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soon to have brain mri- scared

hi guys,

me is scared!

almost two months ago i hit my head (not very strong, mind you). from the next day onwards and till today i've been having light headedness that sometimes gets really bad (the fist time i was so scared my colleagues brought me to the emergency room. now i am used to it but still scares me and prevents me from leading a normal life)

after having run various other tests at the general doctor, i saw a neurologist and i am scheduled to undergo an mri next week. being the eternal worrier i am of course very worried, both about the procedure and the result. i know it does not hurt, theoretically i know everything about it but i'm scared to go in the freaking thing! and i am not even claustrophobic.
and of course i freak out about the results....some other symptoms i've been having long before my accident make me more scared. and being in a work where i have to read about serious health problems all day long doesn't exactly help me to calm down! at the same time, not wanting to upset my parents or my sisters too much, i appear way cooler about it thatn i really am! 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!

please tell me about any experiences you had with brain mri, i would be interested to hear them! also, how do you cope between having it and getting the results? i think it will drive me nuts!

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Old 13.04.2011, 21:41
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

No experience of anything like this but I'd be going nuts too if I were in your position.
Thinking of you.
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I recently had an MRI on my foot at the Sonnenhof clinic in Berne. Most of me was outside the machine and it was very loud.

I would think the brain should be relaxed for an MRI scan, so there would be no good result if you are nervous.
Can you ask your GP to recommend a full anaesthetic?
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

i'm having my mri at sonnenhof as well

it's true that you have to stay quite still for a brain mri. i know that if you tell them you are scared they can sedate you but i would't like to have a full anesthesia. sometimes also they might have to instruct you to breathe or hold your breath so i guess you need a certain level of alertness!

having said that i will have it at 0720 in the morning...maybe i will just fall asleep?
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

Hi - I know it's easy to say, but try not to worry. I've had 2 brain MRI's in my life. Both in my early twenties. At the time I had balance problems (quite severe) and at my worst struggled to walk unaided. I was admitted to hospital and tested for everything (with a lumberpuncture (now THAT is a painful procedure), heart problems and yes a brain MRI. They found absolutely nothing at all - despite some real symptoms and said it must be "a virus".

The MRI doesn't hurt a bit - you lay down and go into a sort of tunnel (scanner) - you don't feel a thing at all, it just makes a slight noise. It's a completely painless procedure.

As I said - both times they didn't find anything at all to be concerned about. Chances are you'll be fine.
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Bad joke: just lay back and think of England!
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Hi - I know it's easy to say, but try not to worry. I've had 2 brain MRI's in my life. Both in my early twenties. At the time I had balance problems (quite severe) and at my worst struggled to walk unaided. I was admitted to hospital and tested for everything (with a lumberpuncture (now THAT is a painful procedure), heart problems and yes a brain MRI. They found absolutely nothing at all - despite some real symptoms and said it must be "a virus".

The MRI doesn't hurt a bit - you lay down and go into a sort of tunnel (scanner) - you don't feel a thing at all, it just makes a slight noise. It's a completely painless procedure.

As I said - both times they didn't find anything at all to be concerned about. Chances are you'll be fine.
thank you for sharing your experience, i appreciate it. according to my neurologist there are good chances that it is not anything too serious. i go through phases - from being sure it's nothing to thinking about all the morbid scenarios. i had a bad day today (symptomwise) and i am trying t keep myself together. keeping myself occupied at ef helps.
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Bad joke: just lay back and think of England!
why england? (or did i just miss the joke?)
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I have had 2 MRI's in the space of 2 weeks, (brain and spinal tumour) the only problem that I had was keeping still. The first MRI they gave me earplugs and with the second they gave me earphones so that I could listen to music. They also give you an emergency button to press if you are worried.

I was given Valium in order to minimise movement.

A dye is injected into the back of your hand or into the crook of your elbow and flows around your bloodstream to highlight the blood vessels in your brain or spine.

I was given the results about 15 minutes after the MRI.

I hope that everything goes well for you.
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got one MRI last year, was quite noisy and I hoped it would have send me in a parallel universe (perhaps it's worked because now they take my blood every weeks...)

And I've got dvds with the pictures...


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I have had 2 MRI's in the space of 2 weeks, (brain and spinal tumour) the only problem that I had was keeping still. The first MRI they gave me earplugs and with the second they gave me earphones so that I could listen to music. They also give you an emergency button to press if you are worried.

I was given Valium in order to minimise movement.

A dye is injected into the back of your hand or into the crook of your elbow and flows around your bloodstream to highlight the blood vessels in your brain or spine.

I was given the results about 15 minutes after the MRI.

I hope that everything goes well for you.
thank you for sharing. i hope things are going better for you.
did you get to choose the music at least? (i'am picky :P)
i was told that i will be given a cd with the scans which i will bring to my doctor the next day..

