How to overcome fear of mri

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first one -no fear= diagnosis ms 2nd one=terrified almost panic attack = no active lesions -great Now I am at home writting this and I am terrified of my next MRI-what will the results be and actually terrified of lying there for such a long time -not being able to move or get out!! Anyone scared? How do you cope? It will be a procedure I have to have throughout my life and I don't know how to cope with the diagnosis and the MRI terrifies me!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_resonance_imaging The above link tells you pretty much everything you didn't want to know about MRIs. I had a brain MRI one time, I had to be sedated because I was afraid of it, they even have a little mirror in there so you can see out of it, sort of claustrophobic in the machine, and they had a microphone and radio in there so I could talk to the techs. When the machine started up, it was VERY loud, surprised me, kind of made a bumping racket.
- Is it likely that you brain fogginess is due to you being focused on the consequences of this fear as opposed to what you need to focus on? i.e. - Does the anxiety come before the brain fog? - What level of headaches can you tolerate and do you think they automatically represent brain damage? - What would you be doing if you didn't have this anxiety? This fear is a form of health anxiety, which is on the OCD spectrum.
I would be glad to hear from anyone who has experienced the same or similar symptoms and came away with a treatment plan. I'm considering an MRI next to look into the possibility of a tumor. P.S. My 50 to 60 lb over-weight mother died of a stroke or heart failure at 47. My grandfather at 36. My father had two heart attacks in his 40s and lived into his sixties only due to the miricles of modrn medicine and a total change in lifestyle.
has anyone successfully conquered their fear of having their blood pressure taken? How did you do it? I really want to get over this. I mean, I feel like i try to do everything right...I eat fairly well, I'm definitely not overweight, dont smoke or drink, somewhat active...the only thing I have trouble with is my anxiety. Ugh...this is frustrating!
Then I began twitching a lot and also had chest pain. I had an MRI to check for MS, an EMG, and bloodwork, all of which was normal. I then saw my family doctor to give me something for anxiety (celexa). I got laid off at work, I have an infant son, I am completing my master's degree, and my dog died. Even with all that stress, what worried me the most was the twitching. It is six months later and I still twitch all the time.
little did I know that they would find lesions and this would lead to a dx of MS!!! No tumour though so I guess this was a relief. Anyhow not sure where my fear of being enclosed came from but when I read the post about being locked in a cupboard it reminded me of when I was at school and I was also locked in a cupboard in a Physics lesson so who knows this could have been the trigger. I gave Physics up and have never understood it!!).
It turns out I am not. I tend to fall asleep in the MRI - which gives my favorite researcher on the 7T lots of giggles. It's hard to not snore when you are on your back. If you have the problem of relaxing, they can give you something for the prep - a common one used here in the states is valium, which will take the edge off. I don't htink they will sedate you heavily enough to force you into sleep, though I might be wrong.
and I have learned how to deal with a lot of my obsessions, but they became to overwhelming and I had to up my dosage...to 10mgs..I know that it is still a low dosage, but the point is....I don't want to be on this medication anymore.....I always had obsessions, and that is why I was put on medication in the first place...almost 16 years ago.....I finally got fed up with everything...the weight gain...the depression....the medications topping out and Dr.s always wanting to increase the dosage...
Fear of death is just having to come to grips of your FEAR OF LIFE. Don't be afraid to live. Live it with gusto. Find new interests. Hold close those who are important to you. Find out what is REALLY important. Kiss and hug your wife everyday and let her know how important she is to you. Embrace life. Do what you can do everyday. When you can't, you can't. Rest, then try again. Feel free to PM to me....
How long you feel bad and how bad you feel will likely depend on your level of use prior to quitting. If you went from your highest use to zero it will be worse and longer than if you tapered down to minimal use. Even if it's bad, you should only feel like pure hell for 3 or 4 days and that's really no more than a bad case of the flu. For me, the worst part was the Restless Leg Syndrome (aka RLS) and the general feeling of wanting to crawl out of your skin.
For myself it is no longer about quantity but quality. Many of my fear I have overcome realizing most of my fears are foolish. Who cares away? I figure if I only have a limited time to live I am going to live the way I want to live and be who I am. Take risks I never would have before. What have I got to lose? Nothing really. If I die well then I will never have a chance to risk again. As you can see by meeting people that have had transplants, you can't spot them out of a crowd.
So he wants to do surgery on my nose but when I pressed him about the strange sensations in my sinus and nose, he looks at me and says he wants to do an MRI of my brain to rule out something like a cyst or tumor. Suffice to say, I am scared silly. I have no neurological symptoms whatsoever - I don't know how I go from a stuffy nose and sinus pressure to looking for a brain tumor? Am I right to be concerned? Do I really need an MRI?
