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Friday, April 26, 2013

Yesterday I had a MRI done of my head to help see what is causing my recurring tinnitus. I was not nervous about this because finding the cause of this annoying and sometimes painful tinnitus is important to me. I showed up an hour early and got out the book I brought with me to read while waiting. I read like 5 pages and they called me in! They asked a few medical questions about different conditions I might have and I answered no to each one. I had one question though, Would the fillings in my teeth affect the MRI? She laughed and said if that were true they could not give a MRI to about everyone!

She gave me a robe and warm hospital socks to change into, then it was time for the MRI. I actually found the whole procedure comforting. I closed my eyes and just did deep breathing exercises. After 25 minutes she came back for the only part of the MRI that I was not happy about. She put a needle in my arm and put in some type of fluid. Since earlier that day I had a blood draw I was unhappy about another needle. She then put my head back under and said it would only take 12 more minutes. Throughout the procedure the table vibrated a bit, but that just relaxed me more. My only problem was that my leg itched and I could not move to scratch it. Otherwise it went great! I will find out the results on May 7th when I see my physician.
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    The itch would have driven me nuts! Hope they find something easy to fix.
    1724 days ago
    I wouldn't have been happy about the needle or the itch that couldn't be scratched either.

    Sounds like it was not too traumatic. Wishing you good news and some answers on the results.
    1725 days ago
    I am glad the MRI went so well. I wish you wonderful results
    1725 days ago
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    It's super that the MRI is now history and you got through it just fine. I'm sure you will receive excellent results on May 7th! Have a great day!
    1725 days ago
    You were very brave my friend. Hope all goes well with the results. Let us know on May 7th how the tests went. You are doing great my friend. emoticon
    1725 days ago
    Steven, I'm so glad you had a relatively positive MRI experience - what a relief! I'm sorry about the itch, though - what a miserable thing to have to contend with for all that time! It sounds like they might've injected a contrast medium such as gadolinium to more clearly image, I'm guessing, the Eustachian tubes. Since almost all of my 1,359 MRIs have been of my head, I've usually had that injection, myself.

    Wow - a nice robe and warm socks? You got (and deserve) the royal treatment! I was so glad to read that! And, I hadn't known the tinnitus was sometimes painful - I'm so sorry to hear that. Mine alternates in quality (if you call that ANYTHING resembling a "quality" sound!!), but I've been very lucky it hasn't been painful. What a good idea the deep breathing exercises were - good for you! I know you'll be relieved to get the report on this exam at your doctor's on May 7, and I have my fingers - eyes, too, for that matter! - crossed that all will be well. All the best - Susan
    1725 days ago
    I have had so many MRIs that I have lost count. The last two were a couple weeks ago - on my head and neck. I found out I have arthritis in my neck (which I have never felt!). Other than that, everything has always been a-okay. Good luck.
    1726 days ago
    I had a similar event though I was so happy to lay down in peace and quiet I nodded off during the MRI. Turned out I had a nasal polyp causing pain and headaches. I used one of those nasal sprays and the polyp went away. Sure hope you can find relief for the headaches!
    1726 days ago
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