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MRI – an exercise in fun and futility

By weeziepops - 19 August 2009 14

I like to think I am a fairly courageous sort of person.  However, when placed in the tight confines of an MRI machine, head clamped firmly into place, I found myself in paroxysms of fear.  Ear plugs failed to dull the jackhammer-esque sound effects and, despite squeezing my eyes shut and thinking of the mother country, I was terrified.  The soothing tones of the technician did little to abate my fear.

“You’re moving.  Stop swallowing.  Don’t shake.”

I pointed out that my muscles were in spasm due to the neck injury which required the MRI in the first place and, oh yes, I was a wee bitty nervous.

“Try harder to stay still.  Right, I’ll have to do that one again.  I can’t get ANY decent images.”

In the end, I found that I had endured the whole MRI experience without any useful results.  I have been required to rebook “with sedation”.   I am not a fan of sedation.  Do any Rioters have experience with MRI under sedation and can you advise me what to expect?   

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14 Responses to
MRI – an exercise in fun and futility
AG Canberra 12:16 pm 21 Aug 09

Had three – fell asleep in all three.

You’d think they would ask some simple questions like – “are you going to have a problem lying really still for the next twenty minutes?” If you think so here’s a magic pill…..

If good prescribed drugs are on offer – take them!

bd84 10:13 pm 20 Aug 09

You would experience being relaxed and sleepy..

steveu 8:53 pm 20 Aug 09

Sorry to hear that weeziepops – I had one too and quite frankly I felt the tightly confied space quite challenging. The people there too were also quite unsymapthetic. I would love to shove them in one of the machines and see how they like it!

Qbn Gal 4:39 pm 20 Aug 09

The sedation is called “twilight sedation”, it’s safe and will relax you enough to keep still and anxiety free for the duration of the scan. At the end, you will be surprised it is all over as you could have sworn you had a short nap! No shame in having the sedation.

eyeLikeCarrots 9:01 am 20 Aug 09

Here is a hint… take you next bolts out!

But seriously, staying still is critical with most medical imaging (except mebe ultrasound when the little bugger you are trying to find is kicking!)

weeziepops 8:59 am 20 Aug 09

#6 – happy to test your theory if that is an offer?

Thumper 8:22 am 20 Aug 09

It’s just an MRI…

I fell asleep once having one…

kakosi 12:17 am 20 Aug 09

These tests are always claustrophobic and I find it’s best to keep eyes closed and try and “day-dream”. I’ve had a few and didn’t have trouble keeping very still (but mostly because I hate confined spaces and was determined not to repeat the process). The sedation should help you relax but won’t put you out completely.

I-filed 11:08 pm 19 Aug 09

I guarantee, “Courageous Sort of Person”, that if you were being paid a few hundred bucks to do it, the images produced would be fine and dandy!

Fisho 9:31 pm 19 Aug 09

Never underestimate the ability of the human mind to bullshit itself.

Try a few techniques to persuade your mind that the situation is a good thing, lie down at home, stick your head in a bucket and relax, play some music you like, have some motor racing (or whatever floats your boat) on the telly, remember a plane trip/holiday that you liked (plane = confined, noisy). When entubed in the head clunker recall the above…

Seems to work…fall out the boat in -12, but hey… sure beats those times when it was 40+ and the walls were radiating heat for weeks on end, couldn’t sleep,… bit of a relief really….

Better living through chemicals never works.

gun street girl 8:46 pm 19 Aug 09

…Try that only if you have a bladder the size of a bucket! 😉

Swaggie 8:11 pm 19 Aug 09

Weezie could I suggest 5 pints of Guinness as an alternative? They’ll lay you down and you’ll be out like a light : )

gun street girl 6:05 pm 19 Aug 09

Anxiety and claustrophobia is a common problem with MRI – you’re not alone! The sedation they’ll give you will most likely be intravenous (meaning you’ll have a cannula inserted into one of the veins in your hand or arm before the procedure). The good news is that the sedation should chill you out enough to relax and tolerate the experience (they usually use a benzo of some sort – likely midazolam). It isn’t like a general anaesthetic, so you won’t be out to it altogether, but you will be comfortably numb, and may not have terrific recall of the whole experience afterwards (depends on the drug they give you, and how much). Be sure to have someone around to drive you home, and don’t be making any life-altering decisions on the day of the procedure. Good luck!

Gungahlin Al 5:31 pm 19 Aug 09

I have been required to rebook “with sedation”.

I was going to say – nothing a good whack on the back of the head wouldn’t fix…

Sounds a bit like when you get your eyes lasered. Be nice if beforehand they mentioned the machine sounds like a machine gun, and the smell is like your eyes burning (but I’m assured that’s just the ozone), and no matter how hard you try, you will NOT be able to hold your eyes still (but that’s OK because the machine is so clever it detects the slightest quiver and turns itself off).

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