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I recently had an MRI, this is the third or fourth, any time I go though the anti-theft devices at stores. The alarm sounds when I have nothing on me. If anyone can help please email me at thanks

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I had yet another MRI today and felt a bit wonky afterward, so I Googled it and found this: MRI side effects | The Medical Blog Network I recently had an MRI, this is the third or fourth, any time...

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Submitted by Dr. Rob Lamberts on Thu, 01/05/2006 - 8:02pm.

The test to see if you have become magnetized is to float in the water on your back and see if your head points to north. 

I had one bipolar patient become unipolar in this way.  She also became very attractive.

Robert Lamberts, MD

Evans Medical Group

#2: How?
Submitted by tyler24476 on Fri, 01/06/2006 - 2:42pm.

How would this happen and is there any way to get rid of it because it is getting annoying always getting stopped at the store.

Submitted by Dr. Rob Lamberts on Wed, 01/11/2006 - 1:50pm.

I actually don't think there is much chance these things are related to each other.  The thing that makes stores beep are RFID transmitters.  Although a magnet would seem to mimic this, it really is not a magnetic field.  Maybe someone slipped an RFID in your jacket, or something, but I doubt that the MRI caused any change in your radio-magnetism.

Robert Lamberts, MD

Evans Medical Group

Submitted by tyler24476 on Tue, 01/24/2006 - 4:19pm.

they scanned me with that wond but it didnt regester so they had me walk back through it and it went off

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/20/2006 - 6:55pm.

I just had my first MRI ever. I was involved in a car accident and have a sprained neck. I've had pressure/squeezing sensation in my head. Is this related to the MRI or my sprained neck?

Submitted by Kristy (not verified) on Wed, 09/20/2006 - 6:59pm.

I just had a cervical mri last night. Late last night and tonight I have pressure/squeezing sensation in my head. I was involved in a car accident a week and 1/2 ago. I have a sprained neck. Are the head aches because of the mri or the injuries?

Submitted by tania (not verified) on Wed, 11/01/2006 - 11:16am.

My husband also had a similar situation as yours with horrible headaches following the MRI, please let me know what u found out.


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Submitted by lookingood (not verified) on Fri, 12/15/2006 - 11:34am.

With regards to the effects of MRI.  This is the first time I've had a head and neck MRI  - the effects : feels like someone was in my head with an egg-beater for more than 24 hours after the event.  Slight headache day and night.  There are some effects but I don't think I've yet found a site that reports these effects before the MRI is taken.  It follows that with all the magnetic vibration on the brain there must be some other side effects that are not mentioned.  Does anyone have experience with head MRI's side effects other than headaches and slush in the brain-feeling?

Submitted by Jo (not verified) on Wed, 12/20/2006 - 1:43pm.

I've worked in MRI for ten years and hope I can help a little.  There have been 400 million MRI scans performed worldwide and there have never been any side effects attributed to the procedure.  While the hydrogen protons in the body are aligned with the magnetic field when you are inside the scaner, once you come out the protons relax back - you don't stay magnetised!  The anti-theft devices would absolutely not be affected by the scans you've had.  As far as headaches go, these can be caused by the noise of the scanner - were you given ear plugs or headphones for protection?  

Submitted by shawn (not verified) on Mon, 01/01/2007 - 1:03am.

I had an MRI for my hand injury about 3 yrs ago and after that the first night in my bed I was hearing buzzing and ringing in my ears. The sound have been subsiding until 3 weeks ago which has become worse. Could that be a side effect due to that MRI?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/05/2007 - 9:21am.

I had my first MRI of my brain yesterday and I felt very weird, spaced out, and VERY tired and got a terrible migraine afterwards. I had earplugs in, but they didn't help a whole lot. While I was in the MRI I felt pressure on my forehead and it also felt like an energy swirling in the middle of my forehead. VERY uncomfortable. I still feel like crap today.

Submitted by Mark (not verified) on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 2:17pm.

I had an MRI today,

I came home feeling woozy and tired.

I had the MRI because I have been having very bad headaches and blackouts.

I felt ok during the scan and felt woozy from when I came out.

I have very strange feelings in my head that I cannot explain, a bit like someones mixed up the contents and poured them back in.

It certainly hasnt helped ease the heasdache, I hope this is only tempory.

Submitted by Joe B. (not verified) on Sat, 01/20/2007 - 7:09am.

I had my first MRI done 3 days ago. They scanned my lower spine for disc problems (severe sciatica). I have been totally "out of sorts" since the MRI. Headache, mild upset stomach, generally feeling lousy. Could it possibly be from anxiety? I did not know I was claustrophobic but I definitely had what I guess was a panic attack when I was completely inside the tube. We stopped and the tech gave me headphones, I repositioned myself so I could see a little of the room and we went again. I found out afterwards that the ear plugs / headphones should have been on from the start. Also many people need a sedative, I was not offered one even after we stopped the first scan. My personal opinion is like many medical advances the human portion of the equation leaves a great deal to be desired. Yes I needed to get the MRI done, but I would have been a lot more comfortable with a little more information in advance and maybe  to hear the technician speak in the headphones every minute or so would be reassuring.


Submitted by V. Smith (not verified) on Sat, 01/20/2007 - 9:06am.

I had an MRI done of my left ankle yesterday (Friday) and when it was over I felt very woozy.  When I went to put my earrings back in my ears I noticed that both ears were so dark red they were almost purple.  I figured that would go away soon and when I looked two hours later they were normal.  Four hours after, I noticed that it was painful chewing on my left side during dinner.  I felt my jaw where it meets the throat and ear and there was a swelling that was as big as a half an egg.  I freaked out of course, put ice on it, and had every thought run through my head about what it was.  I took some benedril and this morning the swelling is the size of a small squishy knot.  It is still tender and feels like its also moving down on my throat slightly.  

I'm hoping more will be gone by tomorrow but if it continues to hang on I will go to see a doctor on Monday.  I don't have a lot of money and I would have never imagined needing to pay another doctor bill because a procedure caused an unrelated occurrence in another part of my body.  Can anyone tell me what is happening and why would an MRI cause such a thing.   

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/27/2007 - 1:15pm.

I did not know such a site existed. Amazing what is out there. Anyway, I read everyone's comments and thought I should post mine as well. I do not have any awswers for anyone - but some interesting observations. I had a C-Spine scan performed last night

#1 - The MRI booths have not changed much from 1994! They are still very confined with lots of banging, clanging and ringing. I already knew this so I wasn't alarmed. I did find myself concentrating on not breathing too hard or swallowing too hard - since this was a C-spine scan - and ended up breathing anxiously.

#2 - I felt a "shock" of some sort in my wrists during the 4th scan. I believe each "scan" is taking a different angle - not sure. Anyway, I asked the technician about this "shock". I explained to him that it almost felt like an electrical shock. It only lasted for about 3  or 4 seconds. He told me since I had my right hand gripping my left wrist that it was possible the magnetic field traveled through a certain circuit in my body and registered at my wrists. I only noticed it this one time.

#3 - The technician who performed the scan will probably not comment on the scans or your condition.  I'm sure they are quite capable but are not allowed to.

#4 - Some places will give you the images. I took mine with me and they are mine to keep. I will see the ortho surgeon on Tuesday - but in the meantime I have been studying them. You may not wish to keep forever - but looking them over is a great learning experience.

 Good Luck.

Submitted by hp (not verified) on Wed, 01/31/2007 - 8:11pm.

I just had an MRI performed on my left ankle which was probably at least a half an hour process.

My observation is that while the different scans were taking place I could actually feel the magnetic field; I guess. The troublesome thing though is that I was feeling some sort of pressure / tightness on my testicles.

Even now, four hours after the scan, I still feel some sort of pain/pressure/tightness.


Can some one explain this to me?




Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/01/2007 - 5:00pm.

I just had an MRI today of my neck.  During the next to last image taken, I was shocked hard at my left wrist when it started, and it continued to shock during the entire image (moderate at my left wrist, mild at my right wrist).

Then when the last image was taken (bed move about an inch ???) The pulsing shocks were now in my left knuckles & in my right "pinkie", with just a little at the left wrist.

 These are the same locations tor pain or tingling/numbness that I had been experiencing.  Is this coincidence, or is there a correlation to where the MRI was directed (i.e. at those particular nerves / vertebrae)?

 My tech also said these were "normal" and were caused because my hands were touching.  I've never had this happen before (I've had about 4 MRI's over the years).

Motor vehicle accident almost two years ago now (rear-ended about 45-50 while sitting at stoplight, no brakes . . . slam !!!)

Could these be related???




Submitted by Kent Southers (not verified) on Thu, 02/01/2007 - 5:04pm.

I forgot to leave my name on #17.

Any insight would be appreciated.


Submitted by Linda P (not verified) on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 2:45pm.

In January 2007 i had 2 consecutive MRI's for dislocating shoulders and again, as with one i had in 2003 for degenerative spinal disease i experienced agonising pain in my carium, not a headache or migraine mind you actual paim in the rear upper left quadrant of my skull so severe for an hour and half initially like a jack hammer on my head. Disorineting and leaving my physically shocked and stunned.

I believe this reaction was more severe than that in 2003, though of the same nature, becasue i was inside the machine twice as long.

Twinges there continued for three weeks and still now but woth less locallised nature but now more like pressure inside in my skull.

I am tired of the monologue/diatribe about millions of MRIs have been performed with 'no side effects' since as with this case where i have taken the issue up with the Queensland health department, the hospital's radiology departemnt and the Corporate Governance Department of the hospital involved, no one at the hospital seem to want to know about it.

Ergo, no wonder there's been no rpeorts about bad side effects becuase no one takes them!!!!

if you want to get together worldwide my email is

I also note that at

there have been reports of legal action as a result of side effects of the contrast dye used.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 6:35pm.

I had an MRI of my brain yesterday and my head was pounding afterwards. I thought it was from the noise of the machine. I had an MRI of my brain back in the mid 90s and I don't remember feeling this way.

 I was fine most of today, but early this evening my headache returned and is really bad.

 I've also had MRIs of my knee, spine and hip and never felt bad afterwards.

I'm thinking the headache may be due to the loudness of the machine. I mean it was loud. They gave me earplugs, but they were useless.

For others who felt ill/woozy after their MRI (as opposed to having a headache), did you have contrast? The doctor ordered it for this last MRI and I refused. I've never had contrast for any of my other MRIs.

I think this will be my last MRI-- of my head anyway.

BTW, I know that CT scans are sometimes used in conjunction with MRIs or instead of them. From what I understand CT scans are high dose x-rays. They also sometimes use contrast with those. I'd do some research before having one -- either with or without contrast.

Good luck all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 7:12pm.

In the Journal of the National Medical Association, Volume 82, Number 9, an article titled, "Evolving Perspectives on the Exposure Risks from Magnetic Fields", came to the conclusion that MRI's could pose risks. "The experiment with human lung carcinoma cells verified the statement by Davis and Rawls that there is an increase in the growth curve of human lung carcinoma cells when exposed to positive polarity magnetic fields. Thus, these magnetic field configurations could present potential risks. The designers of these types of installations (eg. MRI, ESR) should consider the effects of the magnetic field and its orientation. The positive fields should be emitted in areas of limited occupancy."

South pole magnetic fields are dangerous according to the research of Albert Roy Davis and Walter Rawls.  I went with my mother for her MRI a couple of years ago. I had a magnetometer that could differentiate between positive and negative magnetic fields. While in the room with the MRI, I measured a powerful South pole (positive) magnetic field where I had been sitting.  Once I checked the meter and realized it, after about 15 minutes, I left the room. I felt a horrible discomfort in my head that night that lasted for several hours.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 6:42pm.

OK, here's a totally bizarre one: I recently had an MRI taken of my brain, neck, and spine. Partway through, i was also given some sort of "tracking" injection (I think it's a dye of some sort). Afterward, I lost my sense of taste. The strangest part of this is that I can still taste spicy, sweet, sour, but if i'm eating a pineapple ring (which I just did), I can only tell that it's sweet. there is no defining pineapple flavor. I have no problem with my sense of smell. This is the second time i have experienced this post-MRI side effect. the last time it went away after a few days (which i'm hoping will happen this time as well). Anyone else have this happen to them, or know what causes it?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 11:23am.

I had a lumbar MRI performed this morning and began to feel nauseous about 5 minutes before the end. About an hour and a half later I still fee l nauseous, have stomach cramps, neck ache and a nasty headache. I'd forgotten how noisy MRI's were even with the earplugs in. I felt dizzy afterwards and a little shaky and needed to sit down for a while before driving to work.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 11:50am.




Submitted by Scott (not verified) on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 5:44pm.

Hi, As far as research goes, MRI scans are at present deemed safe. The technology has only been available for about 25 years, so it is really relatively new, the only side effect at present being 'mag lag', tiredness and slight loss of short term memory which affects MRI techs, and has been put down to working in a strong magnetic field for long periods. Having had dozens of scans myself, I agree it can feel a bit disorientating, but personally feel this to be due to the hypnotic noise sending me half to sleep during scans. (Also if you put your head in the mouth of the magnet and spin it round, it does seem to send you a bit dizzy!) You should always be given some form of ear defenders, which deaden a lot of the noise. Pregnant women in the first trimester (12 weeks) are not routinely scanned due to this being the period in which cells are dividing most quickly and at their most vulnerable. This is a precaution, in the same way that you wouldn't x-ray a pregnant woman, though it is proven that x-rays can be damaging to developing cells. Sometimes a 'dye' can be injected. This is a gadolinium based compound that alters the magnetic properties of the body, and enhances ares of high vascularity (scar tissue, haemangiomas, tumours). It is perfectly routine, so don't worry if you have to have the injection, it doesn't mean you have something horrible! In seven years of working in MRI I have only seen one allergic reaction, they are incredibly rare. This only caused mild nausea in the patient.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 6:37pm.

I am so glad to hv found this site.  I am worried about my sister who just had her brain MRI yesterday.  During the last 7 days she has had, chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, CAT scans and a number of bloodwork.  Ever since her MRI she has been reacting to certain noises, i.e. bells, phone rings, certain pitch in people's voices, and some of the pounding noises.  The noises drive her into dizzy and shaky spells.  Has anyone experienced heightened sense of hearing (or smell or taste?)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 03/21/2007 - 12:41pm.

I thought i was mad thinking that an MRI scan on a shoulder could make me feel like this. i was fine when i went in but 15 minutes afterwards i felt extremley nauseaus, stomach upset and had a cracking headache, this has lasted all day. I never had this feeling last time i had a scan.
The strange thig is when i arrived at the scanning area i was asked if i had had any side effects when i last had a scan?

Submitted by Alvin (not verified) on Wed, 03/21/2007 - 3:09pm.

I just had my MRI brain scan 2 days ago and I never expected that I will experience headache with vibrating shocks in my head every time I lay down at night.

  I still don't know if this is normal or not. I also become irritable for any vibrating sounds similar to MRI it makes me feels dizzy and uncomfortable.

Does anybody felt the same way? 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 9:18pm.

I had an mri done a few months ago and during the last 5 minutes I felt intense pressure like my head was going to explode! Ever since I have felt foggy, slightly off balance and generally not right. Anyone with any symptoms like this?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 7:47am.

I'm late with comments for this thread but I found it after Googling for "side effects of MRI". I, too, had the pressure inside my head side effect all during the procedure (which was for my spine) and for a little while afterwards. It wasn't painful, just weird. I asked the technician about it and she had never heard of it, that no one had ever mentioned "pressure inside the head" during an MRI. I'm sure she thought it must be a psychological thing maybe related to claustrophobia but I know it wasn't that as I don't get panicky under those kinds of conditions.

Submitted by Brayla (not verified) on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 10:49am.

I have been vibrating ever since yesterday when I had three MRI's, symptoms include pressure in my head.  I just assume since we have all had similar reactions that this must be normal..

maybe eventually they will tell people that they just might vibrate a little,

and feel a little pressure in places there shouldn't be


Awaiting results

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 2:23pm.

I had a head MRI this morning. Although I had to wake up before God to get there (seriously, who schedules these things for 7:30 on a Saturday morning?), I slept for 5 hours afterward. I was injected with the dye and my scan was 40 minutes. Bring earplugs in case you are not offered them. Some of the noises sound like potential Atari machine gun noises. I could feel sensations in parts of my head as we went along. Not bothersome, just different. During a couple scans (one about halfway through and one near the end) I felt as if my head was sliding down, like if I pulled my chin up. I couldn't tell if I was really doing it, or if it was just a sensation. Apparently I wasn't moving, as they didn't re-do the scan. On another scan the machine vibrated and vibrated my body as my arms were up against the sides of the machine. I was afraid I'd have to re-do, but no. I was advised not to touch hands or feet as it can create an arc (another poster mentions this happening to them). 30 minutes in I was shot with contrast dye. I'm a tough stick, so the first time was a no-go and a bit of the dye was exposed to air. It stings. If you are a tough stick, drink fluid ahead of time or run your hand/arm under warm water before the scan to help the veins show. I wasn't advised at scheduling that I was receiving a contrast, better to assume that you are. Other than the shot for injection of the dye, the most annoying thing during the procedure was an irritation on a small spot on each of my eyeballs. Kind of like I put a contact lens in inside out. First my right side, then my left. Toward the end of the scan the table moved about an inch for the next scan, it was one sudden move and that is when the nausea started. I still feel it, hours later. After the scan I looked in the bathroom mirror and my face was a bit puffy, particularly eyelids. There is slight discoloration above my RT eye. I also have a headache.I would highly recommend not planning to do anything for several hours after the scan. I was just fine to drive, but don't have the energy or ability to really focus to be productive. Also, I wore sweatpants and sweatshirt and they allowed me to wear it for the scan (sans bra) instead of the stylish blue hospital gown. Wear warm socks and ask for a blanket if not offered. I was given a wedge thing to put under my knees, it's great and made the entire procedure much more comfortable and easier to sit still though. I was able to get a few winks in during the quieter parts of the scan (toward the end), and that greatly helped. It didn't seem so long. Maybe my only option of a 7:30am scan was a good choice after all. I was still tired and able to sleep. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 8:10am.

I FOUGHT WITH MY BOYFRIEND AND HE JUST HIT ME.  Maybe accidentally or purposely,  I dont know.  He apologised to me after the happening.

He just pulled of my hair.  Since then, my side forehead seems weird.  Maybe i  am thinking to much.  I am just thinking of going to take MRI.

 After reviewing side effect, i am so scare to take.  I do not think it is to serious for me but just for sake.  Do you think if somebody pulled your hair, that would hurt the nerve in my brain.  Pls comment and advise! Thank you!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 3:25am.

I did feel very sleepy the next day after having mri scan.

I had already slept my routine hours during the night(8 hours) but felt sleepy throughout the day. of course i dunno why and i did tried to search on google, and not to mention the weakness.

i have no answers to family, friends, colleagues of why i feel sleepy through that hold day. of course my family itself is very strict and do not tolerate this sleep more than 8 hours.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 11:39pm.

I had a breast MRI yesterday with a contrasting agent.  Wore earplugs, but noise was still really loud.   I felt okay during the procedure, but I've had a slight nauseous feeling headache that started a few hours later and it hasn't gone away.   It's a dull ache, but still annoying, and Advil or Tylenol have not helped.  I see this is common based on what I'm reading on this site. 

 Can anyone say how long the headaches last? 


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/14/2007 - 7:59am.

I had an MRI scan done of my head Thursday afternoon. I have had vertigo for several weeks, so as a result they want to check out the major things. I was told that there would be no side effects to the MRI. Let me tell you, there is! I felt horrible after the test. I felt worse than I did before I took it. I am not sure exactly what made me sick, but I am guessing that it was the contrast dye they gave me half way through. My arm felt cold when they were injecting it and then instantly I could feel it move through my brain, it was such a wierd sensation. My head felt almost hot, hard to describe. Anyway, after the test, it was very hard to drive home. When my husband saw me, he was concerned. He said my eye color was different, I have dark brown eyes and at the time they were a hazel green. I slept all night and then the whole next day I felt horrible! I was so sick to my stomach all day, no appetite and could barely function throughout the day. I fell asleep at 6:00pm on Friday night and woke up 10:00am Saturday morning. Saturday morning I felt so much better, my stomach nausea was gone and my head felt much clearer. The actual test was not hard to do, but beware of the feeling afterwards, maybe I am a small part of the population to have side effects, but I wish someone woud have told me that it was a possibility.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/18/2007 - 6:17pm.

Hello , i had my MRI of abdomen and pelvis done yestarday. It was my second MRI and everything was Ok , until doctor told me that now you are going to have a 4.5 minutes pictures taken (it was almost 50 minutes since he started) , and than it was a quite pause for about 20 seconds , during which i start to feel very hot in my left arm (where he puted needel for injection before mri test started) , than this hot feeling went into my left arm , than into both of my foot , after that he started taken pictures. By the time he finnished 4.5 minutes of pictures , i felt hot all over my body and my hart was hurting. My foot and both of my hand felt almost like somebody put them into grill or something. I told doctor about that. He took me out from the tube , and brought another doctor to check on me. I've had CT scan before , and those exact feeling i had when they injected contrast into me. I've asked doctor if he injected contrast , but he sad no , and also he told me that MRI contrast does not have this burning/hot effect. He asked me if i wnated to continue , and i told him yes. When he injected MRI contrast in the end of the exam i felt cold feeling in my left arm. I felt very tired after MRI , and during night my whole budy was like on fire. Today i still feel burning sensation in my face and in my legs ... feels again like my whole body is on fire. My foot are just burning seriously , I wanted to put them into cold water to stop pain. 

I am wondering if doctor messed up and injected something into me that he was not supposed to. My test was in the earlier morning and doctor was alone with me. I also wondering if doctor start injection of contrast and went overdose because he did not noticed that injection started. I've had twice MRI before , and i never felt anything like that.


Anybody had anything like this during MRI ?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 4:04pm.

I had an MRI of my head (pituitary gland) yesterday (4/21).  Today, I noticed that a small white pimple (under the skin) which I've had on my eyelid for about two years was gone.  There is a slight reddish mark where it used to be, but no other signs.  When I saw that, I realized that a few other similar tiny pimples were gone.  I get these every so often and they don't go away unless I take a needle to them - don't tell the dermatologist ;).

Anyone else have a similar experience?  Docs/techs, have you ever heard of this? 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/23/2007 - 4:23pm.

I'm trying to convince myself it's from something else, but 3+ days ago I had a head MRI and since then I've felt spaced out and unable to think normally.  My sleep has been odd as well.  I haven't reported it to my HMO since they'd presumably just write in my chart that i'm nuts, but I wasn't expecting it.  Had one 5 years ago with no effects.  I had no contrast injected.  But my cognition is definitely affected, and if it wasn't the MRI that did it, it's a large darn coincidence that I would just happen to start thinking oddly after my brain was subjected to a 3-tesla mag field.  

Submitted by gmlevinmd123 on Tue, 04/24/2007 - 10:51am.

What was the original reason the MRI was ordered??

Gary Levin MD

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Submitted by worried (not verified) on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 2:34pm.

I had an MRI 4 days ago and after the tech told me it would be the last session, she came back on and said "I need to run a few more". Then a few days later the nurse called and said I have to come back and have another MRI on the same area (thorasic back) only this time they are going to inject me with blue dye. Should I be worried or is this normal?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 2:34am.

