Those MRI's can get claustrophobic. I used to have it much worse. After (what seems like) several hundred MRI's...one coping technique stands out that I used for the first few ones.
If you ask them, they will probably let you lie with your arms and hands, not by your side but, laying back over your head. (your hands will be mostly outside of the machine in that position).
Claustrophobia (or really a lot of phobias) is an irrational fear of being out of control.
With your hands arms straight out (as if your are reaching for the ceiling, only you are laying down in that same position)…...you are in 100% control as to whether you get out of that thing or not. You do not have to rely on others to get you out. Just grab hold of the end of the tube (where your hands will be in this position)…..and pull yourself out of that darn tube yourself on your own. Presto.....you're out.
This will not eliminate the feelings. It has proven useful with me in successfully coping with them
There's other techniques. But, you are in total, 100% control and without reliance on others on whether or not you can get out of that machine on your own.
Laying inside one with your arms down by your side makes things a bit tougher. That's how the techs usually think of laying in one...so many do not even tell you that there's another way of laying that works just as well. And that's with your arms above your head instead of at your side.
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