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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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