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Side effects after my first MRI "feeling odd and out of sorts, being dizzy, having a head ache and nausea!"

odd feeling after MRI of my brainSubmitted by Anji on Tue, 02/05/2008 - 9:53pm.

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!

commentSubmitted by Anji on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 1:00pm.

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 !!

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 02/11/2008 - 10:31am.

Hi, was doing a search on MRI side effects and found your post.  I just had an MRI on Saturday 02/09/2008 in Knoxville.   It was on my brain as well.  I had it with and without contrast.  I felt fine before my MRI as well.   I have had several MRI's this being about the fourth or fifth.   The tech had problems injecting the Multienhancer (contrast)  said he could find the vein.   He tried several different spots each time he said he could only get about 2 cc to go in.    Then he heated up the contrast thought it might be to thick and was finally able to get it injected.   Immediately after the MRI I had chest pain ,  Head ache and the weird feelings you described.    I thought maybe it was because of heating the contrast or maybe I got to much of it.    I don't know.  This is Monday and I'm so sick I can't hardly stand it.   Waves of nausea, heatache, dizziness, weakness.    Feels worse than a terrible stomach virus or something.   I haven't  thrown up or anything but would probably feel better if I could.    I have thought about going to ER but would most likely be dismissed and out the money for the visit.   I know what you are saying and agree there is side effects.     All my MRI's left me feeling a little strange but this time is 10 times worse.    Don't know what to do about it.  I hope I get to feeling better soon.

Submitted by Microwaved Soldier (not verified) on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 11:36am.

 I had two MRIs in a row on the 10th of Febuary 2008. I had to go in on a Sunday because the place I recieved my MRIs is heavily booked due to the fact it is a military base. I have had MRIs before and have felt very little if any effect from them the pulsating and vibration, dull noise ect. This time was different as soon as it got past the intial picture I felt like my face was being pushed out from the inside out. My throat was feeling like there was a pressure on it which I contributed to something going on inside my head. I actually asked the tech to stop because I was getting freaked out he came back in the room and said that unless I felt pain it was fine. He exited to continue the scan. My first scan was of my spine and I could feel the places they were scanning. I don't know if it's because I've gained weight and ther was more interference than the last one or what but it felt like someone was laying a rope on me and then draging it toward my feet, again and again. That scan was over and they brought me out to reposition me for the next scan , My knee. When they started my knee it felt fine and as they progressed I could again feel the sensation within my leg being scanned. All ot the suden the are of my knee wher it had been found a couple of months earlier the was a piece of loose bone, the reason for the MRI, began pulsating moving out and then in again and again I thought for sure this was in my head that I must be tripping out and so I dismissed it as Another mind game. Throughout the whole MRI I was completely still. I relayed my experiences to the doctor and tech who said that I was nort supposed to feel the test. I told them the facial sensations I believed to be because of fillings and that the knee movement I wasn't sure about. I asked if some people are more sensative to these tests or if I was just crazy. Theyy admitted others sometimes report strange sensations but agreed the knee movement was probbally in my head. I went for the results not so great for the back, buldged disk nerve intrution as suspected, and then on to the knee. While they did find the piece or loose matter they said that there where some torn tendons and that there is some cartialage damage. Now the fun part the radiologist or MRI Doc noted that it was hard to read because all the movement, I know I was perfectly still and I guess now I know I am not crazy. Also because of having two in a row I was the pround owner of something called RF burns. Turns out that a microwave and a MRI are not so different. Both use foucused RF waves and penetrate the item at different levels, which the return feed of is how the get a picture, aparently each type of tissue sends off different frequency of waives and by catching them back like radar the see inside, the big thing they put around the scanned are is like an antenna. Anyway felt like crap for a while and had the RF burns{ equivalent to a mild sunburn} for about a day and then it was over. Leaving me with nothing more than my memories

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 8:23am.

I'm happy I found this site. I went in for any MRI yesterday as part of a psychological experiment; I had no injury going in. I felt the same exact way after the scan. I was in there for an hour. I went in after work. I felt normal. After the scan I was terribly dizzy. The technician told me to sit down for a couple minutes. I did and I felt slightly better. I thought it was a headache from laying down for too long and then immediately standing up. Having experienced those before, I figured this would pass. It didn't. I grabbed dinner and then went home. Before bed I was watching TV. The feeling diminished slightly. I went to bed and woke up feeling minimally better. I took two advil this morning. It has been about 15 hours since the scan. Hopefully in the next nine hours I'll improve.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 4:33pm.

Hello,,,I have had quite a few MRI's , 2 of my back and one of the brain. All three times, I have felt the "sensations" you all speak of. Considering what an MRI is and what it really is doing to your body makes perfect sense to feel something. The MRI machine itself has more than twice the magnetic field of the earth! It's really powerful and forces hydrogen and electron molecules in your body out of their natural orbit and in alignment with the machine....probably what makes us feel so odd and out of sorts for brief periods. I don't think its anything to worry about.Although, my heart races uncontrollably with anxiety when i'm in the tube, I know that its just the effects of a loud noisy magnet playing iwth my magnetic field!!

We'll be okay guys!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 5:59pm.

Had my first MRI yesterday, a brain scan.  Other than the claustrophobia aspect and noise, I'd never been told of any other possible sensations or effects (in fact, I "knew" it was a totally sensation-less procedure, just like an x-ray is).  Was a bit anxious at first from the confinement aspect, but after the first few short scans I got used to it, totally relaxed, and thought "piece of cake".

Then, during the fourth or fifth scan, a slightly longer one, an extremely unpleasant mental/emotional sensation suddenly came over me.  I couldn't think straight.  I tried to count to ten and could hardly do it; couldn't concentrate.  Felt this awful sense of dread.  My face kept getting hotter and hotter, like I had it six inches from a campfire and very "prickly".  My hair felt like it was full of static.  But the worst was definitely the awful mental sensation, like having someone in your head, as someone put it, or having your brain scrambled.  I held it together just long enough for that scan to be over, then pushed the panic button and had the tech get me out of the tube.

He came in the room saying, "That one freaked you out, eh?"  He said that particular scan commonly makes people feel "weird" and "really heats you up."  He said that that scan was the worst one for those effects, as it used the most energy.  Also said that the particular machine I was in had some monster magnet.

After that, I got the contrast injected, and went in for round two.  The rest were mostly okay, with the exception of one other that, just when it got to the point where I was going to bail out in the middle of the scan, the sensation moved off my face and I felt more normal.

Afterwards, I was quite dizzy and depressed for a couple hours.  Went to bed early last night, slept well, and feel fine today.

My two cent's worth....

Submitted by Nicole (not verified) on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 2:08am.

Hi, was doing a search on MRI side effect  and read all your comments.  Im wondering about the difference between MRI for health check-up and a mind reading machine that the government use for monitoring human brain. Some says that the mind reading machine is similar to MRI also..Do you know that the mind reading machine really does exist?  We have a neighbor here in Jakarta Indonesia and their house is being monitored by the government. There is a mounted machine on the next neighbors wall to read the mind. The side effect of this mind reading machine I think is even worsed than the ussual MRI that people use for check-up.  I heard that the machine on this neighbor works non-stop. Do you think other neighbors could be affected? Where do you think we can report  this? Because this machine could be hazardous to human health..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 12:59pm.

so glad i found this site!  i am having definite side effects.  just had my first MRI this morning, and have been feeling out of it and nauseous all day.  i felt fine this morning and during the test itself.  i felt the worse immediately after and almost passed out when i stood up.  i haven't gotten much better in the 6 hours since and have been on the couch.  hopefully by the tomorrow morning i will feel better as most of you have indicated.  thank you for the reassurance!  hopefully i never have to go through this again though. 

Submitted by san (not verified) on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 11:24am.

I had an mri this morning on my brain, I didnt like it at all, when it was finished I could hardly get off the bed, I felt so dizzy,shakeing and feeling sick.  That was 8 hours ago and I still feel very ill. Hope to feel better tomorrow. Nobody in the hospital told me I would feel so ill.

Submitted by san (not verified) on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 7:01am.

Had the mri yesterday morning, couldnt sleep hardly at all last night, still feel extremely sick but abit less weird.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 12:13pm.

I am interested in all the reports of sensations experienced with an mri. I just had my first one a few days ago on my brain. I had been having lots of crazy-sounding symptoms so they were looking for a pituitary tumor.  I felt fine throughout... they didn't do the enhanced version... it only took about 10 minutes. But most of my symptoms went away for a few days and are now slowly coming back. I actually felt better than I have in quite awhile. Any ideas?

I don't want to mention it to my doc, because it took so long for her to take my symptoms seriously in the first place.

Submitted by Dillyboy on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 7:36pm.

I just finished my first head MRI and it was not an enjoyable experience.  It was loud, claustrophobic and worst of all, it felt like it was making my left eye and temple pull towards the machine and throb while I was in the tube.  When I got up from the table, I was light headed and had slightly blurred vision.  I was wobbly on my feet and found it difficult to walk out of the hospital.  It has been several hours now and my head is pounding with a headache that is centered around my forehead and both eyes and I am now experiencing nausea.  I guess that it effects everyone differently but it certainly was not a pleasant experience for me.

Submitted by wowmama (not verified) on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 9:13am.

Relieving to have found this site: happy 35th birthday to me: had my first brain MRI just two hours ago and all of you have me beat. I got to the second segment and couldn't stand the horrid pulling sensation inside my head - it went from the right side and slowly moved to the left with increased force. Absolutely not happening again. I have had children with no meds during birth, lived with FMS for years, I can handle pain and anxiety. The tech that said I was just experiencing panic can get off la la land and listen to patients. I thought I was nuts when I left there and my husband did too until I found you all. Thank you. This has really helped me to feel a bit normal today. (what's that like?) I only had two sets done, but have been dizzy and nauseated with a headache since I returned home.

I would greatly live with my symptoms and never know what's wrong then to go through that again. A spinal tap is sounding really enticing right about now.

Submitted by Anji. (not verified) on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 2:27pm.

I am so glad people found my first post and have shared their stories!

 I hope that these posts help people in some way and enables them to find the answers they are looking for!...

thank you all and I hope it continues!


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 6:28pm.

OMG- I have had several mri's in the past but this is the first i've had on my lumbar region. I felt like my insides were being tugged in every direction ( bowels, ovaries, etc.) & was so hot that I thought the machine was overheating. My heart was racing & I was having palpitations like crazy. I was very dizzy upon completion of the procedure. I don't know whether the machine was more powerful than I'm used to or the fact that I've only had my upper body mri'd(shld, neck, head). I know the next time (if I'm so unlucky to need another) I will request the older machines that I'm used to or I may not be able to do it being that I'll anticipate the same effects that I experienced this time. Thanks to all of you who posted your comments, it helps to know other people have had the same  weird effects w/their mri's..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 6:15pm.

I had MRI of lower back about 6 hours ago. After a few scans I started feeling very ODD and somewhat nauseated. Afterwards driving home my vision was slightly blurred and I felt dizzy. Now I am feeling very dizzy and nauseated. Here I am trying to find out if this is a 'normal' side effect. This was not my first MRI but it is the first time I have had any side effects.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 11:59am.

I posted yesterday - I woke up feeling OK today. Other details: I am 62 yr old female in good health and I did not have the dye injection.

Submitted by Mark Owens (not verified) on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 2:26pm.

I just got back from my second mri. on the lumbar region. I checked the time when i went in and thought it could have been 1/2 hour at the most. When i got out over two hours had passed!!!!

Also felt dizzy, major headach, irritabbilty, nasuea and still feel like crap.

thanks all


Submitted by Dean (not verified) on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 11:17pm.

I believe I am feeling some side effects from my first Brain MRI which I received last night. I have been feeling dizzy for a few months now and the doctors can't come up with any answers for me after several blood tests and eye exams. So they decided to give me a brain MRI ,without dye ,to see if they could see anything weird there. Like some others on this site, I felt a little strange while the test was going on. I started sweating and I felt a little heat in my head. I too was a little dizzy when the test was done. I will have to wait a few days for my results. Anyway, when I woke up this morning, I had a pretty bad headache between my eye brows. As the day went on, I was able to lose the headache with some Ibuprofen. However, I had diarrhea all day and now the area where I had my headache is swelling up.I am also having a twitching feeling under my eyebrows. Starting to get a little scared here. It has been 28 hours now...

Submitted by Sherilee (not verified) on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 10:10am.

Last Friday, and yesterday (the following Tues.)   I had fMRI's done as part of a study on Chronic Pain.

After both I experienced severe nausea and moderate dizziness.  Am reassured to read that others have experienced these side effects.

This study is to retrain my brain to handle my chronic pain.  It's different from just lying in the MRI.  You have to do brain excercises, and they are exhausting.

Does anyone know if the symptoms will continue, or will they go away.  I'm scheduled for 9 more scans on a weekly basis.  If I will continue to have these symptoms, I don't want to do the study.

Any input?  Thanks, Sherilee 

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Submitted by Tracy (not verified) on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 6:54pm.

I had 2 MRI's within a 10 day period.   Immediately following my second one, I experienced 10-12  days of extreme nausea, malaise, extreme fatigue, to go along with the rest of my fibromyalgia.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 6:09pm.

Pain, disorientation, loss of sensation, severe headache, severe nausea, unable to feel energies, no sense of balance...had my first MRI today at 4 PM due to a motor vehicle accident 6 weeks ago with unresolved "whiplash." Felt none of these intense sensations prior to the MRI. Fell asleep during the 30 min. MRI, then felt dizzy and disoriented immediately afterwards. Came home, then got hit with severe symptoms described above at 8 PM. Thanks for the posts here. I have taken Aleve, water, ginger, and will go to sleep and hope to feel better in the morning. I am glad to hear I am not crazy, and others have had similar symptoms. I have no idea why the medical community has no warnings or acknowledgment of these side effects, except that they are in complete denial, afraid of saying anything for fear of losing tests that will make them money. They are afraid of being sued.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 10:18pm.

I had a brain MRI last night.  When I was being sent into the machine I felt like I was spinning, which subsided.  After that I just layed there while the machine made all the loud noises.  After about 20 minutes I was pulled out and the technician injected me with the dye.  I asked if I could sit up because I was feeling dizzy, but he said I had to stay in that position.  He injected the dye and I went back into the machine for another 5 minutes.  Again I felt the sensation that everything was spinning.  After I was done he helped me sit up, I felt very dizzy and the technician walked me back to the waiting area where my husband was waiting.  I sat for a few minutes until we drove home.  When I got home I had to lay down for the evening because I felt a little sick to my stomache and my head was hurting.  I also thought it was me only that had these symptoms, now I see after reading here that others are experiencing the same symptoms. 

Submitted by Heather (not verified) on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 1:30pm.

Yesterday I underwent a research  fMRI of the brain and experienced a great deal of discomfort.  Mostly centered around my head.  Symptoms- headache, ear ache, difficulty forming thoughts and sentences for about 3 hours afterwards, feeling of disorientation, and general feeling that something was not quite right.  I also felt major vibrating and pulling sensation  in certain parts of my body (wrist, hips) that were not directly exposed to the magnet.  Even today 24 hours later still feel a bit "off", headache is gone at least.  Strange unsettling feelings- would not undergo again.

Submitted by Aimee B. (not verified) on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 9:06am.

I had my first MRI yesterday. It was on my ankle. I didn't have such extreme side effects, but my foot and leg seemed to have a lot of involuntary spasms. It felt really weird and I had to concentrate EXTRA hard to try to keep it still. Fortunately, she was able to get all the picss she needed. But it almost felt like my foot/leg were being pulled by some force. I wasn't nervous or uncomfortable either and wonder if perhaps the strength of the  magnets can have a negative effect on some people.

Submitted by Elmer Coney (not verified) on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 11:49am.

Well I was searching for after effects of MRI/MRA's. I did fell some numbness like effects while in the scanner, but I also dropped off to sleep or nap periodically and had the strangest dreams. I had 2 MRA's of the brain and one MRI of my spine, all back to back. I was in there from 5:15 to about 7:00. Today I feel totally drained, which I felt last night after coming home from all this. I did sleep really deep and did not wake up all night, which is strange for me since I generally wake up a few times each night. But frankly, my butt is dragging today. I try to do anything and I sweat. I thought the MRI and MRAs were a piece of cake, having worked in tight quarters over my life time. so, yes I too feel there are side effects. Even now it is just early afternoon and I am ready to head to bed. Just no energy. Mag currents do effect the body.

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Submitted by MaiyaS (not verified) on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 6:11am.

I had my 1st MRI yesterday as well.  It was an "open air MRI" but I still had many of the same effects. I broke  a sweat during the procedure, I felt like my insides were spasming and I swear it felt like the fluids in my body were vibrating which had an extreme nauseating effect. I too had to stop the procedure because it all became too overwhelming. After taking a "breather" for a few I continued with the test reluctantly. I felt "odd" the rest of the day. But decided I would "sleep" it off, however when I laid down I felt like I was "vibrating" or shaking from the inside out. I had jerky muscle spasms for a while and was almost afraid to get still because when I did I would start internally "shaking" again. After sitting up in bed for hours I finally became so exhausted I dozed off around 3am and awoke at 6am. I still feel very "odd" but with slight improvement from yesterday. I was glad to find this post and definitely believe that a study needs to be conducted on this.  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 8:29am.

I am glad I found this website!  I have just been for an MRI Scan, my second in 4 days.  I feel really ill, I cant reach behind my chair to the fileing cabinet it makes me feel dizzy, i feel nausous and a bit light headed, almost like i have been sedated!

 Thsi happend last time i went to.  I thought maybe it was a side affect of the contrast solution as i had to have an injection, however my symptoms sound more like what you have been describing then that of the injections.

 Is there anywhere you can report side affects such as this, it is obviously quite common?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 7:05am.

I had my first MRI yesturday.. First they did my neck and then my head. I didn't have any dye injected. I was pretty calm going in to the tube.. just like a tanning bed and the head phones were great! I was realaxed though the whole neck scan then the bed was moved and my head scan started. I was fine for the first few then I couldnt hear the music and the noise was starting to drive me crazy.. when the lab tech spoke to me through the head phones i couldnt understand her and i felt extremely dizzy but i told her i was fine just to get it over with. When it was finally over i was extremely dizzy and wobbled when i walked. She asked if I needed to sit.. but I just wanted to sit in my car and get out of there.. I was even having memory problems, like what I was suspossed to do when I left, I was miserable the whole rest of the day, irritable, nausous, lightheaded.. I went to bed early and today I feel fine..

I described it to my boyfriend as my "brain fluid" being waved which made my brain move around.. like a million tiny concussions.. I hope I never have one of those again!

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Submitted by allnatural (not verified) on Sun, 08/10/2008 - 9:37am.

After hearing all of this,  it confirms to me I will not take an MRI form my aged knee problems. I found out the doctor gets 500 dollars of the 1600 collected on my insurance. Instead I will get good fitting shoes, excerise, eat the right foods and go to the health food store. And oh yes! I will pray for healing. I have little faith in this corrupted system anymore

Submitted by stiv (not verified) on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 7:04pm.

I had one yesterday for my shoulder, was in for about 45 minutes, Once it was finished i felt like i just drank lots of whiskey, i didn't feel sick but felt really tired, dizzy and confused, i felt fine the next day, but its obvious that lying still for so long in a small noisy area will be uncomfortable and stress you out which will make you fell a bit weird and off!

I dont think its anything to worry about!

Submitted by petal (not verified) on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 3:16pm.

I am due for my second scan within the next few weeks and Im so wound up over it. I have fibromyalgia as well as psoriatic arthritis, the pain during the scan and just after was unbearable. It felt like my bones were being pulled out of my body. That sounds over the top I know but THAT is the only way I can describe it. I was scoffed at today off my specialist when I mentioned this. Im so glad Ive found this thread and thank the many people who have posted there experiences as well as the author. Guess we aren't alone in this.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 10:08am.

I had a similar experience just yesterday.  Went in for a breast MRI, never have had an MRI, but was not nervous and was quite comfortable for the first 10 minutes or so.  Then my body started heating up quite a bit and I tried to alert the nurse, but she could not hear me thru the headphones.  I could hear her, but evidently it was not operating properly.  So I just rode it out but became increasingly uncomfortable.  When it was over, I was dripping sweat.  I happened to mention to the nurse that I could feel it more on my left side than on my right, which I was curious about, because my left side is the concerned area.  She asked me what did I mean that I could feel it..  I did not quite know how to explain it, but it was rather like a pulsating that I felt..  She said that is unheard of, that I must be terribly sensitive.  I do have some strange body chemistry so I was not surprised that if something strange would happen, it would happen to me.  Anyway, I left there feeling very overheated, nauseated and dizzy.  I should not have been driving.  I was planning on going back to work, but never made it.  I was in bed the rest of the day, feeling quite ill.  This morning I am 75% better, but have no doubt my reaction was from the MRI.

Submitted by KC (not verified) on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 11:02am.

I had an MRI on my shoulder in January of 2008. (Dye was injected.)

Within a week I had a cold.   Following that I had another cold...then....flu, cold, cold, cold, flu, cold cold.   (The last two colds were significantly less than the previous ones.)  I am back to normal now, but I was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience?


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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 9:09am.

I am so glad to know I'm not crazy!  I had an MRI on my knee yesterday, my second (neither included the injection).  My first was 14 years ago on the same knee and I had no pain or problems.  This time I felt vibrations and pulling in my knee throughout, but the second to last test (the really long one) actually started to hurt.  I could feel the test being done more on the left side of my knee, then towards the end it moved to the right.  The pain was horrible, like somone was pulling all of my veins out through my knee cap and shaking it the whole time.  By the time it was done I had tears rolling down my face that I was afraid to wipe because I was supposed to stay still.  She asked what was wrong (assuming it was the enclosure that upset me).  I told her I was fine, just in a whole lot of pain.  At least the nurse was nice enough after the MRI to tell me 'that happens sometimes'.  The entire night it felt like little bugs with little daggers were running around inside my knee.  The pain subsided a little this morning, but the knee is still twitching from the MRI pretty badly.  It amazes me that they aren't required to give some sort of warning about possible pain and discomfort afterwards. 

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 7:57am.

Went searching for others because just had mri with and without contrast 3 hours ago- felt slight dizziness upon leaving- verbalized to technician-

upon arriving at work, I now feel nauseous, tired, and that "flu" kind of feeling.


if they would have said there were after effects I would not have come to work

Submitted by Dizzy (not verified) on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 6:58pm.

I had an MRI on my neck a week ago and one on my brain this morning. I was going because of neck pain, dizziness and headaches. They were checking for inflamation or inner ear problems today.

 Well, everything I went in for got worse. I am able to close my eyes and not get claustophobic when I have a MRI. I did let the tech put a cloth over my eyes today, and I am glad I did not see the mask thing that had been attached. I get nervous when it starts, but am emotionally fine. But the noise and throbbing motion is awful when you already have that kind of a headache. I am sensitive to noise, so I thought it was just me. Thanks for everyone's posting.

 I was hoping to go back to work today, but never made it. I had to rest or be in bed all afternoon. I already had dizziness so you can just imagine...

On a positive note to those who are having brain scans- I will say that the EEG that I had yesterday was a very relaxing and great experience. Except for the strobe light at the end, it was completely painless and I actually enjoyed having to relax and listen to music- being told to try to take a nap was nice.

Submitted by jqs (not verified) on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 12:25am.

I've had a few MRI's before ... but today's was different and I went looking for answers. I was having a scan of my neck but my lower stomach / intestines and on the sides started to twitch very rapidly. The weird part is that the feeling was all the way across my body but only an inch or two up/down. This happened with the very first scan which was only for 40 seconds... never had to stop an MRI before, but I had to stop this one.

 I found this post which seems to have an explanation... MRI's can induce peripheral nerve activation..... 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 11:24pm.

 I can't remember my first MRI, I was pretty out of it after a migraine/seizure episode. My second was on my knee, it made some of my muscles twitch.


 I could feel something in them building (I fought back trying to hold them still by relaxing them or anything I could think of) but they would still occasionally twitch. Techs kept getting after me for moving. Argh!


 Recently had one of my head with the dye towards the end. Occasionally I could feel where it was scanning (kind of tingly) and sometimes it made my body feel staticy ( you know where your hair feels like it's standing on end and you're expecting to get a small shock soon?) a couple of my muscles twitched again, but that was more or less it. Also on this one the silver/copper ring on my finger buzzed a bit. But everything else was kind of buzzy so I thought that might be more related to regular sound waves/ vibrations than magnet stuff. 


 I did feel dizzy when I got up and took a second to collect myself. I've been very very tired lately so I was falling asleep a bit while being scanned and figured it was from trying to wake up so sudenly. ;)


  Hey, anyone think feeling the scan has something to do with magnet reactive natural metals in your body? Or even possibly contaminents in small quanitites? Just a thought... 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 11:43pm.

 Yes, my entire family had something like that. But we didn't have MRIs. It seems to me that lately ( in the last 2yrs) the viruses going around are worse and you are infected much more easily.



 And to reply to another post. I think the reason why they don't "tell us about possible pain/side effects" is that it's not screwing up the test, and that if patients knew about it plenty of them wouldn't want to get an MRI..but MRIs are so useful that they don't want to throw that into the picture to deal with. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 7:40pm.

MRI's are very bad.  One might as well crawl inside a microwave.  MRI's work exactly like a microwave, just on a lower frequency.  The doctors love them because they do provide a detailed image of the body in any plane.  It is especially useful in brain scans, and the only time I would ever condone an MRI is if one has a tumor or is trying to locate a tumor.  "As a result of the very high strength of the magnetic field needed to produce scans (frequently up to 60,000 times the earth's own magnetic field effects)" (Wikipedia, 2008).  Something this powerful is going to be evasive on a human body.  People need to not be so trusting of doctors.  When it comes to ones health, it is hard for me to believe that people will do almost anything a doctor recommends.  One has to realize that a big part of this business of scanning, chemotherapy and medicating is a huge money making business.  It is getting harder and harder to find doctors who really care about the individual.  My brother recently had a MRI, about 3 months ago.  He is still having horrible side effects.  While he was in the scanner, he felt much of what I have read in these postings.  Since his MRI he has felt pain inside which has moved in various spots of his body.  Now he is experiencing hardening of muscle and skin, and his left arm is swelling.  Doctors do not want to hear that these are symptoms from the MRI.  So he has stopped saying much about it.  But he was perfectly healthy before the MRI.  The MRI was done at the promptings of his doctor, because of a small accident which took place two years ago.  He was fine and had recovered from the accident.  The symptoms he now is experiencing has nothing to do with the symptoms he had from the accident.  How does one get the medical profession to fess up to the fact that MRI's have substantially serious side effects?

I also want to mention that the nurse's put him in the scanner with metal objects in his pockets and they did not make him put a robe on.  He was put in the scanner with all his clothes on including his boots which had steel toes.  He said it felt like the metal objects in his pant pockets were sinking into his skin and body.  I think the metal enacted with the magnetic resonance imaging and contaminated his body with metal poisoning. 

People need to understand that MRI's work highly off of radio wave transmitters.  "Radio-waves induce currents in metallic structures and may cause sparking if there is a gap in the structure. The power dissipated in the spark may be sufficient to ignite a flammable atmosphere if the radio wave is strong enough" (Knight, Mar.2,1993)  These radio wave transmitter are positioned on different parts of the body durning an MRI.  To learn more about radio waves here is an Internet site you can go to. 

Submitted by Tracey (not verified) on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 10:49am.

I am glad I found this site.  I am having extreme side effects after my MRI last night.  During the MRI  I had a feeling of pulling in my head and dizziness, diorientation directly after.  I could not think clearly and was glad to have mty husband to drive me .Today I am drained, headache, disoriented and feeling nauseated, I can not function properly.  I called the hospital to ask if this was normal and basically was laughed at and told there were no side effects to an MRI.

Submitted by dulcinea (not verified) on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 8:47am.

Had a breast MRI  the other day. LOST a lot of my hearing, the noise was extreme. I have had 6-8 MRI's in my  life, this was the Worst> watch OUT.

Submitted by Chelle (not verified) on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 8:10am.

Thank God for this post!  I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only person that felt this way.  I felt all of the symptoms described.  They really should tell you the possible side effects of these tests.  Had I known what I know now from reading all of these comments, I would not have had this done!  Hopefully the side effects I am experiencing will go away.  Thank you for this site and that original post!  Very helpful!

Submitted by LEANN (not verified) on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 10:32am.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 6:27pm.

Do you still have the twitching?  I am experiencing twitching also under my eye,  my hand, and arms at times.  Thanks.

Submitted by HACK (not verified) on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 6:13pm.

Holy crap, I got my MRI this morning at 9 am.  Just 10 minutes ago 8 PM,  for no reason, no alcohol, perscriptions, THE WHOLE ROOM STARTED SPINNING.  IT lasted for about 4 minutes, and I mean this was SEVERE.  If this happened while i was driving i would have definately crashed my car.  It slowly stopped, then for the next few minutes my standing lamp kept bending to the right a little.  What the hell.  I think I am ok now, but seriously the need to warn people of this.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 9:42pm.

and have had about ten of them.  I have them on my brain and spine with and without contrast.  This last time was the first time I have had any side effects.  During the MRI everytime the machine turned on my whole body cramped up.  It seemed as every muscle went into a flex state at the same time.  By the time the MRI was done my body was exhausted and it took everything I had not to cry.  They had to redo a couple of scans over and the tops of my shoulder were sore because my cramped muscles pushed me up against the head rest.  I mentioned this to my technician, neurologist and physical therapist and they act like I am imagining it.  I was not apprehensive at all going in as I have had several in the past and have always just slept through them with no side effects.

Submitted by Cathy (not verified) on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 6:33am.

Heather --

I was especially interested in your VIBRATING feeling inside during your MRI.  I too experienced ear aches, pulling within my body, bubbling as you described as vibrating, and extensive to the point I was bright RED when they pulled me out....

NO MORE MRI's for me...and I have a brain tumor I should be watching.

I also have benign lipoma tumors that I feel is contributing to this sensation during my MRI's...

My doctor's look at me like I'm crazy when I say I can't get an MRI ---they strike it up to PANIC --Panic my foot --I would like to see some of them expose themselves to a test that has them experience what we ALL ARE AS NOTED HERE....

Submitted by Mike Clarke (not verified) on Sat, 11/01/2008 - 6:05am.

I'm a 48yr old male in the UK.  I've just had (about 2hrs ago) my first MRI scan (on my head to investigate a numb sensation along the side of my face).  I find myself reading these comments because, like others, I was "aware" of the scan as it was happening.  Not all the time, but certainly some of it.  Kind of like someone walking up and down my face with gentle fingertips - I could tell which way the scanner was travelling along my head.  I also had some sensations similar to those machines that fire electric shocks to tense the muscles.  What else.... definitely felt a pulling sensation in my eyes - not nice!