I am finally seeking counseling and am skeptical of taking medication. I want to overcome this with out alteration..I have to face this fear on my own. I have to do it now because I cannot live with this for the rest of my life - I feel that it is ruining me.
We opted not to for go the expense of the MRI. We were told that boxers are prone to tumors. She does need time to adjust to having the med in her system. We are keeping her on same feeding. But other than that we dont feel there is much to do but love her and enjoy whatever time we have left with her.
Stay positive and by the end of the weekend, I bet they are a memory, distand I hope. How is your pain now? Do u have another way to manage it? I wish u all of the best, and please let us know if u need anything else. There are lots of smart ppl here who have done this before and are so willing to help if u need it. Good Luck and God Bless. sincerely, tracy ps....
I am not someone to bury my head in the sand and run away and I prefer to be informed and prepare and I have learnt that whatever is thrown at me I can cope with and I believe that challenges are sent to be overcome! Of course I have fears about the future but there is no point wasting precious time worrying about what may or may not happen as I have to accept that no-one can tell me what my MS journey will be like.
it's the constant fear of death. and now i have plans to move to wales its getting worse. i have been to the doctors 6 times in a month had blood tests, had my stomach prodded, had ecg and all fine. he has referred me to hospital to clear my mind but i don''t think that will even help. i do not exaggerate when i say i would rather have a leg missing than all this mind worry!!!!!!!!!!!
IF I BOUGHT A CAR AND I HAD A PAINC ATTACK IN IT I SOLD THAT CAR...IM NOT A M.D. OR A SHRINK..BUT THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO OVERCOME THIS FEAR OF LEAVING..1ST YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCKTER THERES NO WAY OUT UNLESS YOU HAVE ONE..YOU NEED TO TRY TO TAKE BABY STEPS TO LEAVE..GO SO FAR AWAY FROM THEN COME BACK AND DO A LITTLE EVERYDAY...BUILD UR SELF ESTEEM UP...THEN GET ON A ANTIDEPPRESANT I WOULD SAY LEXPRO 10 MGS 1 ADAY....AND THE MED BENZODIEAPINE KLONOPIN 0.5 MGS 2 ADAY...
Most people need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep to function effectively during the day. 2.Get out of bed within a half hour of the same time every day, including weekends, no matter how little or poorly you have slept. 3.Reduce your time in bed so that it more closely matches the amount of sleep you average each night. 4.Use the bedroom for sleep and sexual activity only. 5.Make sure you feel drowsy when you turn the lights off to go to sleep.
can i please say that it depends on what iud you have to how long it takes... after doing alot of blooming reaserch i have this fact to be true , it also depends if you were on another form of birth control before an iud as this can also make it harder to concieve...but everyone is diffrent just because one persons body takes a while to concieve that does not mean it will happen to you in the same way.....it also goes down on age also the older you are the harder it gets to concieve.
I know a lof of conditions are treatable and curable if detected early and thinking about it all, it is really pretty stupid to avoid the necessary tests out of fear since it is a lot more scary to think of what could be if the tests weren't there to detect these conditions at an early stage. Good luck.
I am sick and tired of being all consumed as to how many I have, where I am going to find more when I run out, etc. I had to cancel a trip to see my first grandchild and that is just pathetic..
I am at my wits end I cant live like this I dont know what to do or how to get control of my body and mind back.
I had depression because I couldn't understand what was going on with me and I had no idea how to fight it. I was always negative and fearful of so many things that just added to my anxiety. I've had friends who couldn't understand what I was going through and would tell me to exercise, but that didn't work.
I am David aged 55 and employed as a postman/driver/sorter, well up until 38 months ago I had never been into hospital,well boy was that about to change.
I guess I'll just have to see how the tests go, and hope for the best. It seems that most of you here have had more tests done than I can imagine having over the next year... ...any advice?
I can only work 2 days, i don't go to school and i don't have much of a happy life .I've gone to cardiologist, ent's, gi's, pulmonary doctors. I've gone through xrays, PFT, EKG, stress tests, endoscopy . Only thing i have is GERD/LPR with sinsation of lump in throat and a very small irregular heart beat. I also am constantly clearing my throat.I heard that can be because of the Gerd/LPR. I just took a new PFT test and my breathing is normal. i did have a deviated septum but got that fixed..
I think you would benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this therapy doesn't just allow you to work to how and why it all started but it also teaches you techniques to overcome the panic. It can be very effective, i have heard it has helped many people but it can take time, esspeically if you have had the condition for many years. Your proberly getting the pain due to severe muscle tension, CBT will teach you how to relax your muscles.
Our Bodies need to reboot to learn how to deal with things and learn how to function again without the help of these pills. My prayers are with all of you. Stay strong and Pray. God really does hear you and will help you if you ask Him.
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