MRI didn't go well - 4theFauna

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on January 14, 2012 View this journey (12 Experiences)

Sigh.... Tuesday I tried to have a breast MRI and I had what I can only describe as a panic attack. The nurse was patient and kind... but now that it's over I feel so silly and embarrassed. I was fine the first few minutes. I was laying there, listing to Vivaldi to drown out the noise. I was concentrating on trying to breath calmly and evenly... then I started to feel nauseous, then I felt like I couldn't breath, then I felt like I HAD to move and I just lost it. I never thought I was claustrophobic, but I do NOT like needles and I had an IV during the procedure. Maybe the needles were just too much? Has anyone else had a similar experience?

The night following the MRI attempt I simply could not sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about how awful it felt. I caught my leg moving like crazy (hypermobility) and my fingers were numb for hours afterward. It really shook me up. I still don't like when others impersonate the MRI sound... it's like I'm haunted by the experience. I didn't expect that... Also I've been struggling in the few days since this event to not beat myself up about not being able to handle it. Everyone in my world has been supportive and are encouraging me to cut myself some slack, but it's a struggle.

The next MRI is rescheduled for next week and we're going to try again--this time with Valium in my system. Please wish me luck!... and the strength to sit still.

Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Recovery: Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
1 Comment
  • DaveWaz's Avatar

    I'm sure you will find that you are not alone. Those MRIs can be pretty scary, especially when you are really deep in that tube. A lot of people take a sedative to help make it less scary.

    almost 9 years ago

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