After the scan, I was surprised to find that I had blurred vision.  I mentioned it to the staff and was told it was probably due to the prolonged lying down.  Not buying that one.  Looking at the sky, there were two of all the aeroplanes I could see and my general sight was like it was before I had laser surgery 5yrs ago.

Fortunately, 2hrs on and my sight has settled down again.  Other than a slight metallic tang in (in, not on) my tongue, I seem to be back to normal.  Thought I'd post this to add to the anecdotes though.

By the way, I'm not given to panic attacks or exaggeration (former military & police).  I know what I experienced and believe what other people say they experienced.


Submitted by Mike123 (not verified) on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 9:40am.

I accidentally came across this page. I've been a MRI Technologist for 12yrs and have personally had numerous MR exams myself. Speaking from both sides of the fence, I think most, if not all, of these comments are a bit exaggerated.

If you don't believe me, try this simple test: Lay on your floor very still for at least 40 min(average time for a MRI) then stand up. You will experience the same blurred, dizzy and nauseous feeling.  Now, as for the sensation felt, this is due to high powered MR gradients within the bore, which cause the noise and vibration in the bore. I wish I had a nickle for every patient that told me; I didn't realize how hard it was to hold still or the moment you told me not to move I had an itch

The mind can simply play tricks on you especially in a stressful environment and not really understanding what taking place. Your anxiety level is high, your inside a somewhat enclosed environment and there is continuous knocking and banging noise surrounding you, not to mention you may be agonizing about the potential outcome and what it would mean for yourself and your family.  

Putting all that aside, trust me when I say this, we can do amazing things with technology and there are many who literally owe their lives to it.

#52: mri
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 8:07am.

i had my first and last mri scan (brain and spine) today ..feeling dizzy and sick all day..but the horrible thing was that i didnt take anyone with me and i got stuck in the hospitals loo for about 30 minutes, i just couldnt muster up the energy to move and felt really ill. i am now safely on the sofa ...still thanks to the hospital! they could of warned me!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 9:13pm.

I am fascinated to find this site.  I will add my own story here for others to corroborate and I am really glad to learn that I am not the only one with unusual sensations during the study!

As of this writing I have now had 4 MRIs, the first one perhaps 20 years ago when I was having headaches, the second one in early July 2008, the next one a week later (this time also with gadolinium contrast) and the most recent one yesterday.

I practically forgot about the first MRI I had years ago.  It was normal and I suspect the magnet was not nearly as strong as they make them now.  Since it was simply a brain scan, really I was not that far into the machine and no contrast was used (as much as I can remember).  I am not claustrophobic and was not nervous.  All I can now recall of it is that the machine made some loud sounds and it was a little warm in there but really it was not much bigger a deal than getting an xray and I never gave it a second thought. 

The reason for the MRIs this summer was related to 2 years of nighttime pain in my thoracic spine.  The first MRI this July was done as a screening to see if I might have a herniated disk or any other kind of impingement that could have been the cause of my symptoms.  The study focused only on my thoracic spine and was done without gadolinium - I had no adverse response in any way and remarked to the radiographer that I now recalled how it was like listening to techno-pop in there but it was not nearly as warm in the machine than I remembered.  Shortly after the study was done, I was called by my orthopedic surgeon who had spoken to the radiologist.  They found something, all right, but it was no herniated disk.  Rather, it was a spinal canal tumor!  Intradural, extramedullary, smooth-bordered and with a benign appearance radiographically.  That ended my management by my orthopedic surgeon and I was turned over instead to a neurosurgeon who ordered a repeat MRI of my thoracic spine, this time with gadolinium and under one of the most advanced magnets in my city.

It was at this MRI a week later that I had my first symptoms during the study.  Let me interject here that I am a physician (an internist) and send my patients for MRI scans very frequently, and never once have I ever had a patient of mine describe any side effects whatsoever apart from having a claustrophobic reaction, or at least a fear of it.  So when I had unmistakable symptoms during the latter study, it was news to me and I had no clue that it was even possible.  The symptoms specifically were that I had what I now know to be peripheral nerve activation:  the study was on my thorax but during certain of the sequences I suddenly felt a jabbing pulsation above my left eyebrow as if somebody were jamming their finger hard into my forehead.  The pulsation seemed to be timed to some pulse of the magnet.  It did not really hurt but it startled the heck out of me at first, and at first I thought it was positional - like I had been slid into the machine at the wrong distance and lucky for me it was not aimed at my left eye!  But as the study continued, I realized that it was not at all positional, for the pulsation did not move.  Nor did it happen with every sequence.  I was in the machine for about 45 minutes and it did not seem to matter whether I had been given the gadolinium injection or not.  It did seem that when the machine noise was a low-pitched rumble, like the polishing instrument at the dentist, I did not have this sensation.  But when the machine noise was a much higher-pitched Shriek Shriek Shriek reminiscent of an ear-piercing European police siren is when the forehead throbbing pulsation began.  It stopped the instant the magnetic sequence was concluded.

As disturbing, maybe even more so, was that both my upper arms, and especially hands, went essentially completely numb during the exam.  Because I knew the best job I could do was to lie stock still to be sure there was no motion degradation of the image of the spinal tumor, I was not even willing to try to wiggle my fingers.  But it became practically unbearable over the duration of the study.  I thought it was simply due to having to stay so still but this did not happen to my legs at all, just to my arms and really to my hands.  Mentioning this to my neurosurgeon, he wondered if I might have had some cervical spine impingement but my c-spine was not imaged at this time because the study was designed to follow up the tumor in my spinal canal.

The tumor was excised successfully in early August 2008 and it was a benign schwannoma.  I will see the neurosurgeon in followup in early December but he arranged for me to get the post-op followup MRI beforehand.  So I went again just yesterday.  Because one of the risk factors for a schwannoma is Neurofibromatosis type II (no family history but it is a pretty unusal thing to develop even though as a 52-year-old woman I am in the right demographic for the rare those of us who develop benign spinal tumors - meningiomas or schwannomas - my neurosurgeon agreed that we ought to go ahead and image not just the thoracic spine but my entire axial spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar) as well as my brain to be sure no other schwannomas or acoustic neuromas could be lurking about.  So the repeat study yesterday was an even longer MRI exam than the one I had with gadolinium under the powerful magnet the second week of July.

This study was in fact done under that same magnet, also with gadolinium and with the exact same radiography tech as before.  She had told me that sometimes peripheral nerve activation does happen but thought that now that the schwannoma had been taken out of my spine, perhaps it would not recur.  She also did not believe that my bilateral upper extremity numbness should recur, either.

Wrong on both counts!  At least this time I was ready.  As before, the thrum above my left eyebrow occurred only with the highest energy sequence and did seem to happen only during the thoracic spine imaging.  The order in which the study was completed is that the scans were first done without any gadolinium and my brain was done first, then my cervical spine, then my thoracic spine (when the pulsations began again), then my lumbar spine.  Then I was slid out of the machine to receive gadolinium and the study was re-run, this time in reverse order:  lumbar, thoracic (agan with the pulsations and only then), cervical and brain.

What bothered me far, far more this time is that the bilateral upper extremity numbness became nearly unbearable and this time I was having to twitch my fingers even during some of the magnetic sequences because it actually began to hurt as if a 300 pound gorilla had been sitting on my hands and the pins-and-needles numbness was significantly more pronounced than during the shorter July exam when I felt it even then.  This time I wa in the machine for a total of 2 hours.  The tech did give me some breaks in between sequences to try to shake my hands out and move my elbows carefully, but I was cautioned against moving my shoulders to prevent misalignment of my spine that could make there be anatomic jumps in the study and obscure interpretation.   Because the study was longer, I had more of a chance to observe the effects of being in the machine and am now absolutely convinced that the powerful magnetic sequences were impacting the flow of blood in some way to my upper limbs.  The moment the sequence was switched off, the numbness went almost instantly away.

So peripheral nerve activation is apparently a known phenomenon, but has anybody else experienced similar numbness and parasthesias (pins-and-needles) as I did during the MRI?  I don't yet know the results of it but will be very curious to know if my poor compressed thoracic spinal cord has expanded at all since the surgery (the nighttime pain was absolutely gone from the first night).  I am truly curious to know what is the anatomic explanation for such profound numbness.  I am also curious to understand the peripheral nerve activation but it was more an oddity than was the truly uncomfortable numbness of my hands (my arms were down at my sides with hands lying across my stomach - my arms were never over my head).  I am not afraid to repeat an MRI but note that even the alarm squeeze bulb I was supplied with would probably have been of little benefit because my hands were too numb and clumsy to have squeezed it if I'd needed to.

Submitted by Cathy (not verified) on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 7:40pm.

I just had a MRI on Saturday, it was a brand new open machine that you can sit upright in or even stand. I was in there for over 1 and a half hours. When I got out, I felt okay, tired but okay. When I woke up sunday morning it felt like someone stuck a knife in my lower stomach, I was in so much pain I almost went into the ER. I never have pain in my lower stomach, ever. All day I had a bad headache and felt weird. I woke up this morning, Monday, and every bone in my body hurts, even my collar bones. I feel nausiated, headache, grouchy, all my joints hurt and I can barely walk. I feel like I have the flu.

I just wanted to share. I feel like I got hit by a bus.


Submitted by shirley (not verified) on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 10:48am.

I just had my very first MRI this morning.  I had it with and without contrast.  The first part was fine but when they started the contrast I could feel it going thru my veins and pulsating.  When I got up I told that to the tech and she said no one ever felt like that before.

By the time I got home I felt like I was coming down with a cold or flu.  I am shaky and cold and maybe a little nauseated.  Don't think I want to do that again.

Submitted by KaYla (not verified) on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 11:51pm.

                                           Well My name is Kayla. It is about midnight , and I did my MRI at 3:30 pm today. I have RA, Epilepsy,Fibromyalgia, Osteoperosis, yet I am 19. I have had JRA factor positive (polyarticular) since I was 8 yrs old.... I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in November of 2007.

       Due to my Epilepsy my medications have increasingly clashed which has hospitalized me for many days.

                          My Doctors are trying to examine my epilepsy to see if there is anyway to stop it...for the sake of me being sort of independent. I have had about 6 MRI's so far in the past year.     My most recent MRI is meant for my EMU ( dec. 1st 20008 ) they needed it to be on a CD to be given to my specialist in Dallas, TX....

                        ANYWAY TO MRI.....I had to go through 30 minutes of just normal Brain MRI...and then 12 minutes with an Injection......immediately after I became very light headed , but I am used to light headed feelings and just stuck it through .... waited about 30 minutes in the car ride home , and as soon as I came into the house I immediately feel asleep.... All week I have been to a doctor appointment a day : resulting in severe pain and unable to walk without the use of a cane :(........

                                     4 hours later  ... MY dad woke me up... I felt weird in my head like I never felt before ... I figured I should just eat a bit and I'll feel just fine.....I felt sort of an anxiety toward everything ... I had to calm down or I would have a seizure from stress...... my dad came and told me to lay down and I couldn't I just felt like I wanted out ... like I didn't belong ( which I never feel ) I wanted to take off running although I can't even walk ????? headaches , dizziness, heart racing , and breathing strange ??? I can't control these feelings ... And I know for a fact that it was the MRI because my grand-pa (may he Rest in Peace ) felt the exact same way after injection and my mother did 2.....

I never would even be able to imagine how they felt before this ... Now it's like I got on the internet searching for answers ... I am glad that others feel this way....probably not exactly but geeze WHEN WILL IT STOP ?????

Submitted by flutterfly11 on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 7:46am.

I had been having some dizziness so my doctor ordered me to have an MRI of my brain. I went in for my first ever scan yesterday and now Im starting to regret it and am worried the scan did something to my head.  I felt ok during the first half of the scan, it was loud but tolerable but after awhile I felt this terrible pain in the back of my head, it was to the point I was almost in tears. Just as I was about to alert the technician she came in and told me she had to reboot her computer because she wasnt getting clear images, as my bed was moved out of the scanner I could see the clock and realized I had already been in the machine for over 50 minutes at that point I was originally told the whole test would take 30 minutes. I did have a ponytail in so I took it out in case that was the cause of the pain. It just felt like someone was pulling my hair and trying to rip my brain out. After the reboot I was sent back in the machine for more scans and then the iv contrast. The whole procedure ended up taking 1 hour and 20 minutes. Im worried something was wrong with the scanner and that is what caused the pain. Today is the day after and I still have this throbbing, dull ache sensation in the back of my scalp. It feels like someone is either pulling my hair or trying to set it on fire.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 9:36pm.

Had a brain MRI 1.5T done this morning without dye. Had
headphones with pleasant music, felt very relaxed during entire 25
minute procedure, music was just loud enough to not be bothered at all
by the noises, had a mirror in front of me to see the room so
everything was perfect. Absolutely no anxiety and it was over very

About 20 minutes after it was over I felt nauseous, got cold sweats
and a very noticeable tension/pressure/migraine headache. It seemed to
subside briefly to return/intensify in the afternoon and hasn't gone
away as I'm writing this at night. I cannot remember the last time I
had a headache (nevermind never having a migraine in my life) so there
is no way this is a complete coincidence. I've never experienced this
feeling in my life so make your own conclusions. I really hope this
goes away eventually.

Submitted by anon on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 2:11pm.


I had an MRI 3 days ago on my left ankle. I was only in as far as my upper thigh, but felt  "vibrations or sensations" during the scan. Now I am experiencing unusal "side effects."

I have had tingling and/or feelings of pressure in my clitoris since the MRI. Now since I didn't have these feelings before the scan, I have to assume they are some how related.

Some might find this amusing, but I am very serious. I have been searching to see if I could find anyone else that has had this problem, but to no avail.

#60: My MRI
Submitted by memarybee (not verified) on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 11:32am.

I have for that last year taken an anti-depressant  Effexor/XR It really made me not care about anything and it got to the point where I could not wake up. I would sleep hours longer than I should have. This was affecting my job since I did not wake up to get there on time. I told my Doctor I needed to have the med changed. She ran bloods tests before she would take me off the medicine then decided to change my medicine to welbutrin. A few days after my blood test. I was called and told I needed to Have an MRI because I had high levels of prolactin in my blood. A few Days later I had the MRI. I felt different sensations throughout the scans. I had scan with and without injections, anyway since that scan I have become very sensitive to light, sound, vibration, any kind of flickering of light or movement. It is hard to drive, The movement of the car gives me nausea,the movement in my rearview mirror, the sunlight, even my since of smell has increased dramatically all give me nausea to the point of vomiting. I cant use my cell phone, or my laptop at home. I have my computer at work dimmed, and the light in my office dimmed to match.  At first I was even disoreiented (most of my coworkers noticed) I ended up missing 5 days of work. My doctor didn't know what was wrong. All along I thought I was having extreme side effects from the medication and [possibly had the flu at the same time). After reading about other people with some similar symptoms. I am convinced it has been a side effect also from the MRI. It has been 3 weeks now today Nov. 19 2008 and I am getting better at either tolerating the dizziness, nausea, and extreme senstivity to everything. or the side effects of the MRI are finally diminishing. I am still waiting for it all to go away. And by the way I refused to take any more meds. My MRI diagnosis was  Empty sella syndrom. They couldn't find my pituitary gland.

Submitted by Lissa (not verified) on Fri, 11/21/2008 - 9:48am.

I am wondering if the Tesla rating has something to do with the side effect mentioned here? I had an MRI with 1.8T, and yesterday and still today have the dizzinees, nausea, feeling uneasy. I notice some participants on this blog have mentioned that they had MRI's 10 to 15 years ago and did not feel these side effects (machines had lower Tesla  rating). I believe the radiology community should look deeper into this complaints, I know there are a quite a few lawsuits for the use of Gandolinium as contrast media. It will be medically-ethically correct to advice the patient of these side effects, rather than dismissing as a result of being still or laying  for too long- this does not fly when we sleep in the same position at night and individuals don't wake with these symptoms.

Submitted by Ang (not verified) on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 1:12pm.

I also to had a MRI,  and had the same exact side effects.  It was of the brain as well.  Im glad to know I am not crazy.



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 9:37am.

I had my first MRI done on Monday night of this week. They did without contrast, and then with. This was for my brain and neck. I got through the MRI, even though I do get claustrophobic, but I got through it. About half-way through the test, I left like the top of my head was on fire, or was going to burst off cuz there was so much pressure from the inside out and it was so hot. Afterwards, my head was pounding so intensely. I got home okay and went to bed fine, just felt...physically and emotionally drained and with a severe headache. The next morning I woke up feeling neaseous and headachey. As the day progressed, I thought I had the flu, but thought it was weird to develop the flu the day after the MRI. I thought maybe it was a reaction to the dye that they had injected? I still am not sure. On Tuesday I felt like I had the worst flue you can imagine -- I wasn't able to eat for a full 36 hours following the MRI, because I was so neaseous and couldn't keep anything down. Anytime I tried to move, I felt achey and sore all over and my head hurt so badly. I was also very dizzy and light-headed. On Wednesday, I was still very out of sorts. By Wednesday afternoon I was able to eat some foods, but any time I stood up or walked around, I felt a huge knot in my stomache and back, and had severe back pain. It's now Thursday and my stomache feels mostly better, I just still feel very much out of sorts and weak. I feel drained and fatigued. I'm just hoping I don't have to go through any further tests like that. Anything I read prior to having the test done stated that there were no side effects to the MRI. This was a bad experience...I'm glad it's over and hope I feel better.

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Submitted by Palo Alto 59yr old male (not verified) on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 7:23pm.

59 yr old male.  Family history heart disease and brain anuerisms. In a very large clinic locally, MRI on shoulder for rotator cuff summer 2008 in relatively new 3 tesla Philips machine.  During the process, inside of brain on the right side twitched in synchronization with some of the passes of the machine.  Gurgling sensation was felt during this time with occasional "whoosh" feeling/sound in the same area. Disoriented afterwards.  Went to family doctor early next day. Referred to neurologist.  Waited 6 weeks for an appointment.  Extensively checked for stroke and general neurological tests.  (he scurried into another office several times to look stuff up on the computer and consult others and references)  "Never heard of anything like this".

Conclusion:  No action:  "Let us know if you get these symptoms again".  


Called the radiologist/imaging MD. Of course, no answer.  Is there any research group out there interested in this?



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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/25/2008 - 8:16pm.

Wow! Just had an MRI on the 24th of Dec. (yesterday) Went in because I have some lower back pain and some issues with a sciatica nerve. I was completely fine before I entered the MRI. I was a little shocked at how confined it was...but I knew I had to do it to get better. During the scan I felt the hot sensation. It was so bad that it felt like my hands and parts of my body were on fire. I asked the tech if that was normal and he said yes some people do feel that. I also felt the scan as it happened and when it shut off I knew exactly when it was finished. I felt nauseous when I left. The feeling grew and grew until I got home. When I got home I puked several times severely. Then I felt like I had a really bad sun burn and got the chills for the rest of the night. Then as the night grew on I felt better and woke up with a head ache but filling better. No side effects is a bunch of baloney! I really wonder what long term effects I'm going to suffer. Makes me want to find out all I can about MRI scans! I dont think I would ever do one again unless I really had too.  

Submitted by jenin on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 8:29pm.

I am scheduled for a brain and cervical spine MRI tomorrow, my first. I have asked not to have contrast dye. I do have symptoms that I am concerned about but I have been putting this MRI off for months because I'm afraid frankly. I don't react well to strong EMF fields and I've been chronically ill for years (though I have improved dramatically this year).

 I wonder if you've found any additional info on MRI safety since your test, and wanted to see how you're feeling now (long-term effects).

 Thanks for any help you can provide. 




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Submitted by Theresa Nebbia (not verified) on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 7:33am.

Just had my 4th "MRI".

Within 3 minutes into the test I felt my neck throbbing and my face started to get hot. I felt like I could not breath. I pressed the emergency button and the technician ask me what is wrong, I explain to him what I felt and he looked at me as if I were crazy. He ask me if I wanted to do it again and I agreed.

Again within 3 minutes of the test I again pressed the emergency button. I felt the exact same thing but now I felt like I was going to vomit and I was dizzy.  I could not finished the test and rescheduled my appointment.I don't think I am going back. I told my husband what I felt and his response was that it was in my head. Thank God for this website I thought I was loosing it

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 10:29pm.

i had an mri day before yesterday and i asked the technician were there any side effects, she said none. well 15 mins in to the scan i started feeling really weird and my entire body was numb from head to toe and she was only scanning my knees. my heart started to beat fast and i was sick to my stomach i was so disoriented i could not drive home. well the lady proceeded to tell me this has never happened before and that it was totally all in my head.  i still am so sick to my stomach and my head hurts so bad and nothing helps. i asked her why was the radiation so strong she said there is no radiation just radio signals i said oh yeah well why did you need to know if i had a pacemaker, or any tatoos or if i was pregnant. cause if it was so safe and had no side effects it shouldn't matter if i was any of those things or not  those are questions you ask for xrays and ct scans which produce radiation slightly and can do damage. go figure huh?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/10/2009 - 3:39pm.

oh my god! so glad i found this site, i'm trying to explain to my husband how i'm feeling but i know he just doesn't get it. i just had an mri done yesterday due to whiplash from a car accident. at first i was plain nervous because i'm clusterphobic my doctor said i'll be fine it has no side effects and everything will be fine. Within the first minute i started feeling this pulsing weird sensation running through my entire body even though they were scanning my neck only. i told the technician i was wearing jeans with metal zippers and buttons he said that's fine dont worry about it i started feeling the metals pulsing. my eyes were covered with a towel due to being clusterphobic but i started to get hot and felt i was losing air i couldn't breathe yet trying to hold still to complete the first scan i had to do a total of three.  After the first scan i told the technician i cannot complete the test he then suggested the cool air fan which really helped me with my breathing and i completed the tests. The loud noise was very disturbing and annoying, after the test was done i felt dizzy, headache, nausea and this weird sensation throughout my body. I'm also feeling very tired and irritable. On my way driving home minutes after taking this test i felt an itch on my hand and some red bumps starting popping out i got home and called the doctor's office the nurse laughed saying first time in her life she heard anything like this, after reading all these comments i feel like we're being used for some experiment by aliens(lol!!) i wish doctors would advise patients of some of these side effects  i know they must be aware of this!!!!!!!!

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/10/2009 - 7:42pm.

I had my first MRI,actually 2nd but this one I was all the way in the tube for a shoulder injury.I felt ok after but 2 to 3 hours after I got an enormous headache,stomach felt like crap and very tierd.While in the a one point I became very hot and thought I was just getting nervous.I also experienced several times what appeared to be spasams in my head.Temple area to be exact.No ill effect from MRI's ,bull,something is going on

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 11:52am.

I had an MRI scan four days ago.  I felt really tired afterwards, and had two days off work.  I assumed it was because I have had a virus and maybe wasn't better after all, as I have never heard of side effects to MRI before, but now I think it was probably the scan.  I did call the hospital first, to ask if having blocked ears after the virus would make any difference, and was told no.  The really weird thing I have now, ever since the scan, is that my left ear (which was the most blocked) is displaying a disturbing effect. High-frequency sound is distorted.  Music sounds all out of tune, and high voices like women and children's, sound squeaky.  If I cover my left ear, the music sounds OK from the right.  I thought I must have blown my nose too hard and caused damage, maybe I did.  But now I'm wondering if it could be anything to do with the scan.  Anyone heard of anything like this? I really hope it goes away because now I hate the sound of music.  Maybe the timing is just a coincidence?

Submitted by Sharon (not verified) on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 7:14pm.

I had an MRI (no contrast) today, 1/11/09, of my right shoulder (possible torn rotator cuff).

After the scan, it was difficult to sit up -- very dizzy, and for a few moments, disoriented.

I felt so-so for the next couple hours, then about 4 hours later, I began having a 'tingling' sensation across my face - and from my nose down to my chin, and also down my left arm, all the way down to my finger tips. 

 This made me panic - I thought I was having a heart attack (I am a 38 year old female) an often silent killer of women.

 I was going to go to the ER - but had no chest pains, just the tingling in my face and left arm.  I decided to look on-line to see if there are symptoms related to MRI's (though doctors will tell you there isn't), I was glad to find this site.

 Also, towards this evening, I became very emotional - crying for unknown reasons. 

 Also, I feel pain in my left shoulder (the one withthe tingles) - when I had no pain there before the MRI.  I am now even more miserable than before the scan!

 I WILL tell my physician about these effects -- regardless of what the medical community says -- I think this site speaks for itself -- there are side effects.

I'm glad everyone has posted here -- we are not crazy!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/12/2009 - 4:41pm.

I agree with you.  I went for an MRI for my migraines today 1/12/09.  I felt fine when I went in.  I was fine with the whole procedure.  It was when getting up and getting dressed that I felt completely different.  My head kind of hurt and I felt sick.  I called my husband to tell him the strange experience.  He asked why I didn't say anything.  Well, I honestly thought they would think, "well she has headaches any way".  It was not until I googled it that I came across this page.  It does seem that there is some correlation.  I still terrible hours after.

Submitted by MRI'd & Sick! (not verified) on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 8:36pm.

Well, while I find all of these posts very informative, I have to share some "extra"  "side-effects" not noted here because I think it'd benefit someone! Certainly not helping me much right now...but I'm curious.

 So, around 2 p.m. today I had an MRI on my lumbar region. Never having had one before I didn't no what to expect.  I went in knowing it would be similar to laying in a tanning bed. Not nervous or worried. Covered and in I was sent...

 Everything written here was felt and then something extra this evening!

 Nursing the headache and dizziness on my couch I started to feel an odd sensation in my chest, organs, and intestines! My arms and hands went completely asleep and I was unable to shake it off, it happened again...

I felt a wave of nausea and raced to the bathroom where it felt as if I were having some kind of labor/contractions, with heavy sweating and moments of "out-of-body" feelings, unable to breath without taking slow measured breaths, and hands, arms, and legs fell asleep (that long tingling feeling)! These surges continued for over two hours in the bathroom, where I have returned to 3 times since it started. (I hope that's over!)

I then "moved" unlike anything explainable! Horrible, just damned horrible!!!

My guts were boiled!!! Literally!!!

I'm still tight chested and feel drained so I'm laying back down, but first I hope there's someone out here that can confirm the "boiled" feelings I am having!

Submitted by Jacky N (not verified) on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 5:07am.

Hi.  After having my first MRI last night I decided to have a look around to see if what I was experiencing was common.  I had my scan at about 7pm last night, in a mobile MRI van.  I was given headphones, and there was some radio station coming through the speakers.  I was put on the machine and everything seemed ok.  When it started I found it was a little hard to breathe, mychest was tight and it was all I could do to stop from trying to sit up and gasp for air.  I lay still and waited for it to be over.  They were scanning my ears and the process only took about 8-10 minutes, but it felt a lot longer.  I did have a slight headache before I went in, but it was manageable.

After the scan, I sat up slowly, as directed by the nurse, and advised to sit for a while to recover.  I felt a little dizzy but not too bad.  After a couple of minutes I left the van, the nurse helping me down the steps in case I fell.  She seemed to have seen dizziness many times.  I got to my car, breathing in lots of fresh air and drove home.  My head was pounding and I felt a metallic taste in my mouth.  I also felt sick.  WhenI got home I took myself to bed with some painkillers, and after about 2-3 hours I felt a bit better.  

This morning when I got up I felt ok, but after about half an hour I felt sick, nausea and dizzy.  I took some nausea pills and had some water and went to work.  After about half an hour I felt a lot better, and apart from a mild headache I am almost back to normal.

One thing I noticed though - I have small red blobs on the whites of my eyes, above the eye and under the eyelid.  They definitely weren't there before.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 9:28am.

I started searching the web because I just had my first MRI yesterday for breast cancer.  I had to lie on my stomach in one position for a half hour, which wasn't too uncomfortable.  I did not feel anything happening while I was undergoing the MRI, but as soon as I was pulled out of the machine, I felt dizzy and disoriented, with a swimming feeling in my brain.  Even thing morning, more than 24 hours after the MRI, I still have a slight swimmy feeling in my head. 

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 8:12am.

They should warn us and they should not make us feel invalidated!!.1

0 years ago I had and MRI for whiplash. I felt light headed walking out of the hospital, as if the floor was swaying. I dismissed the sensation as the staff had told me there would be no side effects. I drove home, but 10 minutes into the journey I was vomiting in my car while trying to handle my car on a busy motorway. Today I had 5  MRI  scans on my spine and pelvis. I asked the nurse about nausea symptoms and I mentioned it to my husband. Both dismissed me as if I was being ridiculous. But darn it, I do have the symptoms again. I was light headed, at first, then about 20 minutes after the nausea began and I keep getting waves of nausea at the same time as getting a cold sweep-swoon sensation.I'm glad to find this sight and hear I'm not alone and I'm not being ridiculous. And I wanted to share my views with you. I've worked with energy fields as a healer (Reiki) and I think the nausea is a symptom of the physical patter inside our cells being dragged out of alignment with our natural magnetic field - our own aura. The machine overrides our aura, it pulls out bodies to fit the machines field. Normally our bodies align with our own energetic field. In fact our energetic field is the blueprint for our physical self. So I think the nausea is the sensation we feel when we are not  aligned with our own aura, and the intense waves are nausea are the bodies effort to re-align itself. To reset. I think our symptoms are actually the sensation of fixing what the machine messes up. And I don't think there's lasting damage. Interestingly, there was one person who felt that their illness was stopped by the machine and they were asking for views about why they felt better after the MRI... my theory would suggest that they felt better because they were disconnected momentarily from their own aura, and perhaps that suggests that their is something that needs addressing on the ethereal level, and that energetic healing might be worth a try, to help them heal whatever is "wrong" in their aura. Just a thought, hope it's useful. Thanks again to everyone out there - so glad to hear I'm not the only one who feels the effects of MRI.

Submitted by mamasat (not verified) on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 6:15pm.

Just looking for possible side effects to mri.  My daughter, age 10, had an mri on her ankle Thursday it is now Sat evening and she is still experiencing dizziness and nausea that started after the mri.  She was feeling fine before and it comes and goes, but the dizziness is quite severe when it comes.  Lying down does not seem to help.  It goes away in a few minutes, but she experiences a nauseous feeling at the same time.  I am a bit worried since most of you seem to get over the effects in a day and it has been 2 days.  I have had several mri's and never had any side effects so I didn't quite believe her at first, but now reading all your accounts makes me realize that some people must just be more sensitive to this type of thing.  Please post if your side effects did not go away and you needed medical attention.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 8:28am.

I'm glad I found this.  I had an MRI of the Brain also.  Had the exact symptoms.  Even to out of it to type this up to explain everything.  Thinks for posting so I know that I'm not the only one who was feeling like this.  No one gave me any warning I was going to feel like this.  Glad I had it on a friday and didn't have to go back to work.

