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MRI feet or head first? MRI feet or head first?

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Unread 09-19-2011, 08:58 PM
Re: MRI feet or head first?

In my experience, it was my first time having an MRI. I didn't know what to expect, I assumed that it was a walk in the park because there no pain is involved. When I first got there and after undressing the technician asked if I wanted to listen to music and a blindfold. I rejected both.

she handed me a panic button and wheeled me in head first. I panicked, I didn't realize I was claustrophobic and pressed the panic button. I told her I couldn't do it because I felt like I was begin wheeled into one of those things you see at the morgue.

I apologized. She explained that I could be sedated, but I would have to come back another day because you can't drive. I agreed that's what I would do; however, after giving me a second to gather my thoughts, she offered the blindfold again, and I said yes. Back in a went. As long as I didn't see anything, I was fine.

My MRI was with and without contrast, so after about 40 minutes the Dr came in to inject me with the dye and back in I went for another 5 or so minutes.

It wasn't so bad once I was blindfolded and the time didn't seem as long but it was uncomfortable not being able to reposition myself and being asked not to breath too heavy.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 09:17 PM
Re: MRI feet or head first?

Thanks everyone. The MRI is in the morning, so no time for drugs. I need to go back to work anyway, so I don't want them if at all possible. I'm planning on bringing ear plugs and a wash cloth to cover my eyes in case they don't have either. And I intend to explain to them that there's a slight chance that I'll throw up in their pretty little tube if they don't let me go head first. I'm pretty sure they don't want to be cleaning that up!
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Unread 09-20-2011, 04:08 PM
Re: MRI feet or head first?

I had an MRI recently in a semi open unit where I sat upright, mostly because of back pain and to see the pressure that was being put on my spine. I have had several MRI exams in the past several years, and I seem to have gotten worse with it. I, too, kept my eyes squeezed shut and tried desperately not to touch the sides. If I have another one, I'm taking a nighttime sleep mask. If you cover your eyes before you go in, you might be able to handle it. Also, I did have a valium last time. It didn't do much, though, for my anxiety, mostly because I worked myself up too much.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 07:17 PM
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I did it! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. They had a fan going to circulate the air, I brought a sleeping mask so I wouldn't see anything, and they gave me a headset so I could listen to the radio. I did end up going in feet first, but only because of my height. Because I'm short, my head was actually closer to being out on the far end that way than it would have been to being out on the near end had I gone feet first. I'm glad I expected it to be very loud, so it didn't surprise me. They don't warn you abou that and they really should. Yay, one more step down...
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Unread 09-20-2011, 07:27 PM
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Congrats!!! I am so proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself!
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Unread 09-20-2011, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by MeghanM View Post
I did it! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.






I am so proud of you!

Covering my eyes, music, Valium (and meds stronger than Valium), cool air, my DH with me, everything anyone could think of help me with an open unit so there is no way I could have done what you did today! You are my new hero!

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Unread 09-21-2011, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by MeghanM View Post
I did it! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. They had a fan going to circulate the air, I brought a sleeping mask so I wouldn't see anything, and they gave me a headset so I could listen to the radio. I did end up going in feet first, but only because of my height. Because I'm short, my head was actually closer to being out on the far end that way than it would have been to being out on the near end had I gone feet first. I'm glad I expected it to be very loud, so it didn't surprise me. They don't warn you abou that and they really should. Yay, one more step down...
Meghan,

I thought about you the entire day. That's why this site is so wonderful, glad you made it through it.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 08:45 AM
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Yay! Glad to hear you made it through it!! Thanks for sharing.
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