Just posting really for those that like me are totally claustophobic and dread MRI’s . Tonight was my 4th, 2 many years ago for something totally unrelated… I think! but with the dreaded head cage on, thats the bit I cant cope with. The third was this January for suspected MS, doctors words, not mine, so tonights was full spine and head and I was dreading it as I am so claustrophobic.
Tonight was a totally different experience, I was terrified beforehand but actually felt calm during it, thanks to the wonderful nurses and although it was almost 50 mins it was absolutely fine I kept my eyes shut throughout, counted the seconds as despite the noise I could hear what I thought was a clock ticking and the MRI nurse was brilliant, she talked to me, let me know what was going on, how long the next scan would be etc etc, and pulled me out after my lower and cervical spine had been done to then put the dreaded cage on my head for the head scan. This is the bit I dont like, it makes me feel trapped but just taking the time to let me know what was going on made me feel so much better.
On the way to the mobile scanner I said to the nurse that I was terrified and I knew it was daft but I would rather have a tooth out than the scan lol. We laughed but she reassured me and said loads of people were the same, making me feel better. I have so much praise for Salford Royal, I feel extremely lucky to be under their care.
So now thats over, Im now joining limboland whilst I wait for the results.