Submitted by TANA (not verified) on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 5:27pm.

i had a mri performed on friday jan 30, 2009

i too experienced a fairly strong headache and still nearly 4 days later, i am battling with nausea.  i was also told there are no side effects, i don't believe it.

i was not nervous or scared either, i was in the tube for 30 minutes and was not sick before going in. 

i thought i was the only one with these side effects. guess im not.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 9:32pm.

I am very sorry to here aboutyour reaction to the MRI.  I have suffered from depression for most of my adult life...I am in my late fifties.  I have had two MRIs of the head, one each of the leg, ankle, lower back, shoulder and neck.  The ones of the shoulder and neck were just completed this morning.  I have experienced tingling or brief pain (except for the head ones) with each of the others while they were being performed, but nothing after.  The one of my shoulder today was the worst.  However, after having the ones for the head, I acutally experienced a sense of euphoria for several days.  Almost was happy.  I actually told my son that I wanted to have one on a weekly basis, because I felt so good.  Maybe it does the same thing but because you are not depressed it sends it into pain...just a theory.  


Just a side note, shortly after I had the 2nd MRI on my head, I learned a test study is being done on the use of electromagnetic therapy for depression and other mental illnesses.  Thought that was interesting given my reaction.  


Hope you are okay now.  Just curious also, did the MRI show anything?  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/05/2009 - 10:10am.

my husband has almost the same thing  after 24 hours  he left eye is full of blood  they told him there was no way it was the mri

Submitted by julea (not verified) on Tue, 02/10/2009 - 6:38am. too.i very cold threw out the hole mri without dye..for 20 minutes than last part injected with dye last 10 was tight..felt like the jelly inside the elbow was smashed inside against the wall hurt like hell..i was shivering so bad thought for sure wouldnt take.the machine gurgled.shook.was havin avacume or washingmachine over your head.i almost threw up after the dye injection..when all was done was ok..but that night [last night]i had the chills.bad n cold feverish.this morning im feeling hot.sick to my stomach.tired /sick.but feverish wanted to know if this was normal went online was told no side effects they dint offer i dint an idiot!now i feel like ive been decieved wondering wether to call the doctor..everyone elses opinoions are close but not the same..think we glow in the dark??im goin back to bed..with my cat .dog there both worried.i feel like im gonna pewk..had mri on my head.1st and last time.never again!it was to close fort comfort i kept my eyes closed.really dint like some stranger man handling my legs.arms.head.neck.and then expected me to pull myself together get of the table and hop to it!while there behind screens in other rooms..i couldnt sit up without helpi have crushred vertbras..he acted like i wasslowing down the process factory workers asembly line..i hated was fast .profesional.clean.but i hated it ..

Submitted by Jay (not verified) on Wed, 02/11/2009 - 9:56am.

I had an MRiI for my spine a month ago . Had very bad headache and felt that my face was on fire. Had to stop the MRI told the tech that  my head was going to explode , but he acted like Im crazy. Then started the MRI again. Ever since i have had a very bad headache , nmbness in the forehead, and ringing in my ears that is dirving my crazy. I went to the ENT doc and explained what i was having and he sayed that i might be losing my hearing. I was fine before the MRI i had a backache only. Now i have all this problems. It has been a month like a side before , and no one has an answer . I know that all of this started after my MRI. Anyone felt the same?

Submitted by RM (not verified) on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:21pm.

im so glad i found this website...I almost signed up for an MRI - until I read this stories. wow....and they totally deny any side effects, what a bunch of bs! I wish they would make ALL DOCTORS submit to this test and "feel" for themselves what it's like. like police and pepper spray or tazers. come on...I definately won't be doing this procedure. 

For those of you who shared your experience, thank you so much. You've saved me from experiencing something I'd rather not experience. RM

Submitted by Trav (not verified) on Tue, 02/17/2009 - 9:06pm.

Just had my first MRI today. I felt slightly dizzy when I sat up, I had a pretty bad headache and about 9 hours after the test was complete my ears started to ring pretty bad. Now at 12 hours after the test still feel a little weird, my headache is just faint now but my ears are ringing like crazy...Is this a normal side affect?

Submitted by EmmyJay on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 12:26pm.

I just had a MRI for the first time.  It wasn't the greatest experience due to all the noise and small space.... but just 4 hours later nausea set in and serious abdominal pain, back pain, arm and leg numbness.  I have been sick and uncomfortable for the last 18 hours so I started to google the side effects of MRI's to see what was going on and wondering if diabetes had anything to do with it?

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 9:01pm.

My husband had an MRI done on the 13th of February 2009.  He went into respistatory distress and then his heart stopped.  They did CPR on him and revived him.  They then had to shock his heart to slow it down.  It had been beating 250 per minute.  They then put him into a medical induced coma and kept him there for a week.  When he woke up he has no memory of the MRI being done and he has lost contol of his legs, arem and hands.  He is being sent to a rehab hospital for physical therapy.  Wondered how many of these systoms is cause from the MRI>

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/02/2009 - 5:31pm.

im so glad that im not alone! i also mentioned it felt like an alien abduction!! it was so odd that someone used those exact words! I felt like my brain was being scrambled. it was torture, i wanted to scream. it kinda feels like my brain is burnt a little.

The last scan was definately the scariest! it felt the strongest. I really felt like crying. as it went on i felt the pulling everyone talked about. it actually hurt. the tech said he never heard that before from anyone. I wonder if we are all just sensitive.

 im so glad i found this thread because i thought maybe the machine was broken and this only happened to me. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 12:06pm.

Thanks to all the post on this site about the MRI after effects. The medical community is not being upfront with us. My daughter,age 16, just had an MRI on her hip and spine due to cronic pain and now numbness down her legs and in her feet that she's been experiencing for about 4 years. I was happy the doctors were finally doing some tests to see what the problem was instead of blaming it on being hyper sensitive or the fact she is very flexable. She didn't have to have any seditaives or dyes and it only took about 15 min.  so she wasn't in the machine for a long time. She wasn't bothered by any of  the proceedure and was happy at the possibility of finding answers. After the MRI, while walking to the car, she turned white as a sheet and felt like she was going to pass out. We got home and the disorientation started with dizziness, nausia , fatigue and a headache. When I called the advice nurse ,who in turn talked to the ER doctor on call, they said she's probably was just getting the flu. How stupid do they think we are? I don't understand why they can't just warn you of these possible side effect as they do with most any other proceedure or medicines so you don't worry. We just want to be informed. With more people investigating their illnesses and symptoms before they consult a physician you'd think they would be a little more upfront with us. I remember when people were suffering from fibromyalgia and the doctors said it was all in their head. It's nice to see that they are finally acknowledging that there are simalar symptoms, the people aren't crazy and they are trying to do something about it now.

Submitted by corddoty (not verified) on Fri, 03/06/2009 - 3:02pm.

Had two breast MRIs for cancer treatment prior to surgery. First one heated up my left arm almost to pain. Had IV in right arm but left was hot. Eyes definitely were effected by it. Still have vibration after 4 weeks, cant read at normal conditions, must hold book much further away to see. Have spots, crystal like glowing bars in eyes, red spots that come and go, color changes when looking at objects.  Had alot of pain between left eyeball and upper/outer eyebrow, felt like swelling and pulsing.  Not quite a headache, but head pain for two days. 

Second MRI intensified vibration and left eye at brow pain, vision appears worse, guessing at reading at what would be normal range.  Colors still changing when looking at objects at a distance and sometimes close up.  Used sleep mask one time and really saw a light show.  Had negative view of veins in eye,red changing large spot, blue and turquiose flashes, large white spots and assorted other visual distortions.  The worst was for two days  everytime I coughed it felt like lightning strikes between my temples,back and forth.  That was more than painful!!!  Holding on to my head help a tiny bit but not much.  Eyes still jump some and vibrate but had the same vision for 65 years and dont like this one much at all. 

The MRI that I had Stanford told me were not the FDA approved ones but altered programs which they were trying to intensify for breast enhancement for surgery. Although I argued about not wanting the non FDA, they said I had no choice and had to sign a release to have it done also.  Not happy about that and said so on the bottomof the form.  They screwed up my vision, I had to pay for a non authorized MRI, and I cant do anything about it.  Sounds about right!!!

 Oh there were also muscle reactions in my knees and legs and abdomin but they seem to have lessened. They seem less noticable than the "in your eyes " part.



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 11:16am.

Has anyone ever gone in to get a scan like for example on the knee because of a injury and after the MRI that day or the next day the pain is worse then ever and is now sore in places that never were sore before...?

Submitted by Jodee (not verified) on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 8:28pm.

Had MRI of brain for symptoms of vertigo on 3/4/09.  Vertigo symptoms had completely gone away for at least 2-3 weeks.  I felt that I should have MRI still to rule out anything else.  After MRI, which was with dye I got off table and was dizzy but was told that was expected.  That evening when doing my exercises dizziness came back.  Was pretty bad had to stop excerising.  Have had dizziness ever since and a feeling of whirling constantly.  I know when the dizzines is gone completely and I know now it is back.  I called place that did MRI and they said this is not a side affect.  It has to be because it started the same day as MRI was done.  Also had headaches for two days and was told too that headache would only happen immediately after not next day.  So why is this happening and why isn't anyone interested in taking blame or fixing problem.  I too am not very trusting of doctors and this just proves to me even more that I need to be alot more cautious when a doctor tells me to have a test or take a drug.  Very disappointed!!!  Hope I am ot having a reaction to dye, which too they say has no known side affects, yet I see all the law suits associated with th dye they injected into me.  Guess I was just another guniea pig!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/09/2009 - 8:24am.

I had many MRI'S, but the one that I had in May gave me a prolonged reaction.It was of my pelvic area and ended up  w/o contrast. I felt as if I was being cooked from inside out. I could feel pulling on my lung and heart area, they cut it short. And searched for metal on me. {None found} I was dizzy and felt as if energy was sucked from my body. My skin is more tight and my endurance with exercise  has diminished. I think that we will soon find out just how dangerous this harmless procedure really is.

Submitted by Mrs. Research (not verified) on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 6:41am.

Hello, I accidently came across this forum and couldn't stop reading. I have never had an MRI, MRA or CT scan, and I never will. After reading here, I went and did a quick search and here is a video everyone should see before they consent to an MRI accompanied by the 'dye' they inject or use intravenously during the procedure. Also there is a link to a web site of a 'pharmaceutical lawyer' firm who specializes in people who have had the dye injected and because their kidneys' were not able to eliminate the toxic contrast dye, they developed a condition that is caused only by this dye, Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis. I don't mean to frighten anybody, but I feel so bad for people who are trusting, like I am, that get used as guinea pigs and lab rats for these treatments and procedures that have no long term ( and sometimes no short term) studies to show that no harm will come to innocent people. Asking a technician, or Doctor for that matter, about side effects before or after a procedure like an MRI and the dye, as far as I am concerned, is not going to give you the correct information you need, they are only going to tell you what they've been told, you have to do research, find out what the other side of the studies done have to say, the ones that have nothing to gain from by hiding the real risks.

Good luck to you all, I hope everyone has a full recovery from their MRI experience and feel good again!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 9:11am.

I am 53 yo male in good health.  I had to have two MRI's on my right knee within the space of 9 months.  The first time I went in (which was the first MRI I ever had in my life), the tech put a heavy sandbag over my right ankle to keep my leg still.  About 10-15 minutes into the MRI, my foot started to ache due to lack of bloodflow.  At the same time my quadraceps muscle began twitching uncontrollably.  The MRI techs had to stop the test and yell at me to keep my leg still, as they weren't able to get a clear image.  After the procedure -they wound up not getting a very good image after several tries - I explained my experience to the tech, who pretty much gave me the "mechanic's hands up shoulder shrug".  (Afterward I remembered that that my own test was delayed because the guy before me was "dancing around" during his scan.  He had to have been experiencingthe same this I did.) 

The seond time I had to have an MRI on the same knee, I told the tech not to put the sandbag on top of my ankle.  Instead, she put a bag on each side of the ankle, which was much more comfortable.  However, about 10 minutes after they started the scan my quad muscle again started twitching uncontrollably, as if someone were poking at with their fingers.  Again they had to stop the test.  This time they stuffed foam blocks between my knee and the scanning "sleeve" (not sure of the proper terminology).  This did help keep my knee a little more still but they were still not able to get completely clear images due to the continued twitching of my leg.  Still the techs continued to insist that the MRI itself cannot cause muscle spasms.  They attributed it to my lying down.   I'm not buying it.  If my doctor ever orders another MRI, I am inclined to refuse, since it seems a waste of my time and money to go through all that just to get inconclusive images.  Fortunately, this was the extent of my 'symptoms'.  Once out of the MRI tube I had no lasting side effects that the others have been describing.  Bottom line is, I don't believe anybody who tells me that an MRI has no effect on the body.

Submitted by lucia on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 3:24pm.

I had one of the first MRI's done at UMass in Worcester in the early 80's.  I recall feeling a weird sensation in my face, specifically where I had LOTS of dental work.  I recall having an overall "invigorated" feeling and have often wondered if the magnetic force on hemoglobin causes any sensation in the human body.

 On a more ominous note, there have been reports of adverse effects of  gadolinium used as a contrast medium in certain MRI studies.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/12/2009 - 7:44pm.

I'm so glad I found this web page.  At least now I don't feel like such a weirdo! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to get an MRI for a knee injury.   I did not research what an MRI was or what side effects might occur and thought it was minor, kind of like an x-ray in a tube.   Boy was I wrong!  I have been experiencing many of the aforementioned side effects--nausea, disorientation, vibrations and achiness in my body, metallic taste, flu-like, and feeling feverish--ever since my MRI this morning.  After six hours of these symptoms, I'm starting to feel a little bit better, less nausea and just feeling weird.  However, I feel like I've been hit by a train.  I'm exhausted and still don't feel normal. 

This was my first MRI, by the way.  During the MRI, about half way through, I started to feel a tightness in my chest and it became difficult to breathe.  My whole body felt like it was vibrating and my face felt hot and I got really really thirsty.  I also experienced the feeling that my muscles were flexing, even though I had my legs completely limp and relaxed.  Although some of my symptoms were typical anxiety reactions, I know that this was brought on by an external force.  I would know because there was a brief period of time in my life about 6 years ago when I had panic attacks and this definitely wasn't anything like it.  Even if it was anxiousness, then I could have walked out of the clinic after my MRI and felt normal for the rest of the day.   But that wasn't the case.

I know my body, and I know the symptoms I felt today were unlike anything I've ever experienced in my life.  Therefore, I'm convinced the MRI is the culprit.  Overall, I am very sensitive to a lot of things.  I have medication allergies, seasonal allergies, very sensitive to caffeine, and sensitive to most prescription meds I've had to take in the past.  I'm usually the 1% that experiences side effects with everything.  I am NOT a hypochondriac.  I just know my body and understand that I'm built more sensitive than others.  Perhaps this is why I experienced these terrible symptoms today, or maybe this whole MRI thing isn't all that it's glammed up to be. 

After finding this site and knowing that I am somewhat normal, I can now add another thing to the list that I will never do again in this lifetime.   It is very frustrating to know that these side effects are overlooked by medical professionals.   

Submitted by Mish (not verified) on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 4:46pm.

I think you must be on to something re the natural metals and contaminants.  I had two MRI's today back to back, first the neck and then the head, no dye,  and I could definitely feel strange pulling vibrations and pressure from time to time.  Headache started on the side of head that I often get them on and that was being investigated.  Felt ok afterwards at first except for headache, then heavy heavy fatigue andslightly dizzy and had to go home and sleep.  Did go to work for a few hours but very tired and dull feeling.  Am heading off for an early night and still feel completely exhausted now 6 hours later .  Hope to feel normal tomorrow. I was surprised to find that there were reactions to the MRI and had my son google it.  Thanks everyone for posting.

Submitted by Rachel (not verified) on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 6:22pm.

I had an MRI yesterday for my wrist but my whole body went into the machine.  I felt pulling coming from under my ribs and then my abs were tensing at the same tempo as the noise of the machine so I can only guess that the magnets were pulling and tensing them. The MRI technician told me it wasn't normal so I was freaked out that maybe there was metal left in my body from my C-section. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one with these strange side effects!

#102: MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 5:38am.

I had an MRI 2 days ago and only today do I feel that I am getting back to "normal".  Monday I had the MRI, I felt "strange" but didn't think that much of it.   I drove myself to the test but upon returning home, I could NOT stay awake and felt as if I had a really, really bad flu.  I slept on and off that night (on a massaging pad because of the terrible body pain) and on Tuesday, I didn't get out of the bed until almost 4 pm!  My body ached all over and I had to take migraine meds because of the terrible headache.  I noticed that where I have metal (in my body from a previous car accident) is really very uncomfortable.  I had the "sweats" to the extreme of waking up soaking wet.  My throat hurts when I swallow and there was a bit of blood in my "spit".  Today I feel better but still feel disoriented.  I did not have the contrast dye.  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 1:56pm.

I had 2 MRI scans this  morning (lumbar and hip for hip pain) and i have to say i have felt very "out of sorts" since. my husband thinks i am being ridiculous which is why its great i found this site, so i now know it is not just me! i have also felt very depressed all afternoon which is not like me at all. i had some very strange mental images flashing in my head as the scan was taking place, that i had to open my eyes as they were freaking me out!

 i was told there are absolutely no side effects from the MRI but i cannot understand that there wouldnt be using such huge magnets.  i could feel the sensations through the parts of my body that were being scanned, which also felt very warm, but also during the first lumbar scan, i had a strange pulling sensation at my jaw (I have no metal fillings) and also a pulsating sensation over my face. i am sure that this has messed with my body's electrical circuits as my legs and other parts of my body were involentry twitching! all very strange!

i felt very shakey and dizzy when i stood up afterwards, and my left hand up to the elbow had gone completely numb!

i still feel if you need an MRI you should should defineitly consider it but at least be aware there are side effects that they dont tell you about - luckily they do not seem to be life threatening! it is better to be diagnosed early with an MRI than leave something that could be a major problem later.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 11:41am.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me understand that I am not crazy.  I had my first MRI (Open MRI) a couple days ago.  I was extremely relaxed and very little lower back discomfort.  1/2 way through I felt the strangest, strongest pulling sensation.  I wouldn't call it pain but certainly I was well aware that something was pulsating my body.  My left breast implant hurt.  When I left I was happy to be done and didn't have any complaints other than "wow, that was weird".  By the end of the day I was in a lot of discomfort and by morning I could hardly walk.  I was completely comfortable in the machine - so no I am positive it had nothing to do with laying for 30 minutes.  I had pillows and music - life was good.  By the next day my legs ached so bad (I had vein surgery 5 years ago) and the pain was so obvious that this MRI was the only explanation.  I haven't had any problem, complaints about my legs in years.  It is now 3 days later and the discomfort is subsiding but I am stunned that they say there are no side effects.  All I know I will NOT have another MRI unless it is life threatening.

Submitted by Ingrid (not verified) on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 5:27am.

Amen!  Had a brain MRI scan as well yesterday and did feel some weird sensations while it was being done, however, did not feel dizzy or have a headache afterward like some others explained.  Actually, though, this morning, I feel like I have a hangover but otherwise not feeling too bad.  I kept my eyes closed the whole time because I know if I opened them, I might have panicked.  Just visualized I was on the beach....and at the same time,  prayed that God would protect me.  I think I will refuse any further MRI scans in the future as well, if at all possible.  Better to go to a miracle service and receive a healing from God, if they find something wrong that is.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 6:40pm.

You are not alone.  I had my first MRI today and came in to the room completely alright.  After I stand up from the table, could not walk properly.  The symptoms lasted for about two hours.  Also the technicians, nurses and doctors gave me a look and said that could not have been due to the MRI because they have never had a previous reported symptom like that.

#107: Thank you
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 7:54pm.

Thank you for these posts.  I am going for tests tomorrow and possibly attempt the MRI again.  2 Mondays ago I tried to have the test done and had to stop because I thought my brain was going to burst like a hot dog in a microwave.  The tech told me in 20 years she has never had anyone experience what I have experienced.... well you all are living proof that she wasn't exactly telling me the truth.  Thank you again.  Keep me in prayer for I really should have this test done.

#108: confirmed
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 8:01pm.

I tried to have a MRI 2 mondays ago and I felt like my brain was being boiled from the inside out.  I stopped the test twice and after that decided not to take the test.  I am supposed to go this Friday and try again.... now I know others are having this same feeling so I might try it despite the side effects.  I pray you are not still having these weird side effects.

Submitted by Canuck (not verified) on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 12:57pm.

I shared your reactions to the MRI scan. I am currently sittng in bed, unable to go to work for fear of being sick. The noise was not an issue as I am partially deaf. I felt the bubbles and waves of vibrating sensation that others describe. I'm noting the similarity in all the reactions. My theory has to do with a blood condition known as


In simple terms, to much Iron in your blood. I have be tested for it and it takes a series of tests to confirm it. Apparently one of the easiest ways to to MRI ones liver. The condition is very prevelant in persons of Celtic heritage (Red heads), and Eastern Europe (Portugal to be more specific. I reccomend a read and possible testing from you family physician. It is hard to detect and devastating to the person who doesn't catch it in time.  The women sufferes don't tend to show signs of the dissease until they are in their late 40's. Men much earlier. If you donate blood often you will actually be keeping the disorder in check, as it is part of the treatment. Transfusions are saved for when it is caught to late. I recommend people explore the condition. Another tell tale sign is a change in skin tone to almost tanned, even when there is no sun to be had. Mine started around my ankles, speckles at first then blotches and it spreads. Please get checked. Hopefully past body MRI scans can be used, because the scan does seem to aggrivate the condition. Good luck everyone.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 4:00am.

I had an open MRI last week  (no contrast involved) to deteremine if what they were diagnosing as a frozen shoulder really was anything else.  I had to ask the technician to stop the machine twice as the pain was so bad.

I'm not a pain wimp.  I had all my teeth pulled and had implants put in in one sitting and believe me, this was much worse.  This was not my first MRI -- I've had 5 of them and never felt this before.  Each time the scan started, I could feel twitching in the muscles and extreme pain--with involuntary tears running down my face.  The technician said it must have been because of the position of my arm.  I'm not convinced and hope to never feel that again. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 10:10am.

Did he have the dye injection? This sounds exactly like the side effects that are the subject of lawsuits against omniscan dye. You might look into that.

I had my brain scan yesterday. Not my first but defintely my worst. I still have a headache and face pressure.  I do believe the machines are too strong now and causing health issues. We need to complain LOUD and not give up. I only went because in '95 I had a tumor removed and need to be sure it's not coming back. But this will be my last if there is no life or death reason to have it done.

Submitted by Linda Gordashae (not verified) on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 5:36am.

I had never heard about side effects from having an MRI so was surprised when I was not able to walk well the day after my MRI.  The knee symptoms that caused my doctor to order the test in the first place increased.  I wish someone had told me to take anti inflammatory med to help prevent this.  I don't know if it would have helped but it sure would have been worth a try.  Much better than missing two days of work.  

Submitted by MikeD (not verified) on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 12:29pm.

I found this important enough to reprint for those who wouldn't scroll down far enough to see it:
 Don't get vaccinations, MRI's or chemotherapy!
Submitted by Mrs. Research on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 6:41am.

I accidently came across this forum and couldn't stop reading. I have
never had an MRI, MRA or CT scan, and I never will. After reading here,
I went and did a quick search and here is a video everyone should see
before they consent to an MRI accompanied by the 'dye' they inject or
use intravenously during the procedure. Also there is a link to a web
site of a 'pharmaceutical lawyer' firm who specializes in people who
have had the dye injected and because their kidneys' were not able to
eliminate the toxic contrast dye, they developed a condition that is
caused only by this dye, Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis. I don't mean to
frighten anybody, but I feel so bad for people who are trusting, like I
am, that get used as guinea pigs and lab rats for these treatments and
procedures that have no long term ( and sometimes no short term)
studies to show that no harm will come to innocent people. Asking a
technician, or Doctor for that matter, about side effects before or
after a procedure like an MRI and the dye, as far as I am concerned, is
not going to give you the correct information you need, they are only
going to tell you what they've been told, you have to do research, find
out what the other side of the studies done have to say, the ones that
have nothing to gain from by hiding the real risks.

Good luck to you all, I hope everyone has a full recovery from their MRI experience and feel good again!

Submitted by Shawdogpro (not verified) on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 5:04am.

One of the very few sites that actually talks of side effects from MRI.  The medical community as a whole would like everyone to think that there are no side effects from having an MRI done but I beg to differ. 

I am a healthy 40 year old soldier in the US Army and went in to have an MRI on my lumbar region in my back.  Felt great going into the MRI but about an hour afterwards I started feeling nauseas, weak and dizzy.  Felt very weak and dizzy all evening and can only explain the feeling like being drunk and over caffienated at the same time.  I woke up the next morning to go to PT and barely made the drive into work without passing out.  I have no appetite and just feel as though I am "out of body" and have waves of chills.

There are no other symptoms to go along with how I am feeling.  If it were a cold or the flu , I would have a sore throat or diahrrea.  I really think that my conditions were caused by the MRI because I have never felt this way before without being otherwise sick.  Hoping they will subside later this afternoon.

Thanks for this website and forum.

Submitted by Shawdogpro on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 5:20am.

One of the few sites that has discussion about side effects of having MRI.  The general medical community would have us believe that there are no side effects at all, but I beg to differ.

I had a MRI done on my lower back/lumbar region yesterday and about an hour after the MRI I began to feel nauseas and dizzy.  The nausea got worse throughout the night and I felt "out of body" and had no appetite. 

I am a 40 year old soldier in the US Army and am in great shape besides my lower back.  I exercise daily and eat well.  I can only explain the feeling to being drunk and over caffeinated at the same time.  I barely made the drive to PT this morning for fear of passing out and had to turn around and go home because I could hardly stand much less walk.  I feel this is related to the MRI because I have no other symptoms that would indicate having a cold or the flu, such as vomiting, sore throat, or diahrrea.

I felt great before the MRI but now am very much out of sorts.  Going to lay down for awhile and hope these feelings subside.

Thanks for this website and forum.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 4:21pm.

 April 15,2009 I had a contrast mri of the brain. The Tech said you could get up now, and left the room , she was running behind. I went to lift my head and couldn,t get up the dizziness was incredible. I thought  I,d try to turn on my side and get up and i couldn,t. I was calling nurse ,nurse , the room is like soundproof. I thought maybe i could get on the floor and crawl to the locker for my cell phone and call my children. Finally the tech came and another fellow. I told them i could not drive my car it,s impossible i feel like i had ten martini,s.  They gave me apple juice. My son came to get me and took me for something to eat. I went home and slept for a hour.  and it started to subside after total of six hours..  my daughter look up the side effects and found this site.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 4:21pm.

 April 15,2009 I had a contrast mri of the brain. The Tech said you could get up now, and left the room , she was running behind. I went to lift my head and couldn,t get up the dizziness was incredible. I thought  I,d try to turn on my side and get up and i couldn,t. I was calling nurse ,nurse , the room is like soundproof. I thought maybe i could get on the floor and crawl to the locker for my cell phone and call my children. Finally the tech came and another fellow. I told them i could not drive my car it,s impossible i feel like i had ten martini,s.  They gave me apple juice. My son came to get me and took me for something to eat. I went home and slept for a hour.  and it started to subside after total of six hours..  my daughter look up the side effects and found this site.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/21/2009 - 6:53pm.

I had an MRI for uterine fibroids which lasted about 45 minutes.  I wasn't at all nervous, but even with earplugs when the noises started, my heart started racing, and I had trouble keeping my breathing even, and my muscles started clenching uncontrollably; even felt a bizarre sensation like my lower body was trying to float off the table.    A few hrs. later after the test, I developed a severe headache, weakness and nausea.  I took 2 Alieve but it only took the edge off the pain.  Felt better after sleeping for several hours.  I was given the contrast injection so I don't know if the headache was a reaction to the injection, or the scan, or both.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 6:43pm.

Just wanted to comment that I had my first MRI of the shoulder today-  I had really odd jumping/twitching sensations in my body during the test and had odd flashing thoughts during the scan mode. My left eye is also not focusing correctly- I hope I didnt get something in my eye at one time that was metal- maybe my eye will be better in the am.

Submitted by Chloe (not verified) on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 8:54am.

I have NO doubt the MRI caused my tinnitus. It's been close to one year since I've had ringing in my ears, on and off, since the day of the MRI.

I had NEVER had tinnitus issues or any issues with my ears previously until the day of the MRI.

I had the sensation of my lungs being constricted also right after it...but that went away quickly.

My intuition and theory is this - I think there are some delicate tubes in my ears, or one of the tubes leading down the throat (which does the draining), and the width was somehow narrowed by the MRI. So, when fluid builds up too much I get a slight popping/cracking sound and I notice the tinnitus is louder. This July will be one year since I had the MRI -- the thing is, I do believe it's getting better...very slowly...there's a HUGE difference between the way I feel now and one year go....Last year was awful!!!

Yes, I did feel out of it for several days after the MRI and it actually felt like someone removed by brain...shook it up a bit...then put it back. It was a really awful feeling.

Watch - it'll be another 20 years before the medical community will own up to the risks associated with MRI's....because there's only a small percentage of people with side effects, they think it's doesn't matter.

But, the thing is, we had the right to know the risks BEFORE we had it done. Awareness is everything and then if we choose to do it anyway, then at least we're not going in blindly.

After being told by three doctors that it was SO impossible for ears to be effected by an MRI and how SAFE that awful machine is, I was so aggravated. Never had ringing in my ears in my life until that day....I knew I wasn't crazy....but if it's not in some medical book or documented somehow, they don't care what a person's experience is!!!

Well, after ENDLESS searching online looking for a connection, I came across this:

From ^
Magneto hydrodynamic forces and pressure

"When a static magnetic field is applied to a biological tissue, and ionic currents are present, a net force, whose vector can be calculated as , is applied to the moving ions.

Although these forces principally act on flowing liquids, such as blood, research has shown there is no requirement for increased cardiac activity in order to maintain a constant cardiac output when an external magnetic field is applied to the body [45,46].

On the other hand, a very small magneto-hydrodynamic force operating on the endolymphatic tissues of the inner ear may be the source for the sensations of nausea and vertigo sometimes reported at higher field strengths [23,36]."

So, this engineering report is discussing the same magnetic fields used in MRI's and the hydronamic forces at work and their effects on tissues.
Wish these engineeers would send this to the medical community!!

