Thanks guys! I’ll update a bit of my experiences here in case anyone finds themselves in a similar situation to me!
So overall it was perfectly fine!
I was so worried about the noise level and was pleased to see that they were giving me large headphones to listen to the radio on, not the tiny ear bud things I was picturing! The worst part was waiting there for the machine to start up. I started to breathe so quickly with fear. When it did start I was pleasantly surprised that although I could hear the machine it wasn’t loud and didn’t make me jump at all! Even when the tech warned me the next scan would get quite loud I could hear the radio and wasn’t bothered by the noise at all!
I wore sweats and a loose cotton top and made sure I had no metal parts so I got to keep all my clothes on which was great. Some people before me had to wear the dreaded hospital gown lol.
The worst part for me was that me hands went numb after about ten mins and I had another 35 mins to go. I just tried to focus on something else. I kept my eyes open for the whole thing, looking into the mirror in the helmet right at my shoes. When I thought the scanner was between scans (when there was no noise or the bed was sliding in or out quickly) I twitched or moved my hand to try to get the blood flow back.
Honestly it was kind of almost fun to get the spine MRI because I kept getting slid in and out by the machine. I guess I’m easily amused lol.
Most unexpected part was the vibrating the machine started doing at one stage. Felt like it was shaking the fluid in my brain around or something haha! Unexpected but completely fine.
Best part was the hospital I went to gave me a CD with all the pictures and films to keep and bring home! So I’ve had great fun looking at my brain and spine and I almost feel like even if I get no answers it was worth it just to get that!
So to anybody scared of getting an MRI like I was please don’t be! You will be fine just like I was, and this is coming from someone who cries at the noise of a balloon popping! You’ve got this!