I had an MRI for a TMJ related injury. NO contrast dye was used. Several hours later while closing my eyes to go to sleep I saw many tiny black spots.  A half hour later, I saw the same. Then it never happened again. Also, I had vivid nightmares that night and every night - they lasted for a little over a week.

Submitted by ROLAND (not verified) on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 11:36am.

I had an MRI done on April 27, 2007 on my right shoulder, just before going

for the MRI ,I had been in an Office Max store , once the Mri was completed i returned to the same store to pick up the bookcase i had purchased, upon entering the store i activated the security system and have  been doing so

on other stores systems ever since, i have removed everything from my

person several times and it still activates the systems has anyone else had this

happen and how long will it last.




Submitted by Ah Watt (not verified) on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 11:37pm.

After the MRIs scanning, i had this discomfort in my throat and head. There is hissing sound going in my head for years, til now.Want to know how exactly this sound is like? Try grin your teeth hard with your mouth close and experience the noise in your head, yes that's the sound. About my throat, it felt pretty conjested and narrow and very difficult to cough and it seemed like i can't get enough of air into my lungs.

Submitted by McG (not verified) on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 7:37am.

Hi there,
I had my MRI done yesterday ( for breats as well) and I did feel nauseous during the procedure , to the point where I thought I was going to throw up... but didn't... I have been dissy and had that wierd headache since last night...I have taken tylenol, Alive and advil, but nothing has help so far.... so I was wondering if you could tell me how long your symptoms lasted? 

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Submitted by sue (not verified) on Sun, 05/20/2007 - 5:48pm.

i had an mri on may 15 for an herniated disk at  the last  lombar  and since then i feel terrible    i have had stomach pains so bad,  headache and just an alltogether feeling very poorly  i can only stand for a max. of 5 to 10 minutes  because i get dizzy and then i have to lie down.  today is may the 20  can it be caused by the mri?

Submitted by sheila on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 2:38pm.

I had an MRI in June of 2000 and may ears have been ringing ever since.  Of course the doctor that ordered the MRI acted like he did not know what I was talking about.  I have tried retraining treatments so the brain can not hear the ringing, accupunture, and now I am wearing a "white noise" hearing aid.  I have contacted lawyers and they said unless I could get a doctor to say that the MRI did this to me I really did not have a case.  I know your pain.  The quality of my life forever changed.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 11:41am.

for those of you who fear being claustrophobic please check out:

i went to have an MRI at a upright positional mri and it was great! not only because of the claustrophobia factor, but all you had to do was sit and you had a television to watch.... and the noise...was about 70% less than any other MRI i've had before. next time you need an mri i strongly encourage you go to them! they were amazing!

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 12:09pm.

About 2 months ago I had an MRI, ironically enough, for ringing in my right ear--assymetrical tinnitus being a red flag for a rare acoustic neuroma. Standard operating procedure, etc. etc. Everyone talks about the claustrophobia, but I was completely unprepared for the volume of the sound. As I did not think I was claustrophobic and they offered ear muffs & earplugs, I was unconcerned. But, good lord, was I unprepared for the actual MRI! It was beyond my wildest dreams--a truly horrific experience combining some of the most godawful loud clanking sounds sort of like a jackhammer at point blank range with the wall of the tube a couple of inches from my nose.The random racket of horrific war-like sounds along with the tight space, almost brought on a panic attack. It went on for almost an hour with only a 2 minute break for the injection of the contrast fluid. I nearly threw up from the anxiety (wonder if I possibly could have aspirated & died), and It took me days to settle down & be able to sleep at night. Somehow, by using Lamaze breathing, I survived it without having to give up. AND. .. since then, my ears have been ringing--BOTH of them--round the clock, and much worse than before the MRI.For what it's worth, the machine was a short-bore "sonata" type. My feet were sticking out (a lot of good that did!)but my head was entirely in the tube.G

Submitted by caldwellcom on Thu, 05/24/2007 - 6:15am.

Yesterday I had my third set of MRI's (Brain, Cervical, Lumbar, w/0 contrast).  Previous two sets were similar, although w/ contrast on one, both over a year ago.  No afteraffects on those earlier two. This time I was inside the MRI donut for 80-90 minutes, again no immediat afteraffects, but about 3 hours later I started getting a severe headache, which worsened through the day, along with dizzyness.  I was also very, very tired, slept 12 hours, awoke with headache still, plus a subconjunctival hemorrhage (red spot in white with no pain) in my right eye (the same side as my headache).  The dizzyness is still there, as well as body aches, and difficulty focusing thoughts, periodic tinnitis in right ear.   I'm quite comfortable being inside the MRI, no anxiety, actually fell asleep, very good ear protection.   Quite perplexed by all this, as previous MRI's had no side effects, even the one with contrast agent.  Any suggestions or comments? 

Submitted by Paul (not verified) on Thu, 05/24/2007 - 6:45pm.

I just realized why I might be getting these headaches. I've never experienced them before and a few hours after my first MRI in the lumbar area for sciatic nerve pain, I get this cruel headache that I needed to take Advil for. I don't take medications... ever. But this was really bad. Also, I kept coughing for no reason. Lastly, and most notably, the intestinal discomfort. My stool has been almost liquid. Besides my nerve issue, I'm in great health. I don't even eat processed sugar. Then, out of the blue: headaches, diarrhea, coughing, and almost forgot major sleepiness. The MRI was yesterday afternoon, it's been about 28 hours. I didn't realize there were side effects to an MRI, but now I know. During the MRI, I felt very warm where they were scanning. The tech says she hasn't heard that before. Besides being trained to run the machine, I think they're also trained to say "I've never heard that before" no matter what you say. By the way, I had a very light demeanor during the whole thing. I found it interesting and not stressful at all. They should however warn you that if you hear what sounds like a fire alarm, that's normal. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 05/26/2007 - 8:33pm.

I recently had a MRI i have been having tremors kinda like seizures and anxiety at sleep time. during the MRI everything was fine no claustrophobic feelings. then i started getting pressure in my temples then it moved to also employ the forehead and full face kinda like a flush feeling uncomfortable but no pain. after i felt a little woozy i mentioned this to the tech she blew me off and turned her back to me Hmmmm. I have a buddy that always tells me his dreams I told him i don't dream anymore or do not remember them. since then i have been having very vivid dreams every night many mostly about loved ones past uncles aunts. this morning i woke with a very sorrowful feeling about a uncle that was close and has past 10 yrs ago and i woke with a emotion a inner turmoil like he just past. but that past soon. i also noticed a over all better feeling more energy and better feeling inside . i know that the magnetic flips our protons upside down and a certain amount do not flip  this is measured but does this machine also increase brain wave activity temporarily for this will explain the vivid dreams

Submitted by Sven (not verified) on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 9:06pm.

Had an MRI done yesterday for a right shoulder injury. No dye was used and the procedure took about 30 minutes. I was in good spirits before it started, joking around with my wife who accompanied me. However, when I came out I felt spaced out and most importantly, my vision was blurred in a sense that I saw things slightly double, especially text,  such as in a magazine, license plates of cars, street advertisement, etc.

 The technicians insisted that there are no side effects to MRI, still asked whether I had a headache, which was not the case. I rested for a while and had a beer or two and the blurriness subsided after about two hours.

 I wonder whether there's any medically trained people looking into the matter of MRI side effects because obviously the standard "no side effects" story is not exactly accurate.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 11:38pm.

you are stupid....i should hit you just for saying that...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 11:38pm.

you are stupid....i should hit you just for saying that...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/26/2007 - 3:38pm.

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Submitted by Kevin (not verified) on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 9:20am.

Had a brain MRI less than an hour ago. I was in the tube for about 25 minutes and had some very strange sensations while in there. Like a high voltage current doing circles in your head. I was on my second to last test, and when the test stopped I felt a vibration somewhere in my head and came very close to passing out. The sensation only lasted a brief moment, but I started to panic. Practiced some good breathing, reassured myself it was almost over and that helped to calm down a bit. Now that its all done, my head feels heavy, fuzzy, and my vision is a bit relaxed/blurry. The very first thing I did when I got home was take some antioxidants. For those of you that drink coffee, smoke, eat fast food, bbq, or anything really.. take your antioxidants and drink plenty of water. Your body stores alot of bad stuff in it, and high power magnets can shake it loose. This could easily explain the dizziness, headache, nausea etc.

Submitted by Brent (not verified) on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 1:30am.

I had an MRI on my head almost 2 weeks ago for a slight ringing in my left ear.    They injected the 'dye' in me.  I had the headaches, like most people for a couple of days, but now they are gone.   I also noticed and felt like my skin was feeling more oily than normal.  Mostly my face and hands.   I noticed my skin breaking out 2 days after the MRI.    First, it was a couple small spots on my forehead.  Then a few spots on the back of my head and behind my ears, where hair grows on my scalp.  Now it is spreading in spots over my face.  Some full pimples, some red dots in groups, which I have never have had anything like this before.  I have also had some red bumps/pimples on my back and chest.    I called the people who gave me an MRI and they said that it is no way possible that it was related to the MRI or the dye that was injected in me.  They seemed like they had something to hide and quick to "get ride" of me.  Has this happened to anyone else?  And what did you do?


Submitted by Brent (not verified) on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 1:35am.

You seem pretty wise, so I thought I would get your opinion... 

I had an MRI on my head almost 2 weeks ago for a slight ringing in my left ear.    They injected the 'dye' in me.  I had the headaches, like most people for a couple of days, but now they are gone.   I also noticed and felt like my skin was feeling more oily than normal.  Mostly my face and hands.   I noticed my skin breaking out 2 days after the MRI.    First, it was a couple small spots on my forehead.  Then a few spots on the back of my head and behind my ears, where hair grows on my scalp.  Now it is spreading in spots over my face.  Some full pimples, some red dots in groups, which I have never have had anything like this before.  I have also had some red bumps/pimples on my back and chest.    I called the people who gave me an MRI and they said that it is no way possible that it was related to the MRI or the dye that was injected in me.  They seemed like they had something to hide and quick to "get ride" of me.  Has this happened to anyone else?  And what did you do?


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 9:07am.

If you have ever welded and gotten any  metal in your eyes (known or unknown to you)...this could  mess up the MRI machine for  and most of all, cause you post MRI problems .  That's why the places that do the x-ray  are ALWAYS supposed to do a pre-screening interview and ask you those questions  before you have the test!!!!  Check it out with your DR. and the MRI place!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 9:11am.

If you have any small specs of metal in your eyes..either known or can upset an MRI machine..and also cause you multiple problems ..they are supposed to do a pre-screening questionnaire before you go into the machine..was that done?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 11:16am.

I had an mri a few days ago & my body broke out in sores blood clot sores trying to release tension. Also massive migraine afterwards groggy cloudy head. Feel nauseous & not wanting to do anything all excitement gone.

Submitted by TLT (not verified) on Mon, 07/16/2007 - 1:19pm.
  • I had a brain MRI 12 days ago taking 1hr.45min.,and neck MRI 6 days ago taking 1hr.10 min.
  • after the brain MRI
  • I had trouble walking( walked into a wall ) got lost in hospital,
  • they wanted me to go to ER.  I didn't go.                                                                                
  • blurry vision,
  • migraine headache(lasted 5 days),felt very drunk, slurred speech, took 2hrs.
  • before i could drive home. I was very weak,slept 14hrs. felt like I'd been hit by a truck!! still sick when i had my neck MRI. they used optimark dye for brain,and gadolinium for neck.
  • I've had both dyes before. I've had 4 MRI.'s in 2 years,not of my brain though but have never been this sick .the neck MRI didn't make any sicker just the normal after effects of MRI.
Submitted by jss (not verified) on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 10:59am.

Outside of the really funny first response, most of you are experiencing side effects from the experience itself.

An MRI machine doesnt have the capacity to reorganize your insides as some have written.

Anyone who gets ear plugs shoved in their ears, is strapped to a hard board, and shoved into what is basically a coffin, will feel some effects. They have proven to be:

1. Anxiety and the hormones your body produces to deal with it. Similar to any trauma experience, you may not feel yourself, feel a "slush-brain" as one person put it.

2. Ear plugs pressure. The pressure that ear plugs put on the inner ear may cause a reaction in some people, giving way to dizziness, nausea, etc. Also there are nerve pressure points in around the ear structures, your ears are very sensitive and delicate instruments, which may cause some issues, but will pass.

3. One position/immobility. Most people move every few minutes- especially folks in pain. Being unable to do so will increase the stress reaction and the hormones to go with it. Also, it may put undue pressure (the reason why you would normally move), on a sensitive spot, shutting down a nerve or angering one, and you are again in the same cycle.

They are not:

1. Residual heavy metals in your body. If you are truly heavy metal toxic, then you would have symptoms well in advance of any MRI. Plus- you would have so much metal you couldnt function, and you wouldnt have made it through a MRI.

2. Electronic radiation. Sorry, this one doesnt fly either. Different technology.

3. Realignment of brain cells. Um, no, MRi from a technical standpoint couldnt do it. If it ever did- the unified field theory would be solved.

Hope this helps. MRIs are safe, just traumatic for many of us.

Submitted by thnbry (not verified) on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 2:51pm.

I had my first MRI a couple days ago of lumbar region. Occaisonally I felt hairs on my wrists lifting like from static electricity, but only one hair at a time here and there. I was doing OK although the ear protection wasn't sufficient, until the quiet time between the last two scan groups. Then I felt "odd", like I couldn't decide if I was going to pass out or be OK. Then the next scan started and I was fine again. I was stiff as a board leaving and suggested to the technician that a massage be part of the package. I started getting a headache on the way home and then slept 12 hours. I was very stiff and sore the next day like I'd been in bed with the flu. I figure the noise was causing the headache and disorientation, and laying still, trying to relax, but very, very tense due to the environment was the reason I was so tired and stiff. Of course, the nice migraine also wiped me out so very little energy the next day. Taking my own ear plugs next time.  I thought the whole experience was like reclining between the train tracks while a 2-mile train ran over me.

Submitted by Dr Bob Boy (not verified) on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 7:37am.

This is a commonly known side effect in the MRI community. This is more prevelant in men who have not released the sperm in a long while.

As the sperm within the testicles are small and mainly surrounded by fluid they will align with the magnetic field (B0) and some may panic causing a sudden surge in movement.

Synthetic materials can hold the charge and prevent the sperm regaining their natural movement within the body, which may cause your pelvic regions to be attracted to large metallic objects (eg parked cars). This is only a temporary side effect. It is advisable to avoid the drive-in movie theatre during this time.

 Wearing natural materials will assist in the dissipation of the magnetic field, as will touching metallic objects with the affected area.

 Dr B. Boy

Submitted by Robyn M (not verified) on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 12:59am.

I've had 4 MRIs in my life: the first three with no effects other than tingling in the extremities, which the techs called PNR (I had to wiki MRIs to find out what they meant, they didn't want to explain).

Yesterday, I had one of my brain with contrast. Not only did I get the tingles again, but I felt all out of sorts for the rest of the day, so bad I couldn't cook dinner, and I've been in bed all day today with a bad pressure headache and a bit of a confused feeling. I had earplugs in, and I'm a musician and used to loud noises, so the machine sounds were not really a bother, annoying yes, but surely nothing to make my head pound like this.

I find it intriguing that "there are no side effects" and yet there are sites like this with dozen of complaints. I think most people think the head/neck/whatever pain they are experiencing is merely due to their injury and simply don't report it. My problem was seizure related, not injury, so I have no reason for such ill effects. Of course, reporting does nothing. The techs don't care. I will discuss these side effects with my neurologist and see if she has any clue. If so, I will report back.

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 5:59am.

Your mention of  "no side effects" is not accurate. In all the journals etc. it is quoted that MRI has "no significant side effects". A little knowledge is a dangerous thing....

Most of the post-scan complaints are non-related to the scan. For instance, it has been reported that a patient "got the flu" from MRI, something that is medically impossible.

MRI constantly has physicists and governement regulators examining it and possible side effects. So for those who think it's not documented...

 The patient's condition is the primary reason most people have side effects from a scan. For those of you with neck problems who get 'shocks' in their wrists - it's because you have neck problems and are laying flat so your problems will be exacerbated.

As re:- #17. Yes you do have reason for ill effects from your condition. Seizures can be related to multiple things, but repitition is one of them. Be it light (strobes) or noise, it is clinically proven that repetitive stimuli can cause problems. The symptoms you describe would fit with this. They would have been insufficient to have caused a fit, but enough to trigger your symptoms.

 Lastly - Wiki is not always correct. Anyone can drop into it and edit pages. Be careful about your source of information.

Submitted by Vicky (not verified) on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 5:40pm.

i had an MRI today done on my ankle. when i got home, i just didnt feel like eating, everything else was fine, but for some reason, i was hungry when i went in, and after i completely lost my appetite. is this common? I wasnt nervous at all so i dont think it was that, can anyone explain this?

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 2:14pm.

Loss of appetite isn't related to the scan itslef. It's only that with the length of time a scan takes your hunger can dissipate,. Try it sometime - when you're hungry do something else for the length of time that the scan took. Dollars to Donuts it goes away.

Submitted by Mike (not verified) on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 6:54am.


 I stumbled onto this website and found your post.  I, too, have ringing in my left ear, for four months now. Recently, my doctor ordered an MRI but after reading this website, I am having two minds about it. Did they find out what's the cause of your ringing after the MRI? Another poster reporting developing rining in both ears after his MRI, which was presribed because of ringing in just his right ear. I am also just recovering from a 3-week sick spell because of sinusitis and I think an MRI now will make me even more ill.

Could anyone with ear ringing problems please share their expreince? Thank you! My email is

Submitted by Jayrod (not verified) on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 9:56am.

MRI's are notorious for a multitude of side effects. Even though this known side effects are NOT recognised by any MD or hospital official, most patients are confronted by a general reluctance in revealing the true facts about magnetic fields. If A. Einstein would have been still alive, he would have definitely stated that if a different intensity would be applied to a magnetic field, horrible results would be witnessed even invisibility would occur. The question is, when we have the proper technology, why these conspirators use the devil's machine(MRI).

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 1:57pm.

i have been getting an MRI brain scan with contrast (dye) every three months for two years now.  i was in a car accident and they found a tumour that they monitor closely.  i don't mind the MRI.  i always take a sedative before i go, since i am a little claustrophobic,  and i've gotten used to the noises.  i have definately felt the dizziness and feel a little weird directly after, but it goes away.  the problem i'm having is one that i don't see mentioned here.  for several days after the test my ankles hurt so bad that i can barely stand.  i am 28 years old and live a pretty active life.  the ankle pain has been pretty constant since my first couple of tests, but seems to lessen as time goes on.  i had an MRI 2 days ago and this morning my ankles and knees are just so stiff and weak.  i'm wondering if there's something in the dye that might settle to your feet after the test is all over?  where does the dye go?  does it contain metal, or some other heavy substance that may build up in the system? 

Submitted by gmlevinmd123 on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 8:22am.

I would consult with a neurologist, internal medicine, and a psychiatrist to evaluate your symptoms.  It could be one of many things. How is your tumor doing, and if you could share with us what type of tumor and where it is located in your brain.  That might give us some information to focus on your problems after the MRIs.  I have often wondered why this intense magnetic field on t he brain would not disrupt cerebral functioning since it rearranges t he polarity of Hydrogen molecules.

Gary Levin MD

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Submitted by ragenrat638/mark (not verified) on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 4:00pm.

i just had a MRI of my lower and middle back @ 7:30 am today, it was a open MRI, very nice i thought.

11:30 am i start feeling sick, very time i move my head back and forth i get dizzy, and want to throw-up like my equilibrium  is out of whack.  at work i am having cold chill's and sweating. and could not pull my self  together, i never miss work.

got home thinking maybe now it will be play time!!!  hooky u know.. no such luck.

vomiting and woozy, headache.. here i sit at 6:00 pm still feeling upside down??

i thought there were no side effects?  whats next i grow a third head ??? like two is not enough

OK seriously....i stand up and feel dizzy still !!!!

i am not looking for a real answer here.. but when u go get one and are told it's nothing.. make sure u got a ride home and barf bag because you might just need it.

your pal mark

Submitted by Patty (not verified) on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 6:20pm.

My reason for googling the "MRI side effects" was to find if there are any positive side effects.My usual state of being is to be in a nominal amount of pain due to an old back injury and an annoying sensitivity to barometric pressure, of all things. I also  suffer from a very persistent and almost daily chronic-fatigue like exhaustion. 
I had an MRI done for the sake of science,a paid study  from a very reputable teaching hospital  and college in Boston, MA. (and for my sake a little extra pocket change.)

What I notice today  is no pain in my body and joints, and my energy is normal. Normal as opposed to exhausted.No, it has not fixed my back, but I wonder if the intense magnetic alignments kind of straightened out my own natural magnetic field?
During the study I was well informed, given earplugs and foam pads to put against my ears, no dye injections, and was in there for about 2.5 hours for various scans.I had to look at pictures while they recorded my response.I did feel a pressure around my face and teeth, and my sinus opened up.I actually feel asleep towards the end.I think it helped to have a visual stimulation to keep me occupied.

so all is not bad.I'll have to check my pimples.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/01/2007 - 3:03am.

Hi everybody I was wondering the mri scanners that gave you bad side effects were they 1.5 tesla or 3 tesla I know the upright mri scanner is a .6 tesla and gives picture quality as good or better as 1.5 tesla 

Submitted by MRIvictim (not verified) on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 5:06am.

I had a concussion.  Doctor ordered MRI 3 weeks after injury.  After MRI suffereed from a migrain headache with aura.  Never had this before.

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Fri, 09/07/2007 - 2:45pm.

MRI is the modern extraterrestrial abduction for human beings...

Oh - please do me a favour and put down your star wars toys, open your curtains.

"If A. Einstein would have been still alive, he would have definitely stated that if a different intensity would be applied to a magnetic field, horrible results would be witnessed even invisibility would occur. The question is, when we have the proper technology, why these conspirators use the devil's machine(MRI)."

If you would have researched Albert Einstein his preliminary work on magnetic fields then you would appreciate that you are incorrect. There is a lot of different people on this website already with issues to do with MRI and you're blinded scepticism won't help anyone. If you want to discuss this with me in detail then go ahead....


Hi everybody I was wondering the mri scanners that gave you bad side effects were they 1.5 tesla or 3 tesla I know the upright mri scanner is a .6 tesla and gives picture quality as good or better as 1.5 tesla 

erm.... Now i appreciate that you're not in the MRI working world. So i will explain something to you. The higher the field strength the better quality the image as the more signal is gained from the body. An upright 0.6T magnet will probably be using a resistive electromagnet where the 1.5 or 3T are Cryo-cooled electromagnets and have a much more stable better quality field. 1.5T magnets can get the same quality images as a .6T in much shorter time. 3T faster than 1.5T. Reading these posts i wonder where and how your scans took that length of time. Here in the UK an average lumbar spine MRI takes 30min. On average most scans are about 30. I wonder what they're doing to take that time. If you had problems with the higher strength of about 6T then it'd be understandable, but 3T and below?....


