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   Posted 7/19/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
smhair  Good Morning,
         Have not posted anything lately. Still feeling pretty good the last few months. Just wanted to know if anyone had a problem with a M.R. I. of the abdomen/liver/spleen. On, 07/08/2010 I went for a routine M.R.I, like the last one I had in 10/2009. The nurse got the I.V. in, that they shoot the dye into. I was ready to go into the machine and I had a severe anxiety attack. I mean I just leaped up and said get me out of the room. It was the wierdest thing. My mind just took over and the fear of a confined space just freaked me out. This is the first time this has happened to me and I have had a few of these M.R.I.'s in the past. I rescheduled for 07/29/10 and my liver doctor prescribed a couple of 1 mg. Ativan to take  a half hour before the procedure. I don't know if it was that the tech or the nurse had a hard time getting the I.V. in my arm. They both tried and poked me about 4 times before they got it right. I was getting a little uptight but it has happened to me before when they took  blood.  So, now I am anticipating another panic attack and  if It will happen again next week. Even after going back to the waiting room with the I.V. still in my arm, taking a rest and got myself together and having a glass of apple juice. I still opted out to do it on another date. I am puzzled because as soon as I laid completely flat on my back I felt like I was going to get sick and pass out. I did not even get my toes into the machine. I do not like feeling that way. I hate ANXIETY. I still do not know what got into me. I just hope I can handle it next week. I have to get this done. Thanks. Boston Mike. 

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   Posted 7/19/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Last time I had an MRI  in February, I was scanned by a new machine that is not as confining as the older models.  I am not sure if it was an open mri or not.  I was scanned for my liver in my abdomen and an enlarged lymphnode in my pelvis so I was in the machine for a good forty minutes and tolerated it well.  In the older models, my hands and wrists get scrunched, and it can be hard to concentrate on holding one's breath.
My veins aren't great so I always tell the nurse/techs they are a challenge.  They usually get their best technician to give  me my IV and I always give the nurse/tech the choice of which arm to put the i.v. in. 
 One time, a while ago,  a nurse asked why I needed a liver scan.  I replied that I had hepatiis that had developed in cirhossis.  Her immediate reaction indicated she thought I was contagious and that infuriated me as I quickly told her I hd giant cell hepatitis due to unknown reasons.  Leave it to say, on their survey I let them know what happened.

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   Posted 7/19/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My Frank had a similar problem with his MRI. It could be a combinaion of all that is on your mind that escalates your anxiety.
I would suggest looking for an open MRI, they are much less "intimidating" or whatever the right word is.
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   Posted 7/19/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie, I've had that reaction and hep C is only transferrable through blood borne means.
Mike, the tranks next time should help you.  Maybe they should give them to you prior to the IV.  I've told my tale of woe with IVs.  Last time, I had to come back the next day to have a PIC team member get the IV in with imaging.  But I have no problems with the MRI machine.  It's rather cozy.  If I weren't having to constantly "breathe in and hold it," I could fall asleep.  But only being 4'11," I'm not as cramped as larger people.
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   Posted 7/19/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Mike, To be honest that can happen I do suffer from anxiety attacks brought on by my OCD but I have learned it can be part of a control issue. You're life is out of control and the stress level just may have maxed out with the difficult stick, the unknown of what might be found. The meds might help you, just dont dwell on this one incident, take a breath and remember you have had this before and been fine. Take some music with you to help mellow you out till test time... good luck there Mike
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   Posted 7/19/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Take the meds and you should be fine. The bad iv obviously made it turn into a horror show. Try to not dwell on the bad experience. You need the MRI.
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   Posted 7/19/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
MIke, my husband has the same issue. And, yes, they give him Ativan anytime he has to have an MRI. Not sure what the deal is, but a couple of years ago, he "suddenly" started with this claustrophobic stuff, and putting him in an MRI tube is a VERY big ordeal. I would go ahead and just ask for the ativan before the MRI and that way it will curb your anxiety.

Hang in there!

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   Posted 7/20/2010 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
It would be good to have an anti-anxiety medication prescribed to take prior to going to the clinic or hospital for a procedure that will trigger an anxiety attack... I work with people with mental health issues and this is one of the supports that we have in place... also Mike had this problem with MRI's and with Ultrasound which is weird... and he was better than when I first met him and was ready to punch out the technician.. which I think was the encepha... whatever ... however you spell that big word which will not come to me this morning after working my night shift...but procedures were always a problem..there it goes.. my two cents again.. have a good day..
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   Posted 7/20/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike, ......It could happen to anyone if the circumstances are right for that person. I do experience minor panic attacks in certain situations. Never had an MRI, honestly don't want one. I think that they would have to give me Ativan before I'd allow them to put me in there. I guess you could say that I am claustrophobic. I avoid closed in spaces when ever I can.....including elevators. I'll take the stairs thank you very much. Don't like being in a crowd. If I can't move freely or have a way to exit easily I will start to panic. I will always sit at the ends of an aisle not in the center. I will sit at the front or the rear of a room.....where it's easy to get to a door.
And once in a while a panic attack may come along for no apparent reason.....just out of the blue. Those are the scariest for me. Because then I don't know what I am scared of.

The Ativan should do the trick for you. Don't'll do fine at the next one.

Take care.......thoughts and prayers........
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   Posted 7/22/2010 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I almost forgot I posted this thread. Sorry, it took so long to get back to all of you. Thanks for the feedback. Just wasn't my day I guess. Like I said, I had a few M.R.I.'s before this episode and it was nothing. Then a couple of weeks ago the Anxiety came on so fast I just could not control it. Now, I have a week to think about it or cancel, but I have to get it done. So, i will let you know what happens. Thanks again.
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