Darn MRIs---- panic central...

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   Posted 5/18/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all!
It's Laurel.  Haven't been much lately b/c of some neck issues---and actually being on the computer hurts my right arm like crazy!  I am doing well overall (with anxiety)---but, yesterday I had to go for a Lumbar MRI-----and when I got in that thing----OMG!!!!!!!!  I was kind of screamin' "get me out of here"!  The nice Technician pulled me out---and turned me around so my feet went in first----and I could see behind me much better----but, OMG---the panic I had from that whole incident----just for a 15 minute test!  I didn't take any Valium or anything beforehand------and am glad I didn't (b/c then I would have had to have someone drive me home)----but---wouldn't it be nice if MRIs could be less "right in your face" and still be accurate? (i have had an 'open MRI' before---and I guess, unless you are a heavy person, the results come back false-negative alot)!  Anyhoo---I had such a headache after that panic--I went home and laid in bed for a while!
Take Care!

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   Posted 5/18/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurel,
I am very proud of you for being able to get through the MRI - even though it was a very scary thing to go through - you did it and that's what counts!!  Give yourself a huge pat on the back for that.  I've had and MRI done before and they are certainly no fun and VERY loud.  With mine, they gave me a set of headphones and let me listen to some music, which helped a little bit.
Again, I'm very proud of you and you should be proud of yourself too! 
Take care,

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   Posted 5/18/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Wen and Gramps have given great input and advice for ppl with a/p having to have an MRI

I know I will keep the 2 ideas in my mind should an MRI come up for me

Take care

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   Posted 5/18/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Wen Gramps and Lyn!

I am glad it's over--and I made it! :)


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   Posted 5/18/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Laurel, I had my first MRI about three weeks ago and I cheated! I took a xanax, then lay back and thought about being poolside in tahiti..it got me through...congrats for getting through it k?

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