Since it is vent day. MRI's

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Jim1969
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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Had a MRI done bright and early this morning. While it is nothing new to me being this was my 4th one they still incite a rant.

Where to start....how about the noise.

Is there any reason at all for them to be as loud as they are. They remind me of a bunch of droids from Star Wars arguing and who were never programmed with an inside voice. Every time I have one I end up with a noise induced headache and it doesn't matter if I have just ear plugs or the headphones with music.

My next rant is how small they are. I know they have open ones, but those do not produce as good of an image as the closed ones, but I have to wonder if there is some reason why they make the tube so small you end up feeling like the cream filling in a twinkie.

Finally is having to lay still and completely flat for the 20-40 minutes it takes to do the scan on a hard table. They are happy to give people who are claustrophobic a mild sedative or even knock them completely out, but for people with back problems or other problems that make laying still and flat painful there isn't a nice morphine drip to help you through.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
    Jim...I have to agree with you completley on this one. last time I had one they missed a staple that was on the tag of my shirt....and swore that I had a piece of metal inside of my neck after looking at them.

mrsm123
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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I'm with both of you. I am not a big person, but I feel like I am going to suffocate in those things. And as for the hard table, I had to lay on that stupid thing Tuesday, and by the time the MRI was done (60 minutes), I couldn't sit up by myself. Between my back and my hips, neither one was happy and they were spasming like crazy, not to mention painful. The tech grabbed me by the arm and pulled me up.
Now, don't get me wrong, I appreciated the help because it would have taken me awhile to get up on my own, but is it really necessary to pull so hard that you almost pull my shoulder out along with pulling me up? Isn't there an easier way to help someone like me up?
I don't want sedation simply because I usually have to go on my own and don't have someone to drive me home again afterward, but I am seriously considering telling them next time, I want to be put out.....
I am sore two days later still........
Sandi
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jujub
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't usually post here, but this is a subject from my nightmares. There isn't enough Zanax in the world to get me into another MRI casket. My first one was bad, but with the medication I was able to visualize and get through it. The second one, I almost panicked, made it through but came out wet with panic perspiration. The third one, I had to stop and take a couple of minutes to breathe again.

I don't know what will happen if I have to have another, but I'm thinking general anesthesia like they do for children.

Chartreux
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   Posted 12/3/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim, I tell ya the MRI's are certainly hard to get thru...
1 they do give me valium, but not enough to help with the back pain or noise...
it seems like when they put a pillow under my legs it makes the back pain worse and I so wish they wouldn't do that...
I always think of those noises as tribal Indian Drums and then at least I can hum...to it and it
doesn't bother me as much as the back pain and not being able to move, the hardest is the neck MRI's as you
can't swallow for 10 - 20 minutes as it effects the image...so for me the hardest one was the neck mri...
maybe we should protest any mri's without proper sedation...
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PAlady
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   Posted 12/3/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
All I can say to your posts is DITTO! You would think they could design the tables to be comfortable and align the spine correctly, since it's not a big stretch to think that most of us having MRI's are doing so BECAUSE WE HAVE NECK AND SPINE PROBLEMS! Duh!

But even worse are the tables for the bone scans. I'm about average size and could barely fit. And it's hard, cold metal. Geesh. Give us a break!

PaLady

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   Posted 12/3/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
PA, you are right about those bone scans! I had to go to a special one for portly people!

I hate MRI's!!! I have been stuck in them twice when the technition assured me I would fit! Then I switched to the open ones, not any better because they put this padded thing on top of my chest and it mushed against the top of the dadgum thing> gave me horrable stressd because I couldn't breath!
Then some here may remember my last MRI's. I had cevical & lumbar back to back in the new sit up MRI machine. This one completely did me in!!! It was supposed to be so good for peolple like me> Bullsnacks!!!
The lady told me not to move but the sitting possition for the lumbar, the first, just killed my back and put me into spazms!
Then with the cervical in the same sitting p[osition and my back spazing out, she put a clamp around my head which was attached to the machine! While I was in it and she was taking pic's, she moved the seat up and down and my neck was stretched then compressed! That day was the reason I had the spinal fusion done! The pain was so bad after that MRI, I couldn't believe it!
Then the pain stayed with me and just got worse when I started losing the feeling in my sholder, arm and hand!!!
NEVER AGAIN!!! I'll get stuck in the tube or squished by the open but never ever will I go in the new sit in MRI again!!!
Hugz to all>
Broke neck Pete>>> Da ^!@()*&^!!!>>>MRI done it!!!

straydog
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   Posted Yesterday 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Try doing one of these in the middle of a migraine and you are claustrophobic and 20 mg of valium later you are a screaming idiot. I was having one done of the brain and assured my ordering dr it was not necessary because I did not have a brain. If I had one I would not have agreed to try and undergo that thing.

Another time I had one of the neck and shoulder and was in there over 2 hrs. There just was not enough valium that day either. Although, my husband said I was drunk as a skunk when they finished with me. I could not walk unless someone held me up.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Dagger
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   Posted Yesterday 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an MRI in a hospital and kept thinking that the building was going to collapse and trap me in the "coffin" forever. It took all of my willpower to stay in the machine. When my doc wanted me to have another one, I told him that I didn't think I could do it and explained how I felt.

He had me go to another local hospital because their MRI was in a small trailer outside of the hospital. The strange thing is - I was fine with it and it didn't bother me at all. I guess small spaces don't bother me, it's the thought of something collapsing that gets to me.

straydog
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   Posted Yesterday 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The open MRI machines are fairly good too. I think better than the older versions at least. I know in the beginning people said the quality of the scan was not as good as the tradional but they have taken care of that situation.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Jim1969
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   Posted Yesterday 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
That could be true of the latest open MRI's. I have no idea how old all of the open ones are around here. All I know is that none of the quacks around here really like or trust them. The only time I know of people who are sent for one are the ones who are either too big or too freaked out for the traditional one.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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