"...i'm wondering if there's something in the dye that might settle to your feet after the test is all over?  where does the dye go?  does it contain metal, or some other heavy substance that may build up in the system? ..."

The standard contrast agents are based on Gadolinium. A common one is Dimeglumine Gadopentetate (brand name not quoted deliberately). It takes about an hour if you are doing an arteriogram before you can have it done again and it's 98% excreted by 24hours. There's nothing in the contrast to settle to your feet. It goes out of your body in your urine. It does not build up in your system. Sorry but it doesn't. The only issue is if you have renal problems to start with.


. Did they find out what's the cause of your ringing after the MRI? Another poster reporting developing rining in both ears after his MRI,

Ringing in the ears can be caused by an accoustic neuroma. In approximately one in 500 referrals that make it to the scanner in the UK there is an accoustic. Insufficient hearing protection for the scan, the exposure to long times of loud noise can cause ringing in the other ear, like going to a gig. it's not going to cause anything to happen to the other ear.

If you want to discuss anything then email me

Thanks for listening.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/09/2007 - 5:06am.

I had an MRI of my head yesterday and I have been having pain and ringing noise ever since.  I feel like I am going crazy!!

Is there anything that can be done for this??

Submitted by dangerouswolf (not verified) on Sun, 09/09/2007 - 5:33am.

I had my second MRI done 3 days ago, this time on the lower spine to recheck a hot spot that showed up on a bone scan done about a week earlier. After the first MRI which was on the upper spine about a year ago I had no side effects, but after this one I experienced the pressure headache the next day many of you had mentioned which worsened whenever I bent over. The best description I can give is it felt like a buzzing pressure.

Submitted by Beth (not verified) on Tue, 09/11/2007 - 1:10pm.

Hi everyone, I want to know how you all feel now, did your side effects go away?Please let me know,Thanks!

Submitted by Ms.Jay on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 1:19pm.

I have had 5 or 6 MRI's in the past several years. After back surgery in 2001 they began injecting dye halfway thru the MRI's that I have had. The MRI alone never give me any problems other than a headache but I feel that's fiesable considering the noise during the procedure. But during the second half of the MRI after the injection I have experienced some awful side effects. The injection makes me feel like I'm on fire, my body feels extremely hot, I get very nauseated, and my head feels like it is swelling and going to explode. The first time this happened I had to be pulled out, to be told that it was all in my head.I acccepted their response to my complaint but it didn't make me feel better. The symptoms continued throughout the rest of the test. I just kept telling myself I was fine and I'm not going to die. When I got off the table I felt really weak, to the point I thought I was going to fall. When I got in the car, I began to cry, my sister asked what's wrong with you. I told her I was scared and how I was feeling, she didn't feel as if, it was in my head, and that I should tell my doctor. THey claim that I'm not allergic to the dye, but i think that I am, because, I've had the injection three times after and each time I felt the same way. Is there anyone out there that has experienced this?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/16/2007 - 2:14pm.

This is an allergic reaction to the contrast - you need to find out what contrast it is. You are showing the exact symptoms of contrast reactions.

It's very rare to find a patient with the contrast reactions that you have which is probably why they're dismissing it, but it is a very real symptom. I would suggest refusing that type of contrast would be a good idea, as the ultimate problem with the contrast can be anaphylaxis. There are known reactions with some.

Submitted by onalee (not verified) on Wed, 09/19/2007 - 2:13pm.

Just want to add myself to the list of people who say that there can definitely be side effects to an MRI. I had one today (closed MRI of the lumbar spine, no contrast) and have been feeling lousy ever since. I developed a slight headache during the scan, but assumed it was just because of the horrendous noise, but then I felt woozy & disoriented immediately upon exiting the machine. I still feel that way, it's hardly diminished at all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:36pm.

I had the same thing happen but NEVER attributed it to the MRI I had.  Could this be true???

#87: MRIs
Submitted by Moof (not verified) on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 10:02am.

As I read the comments, at first I though people were joking, but the more I read, the more I realize that the commenters are serious!

I've had a number of MRIs, including one with a radioactive tracer, and they've never done a single thing to me. Among them were one of my head (post TIA,) and another was this past spring, for suspected heart problems ... and I've never ever felt any side effect whatsoever.

I'm wondering how many of the side effects listed here have more to do with the condition being tested for than with the test itself ...

... except for setting off store alarms, that is! *LOL* My ... that's a nasty one! ;o)

Submitted by Peddlebin (not verified) on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 5:13am.


I had an mri scan on my hip with dye injection 4 days ago, when I came home I rested and it just felt odd around the hip area. I had an early night and went to work as normal the day after, everything seemed ok. On day 3 I started to feel really larthargic and had the sensation of a headache coming on, the injected area looks fine and theres no redness or swelling at all, but since Day 3 I have generally felt like I have a permanent headache and just generally out of sorts. Any comments would be appreciated, is this something that will pass after a few days, the nurse said any strange symptoms let them know as theres the possibility of infection. I haven't taken any action.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 9:25pm.

I had a MRI a week and a half ago on my left hand and wrist.  The moment I removed my arm from the machine my forearm was experiencing pain.  I was fine before they turned it on, I was in pain when they turned it off.   Now every time I twist my arm I feel pain.  This pain is not going away and I feel like the MRI has caused some permanent dammage.  At the very least I am totally convinced the MRI caused the pain to start, and it hs not stopped.  When the MRI was on I felt the veins and tendons in my hand moving around side to side while my arm was perfectly at rest.  I could feel magnetism in my hand. 

Submitted by Gia L.Sams (not verified) on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 2:44pm.

I just had my MRI about 30 minutes ago and  I felt dizzy and nauseous about 10 minutes into the procedure.  I had to sit and "get my self together" for about 10 minutes afterwards.  I don't have a headache, but I still feel sick to my stomach. I'm glad to find this site to see that I'm not imagining it. Oh well. At least I know it'll get better.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/10/2007 - 9:56am.

I've just had a similar side effect over the last few hours. I couldn't taste chocolate mint at all and barely tasted pumpkin pie or coffee. It must be from the gadolinium-based contrast agent.

Submitted by BR549 (not verified) on Wed, 10/10/2007 - 3:34pm.

I have had MRI's and work around the MRI scanner 10 hrs/ day and find this stuff you guys are saying to be unbelieveable.  Also, is the paragraph where you are talking about the contrast used for your brain and neck.  ALL MRI contrast is called gadolinium with different brand names such as Omniscan, Optimark, Magnevist, etc... just like your vehicle is called a car but with different brand names such as Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac, etc..   and it does not have DYE in it.  Get your facts straight.

Submitted by Chris (not verified) on Thu, 10/11/2007 - 1:29pm.

I thought I was going mad. Couldn't find any side effects till I got to this web page. Immediately after my  cervical MRI scan yesterday, felt  weak, dizzy & severe headache which I still have today.

Don't feel myself drained of energy, tired, sort of run down feeling, foggy in head. Feel as though I have been put in a washing machine & tumble dryer. How long does this last?

Submitted by GERI (not verified) on Thu, 10/11/2007 - 9:53pm.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/18/2007 - 10:12pm.

Must say I find it peculiar that the official line would be "no side effects in millions of scans". I'd be happier to see at least something like "some patients experience minor side-effects like headache, dizziness or confusion, since I and most folks I've talked to have had something like that occur with the scan. I've had 3 mri's, one for lumbar and two research project cranial scans. Had the gadolinium contrast dye for the lumbar scan. Have had tinnitus since the first scan, not sure whether there's any connection. (did have earplugs etc..) I didn't mind the scans and mostly dozed, but certainly all 3 times, especially with the head ones, had "hot" feelings in my head during the scan, plus more-than-usually fuzzy memory lasting a few weeks (I should know, I'm a professional student...) . I'm usually pretty sharp, but had a bit of trouble recalling familiar names/faces after, especially for the first day or so. On the plus side, my mood got to be more in the "don't worry, be happy" mode as I couldn't recall much to worry about. ;-)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/18/2007 - 10:31pm.

you are a doctor and are commenting how your patient became attractive? sounds very unprofessional.

Submitted by Philip (not verified) on Fri, 10/19/2007 - 9:42am.

Hi guys. Yesterday i participated in a brain research project which involved me being in a 3 Tesla MRI (twice the magnetic power of a regular MRI) for an hourI remained calm, and right now don't feel much different from what i usually feel.Few notes: most problems are caused by anxiety of being in a very tight closed space. If you relax, you should be fine.When i was there they put my legs on a wedge, elevating them, naturally this caused an increased blood flow to my brain, which was quite uncomfortable at first. Because of anxiety caused by unusual situation and very closed space i had elevated blood pressure and increased heartbeat first 5 minutes . When i relaxed and slowed my heart by breathing exercise to normal rate, all unpleasant effects disappeared. Try falling asleep. I did , and whole procedure was walk in the park.Advice for anyone who is taking MRI - stick earplugs as secure as possible into your ears. Slight uncomfortable feeling that you will get is much better than having problems with hearing later. My MRI was quite noisy. One of the tests was really loud, almost the same sound energy as on the shooting range, but because i had the plugs i was ok.  If available, request additional headphones which would block the noise.One more thing- after having my MRI i went home and had a bottle of vermouth.  Maybe this also had a positive effect. Anyhow, i feel fine now.

Submitted by bill (not verified) on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 9:01pm.

had an mri on my left wrist and had the contrast injection, have had a really bad headache for two days now, nothing helps, is this normal or should i see my dr?

#99: reply
Submitted by becky McMillan (not verified) on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 7:08pm.

I am amazed to have found this comment, as I thought that I was having an explosion in my brain the pain was so intense at my last MRI.  I have them routinely as I have genetic arterial problems.  I ended up in the hospital because the reaction was so severe, they administered steroids and benedryl to ease it, and said they never heard of this kind of reaction before.The Doctors acted like it was nothing and tried to ignore my comments about my reaction,as they gave me demerol for the pain.  I have not felt right since it happened and that was approximately four months ago. I have had migraines all my life, but this pain was 100 times more intense!  They just keep saying they never heard of this reaction to the dyes......they should read this column!

Submitted by kakali chatterjee on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 5:06am.

I would like to know if there is any sideeffects on brain after undergoing MRI?

Context: My uncle was undergoing a slight memory loss. He was admitted to hospital and  went for an MRI  as advised by the doctor. He walked down to the hospital area where the testing is to be done, had coffee in nearby canteen, undergone MRI. Very soon he was to be admitted in ICU with complete loss of conciousness and detected to be infected in brain by unknown virus after testing of spinal fluid.He is alive but in coma.Body function ok.3 months over nearly.

is there a possibility of electro- magnetic activation of the brain virus/effect of dye? Kindly respond

#101: MRI
Submitted by Dr. Mike A. (not verified) on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 9:30pm.

Since transcranial magnetic stimulation acts seems to produce an antidepressant effect; and animal studies reveal that high speed MRI's reverse learned helplessness behavior in rats (an animal model of human depression), it follows that some people may experience a neurotransmitter change in response to high energy magnetic fields. For some this may be pleasant, and others disorienting or dysphoric. In event the should be relatively short-lived.

Submitted by love2travel on Sat, 11/10/2007 - 11:35am.

Thisis my first post, I hope i can get back some useful help. I've had MRI's before, and never remember this reaction. I had a brain MRI yesterday to check on some tremors i've been having in my left arm.   The scan came back fine, although I wear braces on my teeth, they were still able to see it was a good scan. During the last half, i felt the back of my head getting hot. I didn't say anything, i didn't think it was abnormal. In hindsight of course, i'm kicking myself for not telling the technician to make sure the coil wasn't too close to my head or powered wrong. When the scan was over I told her my head was hot,is that normal? She said lots of people feel a warmness. However, it's persisted 24 hrs. I feel like my entire scalp actually has sunburn. It looks white with no blisters, or anything. Anyone know about this? Do you think there was excessive heating and they've damaged something beyond my scalp? I'm concerned it it burned tissue and damaged insie my head.   I know MRI's are supposed to be very safe under the right circumstances. Thank you in advance.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/10/2007 - 9:31pm.

. I had an MRI of the brain at a Stand-Up MRI testing center this past week . I was in a sitting position for the test, the tech postioned me in the sitting area of the MRI machine which was not too large of a space but i was able to see out of the helmet they put on my head to take the pictures. The first 10 minutes of test was fine but then felt my back and neck start to hurt and it got worse after another 5 minutes i called out and the tech came in and said hold tight another 5 minutes and it be over. I should have gotten up at that point but she said if u move we have to do the test all over again.The last 5 minutes i felt such a pain in my back and the scan started making faster and louder noises as if tech was trying to speed the test up.. As soon as test was over i got up from sitting postion from the MRI machine and started walking out of the testing room and I could NOT feel my back and could barley walk,i was in complete pain of my neck and back and it only got worse. I called an ambulance from the waiting room to take me to the ER....they techs dident even help and said they never came across this before.In the ER the numbed the pain with motrin and morphine and sent me home.. This was in a MRI stand up clinic.. and its been 4 days later and i still have neck and back pain. I never had a backache or pain in neck  my entire life , i was perfect health wise before took the test to make sure my headache was nothing and the test came back clean with no problems but now i have this backache and neck pain which only goes away when take pain killers which i am doing. Has anyone come across this when taking a brain scan in sitting postion at a Stand up MRI>? any help would be appreciated and if anyone else heard or expereinced this please let me know

Submitted by love2travel on Sun, 11/11/2007 - 7:42am.

Hi, i was wondering how long after the MRI did this happen? That sounds very scary. I'm no Dr., but I've read that with overheating with RF waves the patient could get tissue damage, burns and it does mention coma. You have to google to get info on it. I don't know anything about getting a virus from it.

#105: MRI
Submitted by sara (not verified) on Sun, 11/11/2007 - 1:04pm.

From what I understand as long as you have no metal on you (the technicians check this for you), you should be all right.

I wonder if anyone could comment on the various MRI companies that exist...are they regulated, and do they follow some sort of standards for operation that is consistent throughout the industry?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 4:22pm.

This may seem a bit weird but i have a question for everyone here. I am hypersensitve to EVERYTHING. For example i have a cellular phone that if i place in the left side of my body and it emits the electrical magnetial impusle will cause me to have a palpitation.

  If i have an MRI will this do the same thing and will it kill me.. Are there any cases that ANYONE knows about where someone has had this type of problem with a MRI and the magnetic engery being as strong as i read about will this casuse me palpitations? My doctor says my heart rytems are flipped but its something normal but even odors make me have palpitaitions such as NEW TIRES. i once worked in a car dealership and the car tires smell made me have palipations. When i left they stopped.. ... Please answer tonight as tommarow i am to have an MRI of my head... .

#107: MRI
Submitted by MarieM (not verified) on Wed, 11/21/2007 - 7:57pm.

I just had my first MRI tonight - and I had to have two of them for cervical and thorasic spine injury.  I felt very dizzy afterward - and then I was fine for about an hour.  I went home, had some dinner, and got so dizzy I thought I would pass out - then started vomiting.  I am completely exhausted and tingly all over my head.  Also, my blood pressure is very low.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/24/2007 - 6:29pm.


I wanted to know what could happen if someone did wear a belt buckle around the waist during an MRI scan. What side  effects are their? Can the belt buckle do any damage to the body or its more just not to have any interfernce with the pictures of the  MRI scan that it should come off before the scan?  If you are having a brain scan in a sit up position in a stand up MRI  and you are wearing a belt with a metal buckle how could the effect you? Any advice or knowledge would be appreicated.

Please post information here as a reply to this one

Thank you

Submitted by Rachel (not verified) on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 11:46am.

I am a 38 year old, college-educated woman who had an mri done on my neck yesterday. I went into Best Buy with my husband and the alarm sounded. They trusted me and waved me through...same thing happened when I exited. After that, we went to Circuit City and upon leaving he walked out and I was lagging behind...BEEP...everyone looked at me. They ran a wand on me and let me go. On top of that I have a mild headache in my temples and I NEVER get headaches. My question is this, do you people want me to believe this is a BIG coincidence. No way!

Submitted by kay (not verified) on Fri, 11/30/2007 - 6:30pm.


I had an MRI scan on Thursday, Can any woman tell me if they have had a MRI scan when they've had a Nova T380 copper containing intrauterine contraptive coil insitu.  They never asked me if I had a coil fitted and now I am reading on the website that I should have told them I had a copper coil insitu before I went for the MRI Scan.  I am having frontal headaches (looks like everyone else is) but also pv bleeding mid cycle which started immediately after the MRI Scan (light period).  Has any woman suffered the same problem, will it settle or should I go and see the doc.  I dont want to be making a fuss if it's going to be ok?    By the way how many days will this headache last?


Submitted by David Abbasi (not verified) on Tue, 12/04/2007 - 1:29am.

I had a MRI on Nov. 2, 2007 of my brain. They gave me a shot of gadolinium based contrast agent. It is now Dec. 3, 2007. As I write this, I am saddened to see and hear about all of these side effects people have experienced after a MRI scan. I too, feel side effects similiar to what others here have mentioned and am angry that the incompetent doctor and the technician at the hospital did not go over or discuss anything pertaining to the MRI or Gadolinium based contrast with me. The hospital I go to is Olive View UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, California. This is a county hospital where most of the employees are inept, rude, uncaring, and incompetent. They treat the patients like guinea pigs and practice subjects. It is a learning facility where many of the doctors are so young and inexperienced, it shocks me they can practice medicine without close supervision by a REAL doctor. Anyways, I went in for this MRI because I was in a bad car accident and had been feeling off balance, heavy feeling in my head, and disorientation. After the MRI I felt worse!!! I almost fell trying to stand up and was extremely dizzy. Also the technician who did the MRI and administered the contrast, did not tell me to drink plenty of water/fluids which is very important to help flush the dye from my system. Instead, I drank very little, stayed at the hospital for another 8 hours, and after I got home, I drank some whiskey to help me sleep and calm me down from living through this horrible ordeal. Which probably made things worse and possibly interacted negatively with the gadolinium contrast. My heart, head, and back (all areas that were affected by the accident) hurt 1o times worse and I had a burning sensation through out my body. The next day I woke and felt so shitty, I thought I was dying. Literally felt as if I were dying. I was very sick from the MRI and I suspect the Gadolinium was a major reason for it. That and the fact that the MRI tech didn't give me any aftercare instructions. Now I have a ringing in my ears for the past few weeks that will not go away. Thankfully I have noticed some improvement in my condition. The feeling of heavyness and off-balance have improved but not gone away completely. This ringing in my ears and the pressure I feel in my head only came after having the MRI. The date of my accident was Oct. 13, 2007. The MRI of my brain was on Nov. 2, 2007. I felt worse after the MRI and now have these symptoms which were not there prior to it. There are definitely side effect to having an MRI. You don't have to be a doctor or a genius to figure that one out. It's obviously clear the people on this site have experienced these types of problems associated with MRI scans. There are hundreds of posts on here that all have similiar complaints. A recent article I read says "In 2000, the U.S. Institute of Medicine reported that up to 98,000 people die every year because of medical errors in hospitals alone." That is some scary shit. Incompetence in the medical field is a serious problem that can lead to a patients' death.

Submitted by David Abbasi (not verified) on Tue, 12/04/2007 - 1:52am.

Gadolinium can cause something called Nephrogenic sytemic fibrosis. (NSF). I am no doctor, but the contrast, I read can cause this in patients with poor kidney function. Someone who may have higher doses... I would consult with your doctor. I wish you well.

#113: MRI ???
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 1:41pm.

I admit I've been just slightly over-nerotic about getting  a brain MRI...which I've scheduled & then canceled 4x.

I just can't see how forcing hydrgen protons all over the place in your brain couldn't do SOMETHING.

ANY neg.effects you do know of???

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 9:48pm.

I'm sceduled for a brain MRI and I also have tose similar concerns,,,how could it NOT affect the brain's functioning...have you found out anything further?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 9:48pm.

I'm sceduled for a brain MRI and I also have tose similar concerns,,,how could it NOT affect the brain's functioning...have you found out anything further?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 6:32am.

I had my first MRI's yesterday afternoon.  One c-spine and one t-spine.  I am not claustrophobic, but kept my eyes closed during the scans.  If was a bit anxiety provoking.  During the t-spine I made them take me out because it felt like my belly (by the navel) was being pulled down.  The tech assured me that people get weird feelings lots of places during MRI's and it is normal.  After the scan I was a little woozy and walked very slowly to gather my things and leave.  After a short time I was ok.  I was a little annoyed that the tech didn't even ask I how felt or help me get up off the table.  During the night I woke up and have a headache and occaisionally pains in my belly where I was feeling the strange pull during the test.  I hope the headache goes away soon.  Note that I am on pain killers for the pain in my neck and back.  So the headache is even with painkillers! 

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Submitted by nina (not verified) on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 1:02pm.

hi yesterday i had an mri no contrast die ,for a back was scary noisy even with headphones on ,i couldnt hear the music they were playing it was so loud.they had to do it twice as the first time my leg and back twitched involuntarily. afterwards i felt spacey my face was pale yellow and frekcles had lightened dramatically. a few hours later i ate then went to sleep i slept on and off for13 hrs waking to vomit .also i had a headache that was out of this world,i have had migraines before but this was worse.i noticed in the afternoon my face between my lip and nose was deep purple . i thought i was going nuts,and as i was alone i couldnt talk to anyone about it .so thank God for this site i now know it was the mri im seeing my doc today and will raise it with him.this morning i feel nauseos dizzy and sleppy like i could sleep for a week.any one else had this is it normal?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 1:47pm.

my wife just had the blurred vision for the second time, once after each MRI.... after about an hour it went away the first time, hopefully this time it will also.. You are not alone....

#121: Head MRI
Submitted by CMGalley (not verified) on Thu, 01/17/2008 - 6:24pm.

Tuesday evening I found this post, and began to read everything. My orignal concern was with the contrast agent. I found, via the FDA, that the contrast agent has some potentialy nasty side effects. Being that I have asthma, I was worried about difficulty breathing as a side effect. Anyhow, I had an MRI of my head around 12 years ago, without contrast. I never had any problems from it. So, I went to my MRI yesterday at 6:30AM with the intent of not getting the contrasting agent. The tech said that they use Omniscan and that only an intravenous injection of 10cc was needed. I agreed to have the contrast. Other then the obvious being wedged into a tube for a half hour, I had no problems what so ever, even with the contrast. When it was over (25-30min), I drove to work and had no problems, other then that of getting up at 5AM. I did have one hell of a headache for around 1 hour during the drive home. I got the good news today, not a tumor, just a real nasty sinus infection.

Thank you all for your comments and I hope this helps.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 1:54am.

