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Old 01-30-2020, 08:21 PM
 
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I really thought that I was a “tough old girl” and could handle most anything thrown my way - until I was pushed into the MRI tube. I’ve never had an anxiety/panic attack until then. The tech had pulled me out, and after several minutes, I told him to stick me back in. (I didn’t want to have to take another partial day off work. Yeah. Stubborn like that.).

The only way I made it through was to close my eyes before I was slid back in, did a LOT of deep breathing, and I kept my mind busy (eyes continuously closed) by counting & playing with numbers in my head. It helped that the tech had to pull me out every so often, so he was able tell me how many more minutes I had to go for that portion.
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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I really thought that I was a “tough old girl” and could handle most anything thrown my way - until I was pushed into the MRI tube. I’ve never had an anxiety/panic attack until then. The tech had pulled me out, and after several minutes, I told him to stick me back in. (I didn’t want to have to take another partial day off work. Yeah. Stubborn like that.).

The only way I made it through was to close my eyes before I was slid back in, did a LOT of deep breathing, and I kept my mind busy (eyes continuously closed) by counting & playing with numbers in my head. It helped that the tech had to pull me out every so often, so he was able tell me how many more minutes I had to go for that portion.
So mind over matter and toughing it out and overcoming your limitations IS possible. Who knew?
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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I really thought that I was a “tough old girl” and could handle most anything thrown my way - until I was pushed into the MRI tube. I’ve never had an anxiety/panic attack until then. The tech had pulled me out, and after several minutes, I told him to stick me back in. (I didn’t want to have to take another partial day off work. Yeah. Stubborn like that.).

The only way I made it through was to close my eyes before I was slid back in, did a LOT of deep breathing, and I kept my mind busy (eyes continuously closed) by counting & playing with numbers in my head. It helped that the tech had to pull me out every so often, so he was able tell me how many more minutes I had to go for that portion.
You and me both. I spent my life flying airplanes long distances. Then out of a clear blue sky one trip I went to the claustrophobic side. Really annoying as I flew more than 5,000 miles every week. I actually developed a set of techniques to handle it - but it still screwed up my life.

Similarly I have had a dozen MRIs. The last one got rough. I made it but it was unpleasant enough I won't do that again unless in an emergency. I could but I am past the age at which you feel proud of your ability to deal with suffering. So from here on out...drug assistance.
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:52 PM
 
Location: The Bubble, Florida
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You don't need a large enough dose to impair your driving. Thousands of people with periodic anxiety issues safely take low doses of Xanax to cope with specific situations, and can still drive and go to work and operate heavy machinery. The point of taking the Xanax is NOT to knock you out or make you woozy. If that's happening, you're taking too much.

The function of Xanax is simply to take the edge off. Nothing more or less. I take it once in awhile. I'm prescribed .25 (quarter of a milligram), and the Rx is 3 times per day as needed. I usually take HALF of one of those, and just one of those in any given day's time, usually once or twice a month when I am expecting more stress than usual.

I can drive, I'm not impaired, I can still work, stand still, touch my finger to my nose, walk a straight line, not slur my words, see straight, etc. etc. There is absolutely no difference at all EXCEPT I feel less stress.

That is what you want when you get an MRI. Less stress.
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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Wait until you get an MRI with dye. You're not only trapped in this tube that is clanking away but after a few minutes they shoot a big jolt of dye in your veins and you get a hot rush off of it (at least I did).

I just retreat back in my head and work on some mental problem. Time flies. I don't take tranqs.
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Old 01-31-2020, 03:50 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Wait until you get an MRI with dye. You're not only trapped in this tube that is clanking away but after a few minutes they shoot a big jolt of dye in your veins and you get a hot rush off of it (at least I did).
I'm sure the OP and his OCD are thanking you for adding yet one more thing to unnecessarily stress out about.

IME, imaging dye "rushes" have been nothing but a big fat Meh...not unpleasant or scary, just a momentary sensation, soon forgotten.

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Old 01-31-2020, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Couldn't rep you again but I agree - no need to stress anyone needlessly. They give contrast - there is no "dye rushing in" - I did get a slight metallic taste in my mouth but no big deal. I've had MRI's of various "parts" - including brain (which is the one I was most scared of but no big deal really).

The older MRI's were harder before they offered earphones (YAY for those! listen to music), I used to pretend I was at the beach and was hearing those sounds - I'm much smaller than OP but I also got a little bit of the claustrophobia thing - hopefully the place where OP goes offers the earphones/headphones thing with music - much easier. My late husband had very broad shoulders and did have an issue w/having to squeeze into the tube.
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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I went for one for my neck/back and lasted about the same time, 10 seconds before I yelled for them to let me out!! It was so hot and tight in there and they put the washcloth over my face like someone mentioned above, and it made it worse. I felt like I was stuffed into a coffin. I remember the larger one was better, and I could feel a breeze, which helped a lot! Go for the bigger one.
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Old 01-31-2020, 05:30 PM
 
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First one was really easy for me, didn't even think about it. Second one, I panicked while being slid in. I didn't do it and drove home. I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm never going for another one.
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Old 01-31-2020, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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First one was really easy for me, didn't even think about it. Second one, I panicked while being slid in. I didn't do it and drove home. I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm never going for another one.
Utterly irrational. A marvelous life-saving technology in 2020 and you are going to avoid it because you can’t lie down and control yourself for 20 minutes. This just makes no sense.
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