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Hi crimson, sorry to hear you are not feeling too good.

I had an MRI a few years ago. I had gone to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and for no reason simply collapsed (no, I was not drunk!) and in the process I managed to smash the cistern with my head. I visited casualty the following morning and they gave me the all clear, but the following day, I suddenly lost all feeling and control in both my arms.

I returned to casualty again, and this time the doctor had me round and booked into the MRI machine within 60 minutes. Now I can tell you, that was worrying, things usually do not happen that quick with the NHS!

I was pleasantly surprised, the room was larger than the average x-ray room, but the containment area for the radiologist did not seem as big, so I immediately assumed it was safer . I spent the time while I was waiting for it to happen talking to the radiologist and the doctor, mainly about the equipment (I am a nosey bugger really) and was absolutely fascinated by the technical information I got from them.

The MRI itself was over pretty quickly. After laying on the bed, it was positioned inside the ring, then the ring spins up - if you are lucky, you can even see the Hamsters going full tilt on the inside! - then it moves up and down a bit while they get the images they want, et viola, all over.

I was lucky, in that as I had already had a good chat and shown an interest, I was invited over to see the images straight away with the doctor and the radiologist, so I did not have to wait at all for the results. Again, I was lucky in that they managed to find my brain, and there appeared to be nothing wrong. Fortunately I have not had any issues since, and to this day they cannot explain why it may have happened.

Now I am no doctor, but considering that this has been going on for a few months with you, I would have thought they would have had this done much quicker if they thought there was something seriously wrong with your head. I would suspect this is simply to rule things out of the equation.

A head injury can be a funny beast, I have known of people who have suffered the effects of concussion for several months, simply after being hit on the head by a ball, and yet also I have seen someone hit so hard I would have sworn he was dead, yet he got up and walked away without so much as a headache Strange world.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. I hope some of the info above helps. If you are like me, then actually knowing about the process really helps, so I suggest trying to talk to the radiologist when you get there.

I wish you all the very best luck. I hope you keep us informed after you have it done.
thank you! this is helpful indeed! of course i will keep you posted once i' done with it!
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Tonight's drunk post?
Worse....... this is what happens when I DON'T drink !!!


I remember getting my knee MRI'd once and just lying there, going nuts to the sound....... and started to wonder if you could "Beat box" to the groovy MRI tunes.

I didn't do it.(not that I can beatbox either)

Also, another really good reason not to beatbox in an MRI machine is because you have to stay so still. I didn't really want to have to explain why the images may not have turned out. eg:

Doc: "So, the images weren't as clear as we had expected. Were you moving around in there"
Bill: " Chill doc.... I was bust'n out some beatbox tracks to the MRI beats "
Doc: .............. ah, we might put you back in and do your head as well.


(N.B. fellow EF readers: what are the odds that Crimson will now think of this act of lunacy during her MRI?)


MRI's have no rhythm
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Old 13.04.2011, 22:57
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Worse....... this is what happens when I DON'T drink !!!


I remember getting my knee MRI'd once and just lying there, going nuts to the sound....... and started to wonder if you could "Beat box" to the groovy MRI tunes.

I didn't do it.(not that I can beatbox either)

Also, another really good reason not to beatbox in an MRI machine is because you have to stay so still. I didn't really want to have to explain why the images may not have turned out. eg:

Doc: "So, the images weren't as clear as we had expected. Were you moving around in there"
Bill: " Chill doc.... I was bust'n out some beatbox tracks to the MRI beats "
Doc: .............. ah, we might put you back in and do your head as well.


(N.B. fellow EF readers: what are the odds that Crimson will now think of this act of lunacy during her MRI?)


MRI's have no rhythm
hmm probably i would if i knew what a beatbox is?!
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I had an MRI on my torso before having my gallbladder removed this past fall, it really wasn't bad at all - my only worries were getting stuck in the machine as I'm really not a small person.

This is something I'm sure you won't have to worry about as I'm sure your head is smaller than my belly.

Like some others have said, they gave me headphones so I could listen to music as they were doing their thing, they even asked me what sort of music I preferred, complete with a list of choices.

Don't worry about the procedure, it's not a big thing (although the machine is huge and intimidating!). Hopefully your results are favorable and / or useful.
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I had an MRI on my torso before having my gallbladder removed this past fall, it really wasn't bad at all - my only worries were getting stuck in the machine as I'm really not a small person.