Thank god I came across this page, I was terrified the consultant was gonna kill me for not going through with it.  I have a vascular condition called an arteriovenous malformation in the leg which has worsened since August.  It now affects the whole leg.  I had it embolized (blocked with glue) in November, but it couldnt be finished due to the extreme pain which either turned out to be the anaethesia not working or nerve involvement.  I had an MRI last Monday - I had been slowly improving since December, at a snails pace, but at least I could go shopping for about a couple of hours with a crutch.  The MRI I found to be kinda stimulating something in my leg.  I could feel which part they were scanning and I had about 9/10 images taken.  Tuesday night my leg suddenly got worse, until by the Thursday I could not even get to the canteen at work and have been on the sofa ever since.  Yesterday afternoon I went for another MRI as they wanted one with the contrast.  I was a bit nervous as every time I have gone in for something I seem to get worse?  This condition is rather rare and the consultant did say he hasnt got a clue about anything and what might happen.  Anyway, I was ready for the scan but as soon as it started I felt it kind of shocking me inside my leg in the exact site where it is already painful and Im already taking morphine and that doesnt even touch the pain.  It felt like those electrodes you put on your skin for exercising your muscles, making them contract/twitch and kind of stinging sensation.  Well, it was so bad I tried about 3/4 times, but each time I had to come out again - I found it really distressing.   Ive been on the sofa since I got home yesterday.   When the professionals say its ok and its not, you either feel like your going mad or they are not telling the truth but Ive had too many cock-ups to listen to them and ignore what Im feeling.

After reading the comments on here I also think there may be some connection with the burning sensation - both my legs and feet have been burning since the first MRI - I thought it was me - I wouldnt have felt any burning the first time as I was so cold (they had cold air blowing over me for half and hour from the feet upwards).   They go bright pink and the temperature rises so dramatically I feel like I have bad sunburn or somekind of reaction.  This is someone who has had cold legs and feet for her entire life and my legs and feet are usually white, sometimes even bluish.  Im not sure about headaches as the morphine would cover this up anyhow.  I was supposed to have the contrast, and after reading some of the contents here, Im glad I didnt, the blood in my legs gets shunted off but kind of builds up in one area.  I dont like the sound of contrast being stuck there - lets face it they wouldnt have anyone to compare me to if anything went wrong.

Good luck all - any comments would be great.

Submitted by Cindy Morrison (not verified) on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 5:32am.

Wow yes i've had this side effect too.  I didn't contribute it to the MRI.  I  was fine till I used a mouthwash called crest pro health.  After that I had some swelling of the lyph nodes in the throat and the sour when i was eating something sweet.  It was really weird.  Lasted for about two to three days.   It finally went away on it's own.  I was getting an MRI for possible MS.  I needed to have the contrast and no contrast.  I have one scheduled for this morning.  Not looking forward to it.  They didn't say if I couldn't eat before hand or not and I'm afraid to eat something.  But I'm starved... and my appointment isn't till 4 hours from now.  I remember when i took it the last time... that there were weird sensations in my fingers and wrists.   It made me feel really cold and I had a head ache afterward.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 7:04pm.

I had a MRI this morning. It was ordered because my CT scan indicated lymphoma and I have neoplasms around my jugular and corotid. Anyway, during the MRI, I had this awful burning sensation on the left side of my neck, which is also the affected area. It was like my veins and my lymph nodes were on fire. I did not have the contrast. Anybody out there with similar things to happen to them? Please let me know. Thanks

Submitted by MRI side effects? (not verified) on Tue, 02/05/2008 - 9:45pm.

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 durring... I felt completely fine at first but about half way through the session I felt wierd, 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!! I also had a few little involuntary muscle twitches through out my body! Then 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 wierd ( 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!!)hahahaha just kidding!!  so anyhow about a half hour to an hour after I got home I developed a bad head ache and nausea! I took some migrane medication for the head ache but I still feel sick, woosey and out of sorts... it has now 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! hope I feel better soon? can anyone explain why I feel this way???

Submitted 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 durring...
I felt completely fine at first but about half way through the session I felt wierd, 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 wierd ( 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!!)hahahaha just kidding!!
about a half hour to an hour after I got home I developed a bad head ache and nausea! I took some migrane medication for the head ache but I still feel sick, woosey 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!

#127: comment
Submitted 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 seriousely and looked at further !!

Submitted by Sherri (not verified) on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 11:35am.

I love your sense of humor!  Very witty!

#129: MRIs
Submitted by suwansmm1 on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 3:18pm.

I had just my first MRI to help a pain physician diagnose a lower back problem.  I didn't feel the need for an MRI just yet but he was pushy and instead of pushing back, pain overruled and I had the MRI.  Sorry I did.  What I did not realize until I was dizzy and disoriented afterward was that my entire body had been magnetized.  I knew this was a giant magnet, I knew it's no good for my cells or my DNA to be exposed to this magnetism, but I did expect that only the one area being diagnosed was going to be subjected to that kind of magnetism.  Not so.  Our entire bodies get magnetized.  I will NEVER allow this to happen again. 

If you are setting off alarms, I would not do any more MRIs and see a holistic doctor about cleansing your body of this magnetism.  Yuk!

Submitted by lyncaseyjo on Sat, 03/01/2008 - 5:39pm.

This week I had 3 mri's done at the same time. One set with out contrast, the next with contrast  of my brain, cervical spine and lumbar spine. I felt the warmth of the first one..lumbar... and it felt very good at the time. I was in the machine a little over 2 hrs.  The technician had me get up twice to rearrange the table and put what looked like a cage for my head to sit in.  At the end, it took 4 people to help me off the machine and every bone in my spine hurt. The hospital was an hour away and by the time I got to my home area (thank God my husband was driving), my blood pressure had plummeted to 90/60 and I was not dehydrated. I made sure I had drank liquids before I went in and also on the way home.  That consisted of a lot of water.   The technician said that I may experience back muscle spasms afterwards.  Not only did I experience the spasms, the low blood pressure, I also had a headache that has continued for three days since the mri's were done.  I called my doctor..she said all of this was normal, but if it persisted I should be admitted to the hospital?  Is that not a double statement?  I am still experiencing cervical pain and a headache, although after sleeping approximately 23 hours after the mri's, my back is somewhat better.  I was so tired and completely exhausted.

I don't think I will be okaying any more mri's in the near future.  I've had them before with and without contrast but never had the ill effects afterwards like I have had this time.  My blood pressure did go back to normal by the time I woke up, although I was not told that I would be having contrast.   I am not able to have cat scans with contrast as I am allergic to those dyes. 

They say that mri's do not cause pain.   Grrrrr!!!!  Some one has their facts wrong.

Anyone else with this experience or does anyone know of why this happened? I felt as though I had been beat with a baseball bat.

Submitted by jm (not verified) on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 8:00pm.

I just had an MRI for my right ankle and for the past six hours I had been feeling very tired and I there's ringing in my ears. My daughter called me on my cell phone and I could not stand having the phone to my ears, I had to put her on speaker phone.  While the scan was going on, I kept on feeling this  goose bumps on my legs.  I was half asleep the whole time. The earplugs and the heaphones helped. Five minutes before it was over, I woke up and suddenly I had very strong heart palpitation which lasted for maybe three minutes and very slowly went back to normal. When the technician came to fetch me, I told him about those weird feelings but he just said, "Oh really" and he just left. I got up and started walking to get my belongings and it felt as if my feet were not touching the floor or something. I can't explain. Then when I was outside in the parking lot I felt nauseated. I wanted to throw up and my chest felt congested and it was hard to breath. Coughing sort of helps. I wonder when this will go away.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 03/12/2008 - 5:20am.

 i was reading all the comments. I want to say to the person whose boyfriend is hitting her. Don't accept that. You deserve better. I don't imagine you need an MRI .Go to a Medical Doctor first if you are concerned.

Regarding MRI scans, I had one for my lower back yesterday. At the end of the scan i felt very hot . Today i woke up with a bad headache and nausea. I think it must be related to the scan. Headaches seem to be mentioned alot by alot of people on this site. I would say it is connected. There should be some research. It seems to me it is just being ignored by the medical proffesion.

Submitted by TheGeekyChick (not verified) on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 8:05pm.

I'm delighted to see other people are also having some weirdnesses (although it's not particularly "good" per se, but it's almost comforting to know that you aren't the only one).

I just had my first MRI performed today for my brain (w/ and w/o contrast). Now, I'm having major stomach aches, and I believe it's from the gadolinium that was injected. I drank plenty of water and I can still feel the "magnetic pulls" on my body as my body still feels a little uncomfortable. I probably rushed to the toilet seat a few times within the last six hours, and I was wondering if anyone had the same issue.

Submitted by tremers (not verified) on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 8:08pm.

Did anyone shake during or after is this bad?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 7:57pm.

I have had several MRIs of the brain and C-spine in the last few years. The doctors and technicians will generally tell you, that there are no known side effects to the procedure. However, as a medical research scientist (even though my research has nothing to do with MRI or magnetic exposure) I know that people respond differently to things, and reports of "weird" sensations during MRI procedures should not be written off as purely psychological.

I myself have experienced pressure, dizziness and some unusual "shocks" in different parts of my body during these procedures. These symptoms always went away as soon as I got out of the machine. On the other hand, when I have MRI with contrast, I get several side-effects that are very uncomfortable and will last for two days or so. The side effects are an immediate burning sensation in my shoulders, neck and head immediately after receiving the injection, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, tiredness and lethargy follow soon after. These symptoms are well known side effects of the material, which you can find on the following web site.

So far there is no information that would indicate that MRIs or the contrast material have dangerous, long-term side effects, unless you are allergic to gadolinium (the contrast material; this is extremely rare), or already suffering from certain problems, such as kidney disease (in which case you should not receive gadolinium in the first place). However, this procedure is relatively new, and in the future more information may surface about its potential risks. I think therefore, that it's important to let the doctors and technicians know if you experience any symptoms, to further their knowledge. Having said that, MRIs are very helpful for diagnosing a multitude of conditions, and nobody should hesitate to get one if the doctors advice it. Its benefits far outweigh the small discomfort that they may present.


Submitted by khosszu on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 8:02pm.

I have had several MRIs of the brain and C-spine in the last few
years. The doctors and technicians will generally tell you, that there
are no known side effects to the procedure. However, as a medical
research scientist (even though my research has nothing to do with MRI
or magnetic exposure) I know that people respond differently to things,
and reports of "weird" sensations during MRI procedures should not be
written off as purely psychological.

I myself have experienced
pressure, dizziness and some unusual "shocks" in different parts of my
body during these procedures. These symptoms always went away as soon
as I got out of the machine. On the other hand, when I have MRI with
contrast, I get several side-effects that are very uncomfortable and
will last for two days or so. The side effects are a burning
sensation in my shoulders, neck and head immediately after receiving
the injection, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, tiredness and
lethargy follow soon after. These symptoms are well known side effects
of the material, which you can find on the following web site.

far there is no information that would indicate that MRIs or the
contrast material have dangerous, long-term side effects, unless you
are allergic to gadolinium (the contrast material; this is extremely
rare), or already suffering from certain problems, such as kidney
disease (in which case you should not receive gadolinium in the first
place). However, this procedure is relatively new, and in the future
more information may surface about its potential risks. I think
therefore, that it's important to let the doctors and technicians know
if you experience any symptoms, to further their knowledge. Having said
that, MRIs are very helpful for diagnosing a multitude of conditions,
and nobody should hesitate to get one if the doctors advice it. Its
benefits far outweigh the small discomfort that they may present.

Submitted by Gavin Elster (not verified) on Sun, 03/23/2008 - 9:24am.

I just had an MRI on my brain yesterday.  I experienced a twitching in my left upper arm that was in time with the pulse of the machine. It was not painful but it was odd to realize my body was reacting to the machine and I had no control. To be quite honest I find the procedure relaxing and will fall in and out of sleep.  Today I do feel a bit groggy but I don't feel like I have any adverse effects.

Submitted by Bhav P (not verified) on Sun, 03/30/2008 - 2:07am.

I had an MRI scan after years of suffering from worsening symptoms which are still undiagnosed. I started losing my hearing in one ear my late teens and had a CT scan at 20 which revealed nothing, so I was given a hearing aid and told to live with it. 4 years on I have deafness in both ears, worsening severe pressure based headaches that are unaffected by paracetamol, vertigo and blackouts, and a recurrent fluid filled cyst on the right side of the head next to the ear that is connected to the headaches in the frontal lobe.

Following the MRI scan I was extremely fatigued and my head pain increased. I also discovered swellings in my armpits this morning filled with thick black pus and drained them. Also my cyst on my head had filled up as well and required draining for the 5th time in two years. The amount of pus coming out of my body is extremely worrying.

I had quit work in december and havnt been working for 4 months. I need to sleep around 12-16 hours a day and suffer from severe vertigo attacks in public places with increasing open areas and sounds. My balance is getting worse and I have fallen over a few times and have had several seizures and recurrent tremor and pain in the joints of my hands and arms.

So far according to two GPs and A+E I am perfectly healthy with nothing wrong with me. I have given up caring about myself or anyone else and am depressed and also am looking forward to dying.

Submitted by Jack Walsh (not verified) on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 10:50am.

I had an MRI about 1 month ago and I am still setting off some store alarms. When I Googled this, I came across Tyler and Roland's emails about the same experiences. I just want to know if this alarm thing ever stops or do I have to shop online now?

Seriously, I would appreciate any information that you may have. I am concern that something might be wrong.


#140: mri side
Submitted by dee (not verified) on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 9:20pm.

I  had my MRI done April 4,2008 told the tech that It felt as though my Brain was shifting around during the first half of the procedure she responded "  O that's something new never heard that one before" and proceeded to inject the dye. When I went to bed that night i felt a warm feeling on the right side of my head. I called my primary care physician and told them that I felt weak and they told me to go to the  emergency department they offered me pain meds and that's about it its 3 days later and I'm still having these headaches.

#141: mri
Submitted by Mike H (not verified) on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 2:14pm.

I had the same thing happen to me after two different mri's. The doctors and tech's say mri's do not have side effects. I could barely make out what large for sale signs in yards sais. Mike

Submitted by mike he (not verified) on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 2:39pm.

After my first MRI, I felt a little dizzy and had blurred vision on the way home I noticed the street signs were sort of double lettered and blurry. Also even large realestate for sale signs in people's yards were blurry and hard to read. I called the MRI center and asked if this was normal, they asked me to return and speak to the Radiologist. He evaluated me and sent me to the ER, where I spent a couple hours and was released with unknown conclusions.

A couple weeks later I had another MRI (back) I informed the tech. of the previous MRI with the blurred vision etc. and stated I was curious if I would experience the same thing again. The tech. said he had not ever heard of any side effects like that. Sure enough after the MRI was finished I was a little light headed and had the same type blurred vision. I just drove home this time because I felt like a fool for going to the hospital the first time.

Each time I was  fairly comfortable during the scan, not freaked out at all. I am really curious what caused these side effects. The next day I felt good with normal vision.

#143: help!
Submitted by anaise35 on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 9:18pm.

  Had an mri of brain today, feel dizzy, nauseas , drowsy, disorieted....I had galolinium also...any one feel trhe same?

#144: help!
Submitted by anaise35 on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 9:33pm.

 Had an mri this afternoon, and its 12 midnight, I feel dizzy, nauseaus, drowsy, messed up, headache.....I read you ve had this, will this go away...thanks...please write back.

Submitted by anaise35 on Tue, 04/08/2008 - 8:58pm.

 Please someone write back to me, Im so scared. I am feeling better from nausea etc...but I have severe pain in my joints,a nd burning all over my skin, like sunburn. Im scared i have that kidney thing , but I dont have any kindney problems...thanks..

Submitted by anaise35 on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 8:46am.

  Hi,  I had an injection of gadolinium 12 days ago, and ever since I am severely dizzy, nauseas, headache, chills, joint pain....I feel so messed up right now , and I need to know if anyone else has gone through this...please ...Im very worried.

Submitted by anaise35 on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 9:33am.

  Hi, thank God my symptom have gone away, its been 16 days? or so. OMG that was terrible. The only problem I'm left with is SEVERE joint and muscle pain, including my ribs. I have normal kidneys....I'm scared about developing NSF from the contrast dye..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 6:59am.

Ok some of these are funny and the The test to see if you have become magnetized is to float in the water on your back and see if your head points to north. Had me rolling cause I can see people trying it. But I believe people can become magnetized my wife is one of these people that were born that way she cant ware watches and a compass needle is off 20degrees when she holds it. I had an MRI yesterday all went fine but I cant sleep and I'm not tired at all. I've been up 29 hours now. Don't know If It has anything to do with it but its pretty weird.

#149: MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 7:54pm.

Here's a comment from a licensed MRI technologist. I'm sorry that the majority of you were not informed by your technologist what to expect or what MRI is. The best explanation with out getting too deep is this. MRI works with the use of a magnetic field (these range in field strength) and a radio frequency (similar to what is transmitted on the AM station of your radio). The atoms in your body already have a magnetic field, everything does, if it is made of atoms, it has a magnetic field of some sort. The radio frequency is a form of non-ionizing radiation, this means there no biological effects (no molecular breakdown of tissue occurs). Together these two work together to cause the atoms in your body (hydrogen atoms) to generate a signal. The computer uses these signals to spatially localize the body part being imaged (create a picture). To date no person has been permanently magnetized. What could happen is depending on your medical history. If there is a metallic implant in your body, depending on the type of metal (not all metal is ferromagnetic) that can become magnetic (act like a magnet). But, in this case you should not have been scanned to start with, because of other risks involved. More than likely you will find that there is a security (magnetic) strip that was never deactivated in your handbag or shoes. I had a clerk fail to deactivate a security strip in a jacket once. It took me several weeks to figure out what is was, I had the same problem. Hope this helps! As far as the comments on feeling dizzy and headaches. This can happen when exposed to high field magnets (really strong magnets). There are several schools of thoughts on why this happens. The good news is that it stops when the patient is removed from the magnet. If it continues past that point more than likely it is due to a form of stress on the body due to claustrophobia or anxiety. As with any type of stress on the body it takes time for the body to recover. Listen, I cannot express this enough to patients. Get involved in your health care, get with a doctor you trust and one that can give you answers to your questions. If something doesn't feel right or if you don't agree with what is being ask of you. Please remember by law you always have the right to refuse treatment. If you have questions, please ask. I see it all the time in my field. People coming in for scans and half the time they don't know why. Unfortunately, by that time it is too late because the only person that can truly answer that question is your doctor. We as technologists unfortunately only play a small part in your treatment. But, if you have questions on scanning and side effects, please ask the technologist. That way you get answers from someone that has been trained and educated in the field. Good websites for diagnostic imaging are ASRT, ARRT and DOH (department of health). Take care and god bless!

Submitted by security systems (not verified) on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 3:30am.

Everyone can surely act different to the RMI but I believe that at least 20% of you are coincidences. Some of you had very weird side effects and this should make you take up another consult because something is clearly wrong. I don't mean to scare you, not at all but I had my share of hospitals and procedures and I came to this one simple conclusion: if what is happening to you is scaring you, then it's not normal, go see a doctor!

Submitted by Kha (not verified) on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 2:08pm.

I've had several MRIs and felt awesome afterwards. I found the procedure very relaxing, especially the noise and had no side effects. Actually, I wish I could get a few more.

Side effects are probably due to people not using earplugs, the claustrophobia, and general hypochondria.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:31pm.

 I had 3 MRI's in over the course of two weeks, one with contrast dieThey were of my abdomen.When they injected the die, it hurt so bad. It burned all the way up my arm and I could feel it in my chest. I felt weird after the first two but after the one with the die, I felt awful. I was so dizzy I could barely walk, disoriented, headache, but later that night my bones started to hurt. The bone in the base of your neck, my hips, ankles, shoulders, they all ache terribly. Well, its been over 2 months and it is still just as bad. My neck especially . My Dr says its a coincidence. I was fine before. Has this happened to anyone else?

Submitted by Anastasia (not verified) on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 12:12pm.

I recently had an MRI on my upper spine and neck. I began to feel very light headed during the first few minutes of the MRI. Afterwards, I was nauseous and very dizzy. Is this happening with anyone else?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 11:30am.

I just had a MRI of the pelvis for endometriosis evaluation. I felt hot about 1/2 hour into it. The heat started on my left side,neck and went down to my stomach. Then it started on the right abdomen. I felt as if I was cooking like in a microwave. Very strange feeling.This isn't my first MRI but it  is my first abnormal reaction.  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 12:35pm.

I had an MRI done on my left knee and during the MRI the tech gave me a shot of dye in my left arm. This was  5 days ago and know my arm where the shot was given has a huge knot and is so painful that i can barely stretch it out? Is this normal?

Submitted by chrissy (not verified) on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 5:08pm.

can having an mri cause someone who never had any problems with claustraphobia or panic attacks to be experiencing them now? i had to get the lady to pull me out of the mri once, but i wanted to come out of there sooo bad.  i never thought i would have had any problems in there but the only thing that got me through it was knowing that the lady would have to start the test over if she took me out again.  it was horrible.      now  i cant go in a store without freaking. i get panic attacks alot now.  cant go to work.  cant sit at my sons baseball game (an open area).  doctor's office, scoolroom, bathroom with door shut.  all of these things cause me to feel dizzy, lightheaded, nauseaus, like i want to pass out, like i have to get out of that situation.when i know i have to go do one of those things or go to one of those places, i get so nervous and anxious, sometimes i get a panic attack before i even go.    is it possible that i am traumatized by the mri experience and that is what is causing my panic attacks?

please help.  i dont know what else to think and do...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 1:20pm.

First off, my kidneys functions at thirty eight percent. I have what the nephrologist calls moderate kidney disease. I had an MRI with Isovue contrast on Oct16th and shoulder surgery in Nov. In mid Dec I noticed that I started having tiny white spot on my face, underarms and torso. I also s tarted having joint pains, severe gout recurrence s that lasted up to ten days, my scalp developed some discolored spots that scabbed over and itch, plus I am cold all the time. The spots have grown to the size of quarters and more tiny spots are forthcoming. I have a crusting and ringing in my ears. , and extra skin growing therein. I also am sensitive to sunlight. At night I need more than 4 blanket on my side of the bed even though the A/C is at 74. I also experience tingling in hands and feet from time to time. I also have a pain that runs from the small of my back down to below my right buttock. My Dermatologist thinks it is Vitilligo? but that doesn't explain the other symptons. Is anyone out there experiencing what I describe? Need your input.

Submitted by Anonymouspat (not verified) on Sat, 05/10/2008 - 4:53am.

Same experience,  but 4 days later still diaherrea and light headednesst

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/20/2008 - 1:04pm.

I had an MRI a few weeks ago on my back.  I didn't mind the tight space/noise at all.  I wasn't expecting to feel anything but when they said 'we are starting now' I felt like a band of hot electricitiy around my thighs (a bit like a tens machine, but constant, not pulse?) which moved up my body.  It wasn't painful, but was REALLY un-nerving.  I mentioned it to a couple of people afterwards and they said there was no way I could have felt anything.  So I haven't mentioned it to anyone else because they will think I am BONKERS.  I really don't want another MRI because it was a horrible experience.  I still don't know if I hallucinated the whole thing. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/21/2008 - 11:49am.

Very strange experience.  Went to have a MRI done sitting up thought it would help the panic feeling not being closed in.  I entered the room and the MRI was running and I thought I was going to fall over.  Became dizzy, shaky, I  felt a pulling sensation on my head and body I could feel the magnetic field.  I left the room and try a few minutes later to make sure it wasn't just my thinking wierd.  I stepped back into the room instantly I felt the force pulling on me "I keep thinking this isn't possible is it".  I suffer from dizzness with my neck already so I didn't take the test it was to strong on my head and body.  To make sure it wasn't just my crazy self trying to get out of something. I went to another MRI center about week later but this time took something for the nerves.  Step into the room and there it was this pulling force like a wall stepping into a time zone.  I got dizzy and felt light headed almost like I was lost.  The very strange park is I kept stepping into the field and out of the field as if I was closing a door and opening it.  Well, I just could not trust what I was feeling so I left again.  I feel stuck because I have problems with my spine neck, mid back and lower lumbar pain.  I am sure the doctor will think I am over reacting and just fear.  Is there other choices besides MRI's?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 05/26/2008 - 10:22am.


