Re: MRI next step-Karen

From: Karen O'Keefe (
Tue Jun 8 15:49:51 1999

I'm not normally claustrophobic, but the last MRI made me very uncomfortable. I don't know what it is but a sedative will definitely help you out. I wish I had had one. The MRI only showed multiple vertebral hemangiomas - I'm getting different opinions on whether or not these cause pain. Just one more thing to add to the confusion...

Insist on all the pillows/cushions you can get - they won't interfere with the MRI. However, I don't think you can have any directly under your back, but all the other ones help immensely.


> At Tue, 8 Jun 1999, Karen O'Keefe wrote:
> >
> >Yes, I had my MRIs on my spine also. They put cushions under my knees -
> >it was just impossible for me to lie flat on a hard surface because of
> >the pain. I had a neck cushion as well, and a couple little triangular
> >cushions under both hips which were also helpful. I think a dose of
> >relaxant beforehand sounds like an excellent idea as well! 9 p.m. sounds
> >like a good time - I hate those early morning appointments. I wish you
> >the best of luck...
> >
> >Karen
> >
> Hi Karen:
> I just spoke to another friend who has had an MRI (seems like everyone
> has had one) and she said the same thing as I've been hearing. SHe
> expected no problems and was very surprised to find out it bothered her
> quite a bit. She said the tunnel was very confining and the table was
> very uncomfortable. I called the pcp office and they called something
> in. She said it was common. I don't know what it is yet as I haven't
> picked it up.
> I'm at my worst lying down so this is what I'm worried about-having to
> lie still. Did your MRI show anything?
> Chris S.

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