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Strange skin adverse reaction to MRI without contrast

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2010
  • 03:13 PM

My name is joao and I’m 35 years old and healthy until now.
I did a MRI (magnetic ressonance – 3 T) exam to my cervical, without contrast.

After this exam, I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night with a burning sensation all over my back. I looked in the mirror and my back and shoulders were full of wrinkles (depressions). It seemed like a dermographism (Pressure urticaria) but with a burning sensation associated (a kind of mechanical /dynamic allodynia). I asked my wife to take a picture:


(I know this is the marks of the sheets, but I never ever had the skin so sensitive, and these are depressions not erruptions)

I also had a strange “diarreha” and my hair and genitals burn for some months.

After 7 months this kind of “allergy” is still here. Every time I brush or make pressure to my body, there are these depressions on my skin and this burning sensation. I consulted a dermatologist and I tried Zyrtek but it didn’t work, and my levels of histamine are all right after a blood analysis.

I’m afraid the MRI damaged my small nerve fiber in the skin. Do you think I could suffer from nerve damage? And due to that am I now suffering from Neuropathic Pain? How can I know what the MRI did to me? I’m very worried…

I surfed the net and saw a lot of people complaining about sensory/burning feelings after doing MRIs. I also got acquainted with something called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity as an emerging illness, which now I’m afraid I suffer from. And maybe this is the cause of many idiopathic skin allergies or other kind of illness.

Thus, I was wondering if you could help me solving this mystery, because no DRs can, or don’t care about it. In fact, nobody seems to care, not even the place where I did the MRI. The hospital (Hospital da Luz – Lisbon) says they follow FDA guidelines, and it’s all. Everybody always says MRIs don’t do anything to one’s body.

Is there something I can do? How can I make this allergic reaction go away? How can I know what damage it made to my body? Does an allergic reaction necessary means that there was tissue damage? Can MRIs cause allodynia or central sentisization?

If OMS recognize that there is a disease called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity why aren’t people warned about it before doing MRIs?

Please help me. I have a small baby that needs a healthy father.

Thank you,


PS: I did an EMG which turned out to be normal and have no disease that can justify this kind of burning sensation/Neuropathic pain on my body. It all started with the MRI.

PS2: Is there any forum created specificaly for this ilness? Or entity I could file a complaint?

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