Now, to be proactive for awhile, if you have tinnitus, or some other long term effect from the MRI you had ---

Here's what's helped me:

1) I've practically eliminated salt and sugar from my diet. I was already a dairy and animals were out anyway. Because I suspected this had to do with improper drainage in my ears, I figured the thinner my inner fluids were, the better. (all dairy and animal products create mucous and slows drainage etc)

2) I get huge amounts of sleep...when I don't, the ringing is louder. I also take 1-3 mg. melatonin every night, usually by 'Source Naturals' or you can get the one by GNC (sub-lingual is best)

3) I drink tons of bottled water...again, keeping all the fluids moving.

4) I take Ashwagandha tincture. (liquid form by HerbPharm) This is the number one tinnitus remedy in Ayurvedic Medicine (Indian medicine) and I really think it helps. "Holy Basil" tincture is also very calming to the mind and that can help too.

5) I make shakes with organic rice milk and a product called "Amazing Green Superfood"...loaded with nourishing grasses, and anti-oxidants I take a multi amino acid wonderful for calming the mind and keeping you thinking straight and this in turn, benefits the tinnitus.

6) I also put some hemp protein in the shake by 'Manitoba Harvest'....the pure raw protein calms the body and mind also.

You might also try these two aminos in addition to the multi-amino supplement: GABA and L-Phenylalanine. They both keep your neuro-transmitters in your brain firing, this can help too. This is based on the fact that the sound doesn't really's just perceived by your brain.

Take only the recommended dose of the GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid)'s very calming, but too much makes you sleepy.

More on aminos:

I know this sounds like a lot...but you'll feel better overall and it's worth it!!!

I truly hope our collective experiences will be TAKEN SERIOUSLY one of these days....since we are the ones having these tests done and being seriously effected by these machines.

Maybe I'll live to see the day that the only place an MRI machine exists is in a MUSEUM -- along with another barbaric 'cancer causing' mammogram machines.



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 12:55pm.

My husband had an MRI this morning, over 1 hour long finishing at 11.15am.  He drove home but about 4pm felt dizzy, had a bad headache and needed to lie down.  He got up and at 8.45pm went dizzy again and is now lying down in bed.  No one mentioned side effects.  He had a dye injected, maybe it could be something to do with that.  He thinks the excessive noise of the machine and the claustrophobic feelings may have something to do with it.  He has never had dizziness before so it MUST be the MRI causing it.  Come on someone admit some people can have after effects, inform patients it may happen. 

#122: MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 7:58am.



I was reading your MRI blog comment and wondered if you had it and how it went?



Submitted by Danny on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 9:43am.

I just got my MRI done yesterday and as of right
now still feeling dizzy, headache and sometimes-off balance. With all this
comments with same experience, how come there is no information about side
effect of this nature. It can be life threatening usually if you are driving
alone using 3 freeway to get home. I just took two 5 mg Valium for my anxiety
because I don’t know what’s going on as I am getting nervous about this side
effects which I did not know that it exist till I got in this site. I had the gulf
war syndrome when we blew up ammunition depot with nerve agent on it, then this
MRI side effect that not mention to me before the procedure? I call it mental
torture. Thanks for this site for it gives me piece of mind even I’m still
feeling the side effects.

Submitted by Drumming my head with prongs? (not verified) on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 10:14pm.

I've had six MRI's over five years. All went fine. Even with the dye. This time, I got weirded out right away when told I could keep my clothes on. I'm claustrophobic and wanted a gown, but just asked could I please take my bra off and they said yes.

After most of the scans were done, there was a noise unlike any of the other noises I had heard in an MRI and the little probes near my head (I guess to keep me from moving it) starting beating me in the head like drumsticks one after the other (left, right, left, right) really fast and the whole MRI machine was shaking my body. The first thing I thought was, "is this machine broken?". Then, of course, I knew because of my condition, that I was going to get a headache from this because I have disk problems in C4-C7.

When I got out I asked if that was a new test that shakes you and the tech said, "yup new technology. We've had this machine for three years". I believed her and hoped it was going to help figure out what is wrong in my throat.

Just like I thought, I got a severe headache. All I could think was, how can an MRI machine be made that would shake the patient so violently? Then, I went looking on the internet. I'm thinking that they line us up in these MRI places like cars on an assembly line and they don't maintain the equipment. This is a 6,000 pound magnet they're putting us inside of and they don't even care about what happens to us. WE'RE PEOPLE. I had jeans on. Could the zipper and metal button have cause this? I hope it's not going to be a permanent headache because I'm in so much pain right now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 05/30/2009 - 1:12pm.

Thank goodness for this site and all who are willing to share. I am in the Medical Field and had heard no side effects from an MRI.  I had my first today on my R knee without dye.  During the MRI I felt my left hip get really hot and about an hour later I became very sick.  My head is pounding and although I didn't eat anything at all today, I've vomited 3 times.  I'm afraid to take anything because the pepto came right back up too.  I thank you all for sharing, I see, from what most wrote the effects last a day (I hope).  Feel better all and its back to bed for me.

Submitted by MikeP (not verified) on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 6:19pm.

I too had side effects to my MRI of the brain with contrast in March 2007. I needed to have one because I was getting tingling burning sensations in one side of my face.  I was 37 years old at the time.

After the MRI was completed I also felt dizzy and a little bit of a headache coming on. What I didn't know was that the headache would be every day when I woke up thereafter and days I didn't wake up with it I would get one by afternoon. The headache was the type that is behind both eyes and above the eyebrows.

Are you ready for this one....This daily headache persisted  from the end of March through April and May until June 6th with no explanation whatsoever.

My neurologist didn't believe it and acted as if I was making it all up since the MRI results came back negative.  I never wen't back to him again, and still have no explanation for the cause.  I feel better these days, thankfully.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 06/14/2009 - 7:12am.

has anyone had a head swimminess and muscle twitches? The head swims are fading but the extremities ar are taking longer to disapate.It has been 2 days _eve

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 12:16pm.

MRI's do not have these side effects.   The same person is writing all these entries.    Every other posts says "I had an MRI on my..."   or "I'm glad I found this site"...  (most people don't say MRI on me, they say MRI of my).    Nice try, stop scaring people

Submitted by SANDY KINSEN (not verified) on Sun, 07/05/2009 - 10:09am.




Submitted by solidyouth (not verified) on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 4:12pm.

I had an MRI on my left shoulder this morning and was fine immediately afterwards.  However, about an hour after I got home, I was so tired that I laid down for a nap...slept 4 hours!  I have been up for a little while, but am still fatigued.  Things a bit hazy and I can't seem to think through things clearly.  No dizziness.  Just extreme fatigue.  Anybody else?

#131: Not alone
Submitted by Danielle (not verified) on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 9:12am.

Hello everyone,

I myself had an MRI today on my brain. Because I have lost partial sight on my left eye. The catch is that I am 38 weeks pregnant, and they assured me that there would be no side effects on my unborn child or myself. That an MRI would be a very safe route for us to go. Now I feel nauseated and dizzy as if I am on  a spinning ride. I feel extremely heavy in my head as well. As if my head weighs 10 pounds more than normal and I am having a hard time to hold it up. I also had back spasms.

 Now the catch is if I feel this way I am wondering how my poor little baby might be feeling. During the whole procedure my child kicked in a panic like state. And I was so very frightened at what kind of unseen dangers I might be putting my child threw. 

The fact is that there just is not enough real honest studies on the effects of an MRI and in the medical field the MRI is  a valuable tool. But to ignore the side affects and potential risks is utter lunacy!

 I will always fear if I had made the right choice and if I have hurt my child or myself. How I physically feel now is really scary.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 9:42am.

I know this is an old topic, but I just had my first MRI today and am experiencing the exact same symptoms you mentioned (I felt so out of sorts that it prompted me to google the side effects, and I came across your post). I also still feel incredibly dizzy and have a headache. I could also feel exactly where the magnets were at all times. I'm still a little short of breath and woozy. Immediately after it was done, I said to the nurse "it's normal to feel dizzy, right?" and she said "No, but it's probably just from laying down and getting up." No. It started the moment I went into the tube. 

I fully believe in reiki and energy alignment, and all I can think is that this seriously messed with my energy! 

Submitted by Ann Mary (not verified) on Wed, 07/15/2009 - 2:42pm.

Hi to everyone who has posted in response to Anji last year.  I also am thankful that you all have posted. I had the worst experience with an MRI yesterday.  It was my first to check out some ear canal-related issues.  I wasn't afraid, anyone I had talked to just said the banging noises were bothersome.  No one prepared me for what was to happen next.  I was fine getting on the table, covered with a blanket, the dear technicians were so accommodating helping me be very comfortable, then they slid the table into the machine and made sure I could hear them, etc.  And then they turned it on... my whole body felt it.  I too could feel the radiowaves going through my brain... all the way to my toes.  I asked them to stop and described the pulsating/squeezing feeling and they allowed me to stop the procedure and go home.  I am so thankful that these nice ladies didn't intimidate me to continue with the procedure because I am sure I would be regretting every minute of it. 

 Afterwards, I felt out of sorts... not dizzy, but just weird... for about 3 hours.  Then it went away pretty much.  Now I am just so flabergasted when I tell others about my experience and they say they didn't feel a thing through the multiple MRIs they had.  How could they have felt NOTHING?  Believe me when I tell you I am extremely normal, extremely healthy... I have never had anything worse than a bad sinus infection.  I am not crazy, I have held a job with a Fortune 100 company for the past 22 years. 

 I challenge any doctor or scientist/researcher out there who doesn't believe these side effects to investigate our claims. 

Submitted by Jose (not verified) on Sat, 07/18/2009 - 9:59am.

I believe there are side effects to basically anything you do in this world. What is the side effect of going on a rollercoaster? Some people come out wanting more, and some come out crying or spilling their guts out. There are simply too much variables to consider that could affect anyone's outcome.
My experience in the past has let me to believe that a great deal comes from the mind. Iam what they call a phsycosomatic, which means that I can manifest in some physical way my emotinal state in my body. When I was younger, I would get a seriuos lower abdominal pain whenever I traveled. No mather how much pain killers I would take, the pain would come if I took the road. Years gone by, my abdominal pain has gone and know I get vertigo and a sense of dizzyness in certain places like big warehouses.
Yesterday I took an MRI for the inner ear just to check if there is a real problem. The first time I tried (a couple of days earlier) I couldnt do it because of the vertigo and claustrophobia. But yesterday I tried again with success. I didnt felt any claustrophobia or vertigo, but this time I didnt planned it or made an appointment, I just suddenly showed up. Didnt have time to build up my emotional stressed state.
During the MRI I felt discomfort of course, my neck  hurt,  my head was vibrating and the constant rihtmic banging made me a little bit crazy. When they incjected me with the contrast substance It did really hurt, It burned.
After the MRI was over (1 hour) I was really dizzy and felt like when  I just get out of bed in the  morning. Immediatley after that I went rock climbing with my wife which relaxes me a lot and ate a piece of cheesecake. After that all was fine... except for my vertigo of course...
All side effects on the side.. it is an amazing tecnology. I hope it really helps you.

Submitted by susanindunwoody on Sun, 07/19/2009 - 11:22am.

I'm glad I found this page too.  MRI's are important and it's fantastic we have this tool.  That said, I had a breast MRI on Tuesday, that night I felt exhausted and spacey.  For the next four days, I felt sick like the life was sucked right out of me. I had to lay in bed every afternoon.  I had chills and my body was completely achey.  Had a sore lower back and my eyes looked lifeless.  Also felt a spinning sensation at times.  Now, on day 5 I'm beginning to feel a little back to normal, but that magnet definately does something to your body other than take photos.  

Submitted by Ann Mary (not verified) on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 7:40pm.

Thanks for your posts, Jose & Susan.  I hope your test results came back clear.  

 It's interesting that nearly 135 of us on this blog (in the past 1.5 years) and over 300 on another blog on this same site, felt drawn to google "MRI Side Effects" very soon (if not immediately) after having an MRI. 

 I agree that everyone can be affected differently by literally every experience in life.  What I don't agree with is that the medical community (nothing documented online or the little pamphlet you get before the test) doesn't acknowledge that fact in the case of MRIs by making any reference to side effects information available when sending a patient for the test - or even when you are have the procedure itself.  Isn't that part of their job?  (Some may feel that the "claustrophobia clause" is the way they cover that... but claustrophobia to me doesn't seem like a side effect - rather it's an anxiety disorder in which someone has an intense and irrational fear of confined or enclosed spaces - and though a few of the symptoms might sound similar to those on this blog (nausea, lightheadedness)... some of those same symptoms are those of many other conditions or circumstances but the behaviors of claustrophobia (when entering a room, they start checking for where the exits are. Position themselves near the exits. Feel very uneasy when all the doors are shut) are not that of a normal person - which I believe most of us are on this blog).

In my case the radiologist might have said "Oh, we've heard of that - not many people are affected like that, but it may just make you feel out of sorts for a day or so, but nothing to worry about, hang in there."  Rather than, "If your doctor really wants you to have this test, he can prescribe you some valium to take beforehand."  Valium is a narcotic.  And the side effects of that are?? But maybe they don't share that info either.

 Take care and God bless.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 7:05pm.

I felt pulling in my body, headache, and nausea.

Submitted by seriously! (not verified) on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 8:46am.

i had my first mri yesterday from mid- torso down the leg.  i had a bowel movement about 8 hours after the mri and there was blood in my stool.  are these things related?  i am kinda freaking out but i DO NOT want to go back to the hospital today.  this is crazy.  i am really tired, and the mri was WEIRD, pulling on my magnetic field for sure.  

Submitted by Michelle D (not verified) on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 5:57pm.

Hello All.

Thank you for all your posts!  I did have a brain MRI(no dye) this morning at 8:45am  that lasted about 20 minutes.  I have been suffering from migraines for 3.5 years and they have gotten progressively worse.  They occur almost daily.  Ironically, I went in on the verge of a headache and was apprehensive with all the noise the machine makes.  I thought it may facilitate a full-blown migraine.  I had the ear phones on but the radio wasn't playing.  I did feel pressure in my face and ears but nothing super painful.  The sounds were somewhat jack-hammer-esque and kind-of native american tribal-esque too.  I recall one of the sounds sounding like the word body and I chanted along.  Ok,, I digress... I left feeling still a bit on the verge of a headache, but never got one.  I did however have diarrhea 8 hours later and has continued into the night.  Maybe the magnetic pull gets rid of your toxins?  Good luck with this tool in resolving all of your respective dis-ease.

Submitted by Natasha (not verified) on Sun, 08/09/2009 - 12:23pm.

I had my first MRI for a scan of my low back at the end of May. I had the most excruciating pain like electrical shock going from my waist down to my foot on the side affected by the herniated disc. I was crying and crying out during the entire procedure but didn't want to stop because I didn't want to have to do it over again.

When I got out I was told by the attendant that I had had a rare side effect called peripheral nerve stimulation, or something like that. I asked why I did not get informed consent and they said because it was so rare, yet the young man that walked me to the MRI had had the same reaction.

The worst part is that I STILL am having that electrical shocking going on starting  above my ankle and all throughout my foot. It is unbearable. Two months later I still get it every two or three days for a period of two to six days and I can't sleep during that period because the pain is so intense.

There is informed consent for everything else, why not for MRIs.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/09/2009 - 8:59pm.

I've had 5-6 MRI's (several breast, head, pelvis), and the last one I had was brutal.  The strong vibrations knocked out on the ear plugs, and I didn't realize it until the test was over.  But unfortunately, I left with terrible right ear pain that has yet to reside 72 hrs later.  I don't have ringing, or hearing loss--just terrible pain--that the technician was surprised about it.  I'm hoping that there was no permanent damage done, and that the pain is only temporary.  I think that the ear plugs are not enough, and they need to figure out a way to reduce the noise.  And, I was in a state of the art, new machine!!

Submitted by natashaspy (not verified) on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 2:59am.

I have been looking everywhere for a place where people have experienced what I have during an MRI. Thank heaven some of you have. And, no, you are NOT crazy.

May 26th was my first MRI and it was of my lower spine. That MRI was 20 minutes of the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. It felt as though lightning bolts were going through from my glutes to my foot. Fortunately for me the young man that walked me to and from the MRI said he had the same rare side effect. I have since talked to a number of people who never said anything about this side effect because they thought they were CRAZY!!

I have since had a discectemy and hoped that would stop the pain. But I found that, as the numbness in my foot and ankle decreased, the residual pain increased. Obviously, it was hiding under the numbness.

And here I am 10 weeks later, and I am still experiencing the same electrical shocking from my ankle down and all throughout the bottom of my foot. It happens now every two to four days and lasts for two to six  or more days. During that time the pain is so intense that I can't sleep at night. This is no REALLY way to live.

I did talk to the head of the Imaging Dept at the hospital and he said I had experienced a rare side effect which causes the pain during the MRI. I asked why I wasn't informed of this possible side effect and I was told that it was because it was so rare. THAT is NO excuse!

Submitted by Amberosia (not verified) on Sun, 08/16/2009 - 8:03pm.

So... two weeks ago I went for my first brain MRI. I've never had claustrophobia in my life, but did that day. I went back a couple of days later loaded up on Valium and tried again. I got through it, but still felt panicked. I was blessed to have a super nice guy for a tech who allowed my husband to stay by my side at the end of the tunnel. I have a few comments about some of what I've read here.

#1. I am horrified that some of you people went through that with metal on your body!! What the heck? My hospital made me take off everything that might have metal, from my bra to my shoes to my jewelry. They even had my husband remove anything that might have metal, and he wasn't even getting scanned.

#2. I feel fortunate that I did not experience any of the terrible nausea side effects so many of you have had. Although... that could be becaue I'm severly anemic.

 #3. However since my scan a week and a half ago, I have been plagued by two things: constant heat in my ears and pressure behind my ears and eyes. I haven't been able to find anything about it other than comments about feeling like someone was in the head. Which I definitely feel like that too, but this heat in my ears is driving me crazy!

I am having another scan this week on my neck and spine because my neurologist is looking for more places where I might have MS, and I know that for those with MS, MRIs are just part of life... but man alive, am I ever dreading it!! Not good times...

Submitted by Dizzy like a funhouse (not verified) on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 10:13am.

I went in for a MRI on my throat, due to my tonsils swelling the previous month about twice a week and at times during the day and night when id wake up gasping for air due to them swelling and blocking my throat.

Ive never had a MRI in my life, and im not one to get nervous of anything, im quiet fearless, id prob go bungee jumping without any fear.  Also im not nervous in doctor offices or during appointments. So when i went in it felt like nothing to me and i didnt have to coach myself to keep from being nervous, the only thing i would say im ever nervous over are shots :), i hate needles.

Well i went in and they had me lay face down and the machine looked like a huge life saver, it looked nothing like the ones ive seen on tv where they slide you into a noisey tunnel.

 As they slid the table  i was laying on, in towards the hole of the machine, i stayed calm, also i had fluid in my ear for the past few days so if my heart ever raced id hear it. But at that moment i was completely calm. I heard the machine turn on but it was not noisy, it sounded kind of like a light stream of air, but once it started to spin automatically my heart begin to race instantly even though I honestly didnt feel anxious. It felt like as if my heart was panicing like something was extremely wrong, but i felt no danger personally it felt like my heart had its own feelings and its own mind at that point. The way it raced didnt seem like normal to me, and i could hear the way it would beat in my left ear cause of the fluid build up. My breathing was calm already and i felt there should be no reason for my heart to race the way it was. The scan lasted for maybe 8 minutes, then it would stop, and within that second the machine stopped, my heart stopped racing.

I had told a guy at work about it but he told me it was probably just my mind doing it, but in no way can your heart race like that then stop within that second and start beating like normal. I work out and excersise frequently, and the way my heart was racing, there is no way you can get it to stop and go back to a normal pace like that, you have to do a whole process of breathing and calming the blood flow down in order to bring it back down to a regular pace.

They did 4 scans total, all lasting about 6-8 minutes each, and right when they started to scan my heart would race, then stop the same second the machine stopped.

When i got up I felt pretty much ok, but as i reached the main waiting room where i would have to sit till they gave me copies of the exam to give to my nose,ear,throat dr i started to feel like weights were on my shoulders. I automatically became exhuasted, and i couldnt stay awake, within like a 2 minute period i came from being wide awake to feeling like as if i ran a marathon. My eyes would not hold up. I waited about 20 minutes then they gave me my results, and i was able to walk out of the building and drive home but i felt so heavy and just really tired. I got home and felt nuaseated so i laid down. I would feel ok as long as i stayed laying down, but as soon as id sit up to go get some water to drink, i would feel as if i stepped out of a fun house, or like after you've tried walking on the moving planks in one. I would sit up slowly but still feel woozy.

No matter what Doctors say or any medical group i believe MRIs have side effects. Im not one who drinks,  smokes, and ive rarely put any medicines in my body. Even if im in a ugly state of pain ill let my body work it out, i rarely take any apsrins or pain killers, not unless the pain is so extreme i cant handle it, then yeah but extreme headaches almost like migrains i wait out. Most of my friends say id most likely have the healthiest system cause i rarely take any over the counter stuff like most people, but i do more herbals like teas and stuff.  Im not a health freak its just i know what seems to work for myself. My MRI was on the 08/12/09 and it is 08/18/09, and i still feel a bit like crap when before i felt completely fine. It seems to be getting a little less each day but its annoying.

Submitted by goldenphoenix84 on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 10:32am.

I went in for a MRI on my throat, due to my tonsils swelling the
previous month about twice a week and at times during the day oddly, but mostly at night
when id wake up gasping for air due to them swelling and blocking my
throat.  Im 25 yrs old and never really had a prob with my tonsils till now.

Ive never had a MRI in my life, and im not one to get nervous of
anything, im quiet fearless, id prob go bungee jumping without any
fear.  Also im not nervous in doctor offices or during appointments. So
when i went in it felt like nothing to me and i didnt have to coach
myself to keep from being nervous, the only thing i would say im ever
nervous over are shots :), i hate needles.

Well i went in and they had me lay face down and they didnt have me drink any type of solution for my scan of my throat. The machine looked
like a huge life saver, it looked nothing like the ones ive seen on tv
where they slide you into a noisy tunnel.

 As they slid the
table  i was laying on, in towards the hole of the machine, i stayed
calm, also i had fluid in my ear for the past few days so if my heart
ever raced id hear it but it paced like normal cause nothing seemed scary to me.  I
heard the machine turn on but it was not noisy, it sounded kind of like
a light stream of air, but once it started to spin automatically my
heart begin to race instantly even though I honestly didnt feel
anxious. It felt like as if my heart was panicking like something was
extremely wrong, but i felt no danger personally it felt like my heart
had its own feelings and its own mind at that point. The way it raced
didnt seem like normal to me, and i could hear the way it would beat in
my left ear cause of the fluid build up. My breathing was calm already
and i felt there should be no reason for my heart to race the way it
was. The scan lasted for maybe 8 minutes, then it would stop, and
within that second the machine stopped, my heart stopped racing.

I had told a guy at work about it but he told me it was probably just
my mind doing it, but in no way can your heart race like that then stop
within that second and start beating like normal. I work out and exercise 3 times a week, and the way my heart was racing, there is no way
you can get it to stop and go back to a normal pace like that, you have
to do a whole process of breathing and calming the blood flow down in
order to bring it back down to a regular pace.

They did 4 scans total, all lasting about 6-8 minutes each, and right
when they started to scan my heart would race, then stop the same
second the machine stopped.

When i got up I felt pretty much ok, but as i reached the main waiting
room where i would have to sit till they gave me copies of the exam to
give to my nose,ear,throat DR i started to feel like weights were on my
shoulders. I automatically became exhausted, and i couldnt stay awake,
within like a 2 minute period i came from being wide awake to feeling
like as if i ran a marathon. My eyes would not hold up. I waited about
20 minutes then they gave me my results, and i was able to walk out of
the building and drive home but i felt so heavy and just really tired.
I got home and felt nauseated so i laid down. I would feel ok as long
as i stayed laying down, but as soon as id sit up to go get some water
to drink, i would feel as if i stepped out of a fun house, or like
after you've tried walking on the moving planks in one. I would sit up
slowly but still feel woozy.

No matter what Doctors say or any
medical group i believe MRIs have side effects. Im not one who drinks, 
smokes, and ive rarely put any medicines in my body. Even if im in a
ugly state of pain ill let my body work it out, i rarely take any
apsrins or pain killers, not unless the pain is so extreme i cant
handle it, then yeah but extreme headaches almost like migrains i wait
out. Most of my friends say id most likely have the healthiest system
cause i rarely take anything like most people, but i
do more herbals like teas and stuff.  Im not a health freak its just i
know what seems to work for myself. I rarely eat fast food, i eat fastfood maybe once every 1-2 months or even once every 5 months. I do cook my own food mostly but its not all healthy. My MRI was on the 08/12/09 and it
is 08/18/09, and i still feel a bit like crap when before i felt
completely fine. It seems to be getting a little less each day but its

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 8:56am.

I too had an MRI for my head, and while the test was being done,  I felt a pulsing sensation in my head, kind of like when you are in the heat for too long.  After the exam, I was very dizzy & had a lot of head pain.  As well, I had no injections or medications that would have contributed to these feelings.  I was breathing normally during the examination and was not hyperventilating.  When I mentioned my symptoms and sensations during and after the examination to the technician, she simply said that some people do feel things, while others don't and pushed me out the door.  Thankfully, my friend was with me and helped me out of the hospital and home.  I felt like I had vertigo & needed assistance to walk.  As the MRI was done at 9:00p.m., my sleep for that eveing also was very disturbing.  I was extremely hot & then cold off and on, all through the night, I felt like I was menopausing, and I'm not there yet!!  The next morning, I was feeling a little out of sorts, but feel that might be related to not having a good sleep.   I do believe, however,  that the MRI does have effects on some people, and like everything, is not 100% symptom free.  I also believe that more information should be given to better prepare people for possible side effects, even if they are not dangerous, as it can be quite daunting and upsetting when someone is expecting nothing to happen.

Submitted by dcfdt9 (not verified) on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 7:14am.

I am curious who, if anyone has experienced pulling at you abdominal organs both visibly and feeling? I had an MRI the other day and I saw my left abdomen visibly tugging upward in time with the "clicks" of the MRI. I could feel the pulling aswell. I did not hurt, but I am concerned. For several days afterward I wouod have random moments of severe "metallic/salty" tastes in the back of my mouth.

#148: Brain MRI
Submitted by Jodi (not verified) on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 8:34pm.

Hi there, I just had an MRI of the brain done.  The dr. ordered one with dye and one without.  They put the IV in my arm, but didn't inject the dye until the other one was done.  I started the MRI at about 6:20.  I went in for headaches, dizziness, vertigo, feeling light headed... and this just made it that much worse.  First of all, whoever came up with this??? This was horrible, putting you into a confined space telling you not to move, and the loud noises that the machine makes are absolutely terrible.  I had ear plugs and the ear muffs or whatever you want to call them, but I could still hear the machine and the loud noises.  I was nervous at first and flexed my body to try to lie still, but about 20 mins. into it, I just couldn't do it.  I was getting dizzy, lightheaded, and couldn't get  ahold of myself.  The nurse said I was almost done with the scan without the dye, she counted down the 2 mins. to get me through it, but then she pulled me out and wanted to inject dye and I couldn't continue.  I told her that they would have to sedate me.  I couldn't catch my breath, and just felt horrible, light headed, dizzy....  finally I got a hold of myself and told her I was done.  I didn't do the dye and probably won't go back for one unless they can sedate me or something.  Toward the end of my MRI, the back of my head was just throbbing...and it still is 3 hours later.  She said that she had heard a lot of that today, so I don't know if that's normal for the back of your head to throb after a brain MRI or what. I'm going to take some more tylenol and go lay down.  I was happy to find this site to be assured I am not the only one who has felt this way. 

Submitted by Dan Palmer (not verified) on Tue, 09/08/2009 - 8:49am.

I had a seizer three weeks ago in Miami, after a customer appointment for my job, I felt a pulse on the right side of my head then I felt the room shake… I was having a seizer.  Week ago I went for my MRI; my doctor thinks I have Vertigo….  At the MRI I was in for 35mins, no problems then they did what is called a diagnostic sequence. This was much higher pitch than the previous 35min scan. I started to shake and seize. I did not finish my scan. Today I went back for a MRA of the Neck and Head, they stared in my neck at first no issues once they went to my head, I stared getting intense pain in my right side of my head then shaking all over. They pulled me out and stopped my scan. The doctors and Techs said they have never seen this before.. Most would say this is Claustrophobia, but I had been in the machine for several minutes prior to seizing and it only happens during cretin sequences. My doctors want me to go back but this time they will give me a sedative.   I cannot take the pain. I have been in MRI’s several times in my life and this is the first time experiencing this..

Submitted by Matt (not verified) on Thu, 09/10/2009 - 4:03pm.

I had an MRI of my Brian 4 hours ago.  I felt fine going into the MRI, and felt fine while having the MRI.  I wore ear plugs and pads outside of the ear plus to support my head and dampen the sound of the MRI.  I started felling dizzy after I stood up from the MRI machine.  A half an hour after the dizziness set in a terrible head ache started, and I had to cancel my plans for the rest of the day because I feel so nauseated with a bad head ache.  I am now writing because I couldn't find any side effects to MRI, but I find this blog with people having the same symptoms I am having.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 10:46am.

I had my 1st MRI Lumbar and I must say I felt the same way you described to the T.  It is the next morning and I still am very dizzy and fell sick to my stomach.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 1:15pm.

I just had my first MRI (of the brain w/o contrast).  And I was terrified.

 I was supposed to get it 6 months ago!  Because I have had 2 seizures again (im 30 and havent had them since I was like 12)... when I was younger they only did eegs on me.  My drs keep saying its probably just random seizure but they want to just rule out something else like a tumor "but we don't think you have one"... hahahhahaha... so Im like if you don't think I have one and you know I have had seizure in the past y do I have to torture myself with this test!  But everyone keeps telling me crazy stories about friens of friends with brain tumors who didn't find out til it was too late so I figured I should probably jsut get this done so I can sleep at night, cause if there IS something wrong, and I don't get the test, I have no one to blame but myself... and I will feel stupid!

So I have been putting it off for six month out of complete fear of the MRI itself!  I finally got the dr negotiated down to without contrast and an open mri (which isnt really open at all... your still in a tube, its just half a tube, but you can see anthing but the tube so I don't know how the h they can call this thing open!

First I went to have it done and about 20 seconds into it I freaked out and quit.  It was a newer machine with about a foot of space above my head and a mirror on the top so I could see the tech. I thought I would freak out about feeling closed in, but was ok with that, the head piece kind of freaked me out, but what really freaking me out was the vibrating, noise (kind of sounds like ur in a night club), and strange kind of warm/pressure sensation in my head.