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got one MRI last year, was quite noisy and I hoped it would have send me in a parallel universe (perhaps it's worked because now they take my blood every weeks...)


and to quote Longbyt "thinking of you"
thank you! i wouldn't mind being send to a parallel universe...as long as my lightheadedness won't follow!
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I think it was Wham and after that I fell asleep (I didn't choose it)

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hi guys,

me is scared!

almost two months ago i hit my head (not very strong, mind you).

i saw a neurologist and i am scheduled to undergo an mri next week. being the eternal worrier i am of course very worried, both about the procedure and the result.

please tell me about any experiences you had with brain mri,
Hey Crimson,

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)


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having said that i will have it at 0720 in the morning...maybe i will just fall asleep?
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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Old 13.04.2011, 22:18
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

I didn't have a brain MRI but I had both a neck CT and MRI. The procedure is similar for the neck and head, and I had to control my swallowing (which may be exactly what you are talking about with your breath, I am not sure) and it was actually really difficult. They are really understanding about this though and the more relaxed you are, the easier it will go for sure. And it will be over before you know it--especially since it is happening first thing in the morning.

Anyway, an MRI is solely for diagnosing, and the procedure will bring you one step closer to answering whatever is going on in your brain so the sooner it is over the sooner you will know the results. And the time is really short between the scan and the results (normally) and depending on how friendly your tech is when administering the procedure, you can kinda ask him how it went. He/She may or may not say anything but mine told me not to worry (so he said everything was fine without actually saying it), and he couldn't actually come out and say it b/c he isn't the "expert". So if you feel comfortable asking, do it.

It is a scary time and you are right to be scared...but I am thinking you might be a bit more worried about what it will reveal than the procedure itself (or at least that is how I was). Stay positive/optimistic--it really does help. And keep us posted. We will be thinking about you.
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Old 13.04.2011, 22:19
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

bless you, you made me laugh out loud

thanks for the tips, i know it's better to know, but i am in some kind of denial...in advance!

some people seem to be able to sleep though....or was that purely the effect of wham?!

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Hey Crimson,

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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Old 13.04.2011, 22:22
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I didn't have a brain MRI but I had both a neck CT and MRI. The procedure is similar for the neck and head, and I had to control my swallowing (which may be exactly what you are talking about with your breath, I am not sure) and it was actually really difficult. They are really understanding about this though and the more relaxed you are, the easier it will go for sure. And it will be over before you know it--especially since it is happening first thing in the morning.

Anyway, an MRI is solely for diagnosing, and the procedure will bring you one step closer to answering whatever is going on in your brain so the sooner it is over the sooner you will know the results. And the time is really short between the scan and the results (normally) and depending on how friendly your tech is when administering the procedure, you can kinda ask him how it went. He/She may or may not say anything but mine told me not to worry (so he said everything was fine without actually saying it), and he couldn't actually come out and say it b/c he isn't the "expert". So if you feel comfortable asking, do it.

It is a scary time and you are right to be scared...but I am thinking you might be a bit more worried about what it will reveal than the procedure itself (or at least that is how I was). Stay positive/optimistic--it really does help. And keep us posted. We will be thinking about you.
thank you so much for the support. you are right, i'm more worried for the results than the procedure but i can manage the procedure worry better!
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Hope things work out well next week for you.

Are you OK with downloading stuff to your PC? I received the CD after waiting about 20 minutes. On the CD was also an Image Reader programme. I downloaded that at home and I could see my foot in layered form, by sort of zooming in and out. So you could show your boyfriend what you have between your ears!

In Victorian times in Britain gentlemen said "Lay back and think of England" meaning <<Think of the country's benefit while trying to get pregnant>>
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Hope things work out well next week for you.

Are you OK with downloading stuff to your PC? I received the CD after waiting about 20 minutes. On the CD was also an Image Reader programme. I downloaded that at home and I could see my foot in layered form, by sort of zooming in and out. So you could show your boyfriend what you have between your ears!

In Victorian times in Britain gentlemen said "Lay back and think of England" meaning <<Think of the country's benefit while trying to get pregnant>>
haha "while trying to get pregnant"'!

it didn't occur to me that i could actually see the images at *my* computer! although, knowing me, i am not sure ths would be the best idea!
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Re: soon to have brain mri- scared

20 years ago i had my first head MRI in one of the first machines arrived in my country. Back in those days they had to cover me with two blankets because the room was freezing. And the machine was VERY loud.
5 years ago, i had my second one and the technology has improved so much that they even put you music to relax.....and no blankets!!

In both case of course the only pain was from the injection in the hand they give you half the way throught the process. Its like giving blood. Nothing more


Stay calm and I hope you will have the all clear..
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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.
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