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10/11/19 3:59 P

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I’ve always had a towel placed over my eyes. And headphones on my ears. Works for me. Makes the MRI experience tolerable.



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I have fibroids so I had to have an ultrasound. Part of which someone was driving a transponder up my hoo hoo. I can't remember what I did.

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10/6/19 5:50 P

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I've had lots of MRI's and some were an hour long. I almost had an anxiety attack during one of them, so now take a tranquilizer before MRI's. I tried listening to music and praying. Both helped, but I was still really anxious to be in there for such an extended time.

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10/5/19 1:45 A

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I sing show tunes to myself, in my head to get through unpleasant things like MRIs.

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10/4/19 3:06 P

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I love the house planning tip! I'll have to use that when I'm trying to get to sleep at night. Usually that's the time when my brain wants to revisit in detail all things that I've done wrong that day... and lots of other days... sigh.

For MRIs I find music and deep breathing is enough... provided I keep my eyes closed before they slide me into the machine. I didn't think I was claustrophobic before I had my first MRI, but boy it reminds me of a coffin!

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10/4/19 12:22 P

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I've never had an hour-long MRI (yikes, hard to not move for that long), but for the few I've had, and some other difficult medical situations, I do my yoga breathing and meditation. Certainly helps calm me and passes the time easier.

Good luck to you!



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10/4/19 9:03 A

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Prayer...when I was so sick for 1.5 years with sepsis, hubby had everyone he could praying for me....the doctors told him 4 times I was going to die on 4 different nights so hubby got all our prayer warriors together each time and prayed and that was 2 years ago!

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10/4/19 6:08 A

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I have had 2 MRIs this year for different issues at 2 different places. They didn't have posters on the ceilings. I think I am glad; this second one lasted over an hour and I would have been bored looking at it. The headphones with the radio was a good distraction.

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10/3/19 8:48 A

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Improve copeing skills

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9/21/19 5:57 A

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@SHERYLDS A lot of pain? No fun, whether it was from the MRI or the reason for it, not fun. What was the perfect vacation you dreamed up? Have you gotten to take it?

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9/20/19 10:59 P

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When I was in an MRI, I was in a lot of pain. I tried to disassociate myself from what was happening by fantasizing about the perfect vacation. I also worked on keeping my breathing slow and steady.

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9/20/19 10:32 A

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Need good copeing skills

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9/12/19 6:25 A

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Thanks @URBANREDNEK ! I will probably be sad when I get the bill. Gotta love crappy HSA plans lol. I haven't gotten my results yet.

I like your idea of planning the perfect house!

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9/11/19 6:36 P

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Sorry to hear about the medical issues - and that you had such a long bout in the scanner - but hope that the results are all positive for you!

I never listen to anything, but instead focus on designing my "perfect" house. I start with the outside and work my way room by room, visualizing each bit in as much detail as I can. I try to include the "feel" of the room, the temperature of the air, the aromas from the wood, the texture of different floor and furniture choices, and any "distant" scents that have good associations for me. The combination of visualizing, remembering scents and textures and temperatures, and planning supposedly uses both sides of the brain, and is incredibly relaxing as well as makes time go by surprisingly swiftly.

I use this technique quite often to get through painful procedures, and sometimes just to distract my mind enough to fall asleep.

Kudos on finding something that worked - and thanks for sharing it!

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9/11/19 6:29 A

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Yes, the MRI is when you are slid into a tube. Thankfully, for both of the MRIs I have know had, my whole body didn't have to go all the way. They just slid me in far enough to ensure they could get images of the areas needed.

The hard part is that you CANNOT move. Period. Moving means the images may be ruined.

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9/11/19 2:55 A

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Is an MRI the procedure where they put you in this narrow tunnel where the ceiling is too close to your face?

I HATE that! I felt so claustrophobic!

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9/10/19 9:51 A

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It's a fact of life and many unpleasant hertles get in the path that has to be dealt with.

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9/10/19 9:07 A

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I have to do MRI’s at least once a year in order to monitor health condition. When I am in the tube I make grocery/to do lists and when I was in college I would go through the some class info. At this point I try to focus on my breathing during them and anything unpleasant.



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9/9/19 8:48 P

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I have trouble from time to time with anxiety. When I'm in the throes of an attack, it is definitely unpleasant. I've learned to get through it with prayer and exercise. It also helps to practice being grateful. I think about all the wonderful things in my life that I'm grateful for.

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9/9/19 8:43 P

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I've gone through a lengthy MRI, and I use prayer to get through the ordeal.

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2017 through 2018 I had sepsis and because of prayer I survived....Hubby and whole family are in ministry

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When I was a teen, my family was in a bad car accident and I broke my back. I spent days counting the pinholes on the tile ceiling. It did help keep me sane but I really wish that audiobooks were a thing back then.

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Yes definitely. When I was in the Army and had 12 hour guard duty I would make up rhyming games in my head to pass the time.



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9/9/19 7:01 A

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On Friday, I had to have an hour long MRI as follow up to a medical event in June to make sure there was nothing bigger causing the issue, Of course, that meant an hour of zero movement other than breathing. Several of the images took 5 or 7 minutes to create and my back was so stiff and sore once everything was done.

I was able to listen to the radio and since they couldn't get in my favorite talk station, I listened to music radio. I was able to get through the longer images by counting the songs. Each longer image would take 2 to 3 songs.

Have you ever done silly things like this to get through an unpleasant event? If so, what did you do and did it help make the situation more manageable?

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