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A little bit nervous

PhoebsflowersPhoebsflowers Posts: 63 Boards Initiate
Has anyone on here ever had an MRI scan before? I've got an appointment to have one at the hospital this evening and I'm feeling a bit worried about it. I could do with some friendly words of encouragement please =)


  • KatKat Posts: 66 Boards Initiate
    Hiya @Phoebsflowers
    I'm sorry to hear you're felling anxious about the MRI. I have had an MRI when I was younger, and I don't really remember too much about it- but that's a good thing I promise because it meant it wasn't an experience that really affected me. I know it can be scary leading up to a big event, but I'm sure the waiting around for it to happen will be worse than the MRI itself. I am sure you are going to be really brave and get through experience better than you think you will.
    Best of luck with the scan this evening, although you won't need it because you will do great! <3
  • Rose124Rose124 Posts: 65 Boards Initiate
    Hi @Phoebsflowers

    I have never had an MRI scan before, so i unfortunately can't say what they're like, however i know that the waiting stage before something that you are anxious about can be really nervewracking, so three things that really help me during this stage is 1. Distracting myself - so this could be through reading a book, doing something that you enjoy or watching your favourite film. 2. Repeating positive self mantras, such as reminding myself that everything will be okay and that even if it isn't, i am strong enough to be able to handle it. 3. Relaxation exercises, and this could be anything such as breathing exercises or grounding yourself and bringing yourself back into the present moment.

    Also, the doctors and nurses will be trained to help individuals who are feeling nervous about MRI scans, so if you let the doctor/nurse know before you're MRI scan when you get to the hospital that you are feeling nervous, i am sure that they will be definitely willing to sit down with you before the scan to help ease your nerves and address any concerns about the scan that you may have with them.

    I hope this helps at all

    You've got this!! I believe in you!!

    Sending you lots of virtual hugs your way.

  • zaynab_5zaynab_5 Everyone's fave midget :) LondonPosts: 1,528 Extreme Poster
    Hey @Phoebsflowers

    I went to the hospital for an MRI scan from my psychiatric unit last year.
    I was feeling really nervous about it as well, I had many thoughts such as 'is it going to hurt', 'will it be too loud' etc.
    My key worker was with me to support me and helped me feel more relaxed about this as I was anxious. So if you're going with someone, talk to them about how you feel, and they'll be there for you.
    From what I've experienced, MRI scans are actually not bad. I had headphones in to listen to the music while the MRI scan was taking place, and that distracted me. It's a quick process and I was relieved that it was finally done.
    Don't worry too much about it, you'll be fine! Good luck x
  • PhoebsflowersPhoebsflowers Posts: 63 Boards Initiate
    Thank you for your kind messages everyone.

    I let the doctor know before I went in the scanner that I was nervous and he assured me that everything would be okay and that if I needed to stop at any point I could say but I managed to get through it!
    It was quite noisy but they gave me some headphones with the radio to listen to so that helped me relax a bit more and I kept telling myself that I could do it 😃
  • RuhRuh Posts: 41 Boards Initiate
    Well done for making it through :)
  • MikeMike 🎧 LandaanPosts: 3,608 Community Manager
    Nice one @Phoebsflowers! Glad it went okay and good on you for going, even though it felt scary.

    We used to have someone working at The Mix who was (probably) the most MRI'd person in the country. He'd done loads for research. They're usually smooth sailing once you're there. :)
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  • _Tech_Addict_Girl_Tech_Addict_Girl Posts: 1,165 Wise Owl
    @Phoebsflowers Hey I hope it went well❤️
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