This is something I'm sure you won't have to worry about as I'm sure your head is smaller than my belly.

Like some others have said, they gave me headphones so I could listen to music as they were doing their thing, they even asked me what sort of music I preferred, complete with a list of choices.

Don't worry about the procedure, it's not a big thing (although the machine is huge and intimidating!). Hopefully your results are favorable and / or useful.
haha, i've been called tweety before due to my head size, apparently!

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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

MRI, Ctscan, Petscan, Bone scan had them all on a few occasions. Not a single one hurts. Its similar to getting x-rays,( that doesn't hurt does it?) except you are lying down on a moving table. If they give you a "contrast" solution you will have a warm feeling lasting about 30 seconds. Some places let you bring your own music-tapes, cd etc to calm your anxieties. Just relax and don't worry. You will be fine. B positive. For all you know it could be an ear infection.
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I had one a few years ago after an episode of aphasia, really wierd, I just started talking gibberish (more so than usual) sometimes words that rhymed with what I wanted to say other times just random words, I recorded about 4 minutes of it figuring the doctor would probably want to hear it.

The actual MRI was fun, just lie there with lots of bangs and clicks and thumping noises, dum dum dum dum dum dum deeeee click click click thump, nothing scary, just interesting. I closed my eyes and appreciated the time to myself with nothing else to do or needing to be done; it was quite relaxing.

Results were all clear and the aphasia was put down to stress.
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

Hey Crimson , I can't really add much, but what I do that really helps is close my eyes and imagine a walk or drive that you are familiar with. If you follow every curve on the road and then get to your destination then reverse the whole journey. I have trained myself to do this and no sooner than you are on the return of the "journey" normally the Dr is there to tell you it is all over!
Sending you lots of hugs and let us know how you get on
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Old 13.04.2011, 23:41
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

Have been there too.... but as I am claustrophobic it wasn't possible.. 2x. Then.... oh joy, oh immense relief.... the "open" MRI became available
And it's way too loud to fall asleep
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I have several brain MRI's and yes it is daunting, but necessary. For me, the first was the scariest and took the longest since it was for a tumour (the others were because of accidents). I did not have music since I was given specific instructions during it and each time they injected the contrast solution (from an IV in my arm) and also they kept checking to see if I was okay (they can talk to you). The sound in it is a bit freaky and I must say I came out of it exhausted but happy that we were finally going to get some answers.

As mentioned, you can communicate too if you aren't doing well- do be scared not to... they can't get good shots anyway if you are moving about.

Good luck for the diagnosis and the treatment.
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so all my stress goes out to my poor boyfriend (who is being wonderful btw), so i thought i'd let some steam out here as well!
I hope your boyfriend is able to go with you on the day. The worst part about having tests done is not having someone to take you and wait with you. So I hope you don't have to go alone.

Good luck with the test and I hope the outcome is positive.
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Old 14.04.2011, 07:26
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

wow guys, thank you very much for the support and the words of advice! much appreciated!

mrs doolittle, my initial reaction was that i didn''t absolutely want my boyfriend there on that day (he said he would come anyway) but that i ABSOLUTELY wanted him with me next day when i go to the doctor to discuss the results.

off to work now, hopefully it will be a better day!
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I had my neck MRI'd, so my head was in the machine. At the time I was very nauseous due to the morphine I was on for pain relief. So you can imagine that being in any kind of enclosure was rather uncomfortable. The enclosure is well lit, which helps, and they gave me a panic button - if at any time it got too much for me, I could press the button. Without that button I would have panicked! With it, I was ok.

The second time I had an MRI, I wasn't on morphine, and found the experience much less unpleasant. During both, I just closed my eyes, tensed up and relaxed all my muscles - starting at my feet, working my way up - and thought about happy things.

Loud noises, but otherwise you won't notice anything. Do take any metal off though! (The radiologist will ensure that of course ).
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I have had loads of MRI's too including one of the brain. The machines are bloody noisy but I still managed to fall asleep . I find the cluncking (sp?) noises it makes almost hypnotic. I find the best thing to do in the tube is just relax & let your mind wander, think of it as 40 minutes of me time where you don't have to do anything, say anything just lie back with your thoughts.

As Bill says it is best to have the test & know what if anything is wrong than to deal with the unknown.

