There are worse things in life than getting an MRI scan (unless you happen to be claustrophobic). However, there are also many, many things that are far more pleasant than going into "the tube." Share your tips on how to make the experience non-traumatic and maybe even relaxing... Share Your Tip
- 4 days after my first MRI my doctor called and said i need to go for second MRI since they saw something on my left sside of my head , want to make sure every thing is ok , said dont worry , any thought on this , i am very worry now
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Relaxing and Red Robin
- I usually take a rest and think of the beaches in Clearwater. Then I go out to Red Robin afterwards as a treat.
- —Guest Guest Ken
- I had my second MRI today. I didn't think the noises bothered me that much because I had the headphones and music playing. However, towards the end of my "2 hour visit" with the tube, one of the nurses told me that I was breathing really hard. I tried to relax and noticed that my shoulders dropped. I found that each time a new noise would start my muscles would tense up even if I felt fine. So to help with trying to regulate my breaths, every time a new noise/sequence started I would relax my body and just think of all my muscles letting go. My best advice is to not think about being in "the tube", close your eyes, and just relax. Don't worry about being too relaxed because with all the noises changing and repeating you cannot fall asleep.
- —Guest Katie
- hey jeff. i know how you feel. when the doctors had my neck exnemaid in the MRI back in 2008, i stayed there with my entire body inside it for 40 mins without earplugs. *lol* i was almost going nuts in there. i imagined being on a sunny beach when i closed my eyes that helped a bit.i cross my fingers they gonna find the reasons for all this.. good luck!simon
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- the last one i did i didnt have music, just earplugs. The machine makes noises like alarms so dont worry. Ur prepared. Also, you should think of what your looking forward to or the best memory you have. It helps me to sing songs in my head and since MRI's are kind of long, sing long songs(in your head of course). Make a to-do list 4 the day. ANd dont stress. if u really start to stress inside though, dont go nuts. They should give you a button to press or something to signal them to stop. Hope thos helps
- —Guest Kaylaaa
The unknoe is scary
- I asked the tech to give me a minute before starting the MRI. The first thing I did was to take a close look at the entire inside of the tube. I noted the screws, panels, recessed lighting etc... I felt better knowing exactly what I was laying in and knew that there was nothing in there to hurt me in any way...I felt SAFE.
- —Guest Ann
MRI - no big deal
- Compared to other tests, I found it relatively easy (have had 3) - it's loud, confining, but it doesn't hurt - I kept my eyes open and watched the tech and looked at the countdown several times - found the time went faster when I didn't watch the countdown - I actually found it scarier when I could not see the tech - it helped to know how much longer. Concentrated on slow breathing and trying to recite song lyrics or poems, psalms. Over before you know it like most things. . .
- —Guest Cara
MRI? What MRI? I haven't see a thing!
- I did the MRI because I have a pituitary tumor. I'm not sure of "how" claustrophobic I am, but I have a tendency to panic when I don't feel in control of what's happening to me. Hence, I chose to keep it safe and close my eyes as SOON as my face was "caged" (and haven't opened them until I got completely out)! As I got to listen to my favorite radio station and, from time to time, the lady doing the scan would tell me how long each sequence would last and what would happen next (I'd hear her through my headphones) and ask me how I'm doing (she'd also hear me). Some of the noises, combined with my vast imagination, made me want to laugh... but the thing is that you gotta stay absolutely still and breathe as calmly as you can! Towards the end, the lady injected me with a contrast agent, and I had to keep the tube carrying the agent on my arm as I got back into the machine, for about 2 min. Now, I have to drink about 1 L or 2 of water to flush it out. Here's to us brave folks!
- —Guest Victoria
MRI for Claustrophobics
- I had panic attacks during both mri scans of my lower spine, am very claustrophobic, so dreaded the brain and entire spine scan. My GP gave me Valium 2mg tablets and told me to start taking them the day before the scan - I had 2 mg the night before, 2mg on the morning of the scan and another 2mg about half an hour before and I slept through it. Started off by controlling my breathing - when you hyperventilate your hot breath comes back to panic you - slow deep breaths work well and with valium, it was a breeze. Speak to your GP. Hope this helps even one person.
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- Forget it - if the day comes that my legs stop working, then I'll have it - right now my bladder muscle isn't working and I'm forced to wear a folely catheter for the past 7 months, but as it goes even if an MRI does reveal MS, what can really be done - my kidneys were affected by the bladder retention and the MRI tech said that the use of contrast would not be wise, even though blood tests have revealed normal kidney function. The numbers might look normal, but I do get pain on a regular basis and as said the MRI tech said that contrast would not be recommended - which they say helps with the MS diagnosis. No other issue, aside from some springtime right side tingling since 1987 has been an issue for me - the first serious problem was the bladder failure - which happened on the first day of Spring this year...
- —Guest Frank
- thinking of special event like my childs birth and i close my eyes
- —Guest nadine
What I do during my MRIs.
- I have vascular migraines with migraine spots showing up on my brain. These have to be re-checked every so often. So far I have had 4 MRI's of my head and one of my back.
Anyway I always have a very brief sensation of "I don't like this" . It's human nature.
Then I talk myself down. It's ok. They can hear me. I am safe. Nothing is going to touch me. If I had to get out I could slide out. Etc.
Then I make up stuff to go with the sounds. Dorky but it works. The loud BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP is "I HATE THIS THING" (makes me laugh) and the rat tatt tatt I think ooo that sounds like someone breaking up pavement with a jackhammer. Then the knock knock knock knock ...can't come to the door I'm having an MRI....then buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz ...sounds like my alarm clock on steroids.
It's all about putting your mind in the right place. I don't look in the mirror thingy b/c it disorients me. I do open and close my eyes. I think of my grocery list, etc. Just occupy your mind u are ok. :
- —Guest TNGal
- Like so many others, I'm claustrophobic. My first MRI, in 1998, the tech told me to just close my eyes. I did that but kept wanting to open them. When I did, I almost freaked out because of how close the tube was to my face--felt like I was in a coffin! Next MRI (2000), the tech gave me his survival tip: place a folded wash cloth over my eyes. I've done that ever since and have no problems. Now if I open my eyes, all I see is. . . not much of anything. I place it before they move me inside the tube so I don't see anything. Have been falling asleep during the MRIs for years now.
- —Guest Susan
coping with mri's
- I close my eyes and they tech puts a washcloth or beanbag over my eyes BEFORE they put the "cage" over my face
- —Guest msinvt