So the tech sugested I get some drugs from my dr to keep me calm and come back.  Which I did last night... first off I am very sensitive to meds but for some reason this pill didn't work AT ALL.  Up until the point I went in I was still talking a mile a minute and freaking out and even my dad agreed that the pill was doing NOTHING to calm me.  I was even MORE freaked out this time from googling MRI side effects and reading all of these message boards!

 But I manned up cause I just wanted to get it over with.  Only this time they put me in an older machine where the head piece barely fit in, no mirror on the ceiling, and the ceiling was like 2 or 3 inches from my face!  I was like oh great, I already mentally preparred myself for the other machine (by laying under my coffee table to try and get used to the feeling of being confined hahahahah)  and now I have to get into an even smaller one! 

BUT in the smaller older maching I felt nothing in my head the whole time, unlike the other machine.  Maybe the older machines use less energy or something or maybe it was cause the tunnel was smaller, I don't know.

So since I didn't feel anything I was able to just keep my eyes shut the whole time and try to ignore the fact I was in a little tube.  

I also brought a cd (I don't even own cds!  I had one made just for this!) which REALLY HELPED... since most of the frames were like 3 or 4 minutes, and the songs were too, I could kind of have a sense of time in my head that when this song was over this frame is done, you know?  Plus it provided an entertaining distraction cause otherwise it would have felt so much longer having to lay still in that tube for a half hour.

 So I would say that although I believe the sensations these people are posting about are true (especially in the new machines)... try not to get too worked up about it cause everyone is different and every machine is different.   Also I didn't get contrast so that would have introduced a whole nother set of symptoms.

Submitted by Terri Gerace (not verified) on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 11:32am.

I went for an MRI of my lumbar spine 4 days ago 9/18.  Something I've had done before.

Normally I get nosebleeds with MRIs usually happening one to three days afterwards (it is not a normal thing I get) so I was concerned when I told the technician who brushed it off as nerves.

Well I went in but the music was broken, so they allowed my husband to come in.  The scan took 30 minutes to do.  And this is what we BOTH felt like afterwards:

Burning in sinuses and skull
Intestines were burning
My right arm what was against the machine was bright red and hot like a sunburn
My palm was blue/black in color

Face and neck were red and flushed
Shoulders hurt (though he has tatoos and read they can be nothered by it)
Chest and stomach were on fire

It took THREE DAYS for either of us to feel better ... and doctors and technicians brush it off because I didn't have contrast dye.  BULL!  Something is going on.

And what's worse, the place got an even STRONGER MRI MACHINE!

There is something going on.

Submitted by Terri Gerace (not verified) on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 11:54am.

And now the nose is bleeding ... argh.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 3:29am.

i had an MRI today for my ankle (not brain!) and I felt exactly the same as how you described. i was completely fine before the scan, but towards the end of it i felt this pressure on my heart and chest, then a bit nauseous and now a headache. its not unbearable but uncomfortable. i even asked the nurse if this is usual, but she said that this usually only happens to those who scanned their brain. oh well, at least after reading your post I know for sure that there ARE side effects. and it at least gives me the peace of mind that i'm not an odd one out there! thanks!

Submitted by Mark S. (not verified) on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 9:22am.

well, from reading all these posts, it looks like (i) we're not all crazy! i too have had several mri's over the years and never experienced any major side effects afterwards. UNTIL this last one last week!

my mri was a post "rotator cuff" ( full tear surgery from april of this year) mri of my right shoulder to try and identify why i am still having a constant burning pain when raising my arm. prior to (other than severe shoulder pain) i did not have any problems or during the actual mri. however shortly thereafter i began feeling like my whole body was "pulsing with my heartbeat" ... you could actually see my tee shirt moving with each heartbeat and i could see my glasses quiver. as the evening progressed, i began feeling like i was "floating" and getting the flu. i had a mild headache, nausea, chest pains on both sides, my left jaw and sinus's hurt(perhaps from tooth fillings - magnetic pull), my ears face and forehead were very warm to the touch (my wife confirmed and agreed it seemed unusual), i felt very irritable and somewhat depressed. further, my shoulder pain was unbelievable! (2 lortab and 4 ibuprophen didn't work!!) this i could somewhat rationalize because during surgery in april (2) screws were installed to fasten my tendon. technically i know that the extremely strong mri magnetisim had a pulling effect on this area. much like it would on any metal in your body!

my observations/opinions -

1) this mri was done in a different machine and location than previous mri's?

2) it is now 5 days since my mri, and i am just starting to feel "normal - subjective?" again

3) i searched many "reputable?" medical websites" like most of you... and found no mention or acknowledgement of mri side effects" the medical profession must begin to recognize and warn in advance these issues. while mri's do play a very significant role in todays medical world, ignorance is not a defense. following additional research on this whole issue... i plan on contacting an attorney to begin an investigation of same. not "cause" but.....effects/warnings is what needs to be recognized!

good luck to all and thanks for your "affirmations" of these side effects.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 12:56pm.

I just had an MRI.  I have had them before, but I guess this machine was more powerful?  I had to stop them b/c my insides on the right side felt like they were 'jumping' around.  Strange!  The tech said that the current is so strong that it sometimes makes your muscles twitch, and when I told him I had my gallbladder out, he said it may be the clip.  WHAT?!  I asked if he was sure this was ok and that I didn't want something jarred loose.  He seemed to act like it happened all the time.

Submitted by Laura (not verified) on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 4:11pm.

I'm soo glad I found your post that is exactly what was happening with me during the MRI I had today. I had  the tech say to me that there was too much movement with my legs/feet that I need to hold them still but it was so hard when the spasms kept going through my legs/feet. But i also feel so out of it and cannot sleep after the experience I have had today. I never want to go through this again. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 12:53pm.

I had my first MRI this morning first time in my life for my left shoulder pain. I experienced dizziness immediately when technician moving my head close to the tube entry, It took about one minute for the dizziness to be disappeared. My MRI has four segments. First and second segments lasted about one minute and three minutes respectively, I started to feel mild nauseates, otherwise was fine. However, about half way through the third segment (Technician told that 3rd segment would last about 5 minutes), I started to feel some kind of chilled sensation which started from my back and spread to my whole body, and at mean time, my heart started pounding my chest heavily. It lasted about 2 minutes and went away when MRI machine changed to other rhythm of operation.  I was fine for the 4th segment which lasted about three and half minutes. When I was taken out from machine, I was dizzy with stomach upset. I have to collect my mind on the road driving to work. It has been six hours now, my dizziness went away, but I still experience mild stomach upset.


I am so glad that I found this site; I am not the only one feeling abnormal after MRI.  

Submitted by Hank (not verified) on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 3:49pm.

I, like many others here, also recently went in for an MRI scan.  I thought I would be fine because I'm not claustrophobic like many others that need the scan.  But after I was done, I felt really light headed and dizzy.  Also my eyesight was a little fuzzy too.  I was really worried because I felt sick.  The doctor said not to worry though and that this can happen to people.  The feeling stayed a while, but it did go away after a few hours.  I really think that these kind of feelings just depend on the person taking the scan.  I havent had to deal with such serious issues as some of the other people who posted here.  But I think that a scan isn't bad at all, but it will affect some people more than others.  The doctor says that it is completely safe anyway.  Good to hear from others who have been through the scan as well.  This site sums it up pretty well.  MRI Side Effects

Submitted by Lurdes (not verified) on Sun, 11/08/2009 - 1:01pm.


On August the 29th, at 21h, My husband did a normal Magnetic ressonance of his cervical (without any contrast). When the exam finished e felt a little warm. We both went home and on that same night he woke up at 6 AM, with severe pain in his back and lot of marks cover all his skin. After that he had a strange liquid dyarrea, and his esfofage and mucoses semed like they were burning. Unfortunately the symptoms maintain until now. We went to the doctor (dermatholagist) and try everything but the symptoms won't go away and are worsen. He wakes up the same every day. Since this resonance he started to have what is callel a kind of small nerves neuropathies. He made all the existing exams and the only possible cause must be the MRI.
That's when all started.

What I ask is: Does MRI damage small nerve fibers? Causing Neuropathic pain, and if so, is it curable?

Do you think I have an allergy to magnetic ressonances? Is it going to pass soon? :( I'm so worried. Is there any test I can do to know if MRI has done some damage to my body?

Thank you,


PS: Is there any place where I can file a complaint? Is there any study of such side effects? I have a lot of photos and I'm willling to show my skin.

Submitted by Suzana on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 4:01pm.

Please contact me concerning the side effects.  I have just registered for this site.  Read my comment, I want to get a lot of people that are having this problem to start an investigation.  It's been 2 years and my ears are still ringing and pulsating.

Submitted by Debbie (not verified) on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 12:35am.

I've jsut had an MRI today of my brain and full body (spinal chord) for MS.  I don't remember feeling as bad as this after previous MRI's so I looked it up and found this site.  I was so dizzy/woozy afterwards that I couldn't walk straight or get my balance.  I needed to sit down for a spell and the nurse got me a drink.  SHe said it was normal to feel that way and that it was something to do with 'moving through the magnetic field', whatever that meant!  She said she'd had one to test out the machine once as a student and felt the same way.  I was reassured I wasn't having a sudden MS relapse!  Is still feel a bit wierd - just dizzy really and in need of a good lie down.  Hoping it will pass by tomorrow.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 2:36pm.

I feel a lot better having found this page.  Like everyone else here, I just got home from my first MRI, and felt very strange and dizzy when getting out of the machine.  I had no sedatives.  My 45 minute stay in the machine felt more like 5 minutes, and when I got out, I could barely stand.  I felt like I was hallucinating--that what I was experiencing wasn't real.  I felt like I was getting out of a time machine on a completely different day than when I had entered.

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Submitted by aagoing on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 4:45am.

I had an MRI almost a week ago. I still have a headache and feel a little nauseas. I felt dizzy, and nauseas after it was over. Cant find anything about it on the interenet other than right here.

Submitted by Kristin (not verified) on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 9:53am.

I had an MRI done yesterday (11-16-07) and it was horrifying! I am clausterphobic, but keeping my eyes closed kept that in check. However, I was unaware of the noises and the effects it would have on me. Being in there, I kept trying to think of good things/good times. There was NO way the noises were allowing that  though! It was terrifying and I felt like the main character of a horror movie the WHOLE time. The techs did not consult with me about this nor did they provide me with any direction afterwards. It was basically, "bye! and good luck!" I was very dizzy and YES out of sorts afterwards. I am still feeling sad and upset from it. When completed, I wanted to get outta there as fast as possible - it was that bad. When sleeping, I rarely dream and remember any of the dreams. Last night, I had one BAD/SAD/SCARY dream after another! Something rocked my brain and I am very uncomfortable more than 24 hours later.

Submitted by alnwink@btinter... on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 12:07pm.

Totally with you all  on this one. I had my first MRI scan today...of the pelvic area. The consultant already knows there is something that needs dealing with in there, but needed more info. I had seen the 'mass' already on an ultrasound. The third and fourth sections of the scan were right on the problem: I could feel it throbbing right through the mass. Felt SO weird; and because this thing inside me  is causing pain when I move or lie in certain positions, I felt some pain at this point in the scan, even though I was absolutely motionless and had had no pain whilst lying on my back to that point. I could tell exactly what they were focused on and when. The previous parts of the scan and following sections did not cause the same sensations, but other milder feelings.

Upon getting released at the end, I found I felt very unsure about standing and sat down again. At that point I explained my sensations to the technician and was suprised to be told very firmly that my sensations were all in my mind. It was not possible to feel the scan taking place. I then told him at exactly which point in the scan he had been working on the 'mass' in my uterus...and he looked pretty suprised. I wasn't up for a fight at that point, so I just left it at that. Is there a conspiracy going on here or what?!!  because I am definately not nuts, I came on here to find out what other people's experiences are: low and behold I have not found a report that says 'I felt nothing' either during or afterwards.

I have needed to sleep the afternoon away, but put that down to the 2mg diazepam I took an hour before the scan, as I am claustrophobic. This helped alot to keep me calm. Now I am up, i feel so weird still I dare not have my usual glass of wine this evening!!

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Submitted by Robert Fine (not verified) on Sat, 11/21/2009 - 10:32pm.



Submitted by Laura (not verified) on Sun, 11/22/2009 - 6:31am.

My father is having similar side effects.  After having the MRI for his head, he has been complaining of seeing double, having a headache and feeling dizzy.  He is on day four with these symptoms since undergoing this MRI.  I am worried, and I think he is to, that his vision will not go back to normal.  Is this normal for the side effects to last this long?  If there is anyone who can relate to this story or has an answer to my question, please reply.  Thanking the Trusted.MD community in advance.

Submitted by TRW (not verified) on Sun, 11/22/2009 - 6:30pm.

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!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/23/2009 - 12:13pm.

Cervical Spine MRI. I could feel pulsating in my abdomen and now have head aches. I do not normally have headaches. Could I have ingested some kind of metallic substance in the past or parasites? I know I am probably watching to much Dr.G. Just thinking out load, I did not mention it to the doctor but I am glade I found this site.

Submitted by Janetl (not verified) on Sun, 11/29/2009 - 11:07pm.

I had a brain Mri on a Tues and felt the same uneasy and strange feeling. But on thursday night started to develope hives. They said its unual to be alergic to the contrast dye. I was upset that was not told of any of the side effects. 15 minutes of the mri was done without the dye and when they injected me they said only 2 minutes more. Why bother? Now I  am miserable. By Wed morning it was all over my chest arms, legs.  I was told to take benadryl. By Sat they had me pick up prednisone a steroid. Sunday morning my hive had become one red blob all red on my body and now spread to my eyes. All puffy! They took me off of prednisone and now I am on cetirizine! I wish I never had this mri done. Hope I recover from all of this. I feel just miserable. Please ask about the side effects! They are supposed to give you somthing about this. I am not going to let this go. People should know!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/04/2009 - 8:32pm.

well i think you all had side effects because youve been exposed to additional radiation you know because after you have an xray or mri or ct scan the radiation from the magnetic fields stay in your skin for a long period of time so thats why you had side effects there was alittle in your skin and you added more

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/07/2009 - 11:52pm.

I had an MRI a few days ago. The tech told me I could leave my belt on even though the buckle was partial metal. I haven't been able to get it up ever since. Has anyone expeirenced this? If so how long does this last?

Submitted by Andreas (not verified) on Sun, 12/13/2009 - 5:36am.

I too had a brain scan (on Thursday this past week which means my symptoms have lasted 4 days aswell) and I now  have vision problems and feeling very lightheaded. When I sit or lie down it feels like the room is spinning. Whenever I roll my eyes up, down or to either side as far as it's possible my head hurts like you won't believe. Then it takes a few seconds for my eyes to focus when I look straight ahead. Have thought about going to the ER a few times this weekend but don't want to go there for them to tell me it's nothing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 12:00am.

I received an MRI last week as part of a hearing test. It seemed unnecessary to me, but my ENT said it would be good insurance. The tech people had me change into their pants and store my clothes in a locked locker. All seemed well. I was advised the the test would take about 35 minutes and then another 35 after my injection. They took a blood sample. I asked what they would be injecting me with. They told me, but were not interested in talking more about it. They inserted cone shaped earplugs and gave me earphones. The phones would be used if the tech persons wanted to talk to me. I was given a squeeze ball should I need to contact them. They adjusted my position and rolled me into the tube. It seemed so small I decided to close my eyes to avoid feeling closed in. That helped. I was not prepared for the noise and feared it might damage my hearing, but I did not squeeze the ball for fear of damaging the test. About mid-way through the first test they tried to talk to me via the earphones. I was unable to hear them and assumed they wanted me to hold still . I repeated this back to them, but there was no answer. A later message was clear enough for me to understand that they were doing part of the exam over. I was pulled out and given the injection of Gadolinium and told it would another 35 minutes. The noise continued and was very loud and the machine vibrated. Again I was told that a portion of the test would have to be done over. They thought about 13 minutes additional time. This was followed by a series of sounds that resembled an alarm. I feared there was a problem and wondered if the techs were awaire of it. When the test was completed and I was removed from the unit,  asked about the alarm. They said I should have had something to settle my nerves. I had a low grade headache for several days and felt just off, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I felt I have a post MRI trama. I called and asked for some information about the Gadolinium, and was told it was out of my system when I went potty. After a week straight of low grade headaches I made an appointment with my Natureopath who felt I didn't need to worry about the injection, but the electromagnic aspects were outside his knowledge. Yesterday I had an acupuncture treatment, which seems to help the headaches  and plan to reture next week for another treatment. Still I fear I may never know if allowing the MRI was a mistake and there will be some long term damage. I was thankful for this website and to learn that others had had the same experience as me. I would never allow an MRI again.

Submitted by Lauren24 (not verified) on Mon, 01/25/2010 - 1:21pm.

So glad I found all these posts!  I had a second MRI (my first was about 4 years ago) this past Friday, and experienced side effects afterwards that had me so worried that I considered going to a hospital.  Seeing accounts like these helped give me piece of mind.

 I am 24, female, and do have trouble with arthritis (not sure if any of this makes a difference, but in case somebody does find accounts like these and decides to do a future study thought it would be good to state).  I went in for my knee, and felt fine during the MRI.  I had no issue with anxiety (I saw refer to it as being treated like a tanning bed, which was my thought exactly).  I just relaxed and closed my eyes.  At one point further in (about the 4th time the machine started up) my leg did involuntarily twitch twice.

 Lucky for me, my husband was able to go with me.  I was perfectly fine before, and we were supposed to go out that night since it was a Friday evening.  When I came out from the MRI though, I was really feeling rough.  I had extreme dizziness, shaking, headache, nausea and fatigue.  Instead of going out I asked to go home, and immediately went to lay in bed (did not change out of my work clothes or anything, I was SO sick.  Even on the way home I did not open my eyes and just kept saying to my husband I was so sick and just wanted to get home).  My husband gave me some headache medicine and looked for side effects online because he was so worried.  The difference between me before and after the test was proof enough for me that how I felt was centered around my test.

Submitted by Anonymousdt. (not verified) on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 5:52pm.

Just had one today went in feeling fine now I feel like crap!!! My throat feels like I have metal in it and now my nose is running I am glad I found this sight!!!

Submitted by concerned mom (not verified) on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 11:22am.

My 11-year old daughter had an MRI yesterday, and I was sitting next to her.  She did not have the dye.  Afterwards she felt woozy, had confused thoughts, and said it felt like someone had been talking to her between the beeps.  I was sitting right next to her and I feel woozy too!  I also had a really weird dream last night.  Has anyone heard of effects of someone sitting NEXT TO the machine?!?!!  Also, how long do the woozy, brain-scrambling effects last?  I called the place where she got the MRI, talked to two people, and they both said they had "never heard of any side effects before."  REALLY?  I said, because there are plenty documented online.  I just hope this is going to go away, and that no permanent damage was done.  I think some people may be more sensitive to the magnetic field than others.  I had the MRI place document the effects on my daughter's file, and I will have her doctor do the same.  She has a chiari malformation, and we are supposed to get MRIs each year.  I think NOT.

Submitted by darby on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 12:41pm.

I too had my first ever brain MRI w/wo contrast last Friday, 2/5/10.  I had no idea what to expect.  They gave me soft ear plugs and put headphones on me with my choice of music.  One of the techs also talked through the headphones which was very helpful!

It took so much longer than I expected and sounded like a construction site, a rock concert, and a jet engine all at the same time - even with all the ear coverage!  About half way through I felt a slight rushing through my arms, neck and head thinking they had injected the dye (they hadn't) and then a metallic taste in my mouth.  I had to work very hard to calm myself with deep breathing and visualization.  I never opened my eyes the entire time.... When it was over I couldn't get that 'cage' off my face quick enough. 

When I got home Fri. evening I felt like I had been run over.  My whole body was slightly achy and I was extremely tired - it was only 6 p.m.  The entire weekend I felt really out of it - kind of depressed, not motivated to do anything!  I stayed in my pajama's all day on Sat. and Sun.  It took all my effort to get up and fix a meal, I seemed to spend a lot of time just sleeping and watching TV.  Wondering the whole time what was wrong with me and why I felt so uninterested and unmotivated.  Pardon the "gross" factor here but I also found myself quite constipated - all I can say is I was not myself and did not feel normal for the entire weekend - so glad to know I'm not alone :-)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 7:35am.

All I know is, I am very clautrophobic which I am thankful for, because of it I could not stay in that tube even a minute before they turned it on, and now that I've read all of your comments I will not get one.  I have a gallbladder gallstone and they wanted to do an MRCP, which is a type of MRI,  to look for more stones in bile ducts connected to the gallbladder.  Well guess what?  I'm not getting it.  I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and suffer migraines--I don't need to add to those problems even if it lasts only a day,  it still must be agony!!!  Thanks to all for your warnings.  I read that  there is a procedure that can be done during gallbladder removal to look for other gallstones.  And there is another test ( an ERCP) if you wish to find stones before surgery, in which you have to be sedated, during which a tube is inserted down your esophagus to look for stones.  Maybe this will help someone with my type of problem.  THANKS!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/12/2010 - 1:47am.

I had an MRI shoulder injection w/ Gadalinium 3 days ago.  I called the imaging center to report what I believe is an allergic reaction. The operator said there is no way a shoulder injection caused side effects of Gadalinium because it would not have entered my blood stream. However, I was fine when I went in for the MRI.  During the test my body felt like it was burning, and my sinus started draining during the test. I had to swallow what drained; when the test was done my throat was a bit sore, and tasted like burnt popcorn.  I got a headache about 2 hours after, and during the night it felt like I'd been hit by a Mack Truck. The back of my neck felt like someone grabbed me from behind with clutched hands. My throat felt as if it was swollen. I felt nausea and dizzy, I could not get out of bed.  My nose kept running and I kept blowing. After a day the flem (phleme) started and was a green and brown color with the same "snot-burnt popcorn taste*, my voice was gone! and still on 2nd day my heart was racing (108) and my son nursing student recorded it, had me breath into a brown bag. It reduced my heart rate to (100) and I went to sleep. Disoriented. I woke up  3rd day no more racing heart but voice still gone, still have phleme coming up in my throat without a cough, head feels clearer, not dizzy, but very tired. 

I'm glad I have a way to report this. I am hoping our witness to this bad drug-MRI testing will be heard.  I read that perhaps the ingred. of my H1N1 shot caused reaction, or my dental work? 

I see the doc. in the morning. I'll post what they say about it. 

Submitted by beebs (not verified) on Sun, 02/14/2010 - 10:02am.

Most people I know including myself, had various symptoms as described in most of the posts I read here.  It is untrue to say  MRIs are "safe"  if electromagnetic fields and RF can and do cause beakages in DNA strands, so can MRI.  Note, that are no undergoing studies of MRIs side effects minus the dye.  Equally radiologists continue to reassure patients that contrast dyse is safe.  It is not.  Adverse reactions (not allergic) and side effects can causions life threatening conditions such as severe hypoglycaemia even a couple of years later!!  Read up on contrast dye with and without galdolinium!!





Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/16/2010 - 3:17pm.

On a  lumbar (no contast) MRI I felt the heat sensation throughout my body. Same thing with my other MRIs. So this is the 3rd.  I have a lumbar injury, so the pain made me sweat during the mri. It hurts horribly to lay on my back on a hard surface with the injury. Possibly due to the injury,  and pressure on the nerves, when I came out my left leg was numb, and it was difficult to stand, so I asked for assistance and a few minutes to get my head together. I guess you can call that dizziness.  My stomach began to cramp about 2 hours afterward. Diarrhea began. Same thing happened after my other mri just months prior/same injury.  The night of the mri I had a hard time sleeping because of the heat emitting  from my body, it felt almost like I had been cooked from the inside out. It's been 4 days and the diarrhea hasn't stopped. 

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Submitted by james1111111 (not verified) on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 5:03pm.

I feel the same way. kind of scary. hope i feel better soon.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 8:04pm.

I'm 42 yrs old, have multiple sclerosis, and was diagnosed at age 27.  Nearly every year I've had series of MRI's to monitor the progression of the disease.  Generally, they've been of the brain and cervical spine. I've found a few truisms about them (after having at LEAST 15 of them):

 - Expect to feel like ass for about 24 hours afterward.  It's a fact; plan to accept it.

- Expect to feel REALLY nasty immediately afterward.   That usually goes away in about 3-4 hours.  I used to drive myself home after the scans; I wised up and have someone else drive me now.  You *may* wish to heed my advise.

- I had the gadolinium 1 time.  NEVER again... it made the  side effects FAR worse to deal with.  Also caused me to have a hemorrhagic nosebleed that lasted for over 2 hours.  Yeah... NEVER again for that garbage.

All in all though, the process has been helpful for my situation... and after 24 hours, I'm all back to normal (whatever THAT means...)  :p  As a side note, my biggest problem with the MRI machine is that I have a tendency to fall sound asleep during the scans and wake with a sudden shudder, messing with the results.

 Don't fear the machine/process... just be advised that you'll likely feel bad afterward if having a brain/spine scan done, and you may wish to have someone drive you home.

Submitted by Colette (not verified) on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 4:30am.

It took me five days to feel any change, and only after I went to the doctor. I was given inhalers, anti-biotics...I had a "panic-attack" type symptom w/racing heart 113 bpm...had to take Lorazapam which lowered it to 100 bpm. 

It's been noted on my charts at doc. that I am allergic to the MRI contrast and I will never have another, ever~

My left eye is still twitching, uncontrollable and I am certain it is a cause of the MRI, as I was fine before going in. All of it...

BAD GAD~BAD DRUG-remember VIOXX when they said, OH it's fine...the hormone replacement therapy that caused heart attacks? Well this is one that won't be around for long! 

If anyone wants info. from me about this contact me at:

Submitted by joao (not verified) on Sun, 02/28/2010 - 9:06am.

MRI without contrast strange skin adverse reaction/allodynia?

My name is joao and I’m 35 years old and healthy until now.
I did a MRI (magnetic ressonance – 3 T) exam to my cervical, without contrast.

After this exam, I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night with a burning sensation all over my back. I looked in the mirror and my back and shoulders were full of wrinkles (depressions). It seemed like a dermographism (Pressure urticaria) but with a burning sensation associated (a kind of mechanical /dynamic allodynia). I asked my wife to take a picture:

(I know this is the marks of the sheets, but I never ever had the skin so sensitive, and these are depressions not erruptions)

I also had a strange “diarreha” and my hair and genitals burn for some months.

After 7 months this kind of “allergy” is still here. Every time I brush or make pressure to my body, there are these depressions on my skin and this burning sensation. I consulted a dermatologist and I tried Zyrtek but it didn’t work, and my levels of histamine are all right after a blood analysis.

I’m afraid the MRI damaged my small nerve fiber in the skin. Do you think I could suffer from nerve damage? And due to that am I now suffering from Neuropathic Pain? How can I know what the MRI did to me? I’m very worried…

I surfed the net and saw a lot of people complaining about sensory/burning feelings after doing MRIs. I also got acquainted with something called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity as an emerging illness, which now I’m afraid I suffer from. And maybe this is the cause of many idiopathic skin allergies or other kind of illness.

Thus, I was wondering if you could help me solving this mystery, because no DRs can, or don’t care about it. In fact, nobody seems to care, not even the place where I did the MRI. The hospital (Hospital da Luz – Lisbon) says they follow FDA guidelines, and it’s all. Everybody always says MRIs don’t do anything to one’s body. Well! this one DID!

Is there something I can do? How can I make this allergic reaction go away? How can I know what damage it made to my body? Does an allergic reaction necessary means that there was tissue damage? Can MRIs cause allodynia or central sensitization?

If OMS recognize that there is a disease called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity why aren’t people warned about it before doing MRIs?

Please help me. I have a small baby that needs a healthy father.

Thank you,


My email is:

PS: I did an EMG which turned out to be normal and have no disease that can justify this kind of burning sensation/Neuropathic pain on my body. It all started with the MRI

Submitted by David (not verified) on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 8:39am.

I totally agree with those who have posted. It's 16 hrs later and my head feels heavy and I'm dizzy and feeling flush. No headache but a heavy feeling in the front of my head above the sinus cavity. I went in for a right ankle MRI for 20-30 minutes. I felt fine before, a little pain in my ankle during the procedure and my foot became really cold. I also had some pulsating in my left front upper leg. Afterwards I felt very dizzy and slightly confused. For the next several hours, I felt crapy ! I was not myself and had to take a couple advils and I went to bed as I felt really exhausted. My wife who is an electro-magnetics expert, finds this very interesting and just assumed there would naturally some minor side effects as a result of high intensity magnetic fields and radio waves !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 03/14/2010 - 7:26am.

A year prior to my MRI, I had a low speed accident resulting primarily in chronic neck stiffness. My doctor recommended an MRI after I noted some sensitivity on my cervical spine when the area is rubbed. My MRI lasted on 15 minutes. During the second series, I felt a prickly pain in my right hand, left cheek and vibrating sensations through my legs. I told the technician after it was over and he noted my reports as odd. He did state that some people are "sensitive" to the MRI and note that they can feel the "waves". I continued. The sensations can back during at least one more series.

For the first 2-3 days, I felt a vibrating sensation through my body; as if I had been shocked. These feelings were fairly intense. I also had pins and needles sensations in my hands and arms. The doctors stated it was because of my know diagnosed bulging disc. I explained that these were never a part of my symptoms prior to the MRI over the course of the year and only begin after the MRI.

It has now been 5-6 weeks since my MRI and I still have intermittent feelings that I associate with my MRI: facial tingling, arm/leg tingling, occasionally vibration syndrome. They overall have been milder than those experienced in the first 72 hours but still remain. My doctor finally offered some nerve pain medication but I opted to take Aleve instead (kind of freaked out now about side effects of things) and the Aleve has been helping.

If I knew that my symptoms would be worse after the MRI, I would have definitely not proceeded. The last 5-6 weeks have been difficult. I have freaked myself out about "is there something else wrong with me" kind of thinking. I am hoping that my side effects will slowly go away but have been very discouraged.

#191: First MRI
Submitted by "An Unforwarned Patient" (not verified) on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 8:18am.

