Scared about my MRI scan!!

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Hi guys,

After 2 years of suffering headaches and a numb sensation down one side I've finally been given an MRI scan.

I've been told my symptoms are migraine/anxiety and my health anxiety has suffered. I've wanted a scan, but now I'm scared.

Worried my anxiety will kick in. The doctor suggested taking diazepam before but that also scares me!

Has anybody had one, how is it?

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    Hiya yes I had one about a year ago due to numbness/strange feeling in left side of my body and lips I was dreading the MRI but once I got in it I was fine u can see the people who are doing the MRI as u have a mirror place in the head brace thing and if u are not comfortable they will get you out straight away I asked all these questions but the tunnel isn't as closed in as I thought or as long and dark as I thought there is always someone there you will be fine
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    Hi amy don't worry about the MRI, easier said than done I know. I'm claustrophobic & managed to get into the scanner, it's open at the end where your head is & if you tell the staff your very nervous they will keep talking to you and asking if your ok, you get to choose some music of your choice as well. Make sure that you go for it and it will prevent you from worrying further about what's wrong with you.

    It's over before you know it and you'll feel great for going through with it

    Let us know how you get on x

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      It takes between 25-45 mins but the time passes really quickly because there's music playing and the staff are talking to you reassuring you

      Remember that you can ask to be taken out of the scanner at anytime, keep that in mind. I'm also scared of meds but I had a diazepam 10 mg before the scan

      Don't worry there's nothing to worry about x

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    Having an MRI scan is a completely painless experience so you have nothing to worry about.

    It is what it says on the box - just a scan, and nothing at all touches you, so you shouldn't need diazapam or any sedation.

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    Thanks everybody.
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    Hi Amy,

    Don't worry, I had an MRI about 2 weeks ago, it is not that bad at all. A little bit noisy but its ok. Beleive me if I can do it, then you can too. I am afraid of everything! Let me know how you do. I care.

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