 I would say for sure you have PTSD which is caused by trama.  This experience must have scared you so bad so you became helpless.  A good doctor can give you something for the panic attacks, medication like Xanx can help.  You can take control of this problem and remind yourself of who is in control "thats you".  You are the boss of yourself and you can take that control back.  A good therapist is also a choice of treatment. 

I also suffer from panic attacks and they are not fun.  I recently try to have a MRI done but the magnet made me dizzy and I started to panic also.  I just left the and will have to find something else that will work.  I have a very bad spine problem.

Good luck in your search hope this helped.

#162: MRI fear
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 05/26/2008 - 10:30am.


I have some of the same problems with my spine, neck and lower back.  When I get close to the MRI I get dizzy and light headed.  It seems that no one wants to say this has happen.  I think people are afraid to share fear someone will call them nuts.  I tried 2 times to get even close to the MRI and I can't so I won't have test done.  The strange thing is I have had a total of 2 to 3 MRI's in the past but the last one I also felt panic and strange.  But keep going to be a good trooper for the doctors and my family. 

So I would say no you are not alone.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/02/2008 - 5:25pm.

I just got out of an MRI for my ankle. I started feeling nauseous as soon as a stood up from the table.  I went home and searched for MRI side effects and here I am.  I just feel fatigued and nauseous.  I'm suprised noone tells us about possible side effects from the strength of the magnetic fields.

#164: Mag Lag
Submitted by MizB (not verified) on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 8:20am.

Went in yesterday and had MRI with dye done for hearing problem.  Had to sign consent with usual concerns about dye etc.   Came out like many of the comments written here - slightly disoriented, felt thick headed. I went to the grocery store afterward and it felt like I was in there forever but when I came out it had only been about 30 minutes.    Still today I feel zoned out with a slightly achy head....hard to think deeply.

I understand why they tell us there are no side effects.  Would anyone have this test if not absolutely necessary if they told us our brain would feel fried afterward?  This many people feeling the same afterward cannot be just a coincidence.   Obviously the magnetic field does have some effect on the brain.

I hope it wears off soon.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 7:20am.

I've just had my third MRI on my head and neck as I am experiencing numbness in my right face and arm and headaches.


This is the first in France and was quite different from the UK. Great clean Hospital and friendly staff. They decided to stick the colourant in me.


The first thing was that my belt buckle trid to anihalate my groin! I had to hold on to it as they didn't listen when I asked them to stop, just told me not to move so I grabbed it with both hands to keep it still. Now I have read in earlier comments that this causes Arcing so that will explain the weird feelings I had in my hands and arms.


Yes I experienced the crushing sensations and just lay there hoping it would end soon.


I am feeling very strange now and will be going to lie down shortly.


I wonder if any of the MDs and Operators have had MRIs and what they experienced?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 3:36am.

I had an MRI done on my lumbar area and felt a heating sensation in that area is that normal if not what should i do.

Submitted by onelifesdream (not verified) on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 7:48am.

Yesterday I had my first MRI done in 10 yrs.  I was dx with MS in 1998 and have had a few flare ups lately so my physician and I thought it would be a good idea to have another MRI to see if the lesions are still there and if there are more.  I don't recall having any sort of reaction to my last MRI at all.  However, I had the MRI at 9:30am yesterday and when I got up from the table I was very dizzy, lightheaded and like someone else mentioned, I felt like my feet weren't touching the floor. I am a little concerned because of the situation that occurred yesterday during the procedure.  They told me to lie on the table and the whole thing would take about 45 minutes. They put this catcher's mask-like thing over my face and slid me in. About 25-30 min later, they bring me out and tell me to keep laying there and not to move that they were going to put the dye in.  Well, here is what is bothering me, she asked me to keep clenching and unclenching my fist to get the vein ready and she had a tourniquette above my elbow.  Well, I feel the stick and I see her out of the corner of my eye shaking her head and then she says "I don't understand", and she did this several times and apparently decided whatever was going on was ok and told me it would be another 8-8 1/2 minutes and it would be all over.  They slid me back in.  Now, I KNOW I should've asked at the very least what happened after it was done, but honestly, I didn't want to know then.  NOW, I want to know! My mind is swimming with what if's. When she injected the dye, I could feel a warm sensation in my arm and within seconds could taste something.  Couldn't put my finger on what it tasted like.  Other than that, really didn't feel anything else til after I left.  Like I said, I felt dizzy and lightheaded.  Went to the grocery store, got my hair cut and went home. Ate lunch and was tired, but tried to stay awake because it was so early.  7:00pm came around and I HAD to give in and go to bed.  Too tired.  Was woke up via phone at 10:30pm by my fiance', stayed up for about an hour (even though, I was so tired I didn't even open my eyes).  Went back to sleep very quickly, got another call around 5:00am from him - I asked him to call to let me know he was ok- he had called at 10:30 to tell me he was called in at work.  He has a dangerous job, so I wanted to know when he was on his way home so I knew he was ok. Anyway, went back to sleep quickly again and was woke up by my dr's office at 8:30am this morning.  I have stayed awake because I felt I needed to get on here to see if anyone else has experienced such extreme fatigue from this. If I closed my eyes and laid down, I would be out in no time.  Also, I am itching like crazy around my left eye, a little on my right, but man, my left eye is driving me crazy.  Again, not my eye itself, but the skin around it. I took my blood pressure and it said 87/76 p70 took it again a little later and it said 100/71 p71.  I have read this morning that they should have given me a saline iv first to keep the vein from clotting and I don't believe that was done because I felt the gadolinium seconds after the injection.  Also, concerned that maybe she injected an air bubble in my vein.  I am kicking myself that I didn't have the nerve to ask what the problem was when she was injecting me.  I just keep seeing her out of the corner of  my eye through that mask, shaking her head continuously and saying over and over, "I don't understand".  That will probably haunt me forever.  I have tried to research symptoms of air embolism and extreme fatigue is one of them, but really not anything else. Also, how long would it take for horrible symptoms to show up from an air embolism?  Glad to see others experience the fatigue with just the mri, not even with the gadolinium. Hopefully, whatever went wrong is no big deal.  I also, like many others experienced twitching while in the MRI.  Since I have MS, I experience that twitching intermittently and for me it's only when my body is at rest, not upon movement, so, when my right leg twitched while in the MRI, I didn't think much of it.  It also has twitched many times since then, but nothing so far this morning that I can recall.  Just REALLY exhausted and concerned.  When I got home yesterday, I took this homeopathic solution called PCA-RX.  It's a chelating remedy.  I took it to help try to get rid of the gadolinium so the extreme tiredness could also be my body working to get rid of that crap. Good luck to all of you! Just wanted to share my experience so others would not feel alone.

Submitted by Andreakyle on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 1:15pm.

My mother (83) had an MRI taken of her brain in January 2008.  Halfway through, she  was injected in her left arm with the contrast.   Immediately she was crying that her arm felt like was on fire.  The pain was so bad that we had to stop.  She was sobbing. Afterward, she was "off" and not herself for many days.  She lost part of her sight in her left eye.  It was like a curtain closing in her left eye.  A retina specialist said her retina is swollen.  She has had to have 2 injections in her eye. These swelling is going down but she will need more injections. Also, her left ear has gone stone deaf.  She was using a hearing aid before but was not deaf.  Now she is totally deaf.  Her right ear has been deaf for many many years but she was always able to have a face to face conversation without her hearing aid using her left ear.  No that ear is totally deaf.   I believe that the MRI tech injected the contrast wrong and the strain and/or the contrast caused ruptures in the eye and ear.  Is this possible?  My poor mother is just not the same anymore.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 1:24pm.

I had a MRI & MRA of the brain and MRI of the c-spine, without contrast, one right after the other. The reason was vertigo, memory and hearing loss, and also to rule out MS. Before the MRI I had been dizzy since January. Here is the good news, since the procedures the dizziness is gone! The doctor said I must have had fluid in the ear canal that may have been blocked for some reason and the vibration worked it loose! Can that be? I am just glad to longer be dizzy.


About 10 minutes after the test I felt kind of weird in the head but that went away after about a half hour and I am thankful I didn't get a headache.

The bad news was the c-spine MRI picked up an incomplete image of a spot on my T1 vertebra which I now have to go for a CT scan for. I am worried about all of the EMF and radiation exposure from these tests. Are we giving ourselves cancer by doing all of these tests? What can a CT test find that an MRI can't?



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 2:19am.

When I had my 2 MRI's I had an allergic reaction to the fluid they give u part way through. The first time it wasn't so bad, but the second time was much much worse, and I didn't even get all the injection this time. I threw up everywhere and had a horrible head ache all day.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 12:06am.

That may be so but what you are leaving out is that unfortunately there have been proven side effects and questions raised about the safety of contrast agents used during many MRI procedures, namely Gadolinium based agents, which commonly go by the pharmaceutical name MultiHance, ProHance, OmniScan etc.

Google the word Gadolinium for more information. If you are unsure of whether you received a contrast agent injection call and ask for MRI records to check and see what the contrast agent used was and dosage received.  Isn't Gadolinium magnetic? Could this be part of the problem? For someone who's worked in MRI for ten years I would think that this might pop to mind as a possible cause of side effects if she did receive a contrast agent since gadolinium is an elemental metal.

Not trying to scare the original poster and no disrespect meant to this post either , many people have no problems at all with the contrast injection but this is a good example why I don't trust the physicians or their assistants to tell me what is safe and what isn't before researching it myself.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 12:19am.

Look up Gadolinium on the internet. That is what they inject as a contrast agent, which is not dye at all it is a metal based liquid. 

#173: mri
Submitted by kate (not verified) on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 11:31pm.

have read over the mri experiences.  i don't have any answers but i do have a complaint.

after my mri, the very next day i had powerful aches in my hands rendering them almost useless to me.  i have never heard of spontaneous tenndinitus.  my wrists and hands ached so horribly that i could not sleep without crying.  this persisted for months.  then suddenly it was gone.

the doctor said it was not the mri.  i think the doctor is wrong.  anyone else?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 12:49pm.

I'm an mri technogologist for the last 18 years and have never set off an anti theft before and i have had many 15 or more mri's on myself.

Submitted by Dr. Buzz Brain (not verified) on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 5:34pm.

You people... I read these posts from all over the Internet in various forums from people posting mysterious ailments and conditions they claim they have the doctors can't find any evidence of them and then a thousand more posters jump on saying oh yeah me too,  I have that!

But these postings and you lot take the cake and and win the annual looney tunes award. In any practice you will always have that percentage of patients that are presenting as chronically ill with all kinds of psychosomatic pains and symptoms,  but never have I seen a bunch of people believing they have been magnetized after an MRI  scan; the type of help that you lot need can't be found here. 

 Most people that end up posting medical questions in these forums usually do so because they have completely worn out their welcome in their doctors practice.  My advice, make a tinfoil hat and hide in your basement for 1 month until you de-magnetize.

Submitted by Larry D (not verified) on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 5:42pm.

I am sure these   Symptoms you describe had nothing to do with the MRI test or contrast that was injected but are most likely a psychosomatic reaction because of some sort of stress you are under.

#177: Huh?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 5:51pm.

I rather suspect the reason they ask you if you had any side effects during your previous MRI was a question in relation to the use of contrast dye and not be MRI itself.  This MRI test didn't make you sick but perhaps the noise inside the machine cause a headache which could potentially cause some nausea and other related symptoms to the headache.

#178: MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 10:07am.


 I had one, too, several weeks ago.  I was happy to have it because I did not want the CT scan which is like 1,000 X-rays. So I did not think I would have any reactions.

After the event, after the contrast dye was injected, I felt my lips begin to burn. Next week, hands and feet burning terribly and eyes began to hurt. They are still.

I am not one to think about stuff and second guess docs, but I know they do not know everything. I think the poster 2 posts up was very rude to say we are all hypochondriacs. My wife is a phrmacist and can tell me in no uncertain terms that the med community does not know all.

The contrast dye is a metal based dye with a coating- should leave body in 48 hours. So while the burning may not be that, it could be from the MRI itself. No one really knows.

 Well, I just though I would out in my two cents. I am taking a heavy metal cleanse in case it was the gadolinium. If I simply got cooked from the MRI, well, we'll just have to see what happens to me in ten years. Scary world we live in, but we are not making bad choices- we are just finding our way while sick through a very difficult field.

 Good luck to us all,


Submitted by MikeWilliams on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 11:31am.

Contrast agents

I work in an exceptionally busy MRI centre where we do take all patient complaints very seriously logging all events. 

Whilst Gadolinium is the usual base for the contrast agents, there are many different bases that it can be suspended in for injection. Some of these are more able to cause a reaction than others. The Gadolinium chelate that is used posesses no magnetic properties in of itself, and affects the way that atoms react to the MRI scan. 

 MRI is known to cause heating of body tissues, but the machinery is set to disallow too much heating to take place.

One thing that some posters may be experiencing is termed peripheral nerve stimulation. Whilst quite rare (1 in 1000) it can make you 'feel' the magnetic field going through you. In some extreme cases it can cause flashing lights in the vision. All the manuals for the MRI machines will quote this but it's down to the individual training of your techs whether they know this or not. 

Any specific questions feel free to msg me. 

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 11:40am.

Just a quicky about needles. 

If they're using a straight needle then you DO NOT need a saline injection first, as the flow of blood through your vein will stop it clotting (it needs to be stationary for about 8 mins to clot). 

 Also, you would need an injection of at lease 5oml of air to have any serious side effect. As most injections are 10ml then it's unlikely to have had any effect. 

Mail me for more info

Submitted by lizzie_magic (not verified) on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:21pm.

I have had two seizures in the past two weeks, so the doctor recomended I get some MRIs. I just had 2 MRIs on Monday. The first one was normal, but for the second I was injected with something the doctor called dye. (I think that's how it's spelled) Later that night I felt shakey (though my mom said I wasn't) and felt like I was going to vomit. (NO, I am sure it wasn't another seizure because I would have been unconcious, not breathing, and literally shaking) Are these simptoms normal?

Submitted by lizzie_magic (not verified) on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:21pm.

I have had two seizures in the past two weeks, so the doctor recomended I get some MRIs. I just had 2 MRIs on Monday. The first one was normal, but for the second I was injected with something the doctor called dye. (I think that's how it's spelled) Later that night I felt shakey (though my mom said I wasn't) and felt like I was going to vomit. (NO, I am sure it wasn't another seizure because I would have been unconcious, not breathing, and literally shaking) Are these simptoms normal?

Submitted by jillpug on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 8:03pm.

I am an RN of 13 years, and have always believed there are no side effects possible from an MRI without contrast dye until today.  I had my first MRI-of my L knee to evaluate for meniscus injury.  I was not claustrophobic-I go to the tanning bed and have no problem with enclosed spaces.  I felt fine when the test started-had earplugs to minimize the noise and my body was only in the machine from mid-chest down.  About halfway through I felt like the air around my body thickened up- sort of like there was a lot of static electricity.  I became dizzy and felt confused.  My stomach and intestines felt like there was pressure from the inside out and I had tiny jerking sensations in my abdomen.  I wasn't moving my leg/knee at all because they had immobilized it with foam padding--  it twitches spontaneously since I hurt it and I didn't want to mess up the test so I let them know and that's how they (supposedly) keep that from being a problem.  HOWEVER-I would bet a dollar that something in that knee moved almost constantly from halfway through the test till the end-felt like someone pouring water or sand over my knee on the inside.  I have been lightheaded, disoriented, depressed, dizzy, and really really nauseated all day since the test was over at 1030 this AM and it isn't appreciably better even after taking motion sickness medicine.  I am so happy to have found these posts because I was afraid I was finally losing it : ) --since "nobody has side effects from an MRI without contrast".  I will tell anyone who needs to know from now on that there can most certainly be side effects.  I can assure you that I was not apprehensive at all/having an anxiety attack--"knowing" as I did that there was nothing to dread, why would I have been?  The symptoms started so fast, like flipping a switch.  It was very strange and not my expectation at all.  All my best to everyone posting--thanks again for validating how I feel.

Submitted by Bob (not verified) on Sat, 08/23/2008 - 6:37am.

I had and accident 10 yrs ago and have had many surgeries. I have had a hip replacement and many back and neck surgeries. I have alot of  "surgical steel" and wires left from stimulators. I have had many "open" MRIs without much trouble but last winter I had a closed MRI. I felt like I was burned from the inside out and the pain was awful. I tried to tell the tech in the room but he said everything is fine. I was put inside the MRI three times. I thought I was going to die. I went to the ER four different times with in the next month but no one would believe me. IT DID HAPPEN ! I would love to hear from others if you have had the same experience.

Submitted by dennis (not verified) on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 8:15pm.

I've had MRI done on my head on 8/23/08. Had feeling of pressure and heat on my temple area, and made very uncomfortable. Since then my temple area have dull pain and
feeling warm 24/7. Anyone had similar effect?

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 1:55pm.


   It's interesting to hear what you say about the wires etc left from stimulators.  In the UK we have things called MHRA gudelines about what you should and shouldn't have scaned inside you. In my unit if you have neurostimulator wires left inside you you will not be scanned. Open MRI's are (usually) less powerful than closed MRI's therefore you're less likely to get those effects. Anything metal left within you can be heated by the radiofrequency given out by the scanner. Wires such as neurostimulators are designed to conduct electricity. Any metal cuting through a magnetic field can induce a current. Similarly any metal in a field can heat up.  So yes, it should have been expected, and at least acknowleged. 

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 2:11pm.

Just a little comment for all those who read these posts. Unfortunately there is no 'standard' MRI scanner. For those of you in the USA who read this post - unfortunatley you're worse off than those in the UK as some of your regulations aren't as stringent as ours (UK) are. Most MRi and Radiology equipment has a lifespan in the UK of about 7 years. However i know of a lot of our scanners that we have then sent back to the manufacturer and then get sold on to you guys out there. 

There is so much difference in the quality of the machines out there as well as the quality of the operators. In the UK anyone operating a MRI is a radiographer. ie: they have done at LEAST 3 years training to be able to work in a radiology environment and then training to MRI. This means that whoever does MRI has to have proven their care etc before working in MRI. I believe that in the USA it's nowhere near that stringent and that some centres will be better than others. 

MRI is a very useful tool for diagnosis, but - like x-rays - it should be used for definite diagnosis and not because the patient wants it. I know that some people expect that everything should be scanned from a cut finger onwards, but remeber, ALL medical imaging has the potential for harm, only have it if you NEED it.

 Any comments feel free to email me. 

Submitted by Laura S. (not verified) on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 1:05pm.

I was volunteering for a research project and they slid me into the MRI (before turning it on) to see how I felt.  I had my eyes open, and felt a very sudden and acute dizziness.  I assumed it was because my eyes were open and it was just psycological.  They pulled me out and gave me ear plugs and put me back in.  This time I had my eyes closed.  I could feel immediately when my head went under the magnets because the dizziness came back in full force.  I mentioned it to the tech when they asked how I felt and they pulled me out and said that I shouldn't do the test. 

I think they were worried I was claustrophobic, which I am, but to be honest, I was handling that fine.  With my eyes closed, it wasn't that big of a deal... but the dizziness was SO ACUTE, it was like being on a roller coaster, and I only felt it when my head was inside the tube...

 I've been sourging the internet to see if this is normal, but I can't seem to find anything about this!  I wasn't dizzy afterwards (cause I never even had the test), it was just a sudden dizziness as soon as my head went into the machine.  Anyone else out there have this happen?  Could it be that I'm just more sensitive to the magnetic field?  Or was it all psychological and due to claustrophobia?  if that's the case, then how come I still felt dizzy when my eyes were closed, because how would I even know if I was in the machine yet??

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sat, 08/30/2008 - 7:45am.

You see this is why the internet isn't the be all and end all of information. However in response to your question....

Consider the nerves of the body as little copper wires. All nerve energy is based on electricity (broad description). Using the principle of electromagnetism, if a conductor cuts through a magnetic field it induces a charge. There are thousands of little conductors in the ear. In some people as they go through the magnetic field the passing of the fibres in the inner ear can create a charge in the nerve cells of the ear and give the feeling of diziness. This is usually exacerbated by feeling sick, a cold, or the speed going into the scanner. Even for us that use the scanner all the time if bending over then standing up quickly can give us those feelings. 


Submitted by Jerry (not verified) on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 4:22pm.

I had three back to back MRI's of the brain taken a couple weeks ago to check for any abnormalities since I had a radical tympanic mastoidectomy five years earlier and wanted to be sure no new tumors had developed in the middle ear canal. I had the first MRI which lasted about an hour and the contrast dye was administered 3/4 of the way through the procedure. I felt very disoriented after the MRI and went home. On my phone answering machine was a message from the technician saying the Radiologist wanted me to come back for another two days later I went back for the same procedure. I felt lousy after the second one but relieved that it was over. When I got home there was another message from the technician saying he "misread the report" and needed me to come back for a third MRI....I hate being lied to. So I went back for the third MRI...another hour of being blasted with "industrial noise" and shot up with dye. For the next two weeks I had the worse headaches of my life...frontal lobe, temples, back of the neck...deep strange slices of headaches in places I never had pain before. I finally made an appointment with the VA triage nurse to be seen because the headaches just wouldn't go away and I felt lousy. The doctor wasn't concerned. He said there was nothing wrong and that it wasn't anything. I'm convinced the MRI's are the reason for the headaches but the arrogant doctors are in denial.  a small benign tumor was found at the base of the occipotal guess what?  I have to go back for another series of MRI's!  Don't you just love it?

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 3:10pm.


   First of all let me say i'm sorry they've found something else and that you need another series of MRI's. I know this can't be an easy time for you and the rounds of MRI's can't exactly be helping. 

For all of you who have read some of my posts here, this is a good highlight of the discrepancy you can get in MRI units accross the world, and even in the same city. 

May i ask if you had hearing protection for your scans?. Here in the UK it is a government regulation that you have them for you scan. I'm not sure why you are having all the scans. The most you'd be expected to have in one block,even if there was a mistake on the first (or a missed diagnosis) would be 2. It is interesting to me that you get the 'dye' every time as it's not exactly cheap. 

The trouble is (and i will defend my people now) that we as Radiographers (techs in the US) have such difficulty getting doctors to believe that MRI can have safety hazards that the mere thought that it could make you feel a little grotty is something that they cannot comprehend. (for example a pacemaker is almost completely contraindicated yet the referrers have trouble  understanding this when we ring to explain).

We have all been brought up with the 'MRI is safe and has no side effects' line. the stronger the magnet, the longer the time in there and the more people are finding effects. But it's still a relatively new way of imaging. There really isn't enough research on this. One day someone may. I might even put together a website for it. Any ideas of questions to ask????

 Thanks M.W. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 7:09am.