Had my first MRI this morning. I didnt do any research on it prior...figured it was safe. I had a rotator cuff and arm injury 3 weeks prior. The place was in duncan,sc at Inmed Diagnostics. The prior questioning was pretty standard. They wanted to eliminate risk by determining or eliminating any metel in or about the body. I understood this and also removed credit cards and so forth to keep them from being erased during the procedure. The first strange sensation was that of warmth in the area scanned. The second sensation was the pulsing and varied intervals, i figured this was from the noise pulses from the open mri. Later I felt as if this were not the case. The pulses I felt were strange, like pulling or dragging and deeper at times. The warmth varied and then the sharp pain in my mouth. I felt my teeth with fillings began to have a sharp pain in waves. The feeling in my throat at or about the rear flapper near the tonsiles was the strangest. I felt my throat close
three times. At the time I thought it was just the positioning of my head while I layed flat on the table. But it was difficult as I moved my jaw to open and clear my throat and swallow to moisten it. I wasnt nervous till then. i wasnt stressfull till that point. 3 times in a row. I blamed it on the stress but i was actually relaxed with my eyes closed and already went through 2 of the 5 series of scans. 8 minute scans with premptive short burst. At the end of it all I strangely had a little trouble getting up a little dizzy at first and I made ther comment to the operator about the strange sensations not knowing what to think of them. The operator made no comment. I then began to think of my days of TV REPAIR and began to think of the DEGAUSSING instruments I used with the high voltage CRT's and I asked her "What was the GAUSS POWER of this thing" I got a weird response of "I knew you would ask me a question I dont know" Again, no response. I began to look at the door jam and wall area realizing how thick they were just like an XRAY room's walls and asked about it. She finally answered this question with "Yes, the walls have a copper lining in them" I am guessing that of course they were for some bodys protection, but from what? Like X-Rays I assumed from repeated exposure from dangerous MAGNETIC ENDUCED RADIO WAVES. All this and I voluntarily exposed myself to this crap with no Forwarning from the Diagnostic Establishment. My next thoughts were of MICROWAVES and what Frequency this MRI consisted of. And then the big thought...CANCER from chromosome/Dna damege or mutation. Hummmmmmm Im know wandering how far down the line before this catches up with me and Was it worth it or a greater benefit to me to see if muscle and tendons are tore up. Thank you Workmans Comp...........

Submitted by febs66 on Sat, 03/20/2010 - 12:11pm.

I am so glad to read Anji's (020608)experience with the brain MRI. I had a brain MRI done yesterday afternoon at 2 PM and was told there would be no side effects since there was no medications given. An EEG had come back abnormal taken because of time and memory lapses and numbness in toes and now fingers so the neurologist ordered the MRI. I had the same thing happen that Anji described.

I was very comfortable in the scanner. I was completely relaxed. I actually started having vivid dreams. I was on a ship in space and could see the darkness and stars out the long side window and I was on a very comfortable soft cot strapped in. Funny since I am terrified of flying but wasn't then. Then I had lots of designs dancing in front of my closed eyes. Then I was back in my 2nd grade class with all my classmates and and I was also 7 again, saying all their names and seeing their faces as if it was yesterday. Mind you, I am 66. My head felt strange during the scan especially a feeling of pushing on the rear left side, almost painful. I told the scan operator all that I experienced and he seemed surprised.

I drove home after and felt a little lightheaded but just figured I was tired. Went to bed early and woke up at 2 AM with extreme nausea, dizziness, disorientation, weakness, shakiness and cold clammy sweats. I wretched a few times and went back to bed. My mind was going full speed and I finally got up at 3:30 AM because I woke the dog and so took him out and stayed up. Took an hour nap at 6 AM.

So here I am today, still nauseous, dizzy and a bit disoriented. I don't feel like normal. Not terrible but not normal. Still a weird feeling in my head, like a pressure inside on the rear left side. What I want to know is if Anji ever found out what they said when she told her doctor and when did she feel back to normal again. My doctor will be getting the report Monday and I will call in the afternoon to find out if he will tell me anything before my next appt. Thank you for having this site to get answers and share experiences.

Submitted by Y. Cardona (not verified) on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 9:33am.

Hello everyone. On Thursday, March 18, 2010, I went for my first MRI. I am 32 yrs old and have been having TIA's (mini-strokes)for the last 3 months. I felt really good prior to the MRI. I was calm and relaxed w/just a touch of boredom. I do not suffer from claustrophobia but when that machine started whirring about my head with all the noise, I had to concentrate on "happy thoughts". After a few moments, I was adjusting, so much so that I awoke with a jerk. I did not even realize I had fallen asleep. It must have been such a jerk when I awoke because the 2 attendants quickly asked if I was okay. I did not even realize the exam was over. Everything that has happened to all of you has happened to me. When I got up, I was practically drunk. I stumbled and swayed. I felt confused, disoriented and out-of-it. I felt like in a "haze" and uncoordinated. 2 hrs later, I was no longer dizzy just out-of-it. That is why I am here. I went online looking for an explanation and found all of you. I cannot believe that no one acknowledges what all of us have gone thru. I WONDER, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REASONS ANY OF YOU GOT AN MRI IN THE FIRST PLACE? It stands to reason that if that machine's magnetic field is stronger than the earth's and we have got "IRON" in the blood, something is going to happen. Duh! I'm not even a doctor or college graduate for that matter but, I'm smart enough to now that. Please post thoughts.

Submitted by MRI yesterday Mar 22, 2010 (not verified) on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 6:20pm.

I had an MRI yesterday of my brain, I was feeling fine before I went in, this had no contrast. When it was over, I was so dizzy and woozy, that I had to sit down before I could leave. Thankfully, my wife was with me to drive me home, because I was going to go by myself and I cannot imagine trying to drive home. I developed a horrible headache and nausea, I was hoping when I went to bed and woke up I would feel better, but I still just felt different, out of sorts. Today, I ate just a little bit around 1:30 pm and when I went to stand up, I knew I was going to get sick (which I never throw up). I have thrown up so hard five times today, I hope there is nothing else in me to come up. I have the chills, low grade fever and a headache. So I agree there are side effects to MRI, I do not care what they say either. I don't know what it did to me, but it is it is like having a bad case of the FLU!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 12:30pm.

I had my first, and hopefully last, MRI yesterday for a torn rotator cuff. Within an hour of the exam, I was light headed, dizzy, and nausious. I developed a headache by the next morning, and the other symptoms are continuing. It has now been 19.5 hrs. How long is this gonna last?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 2:03pm.

I have had numerous Mri's as of 3/10 I was burned while being scaned 1st degree. Has this happened to anyone else. I had 2 scannns this day 1st was fine 2nd I received a 1st degree burn on my hip.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 5:45am.

hi - this is great. really is a relief to know you're not crazy.

I had my first MRI 4 hrs ago, and I still feel out of sorts..

I have no claustrophobia, and so I thought, I don't need the sedation, I'll be fine. Be brave! I'm 25 BTW. Like other posts state above, I wish they tell you before that claustrophobia isnt the only feeling ppl get. definitely could have done with some valium.

Holy crap: After 5 mins of the scan, I freaked out from the pulling sensation. I cant describe it any other way than my body going primal! MY BODY did not want to be there, like it was fighting my mind to get the hell out - if that makes sense. i threw off the headphones and started panting. Then I told myself stop being so bloody silly, you need this test. its just a scan. do it - get it over with. So I lied back down, gripping the headphones against my ears. and screwing tight my eyes. And then the strangest thing happened: Even if I wanted to get up, i couldn't. I felt... paralysed. The whole 'being taken over by something' creepy feeling came over me. My mind played tricks on me. Like above posts state, you can't string a thought together, you can't count to 10, cant follow the rhythm or lyrics of the music they play, cant even feel time. You just CAN'T distract yourself. It was just pounding sounds of the machine and dire straits distant hum. you're trapped, but you're not even scared.

I walked out of there scrambled and very fragile. As if someone woke me up in the middle of a dream. All I knew was that I wanted sugar, water, food - mad craving for fries - NOW. I went to macdonalds at 10 am!

Now it feels like my brain can't make sense of what happened, like a trauma ppl block out or a dream slipping away after you wake up.

what the hell does the mri do to the mind? (besides the obvious stated scientific-medical jargon)..

get better everybody!!

Submitted by tania (not verified) on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 7:06pm.

Just had my first lumber MIR. I had had back pain for years, so they ordered the MRI to diagnose the problem. I felt great before it (not counting the back pain). During the test the left side of my back felt really warm and uncomfortable. I felt a dull kind of tugging. I could tell where the machine was scanning. It all lasted about 20 minutes, but toward the end, I felt I couldn't stand it any longer.I was so glad to get it over with.

When I got up from the table I felt dizzy, and slightly nauseated. It has been an hour now and it has not improved. When I changed back in my regular clothes I noticed the area below my neck was all red, covered with tiny blood vessels that looked like I had scratched myself badly. It makes me wonder, if I can see this on the surface, what does it do to my organs and cells?

Now I have a bad headache in addition to the nausea and dizziness. I am glad I found this site. At least I know I am not imagining things... I hope ten years from now we don't end up finding this is a permanently-damaging or cancer-causing procedure.

Submitted by Susan99 (not verified) on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 2:43pm.

I have had both open and closed MRI and Cat Scans since i was in when I was 13 in 7th grade off and on due to injuries earlier in my life on my knee, and my neck, stomach, and head and have NEVER had one issue. Until Tuesday March 30th (age 28 to give to the time range of my mri/etc experience) I had to have a mri on my left shoulder to see if i have the tendinitis in the shoulder. Normally I have absolutely NO problem being relaxed and staying still and being slow and calm. Yes ear plugs and no contrast and was still calm the whole time just like dude this is a little odd.

This MRI happen to be the closed mri. what was odd was EVERY time the noise was going(magnets) my muscles started have spasms in my arms and legs and even my eyes. They had to redo every test like 2-3 times. Kept telling me i know it hard just try to calm down relax and breath slow and deep and not move. and i would be like i am sorry my muscles just keep having spasms. They kept going. What was even more weird. The spasms stop when the scan stopped. The more scans the worst the spasms and my eyes started rolling in the back of my head. whole time i am calm trying to breath slow my my breathing is shallow and fast as during the scan i find it extremely difficult to maintain my normal mri relax breathing. as i have had at least over 15 mri's and ct's.

Now after 4 days later. My body hurts in my tendons and joints and it feels like my nerves are missing firing causing more pain on my arms( feel swollen on the elbow hand, finger shoulders, along my neck back etc). My knee that hasnt bothered me since i was in high school feels like i injured it my legs are not better as the tendons on the top of my feet actually look swollen and feel like i sprained or broke my feet and i shouldnt be walking on them( the feeling is the same all over my body and it is just getting slowly worse. my eye vision has seemed to become more blurry than my not some good vision was to start out) Over all My body feels like someone took a baseball bat and smashed it all then elmer glued it back together

I have NEVER ever had any issues with a MRI until this one on Tuesday. I had one on my stomach and head within the last year and had not had any issues not even a weird dizzy feeling just felt like i was laying down for a bit got up and drown home etc. This is the very first time since I was 13 (so in 15 years) of having MRIs and cat scans anything like this has occurred. I think That ALL MRI machines magnets need to be looked at as even scientist discuss that maybe the Earth magnetic poles are changing and how would this effect the planet. Maybe that is a factor maybe it is not. I dont know but I do know I had a MAJOR side effect from that MRI scan. and have never know there was such a chance or them.

Goodluck everyone.
A Suffering MRI patient after 15 yrs of MRIs

Submitted by Amber (not verified) on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 4:04pm.

Hi, I just had an MRI yesterday, and had been wondering if the sensations I had during and after could be considered normal. I was in a car accident a couple years ago and the MRI was to help determine cause of some lingering issues, so brain and lumbar regions were scanned. During the brain scan I was having the feeling of movement, almost like being on a boat. That subsided somewhat and then 3 or 4 times I became nauseous. The only other thing during the MRI was that both my neck (cervical/suboccipital) and lower back began to hurt very badly, almost a burning sensation deep in the tissue (not on my skin) and those areas became very stiff.

After the MRI I was a bit light-headed and disoriented but was fine to walk out and drive. My neck and back got exceptionally stiff as the evening progressed and I developed a terrible headache. After a hot bath, a prescription pain pill and a good night's rest I have a bit of light-headedness and a dull headache remaining today.

What do you think?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/11/2010 - 8:11am.

I am SO glad to find this! What a relief to my brain (as I wait for relief from the symptoms!) I had a full spine MRI yesterday. I was sedated because the last time I had one, I had my first and only "panic attack". Now I realize that was not panic. There were no ear plugs and the weird sensations many of you describe were being experienced. However, yesterday I had no real trouble in the tube but last night I had severe headache (not at all prone to those) nausea and all day today diarrhea, irritability, depression, sinus drainage, and just a feeling of being off). I felt great beforehand and no one around me has been sick so I don't have reason to suspect a virus. It could all be attributed to something else, of course, but when you hear hoof prints - think horse, not zebra. I am going to pound some water and catch some z's and hope to reboot my system soon! Thanks for posting this stuff for worried people like me!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/17/2010 - 8:07am.

I had my first MRI yesterday and everything through the procedure went fine and I felt normal. Shortly after though, I started experiening dizzy spells, about 2 to 4 an hour, lasting a few minutes a time. They continued while laying down last night and are still present this monrning. I'm being positive and am sure they'll stop soon. Yet, there is something to the dizzy spells and the MRI... enough to make me research this. My mother is a Radiologist and is dismissing the combination as "balarky".

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 9:19pm.

I am so glad I found this site. On Friday, April 16th I attempted an enclosed MRI. My last experience with an MRI was 17 years ago for a low back issue. During that scan, I did not encounter any issues. The scan on Friday began without any issues. I was relaxed and ready to take a nap. When the tech started running through the initial settings, I laughed to myself about how the beeps sounded like cars on the street. Anyhow, the first scan was to be of the neck. I could literally feel a pulsing sensation moving itself from the upper spine, neck then lower part of my head before I pressed the panic button. I felt like my brain was being scrambled and my ears began to hurt. Prior to the scan, I did insert the ear plugs, but my issue had nothing to do with the sound of the machine, but the strange and uncomfortable sensations I had in the machine. The tech pulled me out and asked me what I wanted to do. My response..."no thanks".

Upon dressing, I had a headache and my ears began to itch. By the time I got home and I looked in the mirror my face and ears were red (along with non-stop itching for several hours)along with a 3 day headache. It almost felt like I had burned my ears? Not sure. The tech said I must be claustrophic, but I never felt scared. I just couldn't take the pulsating taking place in my head and ears. I hope someone begins to look into this. FYI - I do work as a support person in a hospital setting and was working with a Tech that I knew.

#204: MRI's
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 10:01pm.

I also had the same experiences, however mine were very physically intense. Physically i could feel the pulling of my miscles, tissues and bones. I had a very scary physical hurt in my chest, head and arms. I am quite healthy with no heart problems. but i thought i was starting to have aheart attach. i was only in the tube for less that 5 min after they turned the thing on and i could feel everything, all the way to my soul, figuratively speaking. I thought i was going to dye. I am not clostrafobic and kept my eyes closed the whole time. today is tuesday april 19th 2010, i was in the tube on monday april 19 2010 at 845 pm. i still do not feel normal something is different now iu don't feel right. i think that more studies should be done to see what happens to people after an MRI. I think Iam still felling the side affects. will report tommorrow to let people know if there is any change.

Submitted by AnonymousKaryn (not verified) on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 9:10pm.

This is a great site. Thanks Anji.
A long while ago I had an MRI, followed by surgery for a meningioma. My various ongoing symptoms I had bestowed upon my diagnosis. Until reading the exact proceedure for the MRI, which certainly had me rethinking my situation. I was soon afterward invited to a crstal healing workshop, where no one had had any specific experience with MRI side effects but duly gave me a crysatl healing. The outcome was amazing and I am so thankful for the God given opportunity. I felt 80% more in alignment, clear-headed, capable are all familiar with these "out of sorts" feelings. The change has continued. My experince and sense is that when the magnets and radio waves put things out of alignment, to bring about the desired effect and thus picture, that maybe some things do not completely return to their original state, leaving us feeling out of skew. The crystals realign, that's their main function. So, my hearty fellow travellers, there is something else for you to research! And may you be well. I have been scheduled for another MRI but I feel it is too risky even with my backup crystals.
I feel there is not enough collated research with our new technologies. I have grave concerns for ultrasound in pregnancy which has been going 30 yrs with no inconclusive evidence that it is safe - and that is issued from the medical arena, This actually is madness and unacceptable.
Blessings, Karyn.

Submitted by CAClark (not verified) on Sat, 04/24/2010 - 12:17pm.

It is nice to know I'm not the only one who has experienced feeling the magnetic waves during about 20 minutes of MRI exposure (without contrast), and the fatigue, nausea and mental "spaceyness" afterward. It is my suspicion that my symptoms are milder due to anemia, but they were and almost 24 hours later still are unpleasant. Someone with higher iron levels in their blood could possibly feel the effects of the magnetism much more strongly. Due to having a doctor in the family I know that ultrasonic waves stimulate/accelerate cellular activity - (Have you noticed after an ultrasound you often urinate more frequently than normal?) - but little is known of the effects of the magnetitism on a cellular level. I can't help but wonder, since we are made up of jillions of atoms (all with their components bearing positive or negative electrical charges), if an MRI can disrupt or overload the electrical balance of our bodies on a sub-atomic level?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 1:17pm.

I am so glad that I found this website. I had my second MRI on April 23, 2010 and it was awful, nothing like the first one that I had about 10 years ago. About 20 minutes into my cranial MRI my heart began to race, it felt like it was going to bust out of my chest. Then my leg and head began to twitch, I couldn’t think straight and I felt warm all over. I felt like I was being shocked. It stopped after about 5 minutes, but that’s when the machine stopped. When it started back up again I felt the same odd feeling, when I say that I couldn’t think straight I mean I couldn’t even count to 10. When I got out of the machine I told the tech about my feelings and he just blew me off. When I got home I went to bed for 3 hours and still didn’t feel right. Later that night I began to cry for no reason, I was unable to sleep and felt like I was going to pass out. My husband stayed up with me until 4:00 am, which is when I finally fell asleep. Now, a week later my joints ache, my vision is blurry and I just don’t feel right. I am so glad that I found this website because my friends and family cannot relate to the way I felt or currently feel after having an MRI. I will never have another one! I have an appointment this week with my neurologist, which is who ordered this test, and I plan on talking to him about this experience.

Submitted by dizzier (not verified) on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 5:01am.

Hey Guys! I am very happy i found this page. Unfortunately there is still not much more to find in the internet about possible side effects of the mri investigation (even though this posts have been going for more than 1 year now!). I actually tried to look for it in german first ("Nebenwirkungen MRT") but all you can find is that supposedly there are none. So hopefully some people searching in german will finally also end up on this page. So i am happy i am not the only one suffering from side effects. Its been 24h now since the i had the mri but i still have these attacks of dizzyness and nausea. They disappear when i focus very much on breating and feeling ok, but as soon as i start to relax, they come back. Hope its over soon!

Submitted by akube (not verified) on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 5:41pm.

it felt like the two membranes inside my head were flipped over... it's been 6 hours.. i still have that sensation of that strong magnet flippin' my brain like its some kinda burger patty... it is soo weird.. i'm glad it was just two minutes! i had my eyes closed... guys i aint doin no 40 minute mri.. ever! i don't wanna be there.. i was freaked out with the two-minute version.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 8:46am.

had my first mri tuesday for neck area for auto injury in January. I am healthy 50+ woman, who take supplements, yoga, organic foods, basically heathly. it was a 14 min scan session. felt odd when i came out. got in car and stopped at DQ for drink and just to sit because i just felt a little shaky to drive back to work. finished my work day, went home. husband said the back of my neck looked a little red. watched a movie and at 10:30pm had a sharp pain in chest. layed down on bed and continued to worsen. felt like maybe i needed to throw up. tried but did not. but at that moment, my fingers started really tickling, then they started pounding and mucsles drawing together. i couldn't speak or move my feet. husband said my eyes turned glassy. he could see i was scared but I couldn't move or talk. i was aware of what was happening but couldn't stop it. i could not speak, move, my face felt like it was drawing up. he held me for 3-4 min. then he pulled me over to lay on bed. still couldn't talk or move mouth. i couldn't open my eyes. he manually opened one eye and that seemed to start me back to reality. called ems.
i am sure i had a seizure from the mri that day. slept all night and all next day. 3 days later and i am functional but feel totally spaced out and vacant and emotional. i cry easily. my head feels really odd and puffy and my eyes are still glassy.

#211: wow.....
Submitted by candy (not verified) on Sun, 05/23/2010 - 6:37am.

I had my MRI exam done on May 21 and felt the same way like everybody else did.
And I have a question to everybody posted here. How are you guys doing after that? What did your doctor tell you about your side effects from MRI?
It has been 2 days since I had MRI. I am slightly getting better, but still feel odd or weired, whatever the word that fits my current situation. How long does it take for all those symptoms go away? Any suggestion from anybody?

They say MRI is very safe and does not harm you at all, and I did not question at all before MRI, but is it true that MRI is totally safe? I don't believe so. There are so many people suffering from MRI, but nobody in medical profession try to do anything? For me, it seems like this is a kind of conspiracy....
Maybe, we are supposed to be healthier without new technology. Somebody wants to make money, could it be the reason why we have so many new technology?

Submitted by Dre (not verified) on Sun, 05/23/2010 - 9:11am.

I work in a medical center where my office sets directly above the MRI scanning room. All day long those pulsating vibrations and irritating sounds penetrate through the floor and walls. And every day I have to take medication for headaches at least 2-3 times. When those acoustics first begin, my ears begin to ring, I can feel my heart beating faster, and at times the palms of hands get clammy. This is an irritating noise which makes me lose my concentration and at times has caused me to literally jump right out of chair. There are days, when the MRI is in heavy usage that the noise becomes agitating and I feel my jaws tighten down which is of no help to headache control. By the end of the day I am a total wreck and if the traffic is anywhere near heavy on my way home I have to pull over and perform relaxation therapy to calm down the shakiness. I found this site in the midst of my research on the effect of the noise from MRI machines. Although I do not get the full effects of being directly in this tunnel of pulsating jack hammers...I am subjected to the acoustics of the critical frequency vibrations all day long. With have the same symptoms as most of those who went through the MRI itself...I wonder if the culprit may be the pulsating noise.

Submitted by GMH12 (not verified) on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 2:41pm.

I had my first mri scan this morning (13.5 hours ago). I'm a 33 year old female I've waited 3 months for the appointment and by the time i actually got my scan I didn't really need it! I definitely felt 'odd' after the scan but no nausea or headaches but felt quite emotional. The claustraphobia is not nice to deal with for 20 mins, I'm so glad it wasn't any longer. My heart was racing throughout and I was very tense which doesn't help a bad back at all. Ever since I have wanted to pee. I am peeing a lot and I don't think I've drunk more than normal! Anyone else experienced this? I definitely felt the 'heat' as I was scanned. I had headphones on but the noise was so loud I couldn't hear the music!

Submitted by Johnstone (not verified) on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 2:28am.

While I am not a physician or MRI specialist (I am an electrical engineer), it's worth mentioning that, besides being an advocate for my own health (I no longer trust the "conventional" medical system), I take a proactive approach to understanding medical conditions that affect me or my family.

My experience was not as "bad" as others have informed here--but I certainly do empathize with you folks.

Had a c-spine MRI last night to help diagnose a cervical radiculopathy (neck pain radiating into back and arm)--first time for MRI, so had no preconception what the experience might be like. The procedure lasted about 15 minutes, in three sets of about 5 minutes each. I had no issue with the procedure, such as anxiety or claustrophobia--just felt a little constricted due to approaching the weight limit of the Siemens machine. Entering the coil was a squeeze and I did feel like I needed to take a deep breath the whole time but chose not to for fear that the excessive chest movement would blur or obscure the imaging.

In all three sets, I immediately noticed a slight "warming" sensation in my back and head. During the scanning, the acoustic signature of the machine was different each time. A few times I felt tingling sensations on various peripheral surfaces--definitely coincident with the rhythm of the MRI, and seemingly related to the pitch of the the acoustic signature. If you've ever has "TENS" electro-physiotherapy then you know how it felt. Also, my left arm had completely gone numb. Granted, this is the side I'm experiencing the symptoms, and I was *very* constricted in the coil from shoulder-to-shoulder, but when I came out of the MRI's coil, my arm fell toward the floor because I simply had no motor control whatsoever. I had to lie there for about a minute for the feeling (and control) to return so I could get off the exam table. I thought it was curious that the radiographer asked me, "Did you feel a little warm in there?" to which I replied, "oh yeah." Fortunately, during the exam, this was the extent of the sensations. I didn't end up with a scrambled brain like some less fortunate folks.

However, afterward, I felt a little disoriented and physically slightly off-balance (like I needed to compensate for a shorter leg to keep from falling over) and also felt short of breath and had trouble getting to sleep. I still felt a bit short of breath this morning, but orientation was okay. Throughout the day my breathing returned to normal.

For what it's worth, with my understanding of electromagnetic physics and some quick research into the neurological phenomenon we have witnessed in this forum, for the more technically inclined I would suggest:
- The heating sensation can be explained--a very powerful RF radio power amplifier is used to bombarding the tissue in pulses. The RF power can be hundreds or even several thousand watts. The frequency varies depending on the magnet strength used and the tissue being imaged, but seems to be in the high 10s to low 100s of MHz. In the US and Canada, the FCC and IC legislate specific absorption rate (SAR) and maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limits for radio energy. You can bet these machines were engineered to push those limits right to the legal limit (competitive edge and quality). You can trust me on this point.
- The other neurological symptoms of PNS (Peripheral Nerve Stimulation) are coming from a combination of the static magnetic field and the action of the RF pulses. Quote from WikiPedia, "Although PNS was not a problem for the slow, weak gradients used in the early days of MRI, the strong, rapidly switched gradients used in techniques such as EPI, fMRI, diffusion MRI, etc. are indeed capable of inducing PNS. American and European regulatory agencies insist that manufacturers stay below specified dB/dt limits (dB/dt is the change in field per unit time) or else prove that no PNS is induced for any imaging sequence. As a result of dB/dt limitation, commercial MRI systems cannot use the full rated power of their gradient amplifiers." I doubt that any government agencies responsible for setting these limits have been forced to be accountable for them yet, in the way that class-action lawsuits (alleged brain tumors caused by high-power close proximal RF energy) brought about the standardization of maximum power levels for mobile (cellular) phones in the 90s. But if the MRIs keep pushing the envelope of what can be achieved, it seems inevitable that more people will experience serious side effects (or worse), and who knows, a suit may be coming.

I agree with the gentleman who commented that it seems strange that none seems to be too interested in pursuing research on the side effects.

Personally, going strictly on what I have read so far, I think the stronger 2T-3T machines in use now are pushing that sensation threshold in a larger population of people than in the 90's when they were typically weaker. Perhaps my MRI machine was not as powerful as others' machines.

I will certainly be doing my homework for the next MRI before I get the exam done...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 9:24am.

I had an MRI of my brain a few days ago and I am experiencing the same side effects. After sitting up from the scan I was weak and dizzy. I went to sleep that night feeling like my head was hot. The next day I had tremors in my hands and felt shaky and weak. I had to have someone drive me to do errands. It is now the 4th day after and I don't feel any better. Thank goodness I did not do the dye to make this worse. I had felt so bad I refused to do any more testing.

Submitted by V girl (not verified) on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 2:32pm.

After reading the thread I couldn't find anyone with my strange symptom, but it may be one of those things which women don't really recognise until someone else points it out. I would be interested to see if any other women think "Oh yea! Me too!"
I have had 2 MRIs within the past 3 months, one on my neck & shoulder, the second on my hip. Both times were a few days after my monthly cycle had finished, and both times, within 24 hours, I suddenly had another period. Both times were unusually heavy with large clotting.
My periods are normally very regular, so I can only think it must have been MRI induced.
I am due another MRI on my brain later this month, so it will be interesting to see if the same happens.

I also experienced bad headaches and extreme fatigue about an hour after my MRI scans. Most pain was located directly behind the eyes, both the headache & tiredness went within 24 hours.
The strange 'pulling' sensation when I was in the scanner didn't bother me at all, but I definately felt it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2010 - 4:47pm.

mri seem to do something definitely to your body , i felt like it did something to my heart and my nerves after are like really sensitive and firing off around my body and i am not feeling well and yes have a cloudy head and do not feel myself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 06/13/2010 - 12:45pm.

I had a brain MRI yesterday and also experienced moderate dizzyness and nausea afterwards for several hours. Today I'm still a bit woosey but not sure it's connected.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/14/2010 - 11:53am.

I was very dizzy immediately after my MRI-- it lasted just a minute or so then subsidded enough that I was able to walk. I felt kind of woosey and out of sorts for about 24 hours after and then was back to normal. Many people seem to have this experience so I'm surprise there's no mention of it in the "official" literature.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/17/2010 - 1:20pm.

Very interesting stories. I had an MRI of the brain and spinal cord a few weeks ago, my first MRI ever. Like many people here, I could feel the heat and the tingling and vibrating sensations as the scanner passed over my face and down my spine. I actually wasn't aware that I wasn't "supposed" to feel this until I looked up "MRI side effects" on Google.

The MRI lasted close to two hours by the time they'd done it both with and without IV contrast. When I got up after it was over, I immediately felt extremely dizzy to the point that the room was spinning and I was disoriented. Thinking I might be having a reaction to the contrast fluid, I asked the tech if the dizziness was normal. He replied that it was due to standing up quickly after lying down for so long. But that didn't ring true because I don't feel dizzy when I stand up after sleeping or resting for far longer periods of time.

The dizzy spell lasted for a few minutes and gradually became more of a foggy, tired feeling, which continued for the rest of the day. That night, I had a rather strange headache. Although I get a lot of headaches, usually they're diffuse tension headaches. This one was concentrated in one spot, and it didn't just throb and ache, it actually burned. This burning sensation was pretty bizarre. I don't think I've felt anything like it before.

The next day, I felt like myself again. I haven't had any of the severe or long-lasting side effects reported by more unfortunate people here. However, what I experienced was sufficiently unusual to warrant a Google search, and I was surprised to discover that so many other people had noticed similar occurrences.

The MRI was negative for any problems, by the way. There's nothing wrong with my brain or spinal cord.

Submitted by solen (not verified) on Sun, 06/20/2010 - 2:06am.

I had a backboner MRI last week. During the MRI process I had a very intensive burning sensation of my back and my chest in first 15 minutes. Although I told about it to the technician, she told me that it's psychological and she contiuned scanning. The scanning took about an hour. My burning sensation of my back, chest and arms has been continously increased. I have visited a doctor and his diagnosis was neuropathy. I am now using a neuropathic drug for my pain but it did not wor yet. I have told about my situation to the hospital I had MRI, but as you guess no one believed me.
Would you please inform me if anyone have found any solution or cure who suffers with a similar situation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/22/2010 - 2:25pm.

