mins later I was on my way out the door when they congratulated me on not moving a muscle..... I replied " thanks Sandi"
    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you all for your advice. Even just talking about it helped.
    I now feel verrrry brave.
    DDD. Married,Mum of 2, Age 45: 2007 & 2008 L5/S1 Discectomy
    April 2013 L5/S1 Anterior Fusion
    & L4/L5 Artificial Disc Replacement
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