I had an MRI of my Brain on Wednesday, which after about 15 minutes they pulled me out and administered a dye which I was not told about.  The injection itself wasn't painful however, I did not feel the cool water sensation that she said I would nor did it sting when she injected the dye. Now it is Saturday morning and my arm is extremly sore.  Does anyone know if this is normal??

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 11:58am.

Sounds like a little of the contrast has leaked out and caused a problem. They can cause localised tissue problem. Not altogether unusual. I would suggest seeing your GP if the problem still persists

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 12:03pm.

I have put together a website to record effects that people may have from MRI and the effects of the injection or not. I would really appreciate it if you would take the time to fill it in.

The website is

Many thanks

Mike Williams

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 10:03pm.

I had a Knee MRI 2 weeks ago and ever since doing that I have had horrible side effects of which I am still experiencing.

I have shooting pain from my thighs down, throbbing pain, pins and needles, pain shooting from my feet upwards (these are like contractions) every 3 minutes, stiffness and my legs feel like wood - so heavy, was not able to walk for a week. Now I'm experiencing lower back pain and I have never had any back pain in my life.

Doctors say that an MRI does not cause this and I have been back and fourth to my doctor where he has no idea what's wrong and makes out it's all in my head. At the end of the day MRI is RADIATION and if you are in there for over 40 minutes I find it hard to believe there is no side effect.

MRI do have side effects as much as doctors say they don't (and as if they would admit to it anyway) I regret having the MRI as 2 weeks down the track I am still experiencing  pain. I hope it goes away. Things that have helped me little is voltaren cream, tiger balm, panadol and panadine but they are just temporary relief.

I am very angry as the process of the MRI is not explained to you at all, doctors don't explain it and the diagnostic centres don't either......... I understand that the people that do the MRI's do it every day of their working life however they need to understand that its the first time for some people doing the MRI and would like to know information before they are just pushed on the bed. 


Submitted by MikeWilliams on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 4:08am.

It's very rare that i decide to have a dig at someone who's posted on this site. However i feel duty bound to clear up a few things.

1) Yes, MRI is radiation, if you go for the same principle as sunlight is radiation, eletricity going around your house emits radiation, radio waves are radiation. Let me make this clear, MRI IS NOT  in the same part of the electromagnetic spectrum as X-rays, Gamma rays, nuclear power stations. MRI uses a big magnet and RF energy. The statement used -"Do not do MRI's unless there is no other alternative, the side effects are very bad" is, quite frankly, crap. MRI is still the safest and most detailed method of imaging the squishy parts of the body. The other main alternative is CT, something that uses X-rays and can give an equivalent radiation dose of up to 150 years worth of radiation if not more. 

2) may i suggest that whoever posted above looks up referred pain on the internet and see if that has any bearing? (referred pain is where a part of the body closer to the brain has a problem that makes something further away hurt, ie knee pain from a back problem). The symptoms he suggests sound like a DVT and this can be caused by lack of movement. 

3) in the centre where i work, all patients have information sent to them with their appointment details, so they can read and ask questions prior to the scan. In the age of super-information and access, surely if you have the means to write a post bitching about having an MRI you could surely have a look to see what it involved beforehand. YOU CANNOT have things both ways, you can't turn around and say you were led and you had no choice about things then say that you know all about it. Take some goddam responsibility for yourself instead of being a victim

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 2:54pm.

Same as above went yesterday morning, had to stop the MRI about 5/10 minutes too short for my right knee, started having horrible headache and thereafter my left side went numb with tingling all the way to my toes. Today the heachache continues it is 6pm Took pain killer earlier it releaved and is back. 

No side effects..I doubt it! 

Submitted by Dr. Nasir Iqbal (not verified) on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 11:06pm.

I had an MRI done yesterday in a Phillips 1.5 Tesla machine. It was a claustrophobic experience with loud wierd noises. After the scan I am feeling in a vaccum, lousy, hissing sounds in ear, neckache, headache and depressed.

I shall never go to that damn tunnel again which engulfs the body in abnormally high magnetic flux & high-intensity radiowaves not meant for human body.

I wish to go back & tear down that damn machine to pieces, but I feel powerless & tired.

Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 1:49pm.

Dr Iqbal. Why (if you are a medical Dr rather than a PHD) are you being such a tit. The scanner cannot be claustrophobic. Claustrophobia is a state of mind. An inanimate object cannot be claustrophobic. Definitions children. Yes a scanner does make loud wierd noises. It's what it does. Hissy sounds will be due to post noise exposure. 

"engulfs the body in an abnormally hight magnetic flux& high intensity radio waves".

for pete's sake. Every form of medical imaging is abnormal, else we'd be able to see bones etc from outside the body/ X-rays are abnormally high amounts of radioation as was CT. The radio waves are less than coming out of main broadcast masts. 

By all means tear the machine apart, but you'd have to be able to tear apart 6tonnes of metal.  Why did you have all three parts of your spine done? Probably some non-specific back pain. Just get over yourself, and soldior on

Submitted by Dr. Nasir Iqbal (not verified) on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 2:24pm.

Thankyou Mr. Sceptic for being affectionate & pulling me up from a depressed state. I really think that MRI is not without side-effects as advocated commonly. I was not given ear-plugs for which I think I should sue them. I am a general surgeon, but I still wish to tear apart that Philips 1.5 Tesla monster.

Thanks again for your kind opinion, it might help me to get over it without any anti-depressants.

Submitted by David Abbasi on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 1:46am.

can cause a disease called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in people with renal failure and poor kidney function or disease. The symtoms sound like it might possibly be NSF. Ask a doctor and hopefully it's not that. Hopefully all of us will recover from our issues regardless of whether they were caused by MRI's or other things.

Submitted by Sean (not verified) on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 10:49am.

I had an MRI of the head about an hour ago, and came straight on to the web since something happened which worried me! 

 Just so you know, I'm not claustrophobic, I had a similar MRI 9 years ago and knew what to expect.  In fact, with music playing, at one point I was quite relaxed and 'almost' enjoyed it.  At the end of it I was a bit woozy for 5 minutes (frying pan to head feeling) but knew it would pass, which it did.  That wasn't the problem.

About 10 minutes into the 25 minute (?) scan a weird thing happened. My eyes started to jiggle all over the place.  Not just a little bit, but quite severely.  I think it's called nystagmus from what I can tell.  Anyway, it lasted for about 30 seconds.  My eyes would dart up and down and to the left/right, almost as far as they could go.  I was surprised they could even move so fast and so much.  There was no way I could stop it consciously. Then, as it started gradually, it stopped the same way after about 30 seconds.  The bad thing was that this happened four times in a row, about once every two minutes.  Each time the effect was slightly different but generally a haywire effect.

I'm guessing the scan reached a part of the brain that controlled eye movement, and really upset something.  On my first MRI (which was clear) 9 years ago, this did not happen.  Today, the radiologist sounded quite surprised when I mentioned it to her, but of course I am at home now with no feedback as to what they found (if they have processed it by now anyway).

Now I'm thinking there is definitely something wrong in there, but all I went in for was a mild double vision problem only when looking extreme right and left. I don't get nystagmus normally.

Help - I'm really worried now!  Anyone else with this side-effect?  I don't want to wait for the feedback from the doctor - I want to know now.


#203: MRI joint
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/21/2008 - 1:30pm.

I had a MRI and could hardly walk for a week and still have severe pain and tightness in my legs by my knees.  I can not bend down without severe pain and can hardly stand back up.....I wasn't sure what was going on untill I saw an ad about MRI dye lawsuit and it's side affects.  How long does this last?

Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 12:45am.

Dr Iqbal,

Apologies if my reply was not the warm fluffy reply that you are used to, i was having bad day when i wrote it.

You will find it very difficult to sue the operators for non-administration of earplugs however. There is  a limit of noise you are allowed to be exposed to before you have to be given hearing protection, proving that you were exposed to noise levels over and above this will be difficult. 

 To clarify my point from my previous post however:- all forms of medical diagnostic imaging are abnormal. The human body is bombarded every day with things that are abnormal: Television signal, mobile phone signal, air pollution, the surgeons knife - all these are, in a strict biological sense, abnormal. 

It does sound however like you are having a classic panic reaction to the stress that having an MRI scan can cause. i am sure you know the triggers and reactions from stress. This would cause all the sensations that you currently describe. 

Just one last thing. Why anti-depressants? It's a bad experience, sure, but if you recognise that fact rather than hide it in medication you become stronger person. 

***public information message - not everything has to be cured by tablets. Your own self is more than capable of dealing with most things. you are not a victim - you make choices, so does everyone else. Sometimes their choices will be opposite to yours. It's life ***

#205: MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 3:47pm.

I felt tingling sensation and then felt my head was on fire. I had them stop the scan and then it was much better.

Submitted by Dr. Nasir Iqbal. (not verified) on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 4:56pm.

Hello Mr. Sceptic.

Thankyou for your kind words. I don't know what to do for my post-MRI tinnitus, it just won't go away. I 've gone through internet for hours on end, but it says nothing doing for the tinnitus--its permanent cochlear hair cell damage.

I feel like killing myself for having gone through an MRI which was largely normal.

Thanks again for your concern and support.

Submitted by seiko on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 5:44pm.

I had MRI yesterday. The open MRI  was not a true open MRI  it was open on two sides and to make matter worse it had as strong radiomagnetic field as a close one which I did not want,

A minute through my scan I felt my head getting warmer, warmer, and then it was like someone put a torch to it.

I pressed the button to stop the scan, the guy did not want to stop the scan in midcycle and had me bear the pain.

After he stopped the scan he made me feel bad about the situation saying that he was not going to argue about what I felt and resumed the scan again. This time I was o.k

I called the neurologist office and told them about the incident and they acted dump, no harm done, this is safe, we have never heard of this before?

After doing some digging on the net I came across this:

Sensation of cold is common during an MRI scan, often caused
by the bore ventilation fan.  Increased reports of heat coincided
with a malfunction of the fan and gradient chillers.

Do not any one tell you what you feel is in your head! 

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Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 7:25pm.

Yes heating can be from a gradient chiller and fan malfunction, but let's be serious here, any unit where they wouldn't notice both of them had broken isn't somewhere you should really be paying your hard earned money to go to. You should be in an air conditioned room, dressed in minimal clothing, with no blankets on.

Without knowing exactly what they were doing the scan for and what sequences they used i cannot help too much but you were probably NOT really experiencing heat (see peripheral nerve stimulation) but sensations that your nerved reported to your brain as heat (yes this can happen)

Sorry chuck - thats it

#209: Dr Iqbal
Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 7:30pm.


 it seems that we meet again :)

I wasn't actually being edgy on that last post (well the bit about suing in any case) i was merely trying to save you money. If you want to engage a lawyer to try then you go right ahead, but based on past experience, it'll be a waste of money.

I would say that killing oneself due to a bad experience with an MRI scan is probably going a bit far and maybe you do need to chew a few anti-depressents if thats the case.

If i may be bold - what was your initial reason for needing / wanting the scan?

 Hope to hear from you soon :-p

Submitted by Dr. Nasir Iqbal (not verified) on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 10:49pm.

Thanks Mr. Sceptic for replying.

I was suffering from chronic intermittent backache, sometimes very severe. I had suffered from Pulmonary Tuberculosis in 1989 for which I took treatment from a chest physician for 9 months after going through a host of X-rays & lab tests etc.

I was worried if  Secondary Tuberculosis might have set in my spinal column, being a tuberculous patient in the past.

I had constant urge to go for my full spinal column MRI, since about a year, to see if  I need another course of ATT (Anti-tuberculous treatment), as I had seen many patients' catastrophic MRIs presenting with paraplegias & quadriplegias, with rotten pictures of vertebral collapses & huge psoas abcsesses, & kypho-scoliotic deformities.

I was naturally worried about my recurrent backache & I wanted to get the true picture of my spinal column which I thought was closest with an MRI. I should have gathered information beforehand, about the protocols of MRI, before embarking myself on high intensities of a conglomerate of energies, including sound energies into the ear. I have a host of ear-muffs in my home & in my car for protection in catastrophic situations, & for traffic noise. Had I had an idea about the MRI noise I would have got the gadget from my car.

Thanks again for keeping in touch for my problem which has become sort of a constant  nuisance for me. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I feel intense tinnitus, & then I wish to tear apart my ears.

Please pray for me, Because God accepts some people's prayers. 


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 9:57am.

i had an mri done sunday morning and i have had a severe minegrane ever since not sure if its from the mri but it is quite the coincidence

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 5:17pm.

After I had  MRI, dye was injected into my shoulder, I had the following happen...

Cold, Cold, Flu, Cold, Flu, Cold Cold.  Anyone else experience this?

(I occasionaly get a cold, rarely flu like syptoms, but there can be no other explanation for this to happen.)

Submitted by Thunderingspudboy on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 5:38pm.

I had an MRI where they injecte dye into my shoulder in January of 2008.  Following this procedure I had the following.....Cold, cold, flu, Cold, flu, cold, cold.   Anyone else experiece this?  (Or similar)

Submitted by Thunderingspudboy on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 5:42pm.

Sorry, my computer decided to act funny so I didn't know if my original submission had been posted.  My bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 1:21pm.

Had an MRi 4 days ago and it blew my eardrums. I have had numerous MRIs in the past with no problem so didn't think about requesting Ear-Plugs (They should be offered)


It was a breast MRI with contrast (unpleasant enough) but nothing prepared me for the unbearable machine gun like sounds. I was told the machine was working properly when I complained of the noise, instead of being offered protection. AFTERWARD i SAID i COULD BARELY HEAR and the DUMB tech said "Oh this is a NEW SEQUENCE and it is louder. Heck with her. What do I do about this.


I hope my hearing will return but I doubt it.

Submitted by MR Sceptic (not verified) on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 2:38am.

Mr Thunderingspudboy....

.Cold, cold, flu, Cold, flu, cold, cold... It was JANUARY - you get these kind of things. And the trouble is, when your imune system is low, that they'll tear into you. While i believe most of the individual accounts here, yours truly sounds o-incidental. Incidentally, my mum, who's never been near an MRI scanner has had 3 episodes of flu this year and an intractable cold...

As for you Mrs MRI destroyed my ears...

1) They're NOT destroyed - if they were you coulnd't have talked to the DUMB tech afterwards

2) Not just the tech who was dumb. Did you leave your brain at the door along with your car keys? It is a test that is being done to YOU. You have the right and the responsibility to stop it if it's clear to you there is a problem. No one can force you to do it. You KNEW that you hadn't got hearing protection and that the scan was too loud for you yet you deliberately carried on WITHOUT REQUESTING PROTECTION and only now do you complain about it??????!!!!!!!!!!!!  if forgotten, earplugs can be requested and fitted during the scan. Get A GRIP

#217: mri
Submitted by Melissa (not verified) on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 6:14am.

I had an MRI scan on Wednesday, October 15. During the procedure, I began to suffer a headache which is actually why they were giving me an MRI in the first place. It was a pretty bad headache and I don't think it came on because of the noises as I was supplied with sufficient headphones. However it is now 2 days later and I am still suffering from the headache. Can anyone tell me why?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/21/2008 - 6:51pm.

It could just be the magnet in your purse-this happened to me until I figured it out and removed the magnet! (I too, have had 2 mri's one with blue dye one without...I prefer without-it made me taste metal...weird!)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 1:34pm.

I read that there can be side effects from a medical imaging dye they use for MRI's called Gadolinium. Apparently some people who have been injected with Gadolinium suffer from nephrogenic systemic fibrosis which is a skin condition that hardens the skin.

Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 2:49pm.

Just a couple of things 

1) There is no blue dye - they never have been coloured

2) Yes you can get NSF from gadolinium but you need to be in renal dysfunction already (GFR of less than 30) Good centres should check before administring the gadolinium at least to see if you've got known renal problems. 

#221: MRI
Submitted by Paul Stanton (not verified) on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 12:04am.

I recently was subjected to a MRI scan on my right shoulder.  While I found the machine slightly uncomfortable and claustrophobic it appeared to go well. However, the following day I began to suffer severe bouts of giddiness (like being drunk minus the alchohol). This appeared to get worse upon lying down, and was so bed when I went to bed I seriously felt as if I would roll out of bed.  I find it ironic that all the bumph sent to me prior to the scan stated emphatically that there were no side effects whatsoever, and it is only since then I have discovered that infact there are.

Submitted by EklipZe45 on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 11:26am.

I went in for an MRI of my neck and head along with a C-spine about 2 weeks ago and wasn't able to go through with it.  As soon as they put me in that tube I began to panic so I pushed the button and told them to pull me out.  The tech offered to use a towel over my eyes suggesting it may help so I tried that too.  I lasted maybe a minute longer this time but began to panic again so I had them pull me out again.  I had to reschedule my MRI and call my Neurologist for a sedative.  I was prescribed ATIVAN and I'm curious how well it will work.  Is there anyone else out there who had to be sedated and if so how well does it help?  I'm just extremely terrified of closed spaces and really hope this sedative will work.  Any advice or help is appreciated.


Thanks :-/

#223: MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 8:47am.

I had a MRI done, l 1/2 year ago and the next Day I

started having lower back pain.

Still have that and need a chiopractors help.

Submitted by karen (not verified) on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 12:41pm.

Will the contrast dye harm my baby? and if so how long should I not nurse my baby for?

Submitted by Amy (not verified) on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 10:28am.

I just had my first ever MRI done, on my lower leg (no dye). I swear I felt pain internally around my lower back, perhaps in the kidney area. It wasn't constant and seemed timed to some of the pulses, lasting a few seconds. No, I didn't need to urinate. The intermittent pain stopped when the MRI was done.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 10:24am.

Mr. Septic:

 Your reply was obnoxious, insulting  and unsympathetic to say the least. I am trying to warn either people to make sure they protect their ears after what happened to me!

For your information I specifically informed the tech the noise was too loud for me, it was hurting me and was there something wrong . She dismissed me curtly and informed me her equipment was fine, it is supposed to be loud etc.

My hearing is very important to me and your response is deplorable. My ears hurt for 3 weeks straight, I have ringing all night long and panic attacks when I cannot hear the sounds I am accustomed to. I cannot hear people in a restaurant.

I am looking into the field strength of the machine (ever hear of that) and the sequence imaging. They are using higher field strenths which can be noisier. I am having a full investigation of this test done and am reporting it to the FDA.

I am not looking to sue them, that won't restore my hearing. But if this test  was done wrong or other  issues, it needs to be reported. I have had numerous MRI's and know how they go!!!!

If you could look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you will not be an a-hole today, just today, one day at a time, then the world might be a better place. You are probably one of those greedy doctors that orders needless MRIs and wants to get everyone to have them



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 1:54pm.

Answer: Gadolinium...Dangerous for people with kidney troubles..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 1:59pm.


"Sometimes a 'dye' can be injected. This is a gadolinium based compound
that alters the magnetic properties of the body, and enhances ares of
high vascularity (scar tissue, haemangiomas, tumours). It is perfectly
routine, so don't worry if you have to have the injection, it doesn't
mean you have something horrible! In seven years of working in MRI I
have only seen one allergic reaction, they are incredibly rare. This
only caused mild nausea in the patient."

Incredibly rare? you must be kidding right? google gadolinium side effects, and check the reviews...Seriously!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 2:07pm.

One advice: drop your boyfriend; anyone hitting a partner once, will do it again! As for the MRI-Refuse the gadolinium injection ( dangerous) rye, contrast. Common side effects: nausea, headache, feeling off balance ...Good luck. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 6:39pm.

If you leave your boyfriend your headache will go away.   The primary danger to yourself appears to be him.

Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 7:18am.

first things first

Gadolinium dyes are made by many different manufacturers with many different types of ligand which affect their properties within the body. Please remember that there is usually a reason for you to need the injection. Please be aware that many cancers do not show up without a gadolinium injection. This is very very important. While you need to be aware that this is a risk, you have to think of the benefits of having the injection. You need to be aware of what is happening to you and take responsibility for your ideas. Gadolinium injections are there to assist diagnosis - while they have side effects they have a reason - it's not just there for extracting money from you. And as far as taking responsibility is concerned....


Well now, for someone who doesnt like insults calling me an a-hole isn't very nice is it?

For your info i work in an MRI unit as a specialist and know all about field strength, pulse sequences, how they work what they do to the patient and how they affect the biological and physical.

I do appreciate that your hearing hurts and that it shouldn't. But that brings me to the point of my earlier rant (to which i do apologise for getting all worked up over). This however is my point. 

You have explained that you know "how MRI's are supposed to go", you have mentioned that you knew you were meant to have earplugs and that the scan was hurting you, yet you continued to have the scan even though you knew you had no hearing protection and it was physically hurting. May i ask why? It's your body, it's your scan. If you knew that much about the scan that it wasn't right why didn't you stop it. It is perfecly within your power to refuse the rest of the scan without hearing protection. And you didn't. And now you're complaining. Do you see my point. The FDA know about hearing protection, and that you have to be exposed to over 100dB for 2 hours for permanent hearing loss to occur. 

I am truly sorry that you weren't offered hearing protection and that your ears are painful now. Do believe that. But also remember folks, If it's being done to you you are required to have informed consent. One fo the rights of informed consent is that you have the responsibility to look after yourselves too. Else you'll end up going into hospital every time you need a plaster.....

#232: Brain MRI
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 8:50pm.

Had a brain MRI 1.5T done this morning. 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 quickly.

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 Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/22/2008 - 12:33pm.

I had my MRI yesterday. To check the nerve going to the ears and MS markers.

I have also had a few MRI s in my past. Every time I feel weird in the head and the headaches come within minutes. I felt fine just before the test. No headaches. Then BAM on they come. Today the headaches have turned into migraines. It can not be just a coincidence that this many people get headaches after having one. Maybe a bit more research should be done.....Or ask people if they a prone to headaches and give better ear plug...

Submitted by kelley (not verified) on Mon, 11/24/2008 - 12:45am.

i'm having an MRI on my brain this week. will i HAVE to wear a gown if i wear sweats and no metal? also, will my whole body be in the machine, or just my head. i wasn't too worried until i came to this website and read all the comments... now i'm a nervous wreck!

Submitted by Mike Williams (not verified) on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 2:03pm.


  It depends on  which hospital there is for getting you changed. In our facility we get everyone changed, as you cannot guarantee the material that the patient is wearing has no metallic fragments - however this changes from unit to unit. 

The physics of the scanner means that the body part to be scanned has to be in the centre of the magnetic field - thus your head will be in the centre of the tunnel. there are varying types of scanner length and the older they are the longer (as a general rule) they are. Our facility has a short bore so you're out from the thighs down. (Average height) and the whole scanner is about 6' long


Submitted by Laurie (not verified) on Tue, 12/02/2008 - 8:34pm.

Jo, I just had my first MRI today - upside down for breasts - about 20 minutes in by heart started beating fast, I was short of breath and got very hot - I had to stop the procedure, they took me out and I vomited for a few minutes...then back inside for 20 more minutes and was done, feeling fine.  I was perfectly healthy going in - could this be a reaction to magnetic field?

#237: mri
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 1:57am.

You are only in the mri machine for a short time. Just grin and bear it. You all sound like a bunch of neurotics to me noticing every little noise and feeling. Just relax and get it over with for crying out loud.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 2:05am.

you had the mri because you were hurt- so figure it out- what came first? duh.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 8:30pm.