I had a MRI one week ago,for a Brain Study Research. I am 30 ans should mention that I am not a sensitive person to many conditions that might bother many people; I am bodily strong.
When I was placed in the Machine I felt a very strong dizziness and my eyes was in the form as I was having a Strabismus. they weren't fixed till the 5 mins of my MRI.Afterwords I felt my heart is swallowing towards my neck. I was about to press the bottom to stop the experience but I continued to see if it goes away. I tried not to concentrate on what was wrong...
I felt strong heart beatings again during the experiment, this was really threatening. when I was finished, I felt my Eyes are having some problems, besides a strong dizziness and heart pressure. A spot over the left up of my head was beating. Just like a Migraine ( That I have never had it before). I asked the Person in Charge she didn't mention anything like my case, except from dizziness, there has been no headache of any case before, she mentioned.
The headache was there and still there is some but not as strong as the first, that it's been nearly one week, my heart is feeling an anxiety inside. THERE ARE VERY BAD NEWS, What if they last in me? What if it's causing me some heart problems in future, I 'd say that still I don't feel my right eye is feeling good.... I was more than fine before this MRI and now I am completely not fine, there should be something up there.
Scientists need to take a closer attentions towards these Side effects, and what shall I do now?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 1:04pm.

I had an MRI two days ago on my lower lumbar region for a compressed disc. They injected me with gadolinium and I felt fine going in and fine through the whole process of the MRI. It was loud and I could feel a sensation in my abdomen while it was happening but I was completely fine. They pulled me out and I was still doing o.k. I went out to my car and on the way home my stomach started to rumble. I have now had diarrhea for 2 days and my stomach continues to rumble and churn. I have not liked the side effects!

#224: MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/16/2010 - 12:33am.

I had an MRI 8 days ago. I have had several in the past 7 years for my neck (cervical) and never had any problems. I have had 2 neck surgeries and have titanium hardware in my neck. Since last wednesday I have felt totally off. During this test I felt very different. Some of the tones I could feel through my neck and down my arms to my fingers. Painful, numbing, it was aweful. Once they helped me up from the table I didn't feel right. Sort of dizzy (not quite right) nausous,vertigo, blood suger feels off. I am bothered by movement, light, smells, are all hightened. I went to my internest he has now sent me for blood work, ekg, and I am to see a neourologist next week. He believes me when I say its from the MRI but doesn't know what to do.
I am so glad I found all of you. I thought I was crazy. I was fine before the MRI, when I came out to the waiting area the first thing my wife asked was if I was ok, I didn't look quite right. If I get an answer from the doctors I will share what they say.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 07/17/2010 - 8:25am.

Ok I am glad too to find this website. I had 2 MRI taken the other day for leg pain that I've been having. First of all I too felt out of it (like I've been druged) even though I did not have the contrast dye. I felt tired and thought it was because I did not eat much that day. The following day I had a very bad headach and took an aspirin it seemed to relieve, but the day after sitting at my computer I thought my nose was running, but insted was one of the worst nose bleeds ever! Did anybody else have a nose bleed after an MRI?

Submitted by marylou (not verified) on Sun, 07/18/2010 - 1:37pm.

it is comforting to see that many people have some wierd experiences with mri besides myself. i shared this with my techs at the time and they both said that they never heard anyone say such a thing. i felt twitching and pulses bumping all through my body. i have mvp and even felt these pinching pulses with the rythem of the magnets in my heart. i had no headaches. nor was i clostraphobic, i was relaxed and felt this only when they magnets were working. as if each beat was pulling through my body. i was totally relaxed, yet the cord was moving in front of me and at points i had no control over the twitching to where the tech stopped and started over cz of the involuntary moves. afterward i felt a bit light headed and jittery. also my vision was a bit fuzzy for about an hour after. i was not nervous, in fact i was about to fall asleep if not for the wierd sensations of movement deep within my body. i do know that my body is sensative more than most people, and that we are all different, different metal mineral make up in our bodies. i also cant help but think that maybe the amount of resonance should be more individualized due to we are not an assembly line of people. i just wonder if any damage can come from overdoing it to where some experience such things while others feel nothing at all??? time tells all things, so eventually it will be known....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 1:41am.

Thank you for the post. I had a similar experience and also felt a change whilst under going and after the MRI. I did not like it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/22/2010 - 11:59pm.

like #222, my son had the mri done for a Brain Research Study. he had this done today and we were assured over & over that the procedure is totally safe (unless there is any metal in or on the body) and that there would be NO side effects. why did i believe them?... i know, becoz they were so sincere, i let down my guard and trusted instead of checking beforehand on my own. hindsight is always so much better...

my son is 9years old. he is a control in this study. he has never had any of these symptoms until today. when he got out of the machine, he said he felt "a little dizzy" and was walking a little crooked. the techs laughed and acted like that is pretty typical, i just thought it was from lying totally still in a confined space for 2 hours. they did comment that he had done exceptionally well, not moving at all the whole time. i thought, wow- thats impressive: normally this boy is in constant motion. so i joked with him, hey, now you know you can keep still when you need to.
other than being a little quiet and contemplative, which didnt seem too un-ordinary given the circumstances, he seemed pretty much fine.
he was hungry, we had dinner at the hospital cafe, he perked up and chirped and chattered just like he always does for the rest of the evening-

until, 7 hours later, he suddenly had a completely random anxiety attack, out of the blue he became very weepy, just convinced that there was some sort of impending explosive or cataclysmic event about to take out our whole family. i know the sensation he is talking about, what he was describing to me feels like the after-effects of an m-80 going off: the head sort of ringing and deafened inside at the same time, but since it hadnt actually just happened, it seemed as tho it was just about to...
that lasted about 20 minutes. i started looking for answers. googled "mri after effects" and came to this page, and boy am i wishing i had done my homework in advance!! some of these stories are just horrifying!

well, i dont anticipate anything like that happening to my son- tho i will certainly post back if it does. but i am bookmarking this site so i can share all this info with any friends or family whose dr thinks they may need an mri done. we REALLY need to be better informed!! 'no side effects' my Aunt Fanny! i am positively kicking myself- if i had known all this before, i would have backed him right out of the study.

when my son first came out of the machine, i asked him how he felt, and of course received the standard 9yr old answer, "fine." and then, "well, i guess a little dizzy".
...but after reading all these posts, i started asking some much better educated questions about his experience and received some different responses: turns out he too experienced a lot of anxiety during the procedure, but only while the machine was on. he said "it went along with it", especially the loud parts. and during the loud parts, he said he could feel "his brain throbbing"- he said it didnt hurt, but felt exactly like his "brain and heart had been switched and his heart was beating inside his head". he said he felt "like a prisoner" and when i asked if he had ever tried to move during the test, he said he had crossed & uncrossed his legs, but his "arms couldnt move at all" Wierd. Really REALLY Wierd.
he said he didnt and isnt experiencing any pain or heat. he did say his eyes felt "jittery" during the test but not afterward, but that his head still feels a little funny inside and tonite after he had laid down for bed he commented that his throat was feeling "a little closed". i asked what that meant, and he said, "not round, like usual". so i gave him some nettles extract for allergies. he went right to sleep ok, but i will be watching him closely tonite.

the machine they used was a 3, by the way. the tech told us they have two others, one that is a 9 (? i think... im afraid i wasnt really listening at the time) and another that is a 12- he bragged that it is the biggest in the world. THAT amazed me... even more now that i have read all this... he said it is mostly used for animals. i asked, how big are the animals that go thru it, thinking he meant elephants or something, but he said mostly rats and monkeys. and he explained that they measure the magnitude of the magnets in a way similar to how earthquakes are measured- yikes! i cant even imagine what a magnet of that power would do to those poor creatures!! or what on earth could they be testing it for???

well after all this i have to say i certainly feel gullible... and more than a little perturbed. i feel lied to; altho i dont really think the techs were guilty- they were all very young and probly very naiive, just doing the jobs they have been trained for. but i certainly dont think my sons will be participating in any more 'medical research projects'.... this is not the sort of guinea pigging i am at all comfortable with!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 4:37pm.

OMIGOD! I know others have said it, but I'm sooooo glad I found this website! I had an MRI Brain scan yesterday as my Doctor suspects that I may have MS. I was not anxious or afraid of the procedure, but one "session" that lasted about 4 minutes half way through the procedure really impacted my head! It felt like something was twisting my brains inside my skull! I decided that I was just imagining the magnetic force was "tugging on my head" but the sensation was very disturbing. After the procedure was over I felt like my head was in a fog. Today I still feel weird (like I wore a hat that was too tight and can still feel a band of pressure!)
I will be chatting with my Doctor about this for sure!...Has anybody been given a good explanation for these side effects?
Clearly they are common. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories!

Submitted by JP (not verified) on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 7:06pm.

I had my first MRI brain scan last night and like all of you I experienced the disturbing pulling sensation during a few of the scans, as well as disorientation, and nausea afterward.
I have read several articles on the the powerful radiofrequency and magnetic field gradients used in MRI machines and recommend to those who are interested to read the following; "ACR Guidance Document For Safe MR Practices 2007"(available on line) It won't make the Bestsellers list, but it does discuss Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, Hyperthermia (the burning sensation felt by some patients)and the very real impact of Acoustic Noise and vibration on the inner ear.
It's unfortunate that patients aren't informed by their Doctor prior to the MRI procedure that these side effects DO exist. Don't avoid an MRI because of the side effects could save your life!

Submitted by Lori (not verified) on Wed, 07/28/2010 - 7:38pm.

Had bubbling sensation in legs, palpitations, uncontrollable twitching starting in feet, then legs, then arms and tremors in hands, shortly after injection of Tadoversetamide -- which the imaging staff and consent form simply referred to as a Gallium MRI. After handing staff my list of my past Rx drug reactions and indicating my concern about side effects from the Gallium, I was told there were NO side effects. While I was twitching all over, and the techy said he'd never seen this before, he went running around looking for a doctor after asking if I needed an ambulance but didn't call for perhaps he HAD seen it before. By the time the doctor showed up about 15 minutes later, the twitching and tremors had slowed down...I again asked what it was, and again was told he didn't know and had never seen it before... just to lay down til it subsided enough so that I could drive home, still dizzy the rest of the day.

There are printed side effects warnings that accompany all prescription drugs -- why not informed consent BEFORE being compelled to sign what amounts to a release of liability? Could it be because they're raking in thousands of dollars per MRI and if we knew ahead of possible serious side effects and refused these tests, they'd lose a bundle?

Submitted by Lori (not verified) on Wed, 07/28/2010 - 9:23pm.

Sorry, I typo'd the name of the injected contrast substance - It's Gadoversetamide (not Tadoversetamide)and there have been deaths reported online.

Submitted by Denny (not verified) on Thu, 07/29/2010 - 2:47pm.

Just had an MRI on my c-spine today. No after-effects, but I definitely felt "waves" moving through my chest, face, and head at various times during the scans. My hair felt staticy and my skin tingled at various times. It felt like I could feel the scan stepping its way across different areas.
I am now taking some meds that help me relax, so I didn't have any claustrophobia symptoms. I think that some of the symptoms people are having are related to panic, and not to the scan itself. Tight chest and fast heartbeat are classic panic symptoms.
I had a little temporary dizziness, but it just felt like I got up too fast after the scan. I feel fine now, but if any obvious symptoms come up, I will check back in!
Good luck, everyone, on healing whatever ails you...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/01/2010 - 9:32pm.

#233 said "I think that some of the symptoms people are having are related to panic, and not to the scan itself. Tight chest and fast heartbeat are classic panic symptoms."...

see, but that's just the thing- the magnetic resonance actually CAUSES the 'classic panic symptoms'- its a sort of 'pseudo panic' and not related to psychoemotional disturbance. it is a PHYSICAL response which the subject has no control over. the heavy magnetism disturbs the body's electrical fields in such a way that the electrochemical response is triggered during the test.

its not just all in your head, folks- it is a real physical response which has absolutely nothing to do with presumed emotional issues.
i'm no "expert" and dont pretend to be... just a person who has a pretty good head on her shoulders and ive been wondering about the whole MRI-triggered panic/claustrophobia thing for some time.
seriously- does any other explanation REALLY make sense? it is one side effect experienced by nearly everyone who's had an mri ...well... i suppose we could all be closet phobics...

#235: MRI Scan
Submitted by Jim (not verified) on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 1:12pm.

Hi there folks, I had my scan on saturday at tea time. 18 hours later I was nearly floored with dizziness and nausea. Today (Monday) nearly 48 hours later it came back again like a blast of vertigo each time. Nearly 9 now and hoping after 3 hours of a headache these side effects don't roll into tomorrow. For any Irish readers, glad I didn't collapse in front of the 'hill' as the Kilkenny or Cork hurlers might have had a devil's job in lifting me. Answers on a postcard?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 10:25am.

Hello..I had my first MRI yesterday. I'm an RN and have prepared many patients for MRIs. I have NEVER heard of anyone experiencing anything during or after an MRI. After reading all of your stories, it's obvious to me that I'm one of those rare cases too.

My scan was ordered for the pelvic area. Soon after the process began, I thought.."Omg, I hope the tech knows he's only supposed to scan my pelvic area!" During the beginning of the scan I had no contrast and this is when I had the worst sensations. I seriously felt as if I was in a torture chamber and I've been told I have a very high pain tolerance. There was a heaviness on my right foot, pins and needles in my right shin, pulsating in my right shoulder and right chest and an absolutely huge, painful jolt to my left rib cage. I was removed from the machine and I told the woman I could feel the scan. She didn't seem concerned and proceeded to give me the contrast. I was then put back into the machine and I could feel an uncomfortable pulsating in my pelvic area. I especially felt the discomfort on my left side which was the greatest area of concern regarding my health.

I felt dizzy and disoriented after the scan. As time passed, I developed horrible cramping in my pelvic area. I felt as if my uterus had been turned inside out and scrambled. I also noticed a tightening in the area and it was difficult to stand completely straight. I took NSAIDs and cried myself to sleep. Today the constant discomfort in the pelvic area has lessened, but I'm now experiencing sharp pains (like electric shocks) in all areas of my body. I also feel exhausted as if the life has been sucked out of me.

I've had a c-section and fibroidectomy..neither was as bad as what I experienced with an MRI!!! I just think it's absolutely unbelievable that there are no warnings given for possible side effects. What happened to patient rights??? If 1 in a million experience side effects, that information should be disclosed to the public. Had I known what to expect, it would've been tolerable. I just hope those of us who've experienced this haven't been affected long term.

Blessings to you all.

Submitted by Lori C. (not verified) on Sun, 08/15/2010 - 9:02pm.

I mentioned in my comment #231, above, that my MRI side effects (total body spasms)began upon being injected with the Gallium (Gadoversetamide, Gadolinium) contrast. Some posters experienced side effects before, during or after the contrast which is not totally excreted for a couple days; and comment #231 - the panic thing - explains that the electromagnetism creates a physical reaction like a panic attack -- not a psychological reaction. You're all correct, since individuals have individual tolerances, but also there ARE multiple causes for MRI reactions. Since my previous post I phoned Radiologists at 4 nationally acclaimed hospitals in my area, asking whether they had seen what I experienced as result of an MRI and what is it. The Radiologists at Eisenhower Hospital (Rancho Mirage, CA), Desert Regional Hospital (Palm Springs, CA), and even Loma Linda University Hospital (Loma Linda, CA) said they had never encountered the total body spasms reaction I described. But Dr. Reike, Radiologist at John F. Kennedy Hospital (Indio, CA) said he knew of only ONE case, that it was Anaphylactic Shock and that the patient died; he said either I had a mild Anaphylactic reaction or the contrast was contaminated. My primary MD laughed at the Anaphylactic opinion, probably because I'm not dead, but said contaminated contrast was possibility. I asked him what HE thinks it was. He replied that it could be an idiosyncratic reaction (meaning it's unknown because it hasn't been commonly reported, with new drugs still being tested on us. The imaging facility where I had my MRI claims no one else had any reaction, on the day I was there or ever. I have a history of alergies and adverse reactions to just about every Rx drug prescribed for me. What's worse is when a physician tells you the Rx doesn't have the side effect I experienced despite that the informational insert, Web MD, and the pharmacist all say that it certainly is a side effect, even if it's one that only a small percentage of the population have experienced... and to immediately report certain side effects to your doctor. When my MD said I was unique, I replied that SOMEONE has to be in that small percentage of the population that DOES experience the so-called rare or unreported side effects. In any case, I refuse to have any further invasive tests at any facility other than a hospital as the one my HMO sent me to has no emergency response capability...which means battling with my HMO about the current Nuclear Imaging of my thyroid cancer that my surgeon has ordered for me. If risk outwieghs benefit for you, stand your ground. It's your body, your money, your life.

Submitted by Mrs. Frustrated (not verified) on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 11:42pm.

I have no doubt that MRI's can cause serious side effects. I had my fourth MRI of my brain without contrast and half way through I felt an awful pulling, pressure and numb sensation in my head and chest. I also felt dizzy. I only made it 20 minutes into the test and I could feel these horrible sensations. I did not finish it. Thank God. I would probably have been worse off than what I already am. I was not laying down. I had the open MRI sitting up. About 5 hours after this MRI procedure I started to get a headache. I took some aspirin. Then an hour later I could not even stand up due to the severe headache, vertigo and broke out into a terrible burning rash on my face and chest. I ended up at the ER being giving many medicines for what they thought was an allergic reaction. I went home from the hospital only to wake up a couple hours later feeling like I was falling, could not breath, awful burning rash and headache. Back to the ER I went and was given more medications. I could not lay down to sleep without these horrible feelings of falling and spinning for over two weeks straight. My husband missed work. That is how bad I felt. He knows also this is from the MRI. I still am suffering 4 months after it was done. I know it was all brought on from the MRI and nobody....I mean NOBODY in the MRI medical field will admit to the truth involved with these MRI tests.If not for the MRI machine then they would be out of a job. Doctors would lose money.I know my body and I know for a fact that the MRI messed me up. It has been over 4 months and I still suffer from horrible headaches, confusion and waking up feeling like I am falling. This happens often. It did not happen before I had the test. I would never ever do this to my body again.

When I was at the ER room the evening after my MRI, I spoke with my nurse there and asked her if it could be side effects from the MRI? She told me that she took 10mg of Valium and 2mg of Xanax to get an MRI done. She could not get through it even with the meds. The nurse said if she gets a brain tumor then she would just have to live with it or die, because she would never go through an MRI again. It made her feel strange also. She is an experienced RN and she is smart enough to know that something is just not right with the MRI effects on the human body. She experienced it. Otherwise she would be saying it is safe like the rest of the medical professionals.

It really upsets me that the doctors and technicians do not want to hear that there are tests and there are medications that are not safe for people. It is told to us that they know what is best and that we need to just do what they say. No questions asked. Listen to me people...We know our own bodies better than anyone else. Go with your gut feeling. Don't think that just because these doctors have years of schooling that they know it all. Experience is the best teacher. I have seen many medical mistakes in my lifetime and it is scary. Watch out for your loved ones and pray for good health. I know some tests are important to have done, but really do research on something that your not sure about or uncomfortable with. You could end up living with long term medical problems or even die if your not careful and questioning all these modern tests and medications out there in the world.

Take care & thanks for taking the time to read my post.

#239: mri
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/24/2010 - 12:50am.

I had a brain MRI on thursday, felt ok after words, the next day I went to the emergency room with chest pain Now it is tuesday, and I am dizzy , unbalanced and my vision is shimmering. I have been nauseaus and dizzy for 4 days now. My doctor ordered a non contrast MRI and when they were done thay said they had to do contrast to rule some things out. I had a little nausea before the MRI, but had balance and wasnt dizzy, the vision shimmering started as well. I guess I will talk to my doctor,I feel really tired and run down, a little slow in the head.

#240: Brain MRi
Submitted by Dan (not verified) on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 3:26pm.

I had a brain MRI 4 days ago. I was fine on the first day, but when I went to sleep I still felt the vibration and I was a little dizzy. From the second day till today my concentration was weaker than usual. Now I feel pain at different points on my head. Not in my head, but on its surface, the "skull" maybe. I know it is strange.
Reading a text on the monitor is still not as smooth that before. I have a little headache after 15-30 minutes I have never experienced before. I hope it goes away.

#241: #238
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 3:50am.

Look up labarynthitis.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/05/2010 - 3:03am.

HI I had a MRI for the first time the other day and had a strange sensation throughout. It was of my brain and I felt twitching and pulling it was awfull!, at one stage I thought my eyes would be sucked out of my head and actually had to shut my eyes and brace my body. I had dizzynes and nausea as well as odd beahaviour. It is not an experience I want to repeat.

Submitted by Russell S.Wyllie on Mon, 09/06/2010 - 2:20am.

Back in 1991 I was involved in a car accident aged 17.
I was in the back seat, no seatbelt. The car flew around a bend at 100kmph and the car touched the kerb, propelling it through the air, and the car literally swung around 180 degrees, coming to rest at the side of the kerb. The car went up on its side and came down on four wheels with a bang. I bounced once as the car fell onto its wheels and my head and full body weight slammed into the roof.

I didn't get it scanned until my mid-twenties when spinal pain became too acute. The neck results of the C.T scan shows the neck but with 'slashes' through the entire section (I still have the scans). It is though a major disc misalignment exists, but the C.T scan is hard to read because of the slashes which totally hide the neck from being able to see the alignment.
I was also diagnosed with disc prolapse of the lower spine L4-L5 region and osteoarthritis of the apophyseal joints in the spine.

Since then it has slowly got worse, so I had another MRI scan done in August 2010 (C.T scan was done in Australia in 2002). I felt relaxed and fine before the scan. When the MRI started it was okay, but as the scan positioning changed to chest it felt like something was pulling me into the machine. My heart felt like it was tripping out. Afterwards I didn't notice that much different, but lying down that same night on my back I felt nauseous and drifted off to sleep, leaning to my left slightly.

It was then that I suddenly woke up convulsing -just once, like when you wake from a nightmare, except that the jolt went through my left side up to my head. I then drifted back to sleep- and then the convulsion happened again-through my left side up to my head and lasted for almost 2 seconds. It was difficult to stop it, and I freaked for a few seconds. My heart felt strange. I shifted my body to my right and the convulsion didn't happen again.

I have never had that sudden musclular/nerve convulsion before, and I can only conclude that the magnetism of the MRI causes your nerve endings to misread or get excited ,and muscles to spasm or contract suddenly. I guess they react to magnets if subjected to a magnet for a few minutes like that, and takes a few minutes or hours for your body to function as normally (it really isn't natural to have high-powered magnets attached to your body !!!)

Interestingly I have seen a weapon, designed by the U.S Army that employs electro-magnetic technology, and saw the weapon tested on a soldier. He jumped out of the way of the beam immediately, grabbing his gut and laughing. If you look on Youtube for electromagnetic weapons you will be surprised what they're up to.

This video has admission from a U.S Colonel Meyers who is being interviewed by reporters from the Pentagon, and says clearly that such weapons are in development.

So if electromagnetism is being used to create a weapon for crowd control, a weapon that makes you jump out of it's beam then I guess an MRI scanner is in effect a weapon if you could amplify the magnet.
I noticed the pulling feeling initially and now thinking back, if it was just that bit stronger I would have pressed the button to release me from the scanner because it worried me so much when the magnet caused my heart to trip out.

Anybody else have sudden convulsions after the MRI ???

Submitted by Cindylu (not verified) on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 3:10pm.

I had an MRI of my head and brain yesterday and felt strange pulling sensations and pressure on my face and chest with palpatations during some of the scans. My neck was hurting and I developed a bad headache when I got out of the machine. When I got up I was dizzy and by the time I got home my head was throbbing and I was nausiated. I thought it was from laying down for an hour in the machine but after reading these other comments I think this was from the MRI itself. I would not do this again. It was terribly uncomfortable.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 4:29pm.

I had my first mri today.(My Lumbar region)
While i was in it i started noticing my right arm twitching and could feel the magnetic waves washing over me,
it felt like it was tugging on me.
Somtimes felt really warm in my stomach area.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/21/2010 - 12:09pm.

I had an MRI done to my Knee today. This is two years after the first one I had done. Last time I do not remember any ill effects. Today about 10 mins into the test I felt almost bubbling in my knee that was being done. Then I started to feel a but sick to the point I was about ready to panic and stop. I was lucky to find something to look at and counted till the test was done. I felt dizzy and some chest pain and just off. Here it is 2 hours after the test and I have a headache that is killer and I just may see the piece of Pizza I had again. Never figured on this. Not sure if it was the noise and the viberations or what.

Submitted by Danielle (not verified) on Wed, 09/22/2010 - 8:43pm.

I have to agree with the general consensus that yes, you do suffer from what appear to be quite common side effects. I had an MRI done today on my lower lumbar area WITHOUT contrast and was in the machine for half an hour. I started feeling very strange just past the midway point and my right arm got a tingly or numbing sensation. Once I was out I felt very heavy in the head (though I have had fever for 3 days) but it was a completely different feeling. Hours later and I am home, hovering over the good ole porcelain king waiting to throw up (though, unfortunately it did not happen though I am sure I would have felt better had I done so). The nausea is terrible and I am not even capable of walking straight because the dizziness is so intense. I feel very tired/weak as well but really it is the nausea and dizziness that is bothering me. I feel like my eyes are crossing I am so darn dizzy. Glad to have found this thread. I was getting worried! How long has it lasted for some of you?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/25/2010 - 10:32am.

Just surfing to see if my after MRI symptoms were really from MRI or ???

Wow. They are from the MRI. The procedure (done yesterday, 9/24) seemed to last forever.

There was a panic button? No one told me. The place was FREEZING. And no blanket. Sponge earplugs, two pieces of hard plastic jammed on my ears to keep my head straight. I too could feel the “waves” but decided that I should concentrate on something else: counting, yoga breathing, convincing myself I was warm, talking my foot out of its horrendous cramp, thinking of pleasant experiences.

I never opened my eyes until right when the technician said it was over. Then I saw why I was told to keep my eyes closed. Too confining for me.

Last night I could feel a ‘buzzing”, feel, not hear, in the top of my head, like it wanted to pop out. I told my husband to feel the top of my head. He said for a moment he could feel a vibration.

After effects: dizziness, exhaustion, slight ear ache on one side, vague headache, sluggish thinking, ringing in ears. Pain in one tooth, the one that has a metal post. I had forgotten about that (the meal post) so hadn’t mentioned it on the form. Am having sporadic chills too.

Hopefully these are just temporary effects. I never thought to ask if there were side effects as many people I know have had MRI’s and never mentioned any after effects. I asked one of them today if they had had any effects after the procedure…Nope.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/27/2010 - 6:34am.

I had an MRI scan over my abdomen area on 25th September (2010). It was my second MRI scan and shorter in duration than the first scan a year ago.
The scan itself passed without problems, but the following day I felt nauseous and the food I attempted to eat during the day seemed generally unappetizing (though under normal circumstances I would have enjoyed eating it).
Today (27th Sept) I still feel nauseous and am experiencing a faint, but uncomfortable aching sensation in the lower left hand side of my abdomen.
I googled MRI side-effects, as it seems logical to me that using a powerful magnet across your body is bound to generate some unwanted side effects, despite what the medical profession may say.
I'm going to look into this a little further and I appreciate that people have shared their experiences here. It's been very insightful.

Submitted by M H (not verified) on Mon, 09/27/2010 - 8:56am.

I thought you might be interested in this article:
about how high strength static magnetic fields are detected and avoided by rats: "Detection and avoidance requires the vestibular apparatus of the inner ear, because labyrinthectomized (surgical removal of the labyrinth of the inner ear) rats readily passed through the magnet.
The inner ear is a novel site for magnetic field transduction in mammals, but perturbation(disturbance)of the vestibular apparatus would be consistent with human reports of vertigo and nausea around high strength MRI machines".

It is possible and highly probable that the ears are affected by MRI machines.

(p.s. I'm also vegan and personally abhor any tests/experimentation involving animals. I also appreciate the health advice you've posted up).

#251: MRI-Dizzy
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 10/01/2010 - 5:25am.

I also had my 1st MRI done today it was on my brain. I felt dizzy all day. It was like I had been on a merry-go-round. I called the office to see if this was common and they were very quick to say it had nothing to do with my MRI. I do not believe that because I have never felt like that before aside from being on a merry-go-round.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 2:21am.

wow! look at all of this! i was told i was NUTS when i started talking about my experience.

i've had 2 MRI's of my lower back, 6 years apart. the first time, i had the sensations i'll describe, but people convinced me it was my imagination. this 2nd time, i'm convinced otherwise, but people are still telling me i'm nuts.

here's what happened.

i immediately began sweating, and i'd previously commented to the tech that it was awfully chilly in the room.

my arms and legs felt as if they'd float if i allowed them to, but they didn't.

i could feel a "strobe" across my body and there were places in my lower back where i felt stabs of pain as the strobe crossed them. NOT excruciating, just a quick stab. i'm used to those, i'm spurred all up and down my back and those little devils reach out and grab a nerve once in a while and drop me to my knees.

as the "strobe" approached my upper torso, i felt a pressure on my chest and my breathing rate speeded up. i felt my abdomen tighten against it.

i went thru several cycles of reading and in each, i could feel this.

afterwards, i was really wasted. my appointment WAS for 8:00 A.M. and i HAD gotten out of bed a couple of hours earlier than usual, but i've done that before. this fatigue was more than normal. i was really weak kneed.

i had to drive myself home, so i stopped at a little deli for a caffeine fix. here's where it really gets strange! as i bellied up to the chek-out, the computer crashed!!!

what can i say? i guess i have a magnetic personality?

anyway, i've related this story to several friends and they insist its my imagination. i don't think so, and i'm really happy to find others that have similar reactions.

i'm very happy that my reactions are NOT NEARLY so severe as several i've read about.

anyway, that's it. i can't explain it, and noone else seems to be able to either. thanks for letting me tell my story and giving me some assurance that i'm not as nuts as some would have me believe.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 8:51pm.

I have bilateral rotator cuff tears with bicep tendinitis and a MRI was ordered on the left. I started out fine, no pain, good positioning, no problems. I've had a MRI before with no problems. Half way through, BOTH shoulders started to ache more and more. Weird. Then pulsating, extreme, excruciating pain occured in both shoulders down the tendon to the elbows. Tears were coming down my face and trying to finish the exam was extremely difficult, but I finished. I told the tech what was happening but she insisted the machine won't hurt. I was counting the last 3 sets of 3 minutes as a means to hold still long enough to finish the exam. I came out crying and shaking that I had to sit for 10-15 minutes to calm down before driving home. It was the most intense pain I've ever had just short of a kidney stone or childbirth with medication! I got on the internet to see what is going on? No one seems to know. Both shoulders ached until the next day.

Submitted by Carmen (not verified) on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 3:09pm.

I had my first MRI today and i felt that way too... i did a search of MRI side effects and found this. So it was not me.It feels like a pressure. During the mri I felt a sensation of shortness of breath, headache, nausea, burning sensation in the area of the heart and when it was over I was as disoriented ... for a while I forgot how I got there and where was my car. i am still feeling bad.. i feel headache, nausea, and weakness in my legs. For me was an horrible experience.

