Are you having a MRI with contrast? I know sometimes doctors will order a MRI and a MRI with contrast (which has different initials). The test itself isn't too bad depending a bit on whether the machine is an open or not. If you have claustrophobia the closed machine can be a bit unnerving. It has been almost 20 years since I had my MRI and the machines may have been revised since then. I managed in the tube despite my claustrophobia issues.
I am sure that besides the test is the concern of having TIA's. I can tell you that I have had my lungs and heart checked in the past 6 months over concern that the disease has attacked them. It ended up that there is no visible evidence of damage to either organ. How long is the wait for the MRI and then how long after till you get the results? The waiting can be worse than the answers at times.
I have had a few MRI's in my time. They're not that bad and, as Karen said, the new machines are better.
I am also slightly claustrophbic but not to the point where I don't get in lifts etc. and being enclosed in that way can be slightly unpleasant but actually the last time the noise of the machine almost sent me to sleep.
If you do suffer from claustrophobia you can mention it at the time and they can give you a mild sedative if need be.
The form just said brain MRI
no idea how long I have to wait it was requested by the lupus centre at tommies and will be done there too
I do get a bit claustrophobic at times and yes the TIA's are a bit scary
I am so glad you got the all clear on your tests how are you otherwise its been a long time since we have spoken?
thanks Taree xx
thanks for your reply
did you have yours for TIA's?
I can't really ask for a sedative as I go there by patient transport and they are a bit funny about taking you home if you have a seditive. I would have to have an escort with me and then that gets a bit complicated! xx
thanks lola ear plugs sound good1 Do they let you have an mp3 player? xx
Hello miss Carrie,nice to see you hun, i have had 3 brain mri scans now on my brain and no i can honestyl say it was fine, but i would say your more scared of the TiA's that they think you could have had, i same as you they think i had one.
lesions i have on my brain that i know. Carrieif you feel better then ask for something, but if you keep eyes closed it is not as bad as you would think, i was really scsrecon my 1st one, by the 5th im ok, they have had me head in me hips in lol!! just trying to make you laugh now.
if you have to open your eyes there is like a tunnel its as if your looking out, i just keep eyes cloesd Good luck hun Lin xxxx:there:
The MRI is a strong magnet so you can't have anything metal with you or anything electrical, so no MP3.
When I had mine (for chronic headache) I wore ear defenders and the radiographer spoke to me so I knew what was going on.
I have had MRI scans of my knee and it was really noisy but I am surprised that others were given ear plugs, I was given a list of music and I had the opportunity to listen to an album of my choice during the scan. Maybe other hospitals should take note!!! Don't worry too much, close you eyes and think of somewhere sunny. Best wishes
Good luck with the MRI Carrie. From all the reports I have read it is never as bad as people fear. I think maybe there is a medicine that could take the edge off your worries without actually sedating you, so ask your GP.
My oral surgeon in NYC used to gve me something before major gum surgery, but I don't know what it was.Maybe Rescue Remedy would help too
If they find any damage they might be able to medicate in the hope of avoiding more.
I had an MRI not too long since and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The lady that did it was really nice and made me feel at ease. Made her laugh though. I had made sure I had removed my rings watch earings etc. was just about to get in the machine when I said I think I better take my boots off... why she said.... they are steel toe caps for work :lol:
I would have been really interesting to see me do the splits, but didn't really want to break the machine.
They put this plastic cage type thing over my face and it had a mirror on it so if I opened my eyes I would see outside the machine into the room rather that just the machine. They talked to me through the test to make sure I was ok and gave me a button to press in case I got worried.
Everyone's experience is different, but I closed my eyes and tried to imagine I was on holiday somewhere nice! It is the 1st time I have sat (or rather laid) still for any period of time (20 mins in this case)
I just had a MRI on Friday. the best bit of advice I can give is to close your eyes. I never opened them and that was good because I was very nervous. The sound is CRAZY!! But the ear plugs do the trick, plus they talk to you through speakers. I had a panic button which was comforting. I sang (IN MY MIND) as many songs as I could. MIne lasted 20 minutes. Good luck!!