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Old 11-24-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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Has anyone had MRI of wrist/hand?

I was hoping a regular xray was good enough for diagnosis, but now I'll be getting an MRI. It will be my first one and just the thought of laying in that tube scares the ---- out of me. I got a RX for Valium to take 30 minutes beforehand. I'll also be having dye injected. Any thoughts on how to get through the MRI without freaking out? Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:21 AM   #2
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Re: Has anyone had MRI of wrist/hand?

It's all in the mind! I don't mean to trivialise it because, if you suffer from claustrophobia, ther is little I can say to dispel your fears. However, the MRI procedure is completely painless and harmless. The dye injection is like any other injection so virtually pain free.
Personally, I find it best to just let your thoughts drift away and endeavour to relax during the process. There is quite a lot of noise from the equipment and you will be given an ear protection headset to eliminate most of the sound.
Some MRI centres play soothing music as a distraction. The staff will do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible during the 15 minutes or so that it takes to run the scan. It is really just like being in a noisy factory environment for a short time. Afterwards, you will wonder why you were so worried.

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Old 11-25-2008, 09:04 AM   #3
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Re: Has anyone had MRI of wrist/hand?

Thanks Brian. I know I'm making a mountain out of a molehill here, but it's the fear of the unknown. I've been practicing deep breathing and hope I can get through the MRI OK, so I can have surgery and get that overwith too. Have a great day.

 
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Re: Has anyone had MRI of wrist/hand?

Brain's reply was exactly what I would have said. I have claustrophobia and I did fine. I was really uptight before I went. The Valium will relax you as Adivan did me.
The people that work in these places are wonderful and help in any way they can.

Take Care...
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Re: Has anyone had MRI of wrist/hand?

Thanks Biya. I'm beginning to feel better about things thanks to you and Brian and friends who have been through a closed MRI. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Sue

 
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