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  • #381995
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    hi everyone, I would want to get a bit of your help if possible. well, I have had a MRI head scan a little bit more than one month ago, it has been on March 14th. I have been in the scanner in total 23 minutes. straight after that I came out of it feeling just so so dizzy that I was barely able to walk and then, after getting out, I have had to sit down in the waiting room for no less than 10 minute or more before I could be able to even get up and to get my @ss to the car (and, no, I was not driving, I think that if I would be the driver that would end badly). well, I then got home and I was having some plans to do something – I couldn’t do anything… I mean, I have just felt so ill that all I have been able to do it was to rest… I mean, the entire evening full of plans I was not able to do anything else than to lie down. of course, I have not expected to get such experience. the worst thing is that it didn’t disappeared the next few hours, however it has taken me a couple of days in order to finally stop feeling so sick and dizzy and to be able to finally be fully functional. that’s just so so unpleasant. plus to that, this isn’t all… I have also started to get some kind of headaches and the big problem is that I am getting them nearly on a daily basis, as well as I have a burning earache as well… both of which I do know for sure that I have not got and I was not getting them before I have had the scan. as you can see… nearly 2 months have passed (one and a half month) and I can say that it is only in the last week that I have noticed that these are like 95% disappeared. not even 100%. i guess they would be 100% gone after 2 full months but darn… is this all normal? 2 months after the MRI scan to feel like this? the first few days were the worst, of course… with worst headaches etc. and the first few days not even being able to walk, as I said it earlier… I mean, I have not ever heard of anyone else saying anything similar about the MRI scan… is this fine? has anyone else here experienced a similar thing to what I got? and yeah, I do know what many people might think but I tell you that I really do not think that it has been psychological as I did have felt mentally comfortable in the time that I have been in the scanner and I can say with certitude that I have not been claustrophobic. as I said, I haven’t even expected to get such an experience from MRI scan, I was calm and never thought that there could be such outcomes. I would really like to find out more about this and what it might be etc. etc. thanks in advance for any of your help!

  • #381996
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    wow… this is the first time when I see/ hear of something like that to happen with MRI scan either… and I can tell you that I have went through several MRIs and I have never experience anything similar as to what you are experiencing. since you said that you never felt like that before the scan and the first days after the scan were the worst, it does seems that it was because of the MRI… but that’s strange… maybe it worked somehow differently for you? as medications… they are all working differently for people and so maybe the MRI scan works differently for people as well? not sure… I personally have never felt claustrophobic or anything like this until the last one that I have had and think that it has been because I have had a scan for both my neck and another one for my head. I guess the psychological factor that I am getting for 2 different things in the same day actually played a role. not sure…. the fact that I have been in there for a too long time, I can guess… that can touch anyone…

    anyway, very sorry that you have had such an experience… I guess you already discussed with the doctors who performed MRI scan? they must know the answers since they are dealing with patients performing MRI scan daily… I guess. if you haven’t I guess that’s the first thing you must do now. I will ask my doctor on our next appointment in regards to such unpleasant experience with MRI scan and will come back here with an update if you are interesting. I will also ask about long term risks because I am thinking you’re more interested in finding out this. anyway, I also wanted to ask you.. your scan has not been done with contract, was it?

  • #381997
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    oh wow… what body part has been scanned? or you had a total body scan? that’s just really strange and I’m sorry you went through that. In my entire life I have went through 2 different MRI scans… however I have never felt anything like that either…. whatever the case, I do know that even though this phenomenon it is quite rare, there are some people out there that can feel physical pain during a scan if there is a lot of fluid build up. have you had any pains DURING the scan? if not then that’s super strange for me because as I said, I did have heard about pains during scan… but never heard of anything after it…

  • #381998
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    *anyway, I also wanted to ask you.. your scan has not been done with contract, was it? *

    no, you are right, no contract has been used, but I can tell you.. the entire experience with it has been terrible, now I am surely afraid of MRI scans and I would try to avoid them.

