IV Sedation in MRI

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/12/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
So ... Apparently I'll be given IV Sedation while I'm in the MRI. I kinda worried about
it because I take Methadone and it takes a wizard to know how to mix my sedative
up with pain medicine. It has to be well balanced so that I continue breathing.

Also, how can they give you an IV when you lie in the MRI tube. They can't reach your
arm. Or do they put it in your ankle (ouch!) I don't even know if your ankle is
exposed. Is it?

I wish they'd mix versed or demerol in my IV. I'm not so tense as I am in pain.


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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   

They'll probably give you the injection before you go into the machine -- kinda like when you get die injected for an MRI, they always pull you out of the machine to give you the injection & then put you back. I wouldn't worry too much about the meds. As long as they know exactly what you are taking & how much, the anesthesiologists should be able to figure it out. They work with different combinations of meds all the time.

Good luck with the MRI! You'll be just fine! Oh, and here's a tip - they don't usually tell you this, but many times they can give you headphones instead of ear plugs & so you can listen to music in the MRI machine rather than all that noise! I know it can be done, because I used to listen to music all the time when I first started needing MRI's (and this was at multiple different MRI facilities & hospitals in 2 states). It was nice, but then I got so used to the MRI's, that I didn't really care anymore. Now I can usually sleep through all those nasty loud noises (which is surprising since I don't sleep in my own bed...), although it can get kind of boring. Sometimes you can even bring a CD of your own music with you & ask them to play it (otherwise you get the radio or their random music). It's just another thing that might help you relax.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for your quick response. You saved me from yet another panicked night.
Oh BIG thank you.

I know what you mean about going to sleep in the banging and the noise. The Mri
kind of does it to me.
I can't sleep unless the TV is on. (and on pretty loud) When I go fast forward on the TV,
I'm out like I've been switched to OFF. I think it's a kind of hypnosis.


I think I'm getting the IV because my pain doctor ordered the MRI. (My very very
good pain doctor. My blessed pain doctor. My singing, drumming pain doctor.)
Musicians are kind people, I think. yeah

A pain doctor is the one to ask when you are bordering on having surgery. Surgery
is rough and sometimes pain doctors can find another way. If surgery is NECESSARY,
the will tell you. If you're borderline, they'll help you. (This has happened to me

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 3/12/2009 10:48:45 PM (GMT-6)

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