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!
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