Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Please describe your experience with MRI. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lissy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had a thoracic spine MRI today. I've had plenty of MRIs and CT scans in my life and all the other were with contrast, but I'm now allergic, so I had my MRI without contrast. It was horrible, I felt like I was being drilled or jackhammered down to the core of earth. I never had this feeling before, I literally felt my cells vibrating and I had to force myself to not hit the call button. An hour later my muscles are sore and tense.

Comment from: jlm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I could not get off the table, stand, or walk after the MRI. My brain could not communicate with my legs. I knew what I needed to do to walk; I just was unable. I had to call a friend to drive me home, and we had to pick up my car later that day. I slept very poorly for the next two nights.

Comment from: matthew B, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I had an MRI done for an abscess on my neck or spine area. It was the worst experience of my life and I'm neither claustrophobic nor a hothouse flower. It was worse than water boarding (I assume), I was ready to tell them anything they wanted to know after 15 minutes. The tight confinement, of course, gets to you but it was the various and horrible loud noises that is right up in your skull and won't let you alone. And just when you think it might be over, it starts up again with a new and equally horrible noise.

Comment from: M zaheer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 15

I had an MRI scan today. All I can say is, it is not easy to hold still for 20 minutes. If you try to hold your body still for 20 minutes and feel like nothing is happening, you can always tell you mind, ‘come on, a few minutes more,’ and you will get through. But if you panic you can’t. I say it is a life-saving scan, but not easy.

Comment from: Eggz677, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

Having my MRI was horrible. It was so tight and claustrophobic I thought I was having a panic attack the whole time. If you don’t like/can’t deal with small spaces I would avoid at all costs. Or take a benzodiazepine if you’re prescribed from your doctor.

Comment from: Jacqueline , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

MRI on 2 different occasions caused a weird temporary (3 to 6 hours) weakness in both of my legs. Both times, 2 years apart one for torn meniscus and the other for my head, I needed a wheel chair afterwards! My legs were like jelly and I could not stand at all. After this happening the 2nd time I thought it must have something to do with the loud constant noise messing with my nerve impulses because my hands were trembling as well. I haven’t seen any other people write about this. Thank you.

Comment from: Helen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I had a wrist MRI yesterday. I have had many MRIs throughout my life, but this was a horrible experience. I had to lie face down, stretch out one arm at a time 20 minutes each wrist. The wrist was enclosed in something. The problem was I couldn't put my head down because my arm was in the way and I couldn't support myself. Absolutely one of the worst experiences of my life. I wonder if anyone else ever experienced this. It was beyond bizarre.

Comment from: Mona, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I had an MRI done on my inner thigh for a diagnosis of sarcoma. I will never get one done again. It was extremely painful. When the slicing part was taking place, it felt like I was getting electric shocks. I knew I couldn’t call the procedure off because it had to be done but I can refuse it. I’d rather do biopsies all day long versus one hour of an MRI.

Comment from: betsiebadger, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I found that my bones warmed up during some MRI scan cycles. I also felt electric shocks going down my sciatic nerves when they got to the damaged section of nerve. I could feel each section being scanned. It was noisy but this was drowned out by headphones with music and ear plugs. On some scans it caused twitching in my left leg which has sciatic palsy, the reason for my scan after having sacroiliac joint injections. I have had 4 weeks of palsy with no improvement.

Comment from: jaymac, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I had an MRI on my wrist as my doctor thought that I had torn something in my left wrist. I was in the MRI for an hour. I was in for about 15 minutes when my hand started to sweat and got very hot. I started to get claustrophobic and dropped the call button I was just about to press it when the operator told me that there was one more cycle to go. All the staff I talked to were very friendly and answered all my questions.

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Comment from: blue, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

A metal clip was left during a colonoscopy in large intestine. I started feeling worse, and took CT which showed a metallic structure. It was ignored and the doctor still let me go into an MRI. I am 5 ft 1 inch and 98 pounds, and I looked like I was pregnant with 4. It lasted for about a week. I have had so many side effects. And still do. But the doctor had been stating otherwise until I started looking things up and I am the one that found it. He finally admitted 2 weeks ago. I haven't done a thing. I have been so sick. I have hair loss, and go 21 times to the bathroom. I have depression, migraine, and bumps on skin, and it is harder to see and hear. Nerve in face hurts, I am not sexually active, stomach hurts so much, and I have arthritis. I have hot flashes, stomach has weird tingling sensation that wakes me up in the morning. My fingers, toes and heels tingle or go numb, tired of bruising, I am emotional, my fingernails are splitting, stool is always changing, have fistulas, hemorrhoids, and fissures. I am homebound.

Comment from: ed t, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

I had an MRI early morning today and it took about more than an hour; it include contrast. At first l felt nervous or maybe tense, my hands and feet were cold but l managed it by telling myself it’s nothing and focused my mind on some other things or made my mind busy. Luckily it got over and I got up thankful l don’t get side effects.

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