I had my first MRI today. I came online to search to see if how I felt afterwards was normal?!! I have never had one before and did not know what to expect.
I felt fine before the MRI and had ear phones on to protect my ears from the noise during...
I felt completely fine at first but about half way through the session I felt weird, very numb with pressure or almost a pulling sensation in my head and chest. It was not overly uncomfortable but more of an odd sensation!! when the MRI was done and I got up I felt very dizzy and out of sorts. The nurse had me sit down for a bit, after a few min. I began to feel a little better but the dizziness did not go away completely.
when I got home I felt weird
( I joked that I felt like someone had been inside my head, like my head had been violated...that this must be what it feels like to be probed by aliens!!) haha just kidding!!
About a half hour to an hour after I got home I developed a bad head ache and nausea! I took some migraine medication for the head ache but I still feel sick, woozy and out of sorts.
it has been over 8 hours since I had my MRI and so far I still do not feel great .. not sure why I feel this way!
I had written a comment last night about having side effects after my first MRI that afternoon ... "feeling odd and out of sorts, being dizzy, having a head ache and nausea!!!! "
I have to argue with anyone who says there are NO side effects from MRI's !!!! ( the commonality on this site alone proves that it has some sort of effect ,with a few exceptions of course... ahh like magnetism lmao) righttttt... I am not buying that one! lol
Anyhow there was no other reason for me to feel the way I did!!! I had felt fine before I went in for my brain MRI... I did not have any dye injected and was given proper ear protection! I was not going in for an injury so was no in pain prior either! I found the noise did not bother me and it was not overly loud with the head phones on.... I was not claustrophobic or nervous in the least ( it is no different than being in a tanning booth)... haha besides there is an open end escape route haha lol
Any how I went in to the MRI relaxed...
I do not believe laying still in one position for an hour was why I felt funny either!! Some people have tried to chalk it up to that but If that were the case, i would feel like that any time I went tanning , lay in a sauna , on a massage table or on any other hard surface for a length of time...
I am not buying that explanation!! and even if lets say for arguments sake that were the case ( as I am sure it can be for some patients ) the effects would be momentary and not for prolonged hours or days afterwards!!!
During the MRI I could feel a bit of an odd pulling or pressure on my head and chest but nothing all that uncomfortable , just a strange sensation, kind of a numbness!!! NO major pain!! just an odd sensation...
well ....either way to answer some of the people who ask or question how long the effects last... "for me"....I have to say that I feel "much better" this morning!!! 24 hours later!
last night before I went to bed I had a hot bath, took 2 Tylenol ultra relief for my head ache, drank lots of water as well as some peppermint tea that I put some ginger root and honey in! ( helps with nausea!!) and after a good longgg sleep, I FEEL BETTER!! still not 100 % ( I am still a little swimmy in the head) but a major improvement!!! I do not think the MRI caused any serious effects, but believe 100 % that it was the cause for the way I felt directly afterwards!!! why I do not know!!!! wish someone had an actual explanation for me!!??!
So maybe the medical community "says" there are "no documented" side effects or/ perm. effects for MRI's ..OK? but then how do you explain my experience and the many others here, do they not count??!
( I think they are possibly dismissed to soon and undocumented because they are neglecting to pay attention to valid complaints or concerns!!) I can say from experience that I HAD VALID SIDE EFFECTS!!!
They may not have been perm. or life threatening but from my experience there is absolutely no other explanation for them!
I think that from hearing some of the different accounts, even just on this site alone there is a commonality or link, which should be if nothing else acknowledged , taken seriously and looked at further !!