Submitted by karen (not verified) on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 4:25pm.

This is my second mri scan, i had my first one 3 and a half years ago both where for the head only, now the first scan i had was fine, i had no problems at all, this time however i am having side affects, confirmed by a trip to the doctors, i was fine before hand, afterwards i was experiencing noise and movement related dizziness and feelings i cant describe in my head, so it turns out i have air bubbles in my left ear resulting in vertigo, now i was told this was caused by lying down for an hour, and as we all know, we are lying down for a lot longer when we are in bed, so i cant understand why this has happened after having a mri scan, also i dont know how long these symptoms will last and they affect my day to day life. so for anyone to say there are no side affects i have had vertigo confirmed by a doctor!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 11/07/2010 - 12:58pm.

MRI lasted about half an hour, before the MRI i felt fine, no problems, during one part of the MRI i felt like my hands were all tingly i felt this twice, when i was done i had a hard time getting up i felt a bit dizzy and i had to go sit down for a few minutes, after i felt light headed not quite with it, my friend asked me how i felt as we were leaving and i told her i had the worse headache ever, this i am writing 3 hours after the MRI and i still have a bad headache that wont quit but like others on here i hope to feel better by tomorrow, i am so glad i am not the only one feeling this way i was told there were no side affects, i think they need to do a study because what i felt during and how i feel now are side affects from the MRI.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/11/2010 - 3:08pm.

I had a brain MRI today with and without contrast and I felt strange twinges in my face and head. I also felt a headache during one portion of the test, but it lasted no more than 10 minutes. I was scanned for 45 minutes and, other than the back pain from laying there and the odd twinges, I felt fine. I had this MRI due to vertigo so when I got off the table and felt the room spinning it wasn't odd to me. It was the same old problem I hope the MRI will help resolve. I found this on another site: "Once a patient's hydrogen atoms have been aligned in the magnet, pulses of very specific radio wave frequencies jolt them out of alignment. The hydrogen atoms alternately absorb and emit radio wave energy, vibrating back and forth between their resting (polarized) state and their agitated (radio pulse) state. This comprises the "resonance" part of MRI. The patient does not detect this process."

I have a feeling we are actually detecting this process. Maybe we're uncommon. :)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/15/2010 - 10:32pm.

hi jennin

did you ever get yourbrain MRI
how did it go?

Do you avhe cfids, fibro, or EMF sensitivity or lyme, or existing headaches?

thanks, Amy

Submitted by wannabeMD (not verified) on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 7:32pm.

Has anyone experience vertigo after receiving MRI treatments months or years later on with no family history? I have just been diagnosed with Benign Positional Vertigo. The cause of it is the movement on calcium carbonate crystals into the inner ear chamber, so it leads me to the MRIs I have had over the 3 years (nearly 1 per year)... hmmm I would love to look at everyones medical historys to see if they reported vertigo after receiving MRI scans.
(some people in this blog already had vertigo.. so that does not help)

#260: Knee MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 9:36am.

I had my first Knee MRI today. The session lasted for 45 minutes and only one knee was scanned. When I got up from the machine, the scanned knee felt very weak and I found it difficult to walk. The sensation was very strange, almost like my leg had fallen asleep. I ended up rolling my ankle and falling to the floor on my first step. After 20 minutes or so of walking around, the sensation disappeared with the leg returning back to what it was like prior to the scan.

Submitted by S (not verified) on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 5:54am.

I made a MRI on my brain yesterday. After 20 minutes I started to feel pain in my problem area, the left part of the head. I rang on a bell and told the nurse. She told me that it is only because I was nervous and absolutely not because of te MRI. I am totally sure that it was the MRI that caused this strange pain, it kind of felt like warm painful energy.
Aterwards I felt tired and I still have headache, more than 24 hours after.

Submitted by Mikele (not verified) on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 12:30am.

I was in MRI scanner maybe fifteen times, because I'm working with MRI and never had side effect. You should try TMS to feel the difference.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/11/2010 - 9:45am.

I had a MRI of my lower lumbar area yesterday. It took about 45 minutes. During the procedure, I felt a migraine coming on. Afterwards, I sat up and felt very dizzy and my migraine was getting worse. The technician asked me to sit there for a few minutes. I thought I would be ok, so I got changed and left. I was getting more and more disoriented by the minute. Honestly, I don't know how I drove myself home. By the time I got home, my head hurt worse than ever before and I was extremely disoriented. I took my migraine medication and laid down. Within an hour, I was vomiting and the pain was off the charts. I had to go to the Emergency Room. They gave me stronger medications for the pain and nausea. After several hours, I was able to go home and sleep the next 14 hours. I feel better today. I'm 100% certain that the MRI had these effects on my body. Yesterday's MRI was short in duration, but the imaging times were long (btwn 4 and 6 minutes each). I did some research on MRI side effects and found that these symptoms are known, due to the way the molecules in the body are redirected. I just wish I had known what to expect beforehand. I would have asked my husband to take me to the scan and I would have had my migraine and other pain meds on hand afterwards. Maybe, I could have avoided an ER visit.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/11/2010 - 9:45am.

I had a MRI of my lower lumbar area yesterday. It took about 45 minutes. During the procedure, I felt a migraine coming on. Afterwards, I sat up and felt very dizzy and my migraine was getting worse. The technician asked me to sit there for a few minutes. I thought I would be ok, so I got changed and left. I was getting more and more disoriented by the minute. Honestly, I don't know how I drove myself home. By the time I got home, my head hurt worse than ever before and I was extremely disoriented. I took my migraine medication and laid down. Within an hour, I was vomiting and the pain was off the charts. I had to go to the Emergency Room. They gave me stronger medications for the pain and nausea. After several hours, I was able to go home and sleep the next 14 hours. I feel better today. I'm 100% certain that the MRI had these effects on my body. Yesterday's MRI was short in duration, but the imaging times were long (btwn 4 and 6 minutes each). I did some research on MRI side effects and found that these symptoms are known, due to the way the molecules in the body are redirected. I just wish I had known what to expect beforehand. I would have asked my husband to take me to the scan and I would have had my migraine and other pain meds on hand afterwards. Maybe, I could have avoided an ER visit.

#265: MRI
Submitted by T (not verified) on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 6:16am.

hey had all the feelings above, weird feeling still hours after

Submitted by Damaged-knee (not verified) on Tue, 12/21/2010 - 5:56pm.

Today i had my first MRI scan, and it was on my knee.

I was not nervous about the process beforehand, though i was left more than a little intrigued as to why i was asked about my tattoos (despite having seeing that myth busted some years ago)
Long story short, during the low frequency scans i felt fine, just put off by the noise bouncing around in my head. Which did feel like it was noise from the inside, despite my torso not being in the scan zone.

When the frequencies were much higher (the pitch of the noise informs you of when the frequencies are higher)
I felt pain in my knee, in the areas that ive been having pain as a result of my injury. It was like someone had amplified it by 100!
From there the frequency dropped ever so slightly and the feeling in my knee changed. I no longer felt pain, but my leg felt a combination of numb and like it was about to explode with pressure. I also felt like i was twitching, and like my kneecap was moving in and out (kind of like the centre of a speaker cone)

The very moment the frequency dropped to its lowest ALL of those symptoms dropped in severity or stopped completely.
The only thing i was left with was an aching knee, something i didnt have going into the MRI.
The throbbing, pulsing, twitching, pressure and intense discomfort, disappeared at the end.

When i got up, i spoke to the specialist and asked whether the higher frequencies resonate so much with the body that it can cause pain in damaged areas, and she said yes.
She said that the MRI scanner uses hydrogen, something which we have inside our bodies, and that the machine sends that into our bodies, where it resonates/vibrates in our cells and bounces back in order to create a picture.
If thats the case, its no wonder people feel discomfort, pain, or generally weird feelings!

Oh, and one thing i did leave with was a headache. Now i had one earlier in the day, so it could have been that making a re-appearance, which is why i didnt mention it earlier. However, it had gone before i went into the MRI, so who knows.

I do not think that i, and others who have posted here are having psychosomatic episodes, seeing as the only reason i looked at this site and bothered to post was because i came out feeling the way i did. If there was nothing, then i wouldnt have bothered.

I think they should definitely re-evaluate the clinical trials and definitely look into the odd feelings people experience. Im so glad i found this page, it makes my own symptoms feel more valid.

#267: MRI scan
Submitted by Sheena (not verified) on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 7:35pm.

I had an MRI scan on both knees this morning. Felt fine throughout and left with a headache. All day the headache was nagging. Got into bed two hours ago and I've just vomited violently.
I think the scans magnetic resonance has made me sick. Glad I've been reassured from all you others.
As a side note: I noticed many of you, like myself have fibromyalgia, my legs are particularly sore to the touch since the scan.

Submitted by Kammy (not verified) on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 4:27pm.

I had my second brain MRI with out contrast (because I refused it) yesterday 1/4/11 @12:45pm. My brain MRI before that was one year ago exactly.A year ago after my scan I went straight home and went to bed with a headache,dizzy,light sensitivity,tired,foggy feeling in my head...very strange sensations. This time I felt strange during the scan pressure on top of my head and my throat felt funny like when I swallowed. I felt funny the whole rest of the day...headache,head felt very warm and flushed,thoughts were scrambled,in a daze,very tired,and a tightness in the right side of my chest.Today I feel about 50% better but not normal.Still light sensitive,dull headache,dazed.I have had 5 or 2 MRI'S total and 1 Catscan of my head in 1 year and 3 MRI'S of my back over the years.I don't remember the back MRI'S affecting me quite the same.I feel like the brain on is like putting your head in a microwave and frying your brain.

Submitted by Weird on Sun, 01/09/2011 - 7:44am.

I know there is no radiationCystitis - noninfectious
Radiation therapy, but every year when I get my contrast brain scan to follow my meningioma, my "brain fog" seems to get much worse afterwards, for several weeks time. Am I just Weird, or has anyone else noticed this? (If a doctor reads, is this valid?)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/09/2011 - 8:32am.

Extreme dizziness when rising with MRI - no previous neurological problems; Knee/joint pain one week post-MRI. One-day, limited earache two weeks post-MRI.

It is inconceivable that the bombardment of the RFs and magnetic field for an hour would have no effect on a living organism, but reporting sudden onset physiological, or other, changes, to the FDA, even if there could be other causes.

But, as I read the FDA rules on medical devices, it appears that it is the manufacturer, not the FDA who would receive and release, or not, reported side effects. Is that a correct reading?

One way or another, there must be a government entity accepting reports of possible side effects, and providing direct oversight. I will contact the FDA.

Submitted by jcg (not verified) on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 9:26am.

i had a shoulder MRI (no dye) yesterday and felt normal both during and after ... until an hour ago, when all of a sudden, i felt woozy, sweating and clammy. drinking cold water seems to help a little. i had nothing to explain why this is happening to me until i googled "mri day after sick" and, thank goodness, found this site. at least i know what's going on -- they should warn people about this !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 4:09pm.

My dad is 80 and a retired mailman. He still walks 5 miles a day and is in tremendous shape. He holds a quick wit and is very young for his age. he went for a brain MRI in December of 2010 and came out a completely different man and unlike most of you folks, my father has not returned to normal some two months later. He is so incredibly sluggish and forgetful. It is so bad we thought he may have had a stroke and had him tested. He went into that MRI with vim and vigor and now it's like he's in a complete mental fog. He has days when he's better than others but mostly completely unrecognizable to the man who went into the MRI. Dr's elude that he is 81 you know, but we know my dad very well and how he went in and how he came out was night and day. It angers me that the arrogance of the medical community claims there are no side effects from an MRI and I read all of these people's comments and watch my dad every day in a fog. My mom found on-line that 15% of people injected with the dye can have an allergic reaction to it. Another claim Dr's told her was inaccurate. The worse part is after being told about my father's condition, he wanted to send him in for another MRI, simply unbelievable. My folks are very young and active for their age and I just feel like that MRI stole some quality from my fathers life and I am very bothered by it...I don't trust them and never will after this. That goes for Dr's too...

Submitted by Leary of MRIs on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 7:45pm.

I had an MRI of my brain on Jan. 12th. I did NOT have the contrast since I had gotten so sick from the MRI before they could get to that point. I have been dizzy, nauseated and not myself since this test. I am a teacher, and my family and friends are concerned about me. The MRI tech said I had a panic attack due to claustrophobia. I kept my eyes closed the whole time and was relaxed, but when the MRI was running, my head was spinning out of control. Then I got so nauseated. I stayed composed to finish the test, but when they removed me from the tunnel, I got so dizzy and sick, they could not do the test with contrast, thank they good Lord. I could only imagine how bad I would feel then. I had a mylegram in 1991 and about died from the reaction to the dye. I can't believe I put myself in this situation again. I am 51 and had stroke symptoms, and they were trying to rule out a stroke. I feel worse from the MRI than the stroke symptoms. I am so happy to have found this website. I feel the medical field is making us feel "nutsy" when they should come out of the dark with the truth!

#274: Vertigo
Submitted by Leary of MRIs on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 7:59pm.

I have been extremely dizzy since my MRI one week ago. I am unsteady on my feet and I feel out of sorts. I cannot think straight. I have moments that it seems to go away to only come back. I did NOT have the contrast either. Best wishes to you and God Bless.

Submitted by Houston chiropractor on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 11:05pm.

Thank you for sharing. I have bookmarked and added a link on my twitter feed to this article to spread the word.

Dr. Vanderloop, D.C.
Houston Chiropractor

Submitted by Lyn (not verified) on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 7:07am.

I had an MRI yesterday. It lasted 50 minutes and I was perfectly relaxed and don't suffer from claustrophobia.

Within 10 minutes of leaving the hospital the headache, nausea and swimmy head started. Over 24 hours later and these are still bothering me, the headache feeling like the mother of all thumpers.

I also felt the tugging sensations internally at the time of the scan.

Noone said there would be side effects, my sincere thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences, I guess I'm not crazy :o)

#277: Effects
Submitted by MikeWilliams on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 12:56pm.

Ladies and Gentlemen.
May I introduce the class of 2011.

I have worked for a large amount of years in MRI. AS part of a trial within the last week i have had 7 MRI scans done to me at 3T. I feel absolutely plumb normal. In fact i feel slightly better as i have had a little sleep in there and thus more refreshed. I am in no way ever going to poo-pooh what you say, as all these symptoms are very real. However I am writing this to inform you all that not everyone gets these symptoms. In an average hospital they will get through 8,000 MRI's a year. Call it 500 scanners in the UK, and 10,000 in the US = 84 Million examinations a year. Most of which have no effects. Please dont think this is a conspiracy, just fact.

Mike Williams

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:00pm.

I had an open MRI on my brain 9 days ago and experienced warming of the back during the procedure, with flushing of the face and neck aferwards. Although I developed a severe headache over the following 2 days, the most striking side effect has been a total inability to fall asleep late at night and then, when I do manage to drop off, waking a few hours later with my arms feeling numb and then tingling as the blood flow returns and finding I can't get back to sleep. Never had anything like this before the MRI and now feeling spaced out by the constant insomnia.
Has anyone else noticed an insomnia effect following MRI?

Submitted by Angela (not verified) on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 5:58pm.

I have a severe headache now and I felt the pulling sensations in my head and chest. I was very dizzy when I got up and was "out of it". It has been 4 hours since my MRI and I still have a severe migraine. I get headaches every once in awhile, but this hit me very hard in the machine and hasn't stopped. I am happy to know I am not the only one. When I ask the woman there, they said, well it is loud. This was not caused by the noise...

Submitted by Angela (not verified) on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 6:16pm.

I would like to mention after reading previous posts; I too have fibro. I thought it was strange that I saw some post that they experienced bad results as well. Everyone's body is different and I know my headache was from this! I did not get nausea; but I am still dizzy and a little off.

I know some people can be dramatic, but I have never talked about side effects of anything other than Savella (which felt like hell in a pill) and this. I am also a person who is dealing with fibro with no pain management, so I am not a whiner.

I just think people should know that medicine works differently on different people and I think a strong magnetic field could affect people as well. We see what it does to birds, so why couldn't it effect us? One can never be sure. I am a research scientist (MS in Molecular and Cellular Biology) and I can tell you there is a lot we do NOT know.

*FYI-I had one done for my back with no dye.

Submitted by susan engleton (not verified) on Sun, 01/30/2011 - 1:11pm.

I would like to find an agency to report these MRI side effects. I tried to contact the FDA to no avail.
In Sept. 2007 I had a brain MRI. The Neurologist said I MAY get ringing in the ears from the test. I had never heard of this and thought it was a rare occurrence so I went ahead. Three years later I am still plagued by this which had no cure. I would think there should be a disclaimer informing potential VICTIMS of the possible life long results of MRI testing. No one in the medical profession cares and there is no place to report problems.
I hope each and every one of us bands together to bring attention to this. Maybe a report on TV such as 20/20?
MY buzzing, ringing, throbbing etc. goes on......God Bless You All!

#282: #281
Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sat, 02/05/2011 - 4:16am.

Just a curoiosity question. Were you offered hearing protection? How long did your scan last and where was it done? Was it an open magent?

Mike Williams

Submitted by Lelia (not verified) on Sat, 02/05/2011 - 5:17am.

I had a brain mri w/wo contrast 5 days ago (This was my 3rd. Had no side effects from the first 2). I still feel very tried and very weak (espicially my legs).I have had back pain all my life due to a birth defect but now my back has been hurting me worse than it has in years. I felt fine going in and during the test. I didn't start feeling this way until about 10 hours afterwards. Wonder when it will stop. Because of what they found (meningioma) I will have to have more to monitor. NOT looking forward to this. Thanks for the validation. May GOD lay his healing hands upon us all!

Submitted by Psychologist Perth (not verified) on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 7:01pm.

I know some people who have had an MRI and haven't had any of those side-effects. However, having an MRI is often a scary experience for people and it useful for them to know that others feel the same way.

#285: Man up!
Submitted by Vennom (not verified) on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 8:29am.

Ok guys for the record, The Mri process is very safe. I receive an MRI scan every month since 2007. With "no" side effects, well besides mild retardation. My cancer is an aggresive germinonia in my front lobe(pineal region). Sorry for the side effects guys, But I do belive that this is the best alternative, the others sux! So every one Man up. Thanks happy cooking. Oh yea we refer too the MRI as "The coffin".

Submitted by Andi (not verified) on Sun, 02/13/2011 - 9:16am.

I had an MRI yesterday on my spine and then on my right knee. While having the MRI on the spine I felt a weird pulling sensation in my gut. After the MRI was finished (2 and 1/2 hours)I felt nauseous. I went home and felt odd and the nausea would not go away. I woke for work the next morning at 5am and the nausea was so great I had to call in sick. I am a Registered Nurse and have never been told of side effects from an MRI but I know what I experienced and how I felt afterward...

Submitted by Joules Otnusa (not verified) on Thu, 02/17/2011 - 8:43pm.

Thanks for the post. I had my first MRI 3 hours ago. I have the same feeling as others in this post. I went in fine but after the MRI I had been experiencing chest pain when I breathe, even until now. I hope this will go away tomorrow morning.

Submitted by AD (not verified) on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 8:02am.

Had a brain MRI yesterday, my first. I didn't finish. I felt an intense heat in my head thst then made me feel like my brain was being cooked. The heat went from uncomfortable to painful. My scalp felt like it was on fire. The tech removed me and said she had never heard of such a thing. Very reassuring. I left. Now, a day later, I still feel like I have a burned head, tongue is tingling, sluggish all over, limbs feel heavy, eyes are distorted.

So do any of the other posters have updates? Did your effects from the MRI pass? I'm really hoping this passes soon. It really freaks me out. I went in for vertigo, but now I feel worsethan ever. Thanks a lot docs. Frying my brain was a great idea. Never doing that again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 2:56pm.

I have just had my fourth and definately my last mri scan (hopefully) The experience has left me feeling positively ill and very upset. I had the scan for my brainstem, spine and shoulder. I immediately felt nausea and i felt pressure behind my eyes and felt as though my nose was going to bleed. This was all bad enough and i managed to carry on. However I had to press the alarm when severe pins and needles caused a lot of pain in my hands. I have still pins and needles in my hands and really do feel daft getting so upset but its really shocked me as i thought this procedure was not meant to have side effects at all. I was wondering if any body else had experienced the same pins and needles as me.

#290: mri
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 7:03pm.

yes, i also would have to say i wondered about the possiblity of that as well. i myself also have issues w/ tanning beds, even walking through the building that they have tanning beds in i can actually "feel" the rays so to speak of the bed and they almost make me ill.

today i went in for my 1st mri on my knee, no dye needed, and if i had known how i would feel i would have had someone meet me and drive me home! i also had the nausea, some headache, dizziness feelings as many others have mentioned. while in the machine i felt i was spinning at one point, another felt like i was a mini me & about to be sucked into the machine, like i was a tiny ant or something! so weird! i felt really out of it when i was done & had to get myself a coke to drink to help my stomach settle down. overall a very interesting 1st experience. i did have a cat scan done a little less than a week ago, not sure if that effects anything or not?

the weirdest part was i felt like i was glowing after, like the rays were radiating off me & i needed/wanted to "air" myself out so i wouldn't feel that anymore..

i go to an herbal type doctor & have been on "whole foods" for bacteria, plastics build-up, issues w/ refined sugars, & i forgot the other thing. so i for sure feel there is a correlation w/ body magnetics, blockages, sensetivities,etc. i wish there was more info & studies done on how this all works together!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 10:37am.

Thank you all for your comments. I have just returned home from a breast MRI and it was a horrible experience. I have had two MRIs before this (one brain and one cardiac) and experienced no side effects so I was not worried about this one. When I went into the scan room and I saw that I was going to be lying on my stomach with my head in what looked like a massage support thing, I thought Oh good, maybe I can fall asleep. I wasn't worried at all. But during the beginning of the exam, when the machine started its "buzzing" sound, I felt as if someone had my tailbone in their hand and was trying to pull my spine out of my body. This sensation only happened when the machine was in "Buzzing" mode (which I think is when the pictures are actually being taken). I told the tech about it and she said that I should not be feeling anything. So we continued. And the pain continued to escalate to the point of what felt like shocks throught my whole body (I literally jerked everytime a new set of "buzzing" started) and the pain felt like electrical shocks running from my spine out across my buttocks and down my inner thighs. We had to stop the test several times and have the tech come and talk to me so I coulde settle down. She said I didn't have to continue, but we were half way through and I wanted to get the results. (The reason for the breast MRI is because of an abnormal mammogram.) I was literally crying because of the fear of the next shock coming and they did come. Every time the machine clicked into loud buzzing, I received another shock. I realize that an MRI is not electrical, so these could not have been true electrical shocks, however, it was definitely some type of nerve pain and pulling on my spine which I can only equate to a shock. The tech acted like I was nuts and I repeatedly apologized for my behavior, but I have been home for about an hour now, and I am still very shaken up. I feel as if my whole insides are vibrating. I'm glad to find this website, because now I know I was not imaging all this.

Submitted by Frances (not verified) on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 8:25am.

Living in Toronto has advantages. We go to "our" local Hospital and feel we are in the hands of the best. Others travel from far to our local Hospital which is one of the Best in our Country. They are in a strange environment adding to the necessary stress for diagnosis. The need sometimes outweighs the risks and the discomfort. I also went for an MRI last night and I too felt extreme dizziness an out of control feeling. A doctor was called by the Tech as I nearly collapsed on the floor as I was being escorted to my seat. Apparently my blood pressure was so low the Doctor and the Tech thought the blood pressure machine was not working. The machine would not read. They asked me what was normal reading?? The attending Doctor said maybe I was having an anxiety attack. I was escorted graciously to the emergency for observation and asked to sit, relax and wait until I felt I could leave. Today I have a massive headache and I feel very nauseous. I still feel very odd. My body has a numb tingling shakeup feeling and very light headed. I called my family physician office and was told by the secretary that this was fine it is just a headache and she would tell the doctor. Um? Does that sound normal? Oh well what can you do? The doctors secretary tells me it's ok and all is fine so then I must assume that I will be ok..?? I don't think I should drive today though because I do not feel very well.

Submitted by Fredrik (not verified) on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 11:19am.

First of all thanks a lot for this thread. As everyone is saying, it's a comfort to read that you are not alone. I live in Sweden and did not find any swedish page like this.

My story is the following. I injured my lower and middle back appr 10 months ago doing a heavy lift. I had pain for many moths but at the time the orthoped I met said, no there is no need for an MRI since this will heal with time. I thought that this sounded good.

I waited and it got better, but from time to time I had new problems. So finally I said I have to find out what it is. Event though very hesitating to have an MRI I finally gave in and when the new orthoped I met said ok we give you a full back (lower and upper) MRI I thought fine, lets get this done.

When I came to the MRI I asked the nurse, if she knew any side effects. And she no, no problems what so ever. I went in and tried to be calm pretending it was a solarium. The scan of my upper spine was horrible, extrem loud noise, and my heart started pumping like crazy. I really felt all the different magnetic fields. The lower back did not rush my heart as much but I felt how the whole area was heated up. All in all it took appr 1 hour and 10 min. Much longer than the appr 40 min they told me. When I was shaking comming out the nurse anwered me that thats because we have been messing with your protons.

Comming home I felt totally strange. Dizy, and shaky and with ringing in my ears. I hardly could sleep that night. My whole body felt electrically charged somehow. My arms started to feel electric. The following day (yesterday), was bad and I had to leave my work early and went straight to bed. Feeling chills and warm feelings, a little bit like a flu. Last night I managed to sleep a few hours with many interuptions. Every time I woke up, both my arms where electric (especially down my ring and little finger). I moved them turned over and tried to sleep again. Over and over again.

This morning I got a headache on the outside of my forehead. This has been going on the whole day. I took some pain killer and it helped to take milder it but not make it go away. Right now it's evening and the headache ist still there but not as much as before.

I can only hope that all these symptons will disappear shortly and that the MRI has no other effects.

Anyhow, I notice that many people write imidiately after having the MRI. I do really hope that this is a sign that the symptons will disappear. If some of you who wrote see this please write and tell if you feel better. That would encourage me a lot.

Thanks again, and I hope we all get completely ok very soon.

Submitted by Fredrik (not verified) on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 11:22am.

Hello, I read your post about your feeling in your arms at night. I have experienced the same. Please read my comments in 293. If you read this please let me know how you are now. I do hope that you are completely ok.

Submitted by Fredrik (not verified) on Sat, 03/19/2011 - 5:43am.

It feels really bad to continue on 293. I was hoping that today (3 days since my lower and upper back MRI), I would be back to normal.

But no, I've got really worrying symptons which makes me believe something went wrong with the MRI.

Forehead burn. Even though I did not examine my head I was placed under a kind of helmet. After 1 day I first experienced a headache on my forehead. Later that evening I realised that is was a burn. It felt like I'd been in the sun for a day without sunscreen. Now I wonder: How could it be that I burned my forehead during a lower and upper back MRI? Please let me know if you have any ideas.

Secondly I yesterday realised that I had a feeling of high heart rate and short of breath. This was case also day 1 but I did not pay that much attention since I felt completely strange overall. Now though I meassured my blood pressure and heart rate. Yesterday blood pressure was 140/85 with a pulse of 74. Way higher than my normal 114/70 with a pulse of 56.

Today throughout the day my blood pressure has come down (thankful for that). Unfortunately my pulse is even higher and has been between 80 and 90 so far. Even after relaxing and laying down I've not been able to get it down.

So please, let me know if any of you experienced this and how you feel now.

Best regards


#296: mri
Submitted by dk (not verified) on Sun, 03/20/2011 - 5:20am.

I had my first mri for shoulder on thursday and woke up at 4am next morn with a wretched migraine! Earlier in the day (before mri) i received a small knock on the head at work, and thought maybe the combination was the root of the headache! After reading these posts, I'm not so sure!
This is the 3rd day of waking up w/headache, my fingers were tingly yesterday and I too felt generally like crap 2 days after! it is way too early on a Sunday morning for me to be up, so I dont know what the the day will bring, but it's nice to have validation from this forum that we are indeed having some trauma from the MRI!

Submitted by Fredrik (not verified) on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 2:30am.

Hello again,
I just wanted to share with you how things are now. It's now Saturday and I had my MRI Wednesday last week (i.e. 10 days ago).
I has been one of the most difficult times for me ever (until Wednesday). As you can read in 293 and 295 I had a high resting puls and felt all kind of electric feelings in my body, especially my arms. Due to all this I also had a hard time sleeping. On Wednesday I felt really bad and still like I was electrically charged somehow.

Luckily I then decided to go for a swim. That was the best swim in my life. I felt so relaxing and as if all the electrical charge in my body was de-charged and became calm from the water.

In the evening my puls was lower and for the first time in a week I could lay down and just rest and relax.

So all in all. It has been very tough, but I'm now so greatful to feel back to normal again.

So take a swim and relax. I hope that you all will feel good again soon.

Best regards


Submitted by NirvanaBliss on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 3:28am.

I went through a MRI and MRA on Saturday afternoon and it was hell on earth, the MRA was like it was pulling my brain apart, disecting my brain, the force of the magnets must have been to strong, i have felt quite detached from myself a real totally weird feeling since, this is now Monday morning, i pressed the buzzer possibly 15 times and shouted for them to stop, they ignored me, they carried on, it was hurting my head and i was shouting please stop, MRA is similiar to a MRI but actually i have had a few MRI scans, and nothing was going to get me ready for an MRA scan, 3 days previously i had a lumbar puncture and that was painful. But a MRA scan, you are out of order, you lie in one of them machines for an hour and you tell us then if you feel it was just like lying on the floor.

I felt suicidal when i came home, could not stop crying, i rather have the problems i have than go through another test like that.

Medical staff you should all try out the MRA scans, and the Lumbar Puncture's, try them out on each other, see how much pain it really is, then times it by 10, cos the person going through that test is already in pain, should learn how to treat people with empathy, not like a peice of meat!

And trust, i wouldn't trust you if my life depended on it!

You seem to revel in people's pain, i sure hope you have been affected by job cuts and your out of work!

I am livid with your response.

Submitted by NirvanaBliss on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 3:37am.

I did not have any contrast, as i was allergic to it last year, i had it without.

But my reply above was towards the person who written #51.

Submitted by NirvanaBliss on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:38am.

My doctor just left, i had a home visit. When i opened the door to her, she also noticed me swaying and falling over when i walked down the hall to the living room.

My symptoms are of Labyrinthitis, never had that before, so for the people who go in for a MRA for one thing and come out with something else, maybe you need to put in a complaint at your hospital.

Side effects should be put on the informational sheets for all tests, including this one.

I sympathise with all of you, i thought i was going crazy on Saturday night, and i am sure my family did too, but now i have found this website with the information of sadly other people went through the same type of things it shows its not 100% safe.

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