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Relax chief, you'll be fine.

a) I've had so many MRI's I'm almost magnetic myself
b) it's straightforward, just lay there, and it's done.
c) It's ALWAYS better to know the result, than to have not done something about it (whatever the reason)

There is no real procedure, it's just a giant metal tube and you have to lay there REALLY still. (between 20min and 40mins)

For the result, as I said in point C, it's always better to know. try to focus on the fact that whatever it is, the sooner you know, the sooner you can deal with it.
Best case scenario: nothing is wrong, and the sooner you can return to normal life, without the ongoing stress of not knowing.

Good luck.
(seriously.... i wish you all the best)




HA HA HA......... those things are louder than drunk teenagers on public transport.

There is no way you will sleep.

dir dir dir.... dada dada dada... ARGHHhhhh !!!! that bloody sound just goes on forever.

Hopefully you will get some of those old airline style (air)earplugs and you can tune out to boring Swiss radio....... believe me, Swiss-German never sounded so good.
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

Sorry to hear about that crimson. Best part will be when they'll tell you that they did not find anything.

I never had a MRI but maybe it's not that terrible given the following stories:

- French singer/actor Charlotte Gainsbourg made an album inspired by the sound of MRI after a check.

- What do dutch doctors do with a MRI when they have spare time? Well they investigate strange things. It's worth reading the article for the fun and wonder how one could do that without moving or breathing

Keep smiling and good luck!
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Crimson, see it from the positive side, after the MRI scan you will know more about your current state.

I had one about 10 years ago. It was ok. Tell the doctor team including the nurse, how you feel. If you share your feelings they can act accordingly.

The procedure is quite bearable.

In my case I received the contrast medium through a injection. Mind you: the thing is as big as one for an elephant. Don't get scared. And try NOT to look at it.

In the MRI machine I received headphones with music. Try to relax
and think of something nice. It will be over soon. The machine is quite loud (but then again maybe not these days, as said I had mine some years ago).

A bit off topic but while giving birth I prepared myself with a personal "piece of mind" procedure that really helped. This can be a meditation you have designed for yourself only, some nice events in your life, just anything.

What really helps is sharing your fears and emotions while speaking with the docs.

And take someone with you!

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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

About a couple of years back, I like you, started suffering from headaches, but unlike you, couldn't trace back to a specific cause - they just seemed to start one day, for no apparent reason.

There was always a dull ache in the background, but then from time to time this was punctuated with sharp stabbing pains (like needles). My head on one side also felt sensitive (not exactly painful - more like sore) to the touch - similar a bit to mild dehydration.

These headaches persisted semi continuously (in fact it was more like one on-going headache, in the end), for a short while, so obviously I saw my Doc., who then referred me for MRI brain scan (par for the course in cases like these).

There was plainly some trepidation and anxiety - too much thinking about worse case scenarios is natural, but not really the best idea.

The scan itself is nothing to worry about - just a bit boring and noisy, although it is possible to get used to the noise and side-line it, and acquire a semi-conscious dream like state (well, I did, anyway). My head was kept still by a support (standard M.O.).

The good news for me, was that they did actually find a brain in my head (despite opinion to the contrary), and everything was "normal" and as it should be.

The headaches eventually dissipated and disappeared, in time (can't remember how long after), again for no apparent reason.

The cause of the headaches could be put down as life related and becoming a miserable old git [could also have been due to stress, apparently].
So now I try to smile a bit more and think happy thoughts - naw, it's too hard .... but at least the headaches haven't returned.
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I had one done about 15 years ago. The only painful bit was that they couldn't find a vein in my hand to inject the dye. Finally they did, but I came home covered in bruises!!

Just relax and think of a tropical beach with swaying palm trees and you in the warm ocean. I do that one when I go to the dentist!!! Sort of self hypnosis.
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I had one of these about three years ago. My doctor sent me in because I had suddenly gone deaf in one ear but with no dizziness and this was his last resort.

And I did fall asleep! Mind you I was also a new mum at the time so that may have had something to do with it... and of course I was deaf on one side. So it was very relaxing and I came out all refreshed.

(Since then I've developed the dizziness that the doctor had expected to see with my other symptoms and been diagnosed with Ménières.)

Hope you get good results and they find out how to treat you really soon! But in the meantime don't worry about the scan itself, it's really not bad at all.
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

you people are great! thank you so much for sharing your experience and for your good wishes! it helps a lot and i appreciate it!
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