    *what body part has been scanned? or you had a total body scan? have you had any pains DURING the scan? if not then that’s super strange for me because as I said, I did have heard about pains during scan… *

    as I have already said, it has been only a head scan only, I guess you have not read my first post too close. they scanned my head only and it was a 23 mins scan. in regards of the other question… no, I have not got any kind of pain at the time I have been in there, however while I was in the scan just have had the sickness and the dizziness. but the pains did persisted… as I said, a few days later the headaches and the earaches has started to appear (along side the sickness and the dizziness too) and all of it combined made a horrendous experience…

  • #381999
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    well… look… the magnetic resonance imagining is, to simply explain it, a magnetic field with some radio waves that are applied in order to create images that doctors need to see in order to rule out what’s wrong… well, there are sometimes when those radio waves or the magnetic field itself (or maybe both in combination) can fiddle with your own equilibrium and to cause those symptoms that you are describing that you have. of course, I don’t know if you are still having that problem that you are getting (I saw the part when you said that it is 95 % gone, but I would still do it), however I am really thinking that you may want to mention all of this to your physician as he/ she could help more. since I am not an expert, I am not very sure if they can do anything about it… at least I personally don’t really know that anything can be done about all of this… however, I do know for sure that it just can’t hurt to mention it to him this story. a professional doctor would, of course, be able to help, at least much more than people here on the forum. so you also might find out what he thinks about this… I mean, is this something normal to have such kind of symptoms and to have them a month later, if that’s in fact the case. either he would be able to fully get rid of the symptoms or not, at least you would know what a professional is thinking about it. good luck!

  • #382003
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    hey there OP, I just wanted to ask you if you are feeling any better… I’m sorry I can’t really help you with much but I just wanted to share my sympathy with you and to add my 2 cents worth here… well… I have had 2 head MRI scans (brain MRIs) for a suspected pituitary adenoma; with the second one MRI that has been more thorough and it did has included contrast. however, I do know that neither of the MRI scans has caused me to suffer from any of those symptoms that you have said to suffer after/ during the scan… as I said, sorry you had to get through such experience but I wanted to say something that I find quite interesting for your situation… I do remember the MRI technician that has mentioned that it could cause some dizziness for a short period of time after the scan… though I am not sure if he means ‘a short period’ more than a month… anyway… we know that it can happen so maybe it just affected you a little bit more than how it affects other people?

  • #382004
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    hello OP, as most people here… I also have had 2 MRIs, on my brain both of them, however as most people who have posted here, I have not had such an experience either… I mean, I never had anything that you are referring to. sorry I can’t say more or to help you with more… and I’m sorry that it seems you are the only one who went through this when you see so many people saying that they got through MRI scans and never had anything similar… or at least that’s what I would feel… sorry for you. whichever the case, I really hope a lot now that you are feeling better… getting to feel so bad after just a scan it is just… unfair to say the least. anyway, hope you’re going to check in with us, whenever you can do it.

    and yeah… I see other people mentioning contract with MRIs.. wow… thanks guys for letting me know this as I have been unaware that they are using contract with MRIs, that’s just strange I think… I mean, I am wondering why they didn’t with me.

    I did have had contrast with a CAT scan, as well as a couple of brain spect scans, however not the MRI. of course I can’t be sure but I am thinking that maybe there were just trying to rule things out, and that is why, maybe… anyway, hope you are fine!

  • #382005
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    guys, thank you very much, I really appreciate a lot that you are showing concern and trying to help… I can say that the symptoms do seems that they are improving these days… nearly 2 months later… however I can still feel that they are not completely gone, that’s for sure. what I forgot to mention in my first post but now I think that it is very important to mention is that before the scan, I have had tinnitus, I have had mild discomfort as well as very mild hyperacusis as well (which means that ordinary noises are sounding too loud) in one ear. what I am trying to say is that maybe because of these I had the afterwards effects from the MRI scan. I do know that the scan did not make the tinnitus any worse, however it did give me outright pain in both of my ears and it has made the hyperacusis like 5 times as bad than it already was.

  • #382006
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    SooD, you’ve gotta know that I have been living with tinnitus for years! I perfectly know what it is like to live with it, unfortunately, and that’s especially because my tinnitus is so so bad that I can literally feel the vibration from time to time. well, sensory overload, can surely make me be a mad woman from time to time. if for example I am discussing to someone but there’s music somewhere, or if or example there are other people that are having some kind of a loud conversation anywhere near/ around me, I just have to bolt, and this is one of those multiple reasons as to why I am virtually being bound to my home. this is all ruining my life and I do know this very well… it is not worth it to me. I’m just sorry you are experiencing the pains that you get… and especially the worsened hyperacusis. I just really hope a lot that this is not going to be permanent… and plus to that, I am also hoping that you are going to be receiving some relief anytime soon either. in the end… you just could be really sensitive to the magnetic field with the radio waves, pretty much as Andith has mentioned earlier. since you are a bit more sensitive you’ve got all of those effects, but in the end, I just hope that none of those bad symptoms would be permanent. I guess you already discussed with your doctor… did he (or she) have anything to say about this? they gave you anything for this? told you anything more? I just hope that you’re going to be alright! good luck!