I had brain MRI done for occasional loss of balance which came out clear and eventually ended up being a GI issue. If it makes any difference I had headphones on, was comfortable the entire procedure, had no dye injected and have porcelain veneers.

Starting the day I had MRI I got headaches I've never head in my life. These gradually went away after a couple of weeks.

Now the next symptom I cannot begin to describe. Starting the night of MRI I've been falling into this foggy mental state where I get tunnel vision and tend to want to mouth random words I have no control over. I've never had any kind of mental issues in my life so this scared me. I also used to read to myself a lot however after MRI I found I can no longer read quietly to myself as I can't control my mouth moving trying to read the words out loud. I know this sounds like some kind of a joke but I genuinely started having these bizarre symptoms after MRI and I regret ever getting it. I don't understand what is happening to me and I don't know what to do.

It's been over a month and it's not getting any better. I know MRI has no side effects and I pray that this goes away but so far it's caused me a great deal of mental stress and I am not the same person I was before. I was in perfect mental health piror to the scan but now I want to cry because I'm sure nobody will believe that MRI can have such side effects.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 1:49pm.

I had my first MRI w/contrast done on Dec.1st,2008. I have migraine problems w/auras, but had been migraine free for two months. Within two minutes of the injection, I could feel my head starting to hurt. When I came out, I told the tech, who said headaches were NOT a reaction to gadolinium. This is not true. I spoke with his supervisor, who said headaches are common, esp if you already are prone to them. I think they used ProHance. Well this 'headache' with dizziness put me down for days. I couldnt work, the pain was by far, the worst headache Id had. After two weeks, it slowly began to subside...Its been 6 weeks. About 8 days ago, my forearm muscle(not the injected arm) began to hurt, then my bicep, then my elbow joint, which I think I can feel a small knot at the medial epicondyle, then my shoulder joint, then my knee...feels like muscles and tendons are aching, bruised, hot...but the skin itself looks fine, not red, and not noticeably swollen....Now my other bicep feels sore....Its unexplainable. Ive never had any muscular or joint pain in my life. My kidneys work fine, I am healthy other than migraines... which according to everyone, means I should have eliminated the dye fast.  I am convinced after experiencing how gadolinium irritates vessels
(the headache), that it can wreak alot of damage. As far as Ive read, not ALL the gadolinium is eliminated. A small amount remains, and according to media, this too rarely presents problems. I think gad injections have ALOT more side effects on ALOT more people than media is letting out. The problem is the average person may not connect the mri to shoulder pain after so long...I know that if I went into a doctor today and told him my arms hurt AND that I had gadolinium injected 6 weeks ago, they would deny any connection. 

  I will never have another dye injection, Im even buying a medical necklace that states NO DYES.....I regret agreeing to it, but I cant change the past. I can only pray that whatever is going on with my limbs, passes. Would love to hear from anyone who has had symptoms like mine.

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 2:12pm.

Different gadolinium injections have different reactions. There are some more likely to give side effects than others. 

May i just counsel about your 'no dyes' alert bracelet. Please be aware that there are some tumours and conditions that only will show up on MRI with a 'dye'. If you are found unconcious with no way to identify you and have that necklace/ bracelet on then treatment could be delayed / not given / incorrect because you did not have dye.

May i ask if you have renal (kidney) problems. People with known kidney failure shouldn't have  contrast.

There should be something somewhere to let you know what the potential reactions of the contrast are. 

look at,021489s001lbl.pdf



 Let me know how you get on

 Take care

Submitted by rod8 (not verified) on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 4:22pm.

I did have  mri one day ago for picture of pituitary gland with injection mid way thru..Last nite severe head ache,flet funny,like a cloud needed to be lifted from my approx 30 hours later not hungry have no ambition...i have lots of energy just do not wanna do nothing...i did read some of the lighter side posts and did chuckle a bit ...however this is a strange feeling,like waiting for the darn fog to lift.afew years ago mri -no injection-no problem...what the hell i aint dead yet just wanted to tell ya about my deal..happy holidays.

Submitted by D. Mark (not verified) on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 3:08pm.

I had my first brain MRI a few weeks ago and I am also experiencing the same situation setting anti shop lifting alarms off in certain stores. It only happens in 2 stores at our local mall but at those 2 stores it happens every time I enter or leave the store (regardless of what clothes I am wearing), I never had any problems at either of these or any other store for that matter before I had the scan.  The people who post that this is not a possible side effect of an MRI are ignoring the fact that many reasonable people are experiencing the same thing. It may only effect a small percentage of people who have an MRI but it is a real side effect and in time will be accepted as one.

Submitted by jenin on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 8:57pm.

Have your symptoms improved? 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.

Submitted by jenin on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 9:01pm.

Did anyone respond? I am also sensitive to many things and especially wireless. I am terrified of MRI and am supposed to have one tomorrow. HELP?!

Submitted by Jane H (not verified) on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 5:37am.

Yesterday I had a head MRI, total time for scan 30 mins, felt fine in the machine had earphones on listening to some relaxing music.

Felt fine on leaving the machine, until I stepped outside and had a drink, I felt sick. My head was pounding, put it down at the time to the noise from the machine.

After a 45 minute bus ride home I felt even worse. I had a light meal although had no appetite. I went to bed at 9:15pm.

I woke this morning with my head still pounding and no appetite what so ever.

Although having read through all the comments and finding that my symptoms are not unusual, I am concerned to find that there is no medical findings linking these symptoms to the MRI scan itself.

I hope to feel better later today as I plan on seeing in the New Year in style.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 4:52pm.

I had my first brain MRI Tuesday Dec. 30. I did get medication for anxiety before the test, so I was relaxed. I did fine. When I was injected with the dye. I became immediantly nauseated. They immediantly sat me up I was ready to vomit. They grabed the nearest trash can.   I vomited. They did give me some water to drink. This was overwhelming I wasn't expecting this reaction. The rest of the day I was still nauseated. One of the side effects of the dye is nausea and/or vomiting.  Has anyone else experienced this?

I have had ringing in my right ear for the past six months, but after the test the sound in my right ear became louder. The ringing in the ear was not the reason I went for the brain MRI.  I  forgot to mention it to my doctor and to the Radiologist who asked me my symptoms so they know where to focus. The radiologist did ask me questions about my symptoms before the brain MRI so they know what to focus on. (Some slipt my mind and realized afterwards I should have mentioned.) I wonder since I did not mention all the my symptoms I felt before the MRI,  that it does not make much difference that they still look for everything.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 11:18am.

I had similar experience. No kidney problems. Had an MRI w/gad for my spine...

Immediately caused SEVERE headache, dizziness, that lasted over a week

I drank a ton of water, for several days, before and after.....

 Then, after about 5 weeks, I woke up with a sore arm...then, sore elbows, then knees, thigh muscles, a burning sensation in arm muscles...I had the MRI on NOV 1sr...symptoms of muscle began Dec 7th and are still going on, some days worse than others...wondering if your symptoms have stopped? did you have any kidney problems you know of?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 11:37am.

continuation of #48....since I have no swelling or redness or blisters....the dermatologist I spoke to says she doesnt know what she can do and further, knows little to nothing about NSF. Further, since I have no kidney problems...just had a kidney panel done, nobody is going to consider the joint, muscle, burning skin pain that I never had before in my life...connected to Gadolinium, since my kidneys are working fine. Further, Prohance was my Gad. So, the transmetallation theory (I did have high iron on a blood test 6mths ago, but didnt know it could affect gadoilinium) of high iron basically beign another risk factor in NSF, due to the iron changing places with the gad....they claim, doesnt occur iini Prohance, due to its macrocyclic composition. All I know, is that 5 weeks after the injection, my muscles and joints began to hurt, burn and contract....and Ive never had anything like it before in my life. I have no known health problems....but who isnt like I have Dr House on my team....all the docs I talk to , I actually know more than they do....they appear to know the basics, the familiar, the popular, the usual./...and dont like to think outside the box.

if anyone out there has had a similar experience, with burning and muscle pain in multiple extremities......without swelling or redness...and has normal kidney function....please write to

i cant be the only person on earth who has had this happen

Submitted by verysad (not verified) on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 11:31pm.

I totally relate, i was headache free before entering the tube, which i ironically went for persistent headaches.... its been two, three days and yes, my head is bad. feels odd, alot of tension and feels even like hot air.... should i take any medication for this u think?, like gabapentin, which is what they gave me. it made me feel real trippy when i take it but is that how it is normally? pls help, anyone. im really lost at this point. Thanks a bunch 

Submitted by Laurie (not verified) on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 11:18am.

I have MS and have had two MRI's of the c-spine, t-spine and brain (with gadolinium). Other than my slight clausterphobia, I didn't have any adverse affects.  Yesterday I went to a newer hospital with a newer machine.  I did c-spine and t-spine only, with gadonlinium contrast about 10 minutes before the end.  He told me that this is a faster machine and that seemed like a good thing to me at first...less time in the tube.  But after the test was over and I went to sit up, I was quite dizzy.  He told me that they say with the new machines, if you start it up and put your head in and out of the end of it, it can make you throw up because it's so fast.  It didn't work on him, he said and I kinda brushed my dizziness to laying flat for an hour.  I sat there for about a minute and it let up a bit and I just wanted to get out of there so I left.  I was still dizzy.  I realized I hadn't eaten lunch so I went and ate and felt better.  Around 5, I was so tired that I laid down on my bed to rest my eyes.  I dozed off and on - I just could not stay awake.  At 6:30, I finally got up and made dinner for the family and barely made it through until time for me to go to bed.

I awoke feeling groggy today but otherwise ok.  I started my routines, and about 2 hours later, I had a very dizzy spell.  I sat down for a while until it started to let up a bit.  But it's still not gone away.  Still very dizzy, just sitting here typing.  And I've had a headache since the MRI...not severe but it's definitely there.  I'm going to call my dr but I assume I'll get the ol' "it's can't be the MRI!" routine.   Just wanted to add my symptoms to the list.

Submitted by Laurie (not verified) on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 11:19am.

Also, in regard to the security sensors - kids light-up shoes will set them off many times.  And cell phones have been known to set them off too.  Probably not MRI related but something attached to your body.  

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 2:39am.

There is something in this and it's probably worth noting:- 

As you turn you turn your head in normal circumstances there's fluid in your ears that moves against tiny hairs in your inner ear that register the fluid movement and transmit it to your brain. As you move your head through the flux lines (lines of magnetic field) in the scanner, this can stimulate the impulses and make you dizzy. It goes to follow that the higher field strength magnets, the more this is felt. I work daily with MRI scanners. Sometimes i feel the effect, when i've got a cold or a temperature, sometimes i don't. With MS the chances are higher of feeling this effect. 

Submitted by Ray_Cole on Fri, 01/09/2009 - 5:16pm.

I just had an MRI, yesterday, and when I awoke, this morning, I was actually floating above the bed, bobbing up & down a little, with my head pointing toward the north.  And the bedside clock was flashing on and off, as though the power had been disrupted.   Not only that, but my left big toe hurts.  My dog was staring at me with his hackles up, growling.  What's going on? Did the MRI do it?  Help!

 Lol, just kidding!!  Please don't be offended.  I'm just trying to poke a little fun at what seems to be a spate of MRI-induced hysteria, on this site. 

 Actually, I did have an MRI done, about three weeks ago, and it turned out to be normal; however, I do have a serious question about the effectiveness of that scan, and was hoping that someone with knowledge/expertise in this area could help me out.  The problem I have been experiencing for the past two months is dizziness.  After going through a normal exam with my GP, then an exam with an ENT, a hearing test, I was given the MRI, to see if there might be a choleostoma, a tumor, or whatever.  As stated, the MRI showed nothing abnormal; however, as I lay in bed, last night, thinking about it, it dawned on my that they had given me a pair of headphones to wear, during the MRI, in order to reduce the effects of the machine's noise.  While that's all well and good, it seemed to me that the headphones, no matter what type, must have an electromagnetic field in each earpiece, and would, therefore, distort the results of the MRI--exactly in the area of the ear, where I needed to be examined; anywhere else would seem to be fine, but having a electrical-to-sound transducer only centimeters away from the very area that is of interest seems to be counterproductive.  Or am I missing something, here?  Those MRIs are very sensitive, and even the wrong kind of make-up/mascara can affect the validity of the scans produced.  The part that bothers me is the thought that maybe there very well could be something wrong, and yet the MRI is not picking it up, due to the headphones. 

Please don't respond, if all you are doing is guessing or going on hearsay, as I would really prefer to have some qualified advice from a qualified professional.  I don't mean to be disrespectful, here, but I have seen so many cases, on various internet websites, where people who don't have a clue, offer their thinking about matters, and have totally mislead the person who asked a question.  Often, this was done intentionally, of course, but often it was apparent that the responder meant well, but wasn't qualified to give such advice.  Thank you. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/20/2009 - 9:54am.

I had a brain MRI on Saturday (today is Tuesday) and had the same burning feeling. I really thought my hair was on fire at the end of the appointment. My head hurt all day and it was not until the next day I did not feel like my hair was all going to fall out, it was almost like I had a bengay type medication rubbed on my head. I suffered terrible headache as a result that lasted 48 hours.  I too wear braces and was told this may have to do with the braces, however my Ortho did not think that the braces should have any outcome with a MRI.

#256: MRI Brain
Submitted by MikeWilliams on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 3:13am.

Firstly, may i ask why if you had a burning sensation during the scan that you didn't use your alarm bell?    MRI can cause what is known as Peripheral Nerve Stimulation to a minority of people. It can at the worse cause spots to be seen and tingling / possibly twitching. Possibly an answer. 

However. Onwards and upwards to the metal thingy. 

Metal that causes problems can be defined into three areas. Metal over the area scanned, metal that can be affected by the scan and metal that can become a projectile. 

Braces on a scan can deform the image of a head scan, but will have little or no effect on anything else. Anything metallic in the scanner runs a possibility of getting heated but there needs to be a good bulk of ferromagnetic material to cause a big problem. 

As a little aside to this re: headphones in an MRI scan. Most (if not all) of the headphone manufacturers use a piped air set of headphones. That is there is a speaker somewhere else in the room and holow tubes pass the sound from the speaker to your ears so there is nothing in the headphones that will cause issues with your scan. 

Do call back soon. 


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:45pm.

Nice days ago on 15 January, 2009 I had a MRI with Contrast for my neck..   I have had several MRIs previously with no problems..  The last MRI for my neck was in 2005 before a double fussion operation.

The noise never was a bother, as I was an Air Force Pilot and Commercial Airline Pilot for 30 years, with lots of noise. 

When I was removed from the MRI I was groogy and thinking slow, plus very thristy.   I went home and back to bed.  I had a slight headache for about three days, and I never get headaches.  

I felt drowsy and badly disoriented for the next week with loss of short term memory.. I kept mispelling words, unable to remember names, and just lost my thought in mid speech. 

I had this chronic-fatigue feeling like exhaustion, and slept a lot but never deeply.  I thought I had the Winter Blues Depression, but I live in Sunny Florida.  I have been unable to focus on opening the mail, or reading the internet. 

Today I picked up a copy of the results for my Pain MD, and asked if anyone complained about foggy thinking and  tiredness from the MRI?  Of course the same response as posted here.. "We never heard of that before." 

Anyway, I do feel better finally.  Glad I found this website.    



#258: mri scan
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 9:54am.

Has anyone had an unusual reaction from a portable MRI scanner? I had a scan in one of these which was placed in a hospital carpark! as soon as I was placed in the machine I felt what I thought was a static charge on the hairs of my head and a tingling in my hands but made no comment to the radiologist, most of the scan went without any kind of drama and was conducted in a series of,to use the radiologists term "cycles" anyway on the final cycle on the very second it started I had the most unusual and distressing burning sensation in my head it was an extremely localised pain which seemed to come from the very core of my brain, at the same time I received substantial shocks in my hands but most distressingly my entire left side went into what seemed to be a state of convulsion, luckily I was holding the stop device they give you in my right hand and the proceedure was stopped, the radiologist got me up and asked me if I wanted to continue I did not, I explained what had happened and got from the radiologist what seems to be the standard reply in these cases " I've never come across that before!" Anyway I felt very foggy and dizzy the rest of the day but the day after seemed to recover well.

I should also note in the intrests of fairness and balance that during the proceedure I was fairly anxious my heart rate was probably around 100 a minute and respiration rate at around 20 which leads to my final point was my experience related to the MRI or simply anxiety, personally I doubt mild anxiety could cause these problems, but I have an open mind but these things DID happen. 

Submitted by Kevin Duffy (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 10:19am.

I had an MRI done about three weeks ago. That night I had a loud high pitch whine in my left ear. I never had that before the MRI. Now I have it all the time.

Submitted by CB (not verified) on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 9:36am.

Just had my first MRI scan and looked to see what was out there because I'm feeling woozy, sick and with a migraine type headache (from discriptions - I don't suffer from migraine!). There's no doubt that the scan messes you up (so I don;t beleive the never in a million trillion scans has any side-effect been recorded stuff). I'm sure the medical benefits out weigh the side effects, but it is very unpleasant!!

Submitted by Steve Thomas (not verified) on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 1:49am.

Had my first MRI scan last night and when it finished I felt very hot which was surprising as it was a mobile scanner in the hospital car park and it was -2 outside and not a lot warmer inside.  Then I had trouble sleeping last night as I was feeling really hot and feverish, so first thing I did was google for MRI side effects, there doesn't seem much out there but did find this on BUPA website

 This does suggest there are some KNOWN side effects of MRI scans including raised body temperature.

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 3:54am.

A little knowledge.....

MRI  can cause heating of tissues.  It's not a hidden fact or something hushed up for the public. Any properly aware MRI Tech / Radiographer (whichever side of the atlantic you live) will know this. The heating however is limited by the technology to within what is considered "safe levels" by the FDA etc. These limits have recently come down too. Depending what type of scan you have done and what type of coil is used the heating can be whole body or just localised area. However the human body's ability to get rid of excess heat is mroe than capable of dispersing that heat unless you are known to have thermoregulatory problems. Even so, the excess heat will dissipate very very quickly. I do catalogue effects that appear here, but also i would like you to bear in mind that with this winter season here, there is a possibility that what you feel could be a winter cold. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 9:37pm.

I had an MRI with no dye.  After I got out for about an hour and a half it felt like I had acid under my skin.  It mellowed out after that to just irritating.  Has anyone had this type of effect. They want me to do 2 more, but I have not prepared to go through this again, just because it has never been heard of before.

Thank you,

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sun, 02/15/2009 - 1:19am.

If you dont mind me asking, what was the scan for, and how long were you in it?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/17/2009 - 10:24am.

Get rid of  the boyfriend

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 9:58pm.

While I believe that the majority of people have no ill effects after their MRI, I beg to differ with anyone that ignorantly states that there are no side effects with an MRI.

I had a lower lumbar MRI this morning and I have had intense pressure in my head and behind my left eye all day and tonight.  I also have ringing in my ears.

I had an MRI 4 years ago for same thing (lower lumbar) and it was my very first MRI.  After that MRI I began to have pressure in my head, ringing in my ears and pressure nehind my right eye.  I had just had my thyroid surgically removed 30 days earlier and kept attributing my symptoms to that.  Those symptoms lasted 3 long, painful years and I must have seen 30 different doctors who could not find a cause

!!!!  I just began to feel better about 7 months ago and now this is the same thing, all over again!  To say that I am crushed would be an understatement.

But now, here we are 4 years later and I am absolutely, positively convinced that the MRI caused this in me.   I will never have another!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 8:32pm.

Yesterday afternoon I had a brain MRI and was provided headphones, an eye mask etc. Within an hour after the procedure I experienced a classic migraine (with aura). Two hours later, I had another one. And this afternoon I experienced a third migraine. I've only had one other migraine in my life and that was many years ago. I have to believe these headache were related to the MRI procedure. (By the way, I was NOT having the MRI to diagnose problems with headaches...)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/26/2009 - 12:29pm.

I too have had several MRI's and after each one I experience immediate blurred vision which lasts for hours. I have asked multiple doctors, neurologists, opthalmolgists, MRI techs and other patients about similar experiences. No one has ever heard of such a thing nor do they have a clue as to the cause. They all seem to think that it has nothing to do with the scan and probably is a reult of lying flat. Most act as if  I am joking or fabricating a story. What is more bizarre about my case is that I have also experienced the same symptoms after lying in a tanning booth and lying supine on the beach, but yet I never notice any problem after waking in the morning. Puzzling and bizarre and I should mention that I am a doctor, which doesn't mean that I am not insane, but it does make me more credible. At any rate it is my quest to solve this phenomenum and find the cause. Any information that you or anyone can supply would be appreciated.

Submitted by Rainbirdclan on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 4:21pm.

I had an MRI Head and Orbital Scan yesterday and ever since, I have had a bad back ache. I have never had a backache, I couldnt even get out of bed this morning. It has eased throughout the day. The scan only lasted 20 mins as it was a mobile scanner. Has anyone ever had backache after an MRI scan before???

Submitted by nerma (not verified) on Sat, 02/28/2009 - 4:48pm.

You replied on prior email as the person who said that alarm sounds when the person after MRI exit stores. I thought it is a joke too but i had MRI 4 days ago and I could not believe it every store that i went today alarm went off. Since there is no metal in the body can it be amalgam in teeth ? I am not joking.

Submitted by nerma (not verified) on Sat, 02/28/2009 - 4:52pm.

Same thing happened to me. After 4 days of MRI every alarm in the store that i went to today went off.

Submitted by Nerma (not verified) on Sat, 02/28/2009 - 5:02pm.

same thing happened to me.

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 11:51am.

There is no residual magnetisation left in the body after MRI scan. The alarms in stores go off with an RF tag. There's nothing in MRI that can cause that. Definitely not the amalgam in the teeth. Sorry kids....

Submitted by Candice (not verified) on Wed, 03/04/2009 - 7:49pm.

Had my first MRI today, not scared, had no clue there would be side effects.  Upon walking into the MRI room, I literally felt like I was spun around - but dismissed it as maybe a sinus draining or something.  I laid on the table, the nice lady gave me instructions, earplugs etc etc and made me pretty darn comfortable.  She gave me the emergency "button" or bulb to squeeze if I felt bad, and immediately as I was placed in the tube I was extremely relaxed and super dizzy like I had been drinking long island teas.  I could not have moved if I was like I was paralyzed.  I even tried to make my brain make my hand move since my scan was only of my brain and cervical spine, but I couldn't move my hand...LOL!  The noises were plenty muffled and somehow I remained conscious able to respond to the tech but immediately was sleepy and had MANY vivid bizarre dreams back to back.  I would say I had at least 50 dreams that were like 5 second skits - all being random having no relation to the one before, yet aware of my surroundings the whole time.  I wonder if MRI can dig up old info stored in our brain..maybe like temporary internet files of things we have seen or pondered but haven't ever given thought to.  This has really intrigued me since I have spent a lot of time in the past learning about geomagnetism and changes in the earth, but now want to learn about how magnetism affects our bodies! I know for a fact my brain was and still is affected.

