Had my Neck MRI yesterday---OY!

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   Posted 1/29/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't believe it---
FINALLY---after waiting to get approved and get an appt.---I finally had my cervical MRI to TRY and see WTH is going on with my neck/shoulder pains.
IT was a regular MRI (kind of closed in)---and I do get claustophobic sometimes----but, all day I told myself I would be fine--I would just close my eyes and get through it!
so, I get there, and I see a little girl (8-10 y.o.) who obviously had cancer in the waiting room-that upset me...poor babe! :(
Then, when I got into the MRI room---I looked at the machine (Blech)---talked to the tech. about the whole process---and she told me she'd give me a washcloth to put over my eyes if it bugs me!
Well, ya' know---having the washcloth over my eyes made me claustophobic---so, I made her bring me out of the machine---took it off---then, went back in with my eyes closed the WHOLE Time----and just practiced breathing and having a visual spot to focus on (in my mind--the beach).....
So, after 20 minutes--and it was done---I felt OK--BUT MAN---that machine is stinking loud!  I had ear plugs in too!
I was tempted to open my eyes during the procedure but, I told myself not to do it----I could "see" light through my eye lids---but, the total darkness with the washcloth (OMG)--totally freaked me out!
I DID IT!!!!  WHOO HOO! yeah yeah tongue

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   Posted 1/29/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Im glad you made it through with no problems as i know how you feel,i get clostaphobia too!! That goes to show we can do anything as long as were determined and put our minds to it! Im curious to know what the results were,keep us posted!!!

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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Panike---I am VERY interested in the results also! It's been dang 8 months of this problem with my neck/shoulder/mid back/rt arm-----I want them to find something---but, not something TOO SERIOUS---something that is fixable! :)


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   Posted 1/29/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   


You made it through,  kudos to you.  I agree the machine is so dang loud and then it changes pitch.  It seems like it is going to go on forever.  CT Scan's go so much faster. I keep my eyes closed to as opening them freaks me out and I just have to breath to get through it.

I hope you do find out what is going on and that it is not something serious but something you can fix easily.
Hugs to you.

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   Posted 1/29/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you Kitt! I asked the tech why they technology hasn't figured out how to make it quieter---she said it has to do something with the magnets and radio frequency in it! Thank god for ear-plugs! :)


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   Posted 1/29/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Man 8 months is a long time to be in pain!!! I hope you get good results that give you instant relief!!! Keep us posted!!!

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   Posted 1/29/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Please let us know asap what the results are

I know how hard this has been on you these past longgggg 8 months and
I am proud of you for making it thru the whole process of the MRI

Keep us posted hun

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