Low Episode During MRI

By DawnRJackson Latest Reply 2009-03-14 10:44:20 -0500
Started 2009-03-13 12:33:55 -0500

Yesterday my husband and I had to drive about 65 miles to visit two different doctors for him (non D related) and since we were already going to be in this larger city than where I live (we live in a small rural community) I scheduled an MRI that my Primary Care doc wanted of my neck and lower back.

My appt. was at the same time as my husband's but across town at a different clinic so I went alone while he went to his appt.. I was already somewhat nervous as I am a little claustrophobic but the technician was nice and patient. The first one of my neck was supposed to be about 30 minutes long and then after a short break the one for my back was supposed to be about 20 minutes.

All was fine, until he placed me on the table and put some sort of mask with straps over my face (straight out of a Hannibal Lecter film) to keep my head totally still. I tried not to panic but as soon as he slid me into the tube I started hyperventilating and he had to slide me back out to get control. I calmed down as best I could and he began again.

After about ten minutes I started feeling very light headed, shaky and sick to my stomach. I tried to ignore it and just get through with the MRI figuring it was my nerves.

After a few minutes more I finally had to signal the technician to pull me out again as it was getting worse and the breathing exercises I was trying to do to calm down didn't seem to be working.

When I stood up I was very dizzy and went immediately to find my meter. I tested and was at 65, I totally freaked out as I didn't have any sort of candy with me. Luckily they had juice boxes and he went and got me one asap.

After drinking the juice a bit at a time and getting my sugar back up we were finally able to finish both procedures (what should have taken about an hour took two and a half).

The scary thing about all of it was what if I had continued to ignore the symptoms and just thought it was stress or nerves from being in the MRI machine? I hope they got all the info they needed from this one experience as I don't want to have another MRI ever!

4 replies

lipsie 2009-03-14 10:44:20 -0500 Report

I would normally suggest the same thing BUT I recently went thru having a open MRI cuz well, I hate admitting this but I am too darn big for a closed one first off, plus yeah I would freak too. Anyhow, my doctor wanted one of my back…I came from the south, had them down there, had shots in the back, etc..but we could not get records so…he wasn't happy about open cuz he said the picture is not as good well I believe that! He got the damn thing back saying that my back is PERFECT! I wish! lol There is just NO way, I have had problems since before 93…I dunno, just strange he said not even a little degenerative disc going on…he found strange. So I don't believe/trust them no more. But I have been refered to a pain management doctor now AND found some old pictures of my back and the problems that I DO have so I go there now. But like you said, let's hope there is NO next time, lol Good luck! Sheila

2009-03-14 06:28:20 -0500 Report

I have that horrible problem too! I tried many times to have an MRI done and started having a major panic attack and of course they stopped the test. They gave me ativan and waited and I freaked out again, lol. After enough meds to put a large animal down, I was able to stay still and not panic. This is before I was diagnosed with diabetes but I know it would cause havoc with my BS now. After that horrible experience, I was able to get good enough pictures with an "Open MRI" which is the best thing ever created. No panic with that machine. Hope you don't have to get another one done, but check on the Open MRI. It's 1,000 times better for people who panic in the tube! Good luck, Angie

lipsie 2009-03-13 15:53:18 -0500 Report

I feel for you as I also suffer from that. I have to take valuim to get a test done. IF you ever have to go thru that again I would look into something like that. Regardless I am very glad you are okay though.Yeah that is quite a scare though. At least its done and over now, phew! *Hugs* Sheila

DawnRJackson 2009-03-13 16:54:56 -0500 Report

Thanks Sheila! The technician had asked if I was alone, if I hadn't of been they could have given me a shot of something like valium after I panicked the first time but since I didn't have an alternate driver they couldn't. Next time I'll make sure I have someone with me or get my Doc to prescribe something beforehand…actually, I hope there *isn't* a next time lol!

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