Has anyone had to have an MRI? And Does Lyrica Work?

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   Posted 5/10/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
In the process of some kind of diagnosis. Please help? My insides of my ankles, lower back, hips,legs hurt and knees.

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   Posted 5/10/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mary,

I have had an MRI. They usually give you something to relax you before hand. They aren't as scarey as some people say. But noisy. There are people talking to you though the whole thing.

I haven't taken lyrica. But there are many that it helps. I am sure that somebody will come along who has.

Try to relax, tension only makes the pain worse.

Take care,

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   Posted 5/10/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a few MRI's and there is really nothing to them, just gotta lay very still.  I have never taken Lyrica.  One of my MRI's was to rule out M.S. and they did, thank goodness. 
Good Luck
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   Posted 5/10/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
MRI's aren't painful at all. They are noisy, and you do have to lie very still for the procedure. They will position you so that you can relax and still hold still. Most of the time, the only issue is for people who are claustrophobic. If you are, ask for medication to calm you for the procedure. My doc uses Xanax.

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   Posted 5/10/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
MRIs aren't that big of a deal. I have had a couple. They are pretty noisy. If you are prone to claustrophobia or anxiety, you might let the technician know. They can give you something to help you relax. If they do a contrast MRI, the dye might make you feel like you are peeing your pants, but you really aren't. This test is nothing to worry about.
As to the Lyrica, I find it helps only a little for me. But every person is different. For some, it works a little, for some not at all, and for others it helps a lot. The only way to tell for you is to try it.
I hope everything works out for you. Keep us posted.
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   Posted 5/10/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't have MRIs because I have metal (rust) flakes in the backs of my eyes from working under my hubby's car when he was just my boyfriend. Be sure that they do a skull x ray if you have ever worked under a car. If there is metal behind your eyes it will be pulled around by the magnets and cut the nerves to your eye leaving you blind. My dear friend's dad was a tool and die machinist and his MRI left him blind. Gotta be careful with new technology.
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   Posted 5/10/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mary, I have had several MRI's. I'll agree that they are a bit noisy, to me the noise
sounds like a muffled machine gun:) There are two types of MRI's , I have had both the
closed and open kind. I had no problems but I did keep my eyes closed to help with
claustrophobia and it worked. Good luck to you!

Hugs, Robin
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Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
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Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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