  • #382014
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    hello SooD, I can tell you that you are surely not the only one who is feeling bad after a MRI scan and that you are feeling like that isn’t anything that uncommon. I am not sure about other people but there’s my father that have had several MRIs for his head area and he always has said how unsteady and how sick that scan made him feel. pretty much like it made you feel. I just can say that my only personal experience with it is having my knee scanned and it has been that strange noise that has been going on that I was thinking that it has been making me feel quite weird from it. exactly as it has been mentioned by ShieBa and Andith… it all just could be down to the bigger sensitivity to the magnetic field that you are having and that’s it. I really do believe that it is quite possible because I do know that I can sometime ‘feel’ the electricity in my bones from time to time when I am near some certain bits of machinery. that’s just strange, but I do believe that you could have it too… anyhow… I can only imagine how unsettled you have been when you got through that.

  • #382015
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    hey there ShieBa, I just saw that you are interested in the contrast part on MRI scans so I wanted to comment on this part of your post: [quote] and yeah… I see other people mentioning contract with MRIs.. wow… thanks guys for letting me know this as I have been unaware that they are using contract with MRIs, that’s just strange I think… I mean, I am wondering why they didn’t with me.

    I did have had contrast with a CAT scan, as well as a couple of brain spect scans, however not the MRI. [/quote]

    well, they are using Gadolinium for contrast on the MRI scans. basically, it does pretty much the exact same thing as it does the iodine or barium contrast that it is being used for CT or for Xray, however it is still a totally and completely different substance so you should know this as it would be a mistake to think that they are exactly the same, although they are doing quite the same. well, they are being used in order to highlight or to make some certain things like for example some structures, blood vessels or tumors to be much more visible on the images to make it clearer for the doctors what they’ve gotta do and make it easier for them to see it. and very well.. to either use it or not to use it is just depending on what are they exactly searching for and sometimes there are patients that are brought back for a contrast study in case there is something that is looking quite strange on the non contrast study. with the contrast, they would stand much more chances to understand what’s exactly that oddly looking thing.

    now, on a different note, I can relate about the tinnitis part… that’s because I am having it as well and there are sometimes when it is really really bad.. none of the supposed ‘cures’ are working and I know it for sure, however I really do wish that there was some way to somehow get rid of it… hope that someday there would be discovered that way we could do it.

  • #382016
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    ShieBa, bless you for all of that. also I want to say that I am very sorry that you and Andith are also going through this… that’s just sad… I personally have had the tinnitus for approximately 3 months now, but the reason is unknown… I do know for sure that I have not been subjected to absolutely any loud noises out there that could have caused the trauma (I would surely remember it if there would be) so I am idealess where I’ve got it. the only thing that makes me think about it, the only factor it seems to be a pretty bad virus that I have got somewhere in the late February and it has taken me approximately 6 weeks (more than a month) until I have finally got rid of it and got over. anyway, I can tell you that the tinnitus has been the very first ‘symptom’, appearing out of the blue one evening, and then in the next 3 days or so (maybe 4, can’t remember) I have started to feel really sick and ill… but anyway, the MRI scan does not have anything to do with this as it was before the MRI scan….

    and yeah, it is obvious I have told my doctor about my experience after the scan. I have told him that I felt extremely ill after the MRI and I described every symptom in detail telling him how long it lasted and how bad it was. however, from my observation I can tell you that he did not seem to think that it has been too unusual… so I do think that this shouldn’t be that unusual… but anyway, now I am going to discuss with him the ongoing ear issues that I am dealing with for a while now the next time when I am going to visit him.

    and yeah… also I wanted to say Histicely…. if you are going to read the official literature about the MRI scans you are going to see that it is saying about how they are having absolutely no side effects at all… however, from as much as I and your father both can see (and I’m sure there must be other people as well) this is obviously not true as they DO have side effects. I am now much calmer because I know that this is normal…. I mean, I have found one page online which was full of dozens of people out there and those people were describing in their posts the exact same headaches that I used to get, the dizziness during the scan and afterwards as well as the general sickness with all the symptoms that I have had and so on and so forth. in short, those people were describing what I was getting through. and the periods of time as well… I mean, there were some people who said that all of these symptoms were only lasting for some hours or until the next day, however there were some others pretty much like me and have had those symptoms for quite longer than that. in addition to that I can tell you that there are also some reports now of the MRI technicians that are, obviously, around these types of machines on a daily basis regularly and so they are developing health issues… and it is no wonder since you’re always around such kind of machines with magnetic waves and radio waves. of course all of this is not healthy for our bodies/ minds. in the end, one sure thing is sure… these MRI machines/ scans are definitely not as safe as they are being claimed to be!

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