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Skin hypersensitive/hurts/burns after MRI - Electromagnetic hypersensitivity

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2010
  • 01:54 PM

Hello
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:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/medhelp_images/profiles/1070027_fs?1258314187

(I know this is the marks of the sheets, but I never ever had the skin so sensitive, and these are depressions, not erruptions. It takes only a few minutes for them to came out, and they burn)

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 for several months 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?

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. And I don't realy know what to do anymore :(

Thank you,

Joao

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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  • HelloMy 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: http://s3.amazonaws.com/medhelp_images/profiles/1070027_fs?1258314187 (I know this is the marks of the sheets, but I never ever had the skin so sensitive, and these are depressions, not erruptions. It takes only a few minutes for them to came out, and they burn) 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 for several months 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? 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. And I don't realy know what to do anymore :( Thank you, Joao 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?I read your post and have been searching the web for answers to my recent illness. Hypersensitive skin in areas of my core body, pain in my rt. chest and upper back, etc. It started with the chest pain and I went to the Hospital and they thought I may have a blood clot in my lung so they ordered a Cat Scan of entire mid section. They gave me the dye and did the scan and the next day I began with the skin sensitivity. I had a strange rash for a day too which I took Benadryl for- I am going back to my GP today- still no answers from anyone and my pain seems to be intensifying. Please let me know if you found any answers in your case and I hope you are well now.
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  • Joao - I am glad I read your post. My wife had something similar happen to her about 14 months ago. She had a very minor car accident. She has severe osteoporosis. After the car accident, she had an MRI. During the MRI, she said to the technician that she was very hot. The technician said she was OK, didn't check on her, and when she came out, it was like she had a bad sun burn all over her body. She had to use ice to cool down, for 3 months she had to put drops in her eyes. Her private parts were like she was really burned. After that she became super sensitive. She can only wear one pair of shoes and one pair of socks. Her feet hurt all of the time. She seems to have fibromyalgia all over her body. Pain killers don't work. With pain for so long, she is always panicky. With the pain in her feet, they thought she may have CRPS, chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, but the nuclear scan she subsequently had did not indicate it. Anyway, I believe the MRI cooked her like a microwave oven and has caused this super sensitivity, or maybe even the car accident caused it, don't know. Also, just like your back, my wife gets wrinkles on her big toes just like the pattern in her socks. The don't quickly disappear, but stay there for a long time after she takes her socks off. I would like to know if others have this. By the way, the machine was a 3T machine, the most powerful machine here in the Vancouver area of Canada. It's too bad it was so powerful, I think it cooked her, and I don't know how to get her out of the merry-go-round. Today, she feels like she is dying. Hope you get better. Mike
    Mikeg14 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi mike. Was mri contrast used with your wifes mri? How is she now.? I feel i have been damage by mri contrast gadolinium.
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  • Hi, I had an MRI and am experiencing this exact same hypersensitivity in my shoulders and upper back. Very strange. I hope it goes away. I realize this thread is 4 yrs old but I thought I would reply anyway. Did your symptoms finally subside? I hope so because it is very very annoying.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • December 6, 2014
    • 01:52 PM
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  • Hi Joao and Mike. I too have exactly this problem. I had an MRI scan of the brain almost a week ago and immediately after have a been suffering a 'sunburn' sensation all over my head and neck. I am convinced the MRI caused this as I was fine immediately before the procedure. I did get a little warm during the scan but knew to expect this. There was nothing untoward otherwise during the scan so wasn't concerned at the time. It was only in the few hours afterwards that I developed the issue.

    Can you tell me if you found out any answers for the condition and if the symptoms subsided at all?

    I'm very concerned. It is hard to concentrate on anything. I fear this will not resolve and I will be left with permanent pain.

    I too have very young children and I do not want this issue to affect their upbringing.

    I know the original post is nearly 6 years old, but if anyone can reply that would be of great help.

    Thanks,
    Simon
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 4, 2016
    • 09:45 AM
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  • Hi. I know this post is old but I feel compelled to reply so that my experience is also 'logged' online for others to see.

    I had an MRI head scan on Saturday. The first thing I noticed when I left was that I felt deafened, tinnitus and 'burning' sensation in the ears. I felt very 'off' and feverish.

    That evening I noticed my skin all over my body was very itchy. Where I scratched, I was surprised to see it was leaving deep red lines and even blood spotting. I realised that I could not scratch so resorted to rubbing- this also left the deep red marks.

    The next day I noticed my skin was hot and burning all over, very itchy and very sensitive. My clothing is painful to wear. I feel pain resting my elbows on the desk. My hands and feet are also 'pricking'. My body was burning so much last night I could not sleep.

    Tuesday morning I am writing this, same symptoms. Head really burns and finger nails feel like knifes. Please respond with your progress if this is seen.
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  • I'm wondering how everyone is getting on? It's been 3 months for me now of burning and skin problems and severe fatigue. I have made a group on Facebook called MRI Victims, please search for it and join it. We need to gather together to get answers.
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  • Hi, Simon here. It's now just over 8 months on since my MRI. I've had good days and bad days, mostly bad. Recently it's been quite bad, hence me coming back to check this thread for answers. Despite the good days, I've still suffered the, let's call it 'after effects', of my scan every single day to some intensity. It isn't going away.

    I visited the doctors about it a couple of times, they put it down to anxiety. I really hope they are right and I can buy it to some degree. It might even explain why it comes and goes with varying intensity. But it has been so constant since that day and it stings/burns so much when it is there, I just can't fully sign up to it.

    Every day, my face, particularly around my eyes and ears burns, especially to the touch. In fact, it feels very strange after anything touches my skin. Quite hard to explain. I read about nerve damage to the small nerve fibres, sounds very similar.

    I will look for the facebook page, thanks for posting.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 12, 2016
    • 09:57 PM
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  • Hi. I know these are older threads but I had an MRI 6/2016 and have been burning on fire ever since! It was MRI on my scapula but they had to put the conductor cage on my entire chest and abdomen region and go through the top to the back of my back I don't hot and burning inside and the text said it was OK and normal. When leaving I still felt hot and burning and for five months now I have burned on fire every day I went to urgent care all the specialist and they don't know why this is happening but there's nothing to help me so far I am a wife and a mother of three and I need relief and this is intolerable. I am sun and heat sensitive and also cannot wear clothing unless loosely. Has anyone in this thread found any information or specialist or relief medication wise?
    Nicole
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 14, 2016
    • 04:31 PM
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