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Strange MRI Experience

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  • Posted By: halal37
  • November 10, 2008
  • 03:51 PM

I am wondering if anyone has ever had an experience like I recently had or have an idea of what type of doctor I should go to. First let me say I have had a number of MRI’s in my life, with and without contrast dye and all of them were uneventful. Over the years I have been experiencing many unpleasant symptoms for which no cause has been found. Recently new symptoms surfaced (stiff hand when I wake up and squeezing pain of my spinal cord in the neck area) so I contacted my neurologist (treating me for migraines which I have been having 24/7 for a long time) who ordered an MRI on my brain and neck. No contrast dye was ever administered. The MRI on my brain was uneventful. But the MRI on my neck produced an extreme response. Right before the MRI’s I had gone to the rest room and therefore did not need to urinate.

Well, soon after the neck MRI began, intense pain developed in both my neck and head. I also started feeling woozy and lightheaded (first started having balance problems this summer). About half way through the MRI I began to notice the MRI table was vibrating which caused my entire body to start itching (just like when you use an electric back massager) and my bladder suddenly filled to capacity. By the time the MRI was done I was feeling very bad and could hardly walk as I was so light headed and in intense pain. Fortunately the imaging place was paying a taxi to take me home for I could never have made it on my own. I spent the rest of the afternoon and most of the evening in bed.

Friday my neurologist had his nurse call me to say the MRI was normal. After having such a severe reaction I assumed the MRI would reveal something, so I was totally shocked to hear it is normal and even more shocked that my neurologist is not concerned. I have a lot more symptoms then what I have mentioned.

Has anyone ever heard of or experienced a reaction like I have described? I am in agony and need help but no one is paying any attention to my symptoms. Any idea what kind of doctor might figure out what is going

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  • Did you mention this to the people at the MRI facility?
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 08:34 PM
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  • Not all the symptoms but I did mention I was light headed. I did send a fax to my neurologist telling him everything I had been through. But no response.
    halal37 96 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 08:39 PM
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  • The pain in your cervical area may be caused by spondilosis,as about you MRI strange experience i wouldn`t pay much attention to that,simply because the symptoms might have been related to the strong magnetic field that device produces
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 03:59 PM
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  • Based on the listed symptoms I do not think I have spondylosis. The symptoms just do not really match. For instance headaches are not even mentioned and I am having migraines 24/7. Also, if that is my problem I would think it would show up on an MRI. Mine was normal. As for the MRI, why was I unable to feel anything when I had the brain and feet MRI's, but have major problems and am sick for the rest of the night when I get an MRI on my neck? That just doesn't make since to me. I made an appt. with a new doctor, a physiatrist (Physical medicine and rehabilitation). Maybe he will have an idea. To bad the earliest appt. I could get was in Dec.
    halal37 96 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 09:05 PM
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  • I am fully aware of electrosensitivity, MCS, etc. I do not have that problem. I do not have a cell phone (my apartment is a dead zone for one thing) and am not bothered in any way by electromagnetism. Remember, I only had this symptom when my neck was being imaged. I did not have this problem while only minutes before my brain was imaged. I did not have this problem in March when my foot spent 30 minutes in the MRI or again this summer when I spent 45 minutes in an MRI and got dye injected into me. I only had this symptom when my neck was being imaged. I believe that is significant.
    halal37 96 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 01:54 AM
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  • Migranes and spondilosis symptoms come sometimes in the same pack,mri apreciation of spondilosis impossible in early stages( no damage to vertaebras or discks yet).Strong magnetic field can cause the strange simptoms belive me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 00:14 PM
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  • I wonder if there was something wrong with the MRI scan itself. When things go wrong, this is called a "sentinel event" in medicine. I would call the healthcare facility and ask to speak with a radiologist. Explain what you told us here.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 05:43 PM
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  • I WANT YOU TO LOOK UP ALL THE SYMPTOMS OF CHIARI MALFORMATION,I KNOW YOU ALREADY HAD AN MRI BUT THIS IS A DISORDER THAT IS MISSED ALOT CAUSE THERE IS LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT IT,GET BACK TO ME MY EMAIL IS wickychicky34@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 10:33 PM
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