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Anyone here taken Valium while under MRI?

Let me know your experiences.
almost all docs prescribe valium if you are leary of the MRI. I personally dont take it; however know many who do. Have you taken Valium before? how much did he prescribe? The worst that can happen is it makes you very sleepy- so please have someone drive you. Other than that, sedative effects are all you can expect.
Good luck.
Nikki
Hi there ellekay,

I jsut recently had an MRI w/ contrast and my doc prescribed me a valium to take. She said that it was completely safe and that she had taken them before during a scan.But I didn't take it due to a sensitivity to the contrast. Had it not been for that I would have taken it, those machines are no fun to be in :( How late in the day is your scan scheduled for?
[QUOTE=skittles73;3732213]Hi there ellekay,

I jsut recently had an MRI w/ contrast and my doc prescribed me a valium to take. She said that it was completely safe and that she had taken them before during a scan.But I didn't take it due to a sensitivity to the contrast. Had it not been for that I would have taken it, those machines are no fun to be in :( How late in the day is your scan scheduled for?

Hey skittles, my MRI appt is for 1:30 in the afternoon.

Did you have a reaction to the contrast before the valium was given to you?
Shouldn you be taking the valium before the contrast?

Also what sort of reaction did you have to the dye? Im curious as ive never done this before, I imagine i would feel like im being burried alive :confused:
ellekay, when they did my full spine MRI I had Valium and contrast. I took the Valium about 15 minutes before the MRI started. I had the contrast injected probably about 30 minutes into the MRI. The only negative thing I experienced with the contrast was the injection site was a little sore for a while, but nothing too bad.

The MRI was not as bad as I had thought. The worst part was the cage they put around my head, if not for the Valium I would have panicked. When I had my brain MRI I did not take Valium and did fine. I did however make the mistake of opening my eyes, there was no mirror like some have. It was a bright blue inside and had a nice cool breeze blowing through. Actually, it was kind of relaxing but the ear plugs hurt and my nose kept itching and of course I couldn't move to scratch it.
[QUOTE=brclrk80;3732470]ellekay, when they did my full spine MRI I had Valium and contrast. I took the Valium about 15 minutes before the MRI started. I had the contrast injected probably about 30 minutes into the MRI. The only negative thing I experienced with the contrast was the injection site was a little sore for a while, but nothing too bad.

The MRI was not as bad as I had thought. The worst part was the cage they put around my head, if not for the Valium I would have panicked. When I had my brain MRI I did not take Valium and did fine. I did however make the mistake of opening my eyes, there was no mirror like some have. It was a bright blue inside and had a nice cool breeze blowing through. Actually, it was kind of relaxing but the ear plugs hurt and my nose kept itching and of course I couldn't move to scratch it.

Thanks brclrk80,

Now that my appt is nearing, im starting to feel kinda nervous. Dont they inject you with valium or do they give you a pill?
Yeah ive seen pics of the cage over the patients head, that looks scary enough for me to run to the hills and never look back.

Should my doc have ordered an MRI for my brain AND spine? because this one is just for my brain, but i dont want them to say that i have to do another one for my spine too! Why not hit the 2 birds in the one stone? I dont get it???
MRI's can be scary, Lord knows I've had so many. Did you check to see if they do an open MRI? these are less intimidating since they are open at both ends. If not I find that making sure they have the fan blowing on you while in there and having a wash cloth placed over your eyes helps with the anxiety alot. Some places will let you listen to music while in the machine. Lately my local facility hasn't been doing this so I just meditate while having one done.

I am having my brain done next week with and without contrast as well. Not doing the spine since I just had a lumbar and c-spine done in May. Since you've not experienced one before, honestly, I would just get the brain done so you aren't in there for an hour.

Try not to get too hyped up over it and be sure someone is driving you home. I know it seems scary but once you are done you'll look back and think "well that wasn't as bad as I thought" The hard part is if your nose starts to tickle and you can't move to itch it.

Being in one sounds like someone is running a jack hammer even with the ear plugs in. Technicians talk to you as each part is done generally and will ask how you are doing and often let you know how much longer it will take.

Usually most places give you a shot of valium so it acts much faster. Another suggestion is to call the doctor who ordered the MRI and ask for a prescription for one valium to day the night before to help relax you.
Ellekay, just so you know, [never] have an [open] MRI done for MS related things- they are no where near as accurate as a closed one, and quite honestly, arent that different...the 'cage' people are talking about is for stability, so that you dont move your head/neck and it isnt tight, just snug around your ears....its very open, you can see thru it and it doesnt hurt.

You have a right to be nervous, we all are when we first go thru it, but trust me, if you had to do a spinal tap, [then] you could have something to be nervous about...the MRI is simple, its [all] mind over matter. If you are having valium as well, then you absolutely will relax thru the whole thing. Next time, you probably wont require valium either. IIt's all about not knowing what to expect. I suggest when the tech takes you back to do the test, that you ask them to stay in contact wtih you throughout the test (or until you fall asleep) youll hear them thru the speakers saying things like "okay, this next segment will last 2 minutes" and then you hear the machine start up...it sounds like a whirling noise, little taps and buzzes..its loud, but not scary. It doesnt move, doesnt really vibrate. you should just hear it and feel nothing. I promise once you get thru this once- it will be a piece of cake.

They can do brain and spine at the same time, takes me about 45 mins to have them both done without stopping- and that includes the contrast injection....but its not unusal to start with the brain and look for lesions first..that is where they are most likely to appear. IF you go back to your neuro and find out it showed nothing, then demand they repeat it on your spine...and btw, while you are at the MRI center, ask for copies of the films either print or CD...keep them for your records. You can get a copy of the actual report from the ordering doctor.

Be strong..this is really nothing, its just the not knowing which is bad. You'll see, its going to be okay.
Nikki
Thanks glamour girl, gosh im starting to feel a little nervous. My boyfriend will be with me and no doubt i will drive him insane until im pumped up with valium.

I will be taking my eye mask with me, i dont wanna see the coffin i'll be lying in.

I shall keep you guys informed over my first MRI experience.

Elle
Good luck, Elle...and trust me, it is NOT a coffin! Its a flat table, with the top end of it covered with what looks like a canopy....the flat table, actually slides. So, when you first lie down, youll be completely outside of the machine, in full view of your boyfriend and the tech ....when they are ready, it will automatically slide into the machine, but your legs will still be out!! Youll never be covered completely....the toughest part is that once "inside' your head will be sourrounded by what appears to be a dome- nothing more. Its not dark, it is open on both ends, you just cant see out of it because they have your head secured by the dohicky that people call a cage...its not a cage, and its not attached to you- its secured by the weight of it holding you in place...it lifts right off. promise!

by the time you get the valium, you might be having your boyfriend help you onto the table, and you might be thinking its a bed! Youre going to do great! Let us know. ok??
Nikki