 SOOOO...afterward, I hear her ask if I am okay, I say "yes".  She says, "you did great, we are all done"  I couldn't walk at first and really was confused to what I was supposed to do next (which was put on my clothes).  In the locker room, I almost put on my blazer before my dress and didn't recognize my own purse!  HA!  This has been really interesting to me since I have never experimented with drugs but I can only imagine this HAS to be what it feels like to be high.  It wasn't too shabby...LOL.  I check the time...I was in there for over an hour, felt like I just walked in, but I have still not regained my perception of time.  I am totally in a fog, have dim blurry vision, red hot burning itchy ears, no appetite, slurred speech, relaxed, no comprehention when someone is talking to me, overall giddy and care free feeling.   

There is no mistaking...the side affects of MRI are not a mirage or a panic attack, or from "laying flat", or whiny attempts to dig up a lawsuit.  Hey, with a 3 yr old, it was the next best thing to a vacation...but it has definately knocked my internal compass off somehow.  I wonder how long this will last, because when its over, I may go back!  JK ;)

We will see if I have MS.  If I didn't before, I may now. (smiles)  How long does it take to get results back?


Submitted by Stacey (not verified) on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 11:06am.

Yes, I agree, doctors are indeed greedy. As long as they look good ordering tests that don't need to be done, especially if it is a nerological problem due to a mild-brain injury in which case I have, they feel like they are doing something to help make them feel like they are doing their job, knowing that they can NOT find a cure for certain problems that people face each and every day. Doctors fear that they will never have an answer for you and us as patients know this and the doctors hate the fact that we as patients are pushy and want to know now how do we fix these problems, but the truth is the doctors may never know why these problems started or how they can be fixed but the doctors play it off like they will figure it out or they just say oh, you are fine to go back to work because I can't find anything wrong with you and then they think that we as patients are lying just to get pain medicine but in actuallity we are telling the truth and we just want to know answers and be free of those problems and get back to the way we were use to life before without pain. Doctors are time consumers and deep money pockets. It's like when you go to the urgent care for a sore throat and the doctors know what is wrong with you right off the bat but yet they go ahead and give you a strep test anyways so they can look like they worked really hard while at the same time they are making 10 more bucks. Crooked. They just need to do their job. If they don't know something, quit beatn' around the bush and admit it, and refer you to someone else right away so you can get some form of answers started somewhere else. And no, I don't really care about your big-headed comments Mr. Septic buddy, this comment wasn't directed at you.

Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Sun, 03/08/2009 - 9:08am.

Ah now Stacey, that's not very nice. Big headed though my opinions may seem there is always a valid point behind them. Much as i'd hate to have you upset because i've replied. Nah I wouldn't actually. However you - my darling Stacey - have managed to hit the nail on the head as regard private medicine. 

There are many, MANY radiological tests that have no point other than making the doctor a few quick bucks. There are some basic tests that need to be done to exclude things. As i say I dislike the private medicine business because of this. 

In the UK the NHS does away with this. There's no money in ordering tests so the tests you get should be the tests you need. 

Thanks for your faith in me darling. Big kisses. 

Submitted by Nikki (not verified) on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 7:16pm.

I went in today for a lumbar MRI with & without contrast. Meaning I had some images taken with out injection & some with. During the MRI I felt a shock shoot from my right wrist to my right hip though they were not touching. That happened 2-3 times. I also had tingling in my hands & feet at some point. After the MRI I nearly fell over I was so dizzy. The dizzyness lasted several hours. I also have felt extremely drained. Someone replied on the first page that over 4 million scans have been performed & none had side effects. That sounds like crap. We ALL are experiencing similar side effects. Maybe more research needs to go into that & some seem to have prolonged symptoms.

Submitted by Jiim (not verified) on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 11:35pm.

I have a history of one petit mal seizure when I was younger and twithes and tics I still get under stress _ I had to get an MRI for TMJ recently -- My experience:  

I've read some of the side effects ppl are reporting and I have had smilar effects -- namely severe headeaches for a 24 hour period -- feeling dazed and dizzy.

I actually felt oncoming symproms of of an oncoming seizure right after I got out of that machine - Its no coincidence ! 

I will not do this exam again -- I beleive they dont report side effects in the medical field for one simiple reason -- MONEY - their bottom line -ppl's health is expendible as long a its only 3 % of ppl.    

But how would anyone know if there are not any reliable statistical studies?

Submitted by MikeWilliams on Sun, 03/15/2009 - 2:24pm.

First of all something to note if you will. MRI is an incredibly powerful diagnostic tool. I cannot stress this enough. There are many things in the field of medical imaging that aren't exactly good for you. X-rays use ionsising radiation. CT scans use ionising radiation, Nuclear medicine scans use live radioactive isotopes. If you want to know what's going on inside the body there will always be some price to pay. The human body was not designed to be looked into, otherwise we would have been made with transparent skin, so we have to use science to provide the ways of imaging patients. Until the advent of MRI we had to use specialised light waves to help us. Now we use magnetism.

It is not true that there are no side effects. Any well trained radiographer (yes this is UK based as unforunately in the US you have technicians who are no where near as well trained as we are in the UK) will know this. Known effects include dizyness, heating, peripheral nerve stimulation and the repetitive noises can induce fits in those with epilepsy.

MRI is a new modality. The first real use of MRI has been since the mid '80's. Wilheim Rontgen had been zapping his wife's hand with high dose (more than modern CT's) X-rays for many more years before it went green and runny and dropped off.

The more research that goes into MRI the more we find out what it can and can't do, the side effects and more benefits. MRI can see more of the body and in more detail than ever before. It can detect strokes before CT can see them, can see the white matter tracts of nerves, is the ONLY imaging modality to currently see MS plaques, it can tell benign or malignant tumours without a biopsy. MRI is a fantastic diagnostic tool.

In the US the FDA ensures that all problems should be reported. In the UK the MDA does the same thing. I can guarantee that the companies are taking these things seriously, as the new generation of MRI scanners are better at calculating heating etc and cause less of it. The contrast agent manufacturers are making agents with a lower risk of NSF. Please bear in mind as it's only a young medium these things take time.

Finally (and please please take note of this). I do not doubt that you have had these experiences, that is why i come onto this site and stick my oar in, and i hope that some of the big manufacturers also are having a nose in to this. I do feel though that i must make this point. I feel it is so important that it needs a new paragraph in bold. Please forgive this.

M.R.I. is one of the most specific diagnostic tools that are available. It can detect cancers, strokes, inuries, and can exclude these with much more accuracy than previously available. There are some things that ONLY show on MRI. Please, please PLEASE - if you are referred for an MRI for a condition that you are having problems with, make sure that a refusal of an MRI is based on the right information. CT scans can cause cancer, and may not be as diagnostic. Which would you prefer???

And finally (i think it's my bedtime soon) While in the US MRI may be referred for as it's more money for your doctor, please bear in mind that I write from the UK, where MRI's cost the doctor money to request. Therefore there is no benefit not to report problems as it does not take away revenue from the doctor . Feel free to message me on this site if you want more info.


Submitted by Adele (not verified) on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 2:16pm.

I was so glad to find your post about your vision being blurred after your MRI...I had my first MRI today ( pelvic) and the moment I got off the table my eyes were also very blurred for about 30 minutes..I couldn't see faces from up close! I notice too that  blurred vision is not mentioned at all in the side effects and I was terrified I had some awful eye disease until I saw this posting. I do feel reassured now that it is something that happens occasionally. I am thinking of writing it up as a case report to medical journal, to get more practioners aware.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 3:50pm.

Wow.  I broke my colarbone when I was very young.  Quite a long time ago. When I took the MRI today, I felt the break aching.  It continued for a period of time then stopped.  I additionally felt like nerves activating or something, but I also was very tense.  


My head feels like it is full of cotton and I felt dizzy and could not read the screens from far away.  Feel awful today.  Hope this goes away.   

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 3:33am.

I just had my 5Th M.R.I. due to having M.S. and keeping track of my progression. I completely agree with #29 on how wonderful and grateful I am to having such an incredible piece of machinery available. I am one of those strange people who never have problems except for falling asleep! And snoring! (so I was told)!

But tonight I woke up with a horrible metallic taste in my mouth. I have no idea if that is related at all. Any replies would be appreciated!!!

Thank you!

Doreen B.

Seattle, WA.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 3:46am.

 I was diagnosed with M.S.  one week after the M.R.I. In the mean time I did have to also have to have  spinal tap. Now that is a major pain! I sure hope they stop doing that. I would think eleven lesions on ones brain and several on the spine should of been enough. But noooooo, they had to be 100% sure!

I wish you the very best. I am now on my 5th M.R.I. and no problems yet, except tonight I had a metallic taste in my mouth. Sounds like a new one from what I have read tonight!

Take care!


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 8:00am.

Hello, I had my first MRI scan 3 days ago, I was in for approx 30 mins, I asked to stop at that point ( was supposed to have the dye injected and go back in ) I developed one of the worst headaches I have ever had and both my testicals and my lowest ribs ached severly whilst in there, I have been out of sorts since and generally feel unwell/not myself, I still have aches and pains in the same places and keep getting recurring headaches, my bowels feel on fire at the moment. I could feel  some of the pulses through these areas at the time and it was one of the most unpleasant experiances I have been through, I will never do it again willingly. I strongly disagree with anyone who says there are no side effects even though I have no hard facts other than my experince, I felt so low the last 2 days , something has definately happened to me, hopefully it will subside with no lasting effects. And all this for a gangillion in my left wrist..........

#285: First MRI
Submitted by Carri (not verified) on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 1:21pm.

I am so grateful that my doctor finally gave me an MRI. I have had serious back pain for almost 3 years now, and none of the x-rays show anything beyond mild scoliosis which he says shouldn't cause this much pain. I am a young adult patient with a medical card, and unfortunately I have found that many doctors don't take me seriously. They do seem to assume that I am seeking narcotic pain medicine although I never ask for it. Anyhow, the MRI went okay. I haven't heard anything about my results yet. I just hope they can find out what is really wrong with my back so I don't feel so debilatated at such a young age.

I did have a moderate headache that lasted all day and until I slept. It began immediately after the procedure. I can deal with a headache in exchange for hopefully finding out the what has caused years of pain in my lower back!

I didn't even call my doctor to ask if the side effect of a headache is normal because it wasn't that severe. I did the internet search though, and found this page which is interesting. I hope the medical field figures out more about these side effects, so people don't have to suffer from using such an amazing diagnostic tool.

Submitted by Wendy (not verified) on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 3:59pm.

I had a brain MRI this morning with contrast dye and I have felt terrible all day..  tired, weak, dizzy, can't think well, just out of it...    So I google side effects and am glad to see that I am not the only one that feels this way after an MRI....  I just hope I feel better tomorrow!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 1:34pm.

I also had an mri a few weeks ago and have set anti-theft devices off upon entering a two different department stores??? What is that all about?  has never happened before I had an mri.  What is staying in our bodies and how long will it last and what prolonged effect will it have?

Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Sat, 04/04/2009 - 2:33am.

There is NO RESIDUAL MAGNETISM IN THE HUMAN BODY FROM HAVING AN MRI SCAN. However - if you dod not get changed out of your clothes and they had some ferromagnetic properties to them then they MAY have got magnetised. Either that or you need to stop nicking stuff :-)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/04/2009 - 8:18pm.

Pregnant women are scanned with MRI's if medically needed. I have scanned at least a dozen myself. The noise from a typical MRI scan is the range from 85-98 db, which is well below the pain threshold at 120 db and damage level of 140 db plus. 85 db is high enough to give you a temporary headache if did not wear ear plugs. Keep in mind the ear plugs the MRI staff give you will only lower the noise by 30 db if placed in perfectly. Poor ear plug placement will have little effect on lowering the noise of an MRI scan. People who go to loud rock show have similar complaints. Keep in mind noise annoys. 

Submitted by Liana (not verified) on Sun, 04/05/2009 - 3:10am.

Sorry. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
I am from Albania and also am speaking English, give true I wrote the following sentence: "Find cheap flights with more airline choices on expedia."

With respect :-), Liana.

Submitted by Jules (not verified) on Sun, 04/12/2009 - 4:57am.

Has anyone out there ever sued over contrast dye other than Gadolinium.Thanks.

Submitted by Jules on Sun, 04/12/2009 - 5:14am.

Anyone out there ever sue over contrast dye other than Gadolinium?I had Isovue and have been sick,hospitalized ever since.Thanks.

Submitted by N40 (not verified) on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 2:16pm.

Don't believe for a second there are no side effects to MRI.

I had my first a week ago with no dye and have had slight constant headache,
foggy thinking, nausea and muscle tightness ever since. My muscles in my head,
neck and spine have tightened significantly. I can say with absolute certainty
that it has nothing to do with either noise or claustrophobia, because I wore
plugs and I am not at all sensitive to either. I am a mediator and am very
attuned to alterations in energy within, and this has definitely thrown me way
out of whack, hopefully not permanently - I'm going to get some cranio-sacral
therapy tomorrow. I'm also an acupuncturist and I’ve tried treating it with a
little electro-acupuncture machine on local points to get things moving again,
and the electrical resistance there is completely off - for the first time since
I’ve used it, it takes ages to get to normal levels, so the clear conclusion is
that this ‘movement of just a small
number of hydrogen ions’, and basically being kinda microwaved or somesuch for
15 mins or so, at the very least throws out the electrical equilibrium and
meridians of the area. I hope that’s all it is, but so far it has very resistant
to treatment. In fact as I relax and try to do the best I can for myself the effects
are becoming more obvious with time. I only felt pressure towards the end of
the actual session behind the eyes and forehead. Also I have a cold coming on
for the first time in many months, so it clearly has some destructive effect on
the immunity that an intact subtle body affords.

I feel stupid now, being a person who takes care to look after himself, that
I did this in a less than life-threatening situation - it just seemed my doc
and supposed medical knowledge says there are no effects known, yet, so I
decided to trust them! I’m not at all prone to making things like this up. I am
young and on no drugs, so I know exactly what I'm feeling - I was fine
before and now I feel wretched.

My advice is to not get it done unless they you feel you feel you really
need it. I just hope the position that it is safe is for real, and not just one
more of the many vested interests of the medical industry that I know very well,
having studied various forms of alternative medicine, that are constantly being
made to seem airy-fairy, or are otherwise muscled out by drug companies and the
medical establishment who want to be perceived as the only credible choice, and
give up none of the ‘pie’. It seems pretty clear there's a theme to the
above symptoms on this page that should be properly investigated if this is to
be considered the Rolls Royce of investigative procedures. I’ve certainly never
felt this way after an X-ray. But then again I’ve never had my brain X-rayed. At
the very least people should know the score.

I will report if effects fade or the therapy
helps. Good luck.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 11:44pm.

The general public is so ignorant. Half of you are probably the usual run of the mill hypochondriacs who "always" have something wrong. Which is probably why your physician referred you for the MRI in the first place. I have worked in the field for @ 15 yrs. Most of your symptoms are easily explained. Ringing in the ears. The MRI is loud, duh, that is why we give you ear protection. The ear plugs will take the acoustic noise level down to FDA approved limitations. Compare the ringing to going to a rock concert where you have no ear protection. Electric impulses during the scan, one of two things: you either clasped your hands or crossed your legs. Both of these can cause a loop. The TEMPORARY current induced can cause you to have this sensation. The technologist (yes technologist not technician, we operate the equipment, not work on it) probably told you not to do this, but you did it anyway. Warming sensation: the RF coils will heat up, that is normal, there is a current running through them and if they are placed properly, they are perfectly safe. Strange metal taste in mouth: well, this can occur when the gadolineum based contrast is injected, but this too is temporary. The only thing that I can say is claustrophobia is real. Some people do not know that they are claustrophobic until put into this confining piece of equipment. There are remedies for this also, sedation, anesthesia , etc. Do not assume that just because Mary's cousin twice removed was claustrophobic that you will be. Believe NONE of what you hear. MRI is one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of all time. I disagree with the person who said do not ever have one. There are several life threatening diseases that can be detected by MRI. Then again, if you have a different illness every other day, as MOST, but not all of you do, do not waste your time in the scanner if you are going to get on sites like this and complain. Save the table time for the patients who really need the scan, like the cancer patients, MS patients, etc. And another thing, if you are considering suing any facility in the future that gave you the "DYE" . Sorry that makes me laugh, it is clear. You may need to make sure that you are truely have Stage 4 renal disease, are on dialysis and have had multiple different gadolineum injections. You are just wasting your time otherwise because Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis only occurs in a minute amount of the patients who are in renal failure or on dialysis. Thanks for letting me vent.

Your friendly MRI technologist....

Submitted by Mr Sceptic (not verified) on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 1:59pm.

Hoo - ya! At last a like minded person on here. Someone to share my venting with.

As a Radiographer in the UK working in MRI for 8 years i applaud this guy (sorry if i got gender wrong). 

However I do feel i need my own rant about N40's posting.... And here it comes

  I am a mediator (surely you mean meditator?) and am very
attuned to alterations in energy within, and this has definitely thrown me way out of whack, hopefully not permanently - I'm going to get some cranio-sacral
therapy (oh dont get me started on head up .... theory) tomorrow. I'm also an acupuncturist and I’ve tried treating it with a little electro-acupuncture machine on local points to get things moving again
and the electrical resistance there is completely off - for the first time sinceI’ve used it, it takes ages to get to normal levels, so the clear conclusion i
that this ‘movement of just a smal
number of hydrogen ions
’, and basically being kinda microwaved or somesuch fo
15 mins or so, at the very least throws out the electrical equilibrium and meridians of the area.

Okay kiddies here it comes. MRI has NEVER moved hydrogen ions. Never. ever. Nowhere in the books does it state this. When you have an MRI your hydrogen ions are static. They do not move, they do not wobble, they do not jump around - they are STATIC. The only thing that changes is the magnetic moment associated with the hydrogen and not the hydrogen itself. And it's not a small number either. Sorry.


I hope that’s all it is, but so far it has very resistant
to treatment. In fact as I relax and try to do the best I can for myself the effects
are becoming more obvious with time. I only felt pressure towards the end of
the actual session behind the eyes and forehead. Also I have a cold coming on
for the first time in many months, so it clearly has some destructive effect on
the immunity that an intact subtle body affords.

Hmmm yes. Or you could be having mild flu-like symptoms. The immunity of an intact subtle body is never going to be resistant to everything. There will always be something that will get through. You presumably went to a hospital / clinic to have your MRI thus being in close proximity to a large number of ill people. Here's the news bucko - ill people have viruses. [shock horror] 

I feel stupid now, being a person who takes care to look after himself, that
I did this in a less than life-threatening situation - it just seemed my doc
and supposed medical knowledge says there are no effects known, yet, so I
decided to trust them! I’m not at all prone to making things like this up. I am
young and on no drugs, so I know exactly what I'm feeling - I was fine
before and now I feel wretched.

Again i can hear the sound of flu coming over the horizon.

My advice is to not get it done unless they you feel you feel you really
need it.

Thanks- that's just wonderful. Tell people you've never met from a position of lack of knowledge not to have a potentially life saving imaging done. Well done. We have enough trouble with helping people who need it and are claustrophobic through having a scan done, and you feel qualified to tell people not to?

I just hope the position that it is safe is for real, and not just one
more of the many vested interests of the medical industry that I know very well,
having studied various forms of alternative medicine, that are constantly being
made to seem airy-fairy, or are otherwise muscled out by drug companies and the
medical establishment who want to be perceived as the only credible choice, and
give up none of the ‘pie’.

Erm no. Not really. Alternative medicine does have it's place, but it's place is not a viable alternative to the 'hard' medicines. Aromatherapy is useless for a fracture. Crystals won't get rid of MS plaques, and no matter how much you stare at colours they won't de-clog your arteries. No really they won't. The 'hard' medicines are vital. Tell me one alternative medicine that can image MS plaques in the brain. .......





It seems pretty clear there's a theme to the
above symptoms on this page that should be properly investigated if this is to
be considered the Rolls Royce of investigative procedures. I’ve certainly never
felt this way after an X-ray. But then again I’ve never had my brain X-rayed. At
the very least people should know the score.

 I do have to point out that Wilheim Roentgen's wife had her hand xrayed so many times before it went green and runny. We investigate everything we can as regrads to MRI effects. That's why you need to leave your hands seperate and stay off  the gado if you have knackered kidneys. We are learning. I'm sure there is more to learn, but it's not the devil imaging you think it is. I still rather MRI than potential dose of cancer do you think....???

I will report if effects fade or the therapy
helps. Good luck.

Good luck? With what?

To finish. As i have said before. MRI is one of the most exciting and valuable tools available to the medical profession. Every thing medical has a downside. EVERYTHING. These wouldn't be done if we could avoid them, but we can't. You go to your doctors becuase something's wrong. he sends you for MRI. You don't have to turn up for the scan, but you do becuase you want a diagnosis. That's what we give you - a diagnosis. If it makes you feel rough we are sorry, but you need to know that we are doing this for you. Not for your money, not to play with you, but because you want to know what's going on. If you didn't i'd be jobless. 





Submitted by Diana 5050 on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 5:11pm.

April15, 2009  I had a contrast mri of the brain.  The tech told me she was running behind, i could get dressed now. She left the room, and I tried to lift my head, I felt such dizziness I layed back down. I called nurse nurse  the room must be sound proof, nobody came. I tried to turn on my side to get up, back down on my back again, my head felt like I drank ten martinis. I thought if i could maybe crawl to the locker room I could get my cell phone and call my children. The Tech came back , she said you have to sit up so associate and her sat me up. He gave me apple juice. I was still dizzy, I told them it,s impossible to drive my car. I called my son and he drove me home. My daughter was very concerned about what chemical is injected  for this test, and she found this site. I felt better eight hours later.

Submitted by Diana 5050 on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 5:11pm.

April15, 2009  I had a contrast mri of the brain.  The tech told me she was running behind, i could get dressed now. She left the room, and I tried to lift my head, I felt such dizziness I layed back down. I called nurse nurse  the room must be sound proof, nobody came. I tried to turn on my side to get up, back down on my back again, my head felt like I drank ten martinis. I thought if i could maybe crawl to the locker room I could get my cell phone and call my children. The Tech came back , she said you have to sit up so associate and her sat me up. He gave me apple juice. I was still dizzy, I told them it,s impossible to drive my car. I called my son and he drove me home. My daughter was very concerned about what chemical is injected  for this test, and she found this site. I felt better eight hours later.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 11:41pm.

i just had an mri tonight went in feeling fine half hour after i left the hospital i suddenly felt car sick got home really felt quit ill headache ,sick to my stomache, very much like motion sickness that was five and a half  hours ago feel a little better but definitely something to it and i was wearing ear plugs

Submitted by zee (not verified) on Thu, 04/16/2009 - 3:19pm.

Did a cardio MRI lasting ~1h today. Loved the machine's rhythmic noise and the claustrophobic tube as well as the overall MRI suite's scientific atmosphere. The moment the magnets were first switched on I felt an enermous blow of pressure on my chest and thus difficulty breathing for the next few minutes.. I was wearing a pair of headphones which technician used for giving brief instructions, mostly when to hold my breath. Half way through I got a fresh (second) injection filling me with a refreshing coldness. By that time my body got pretty well adapted to the magnets so for the rest of the scan I was throughougly enjoying the now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/19/2009 - 11:31am.

I just had a brain MRI done this morning.  I experienced severe pressure in my head, jaw and ear during the test.  After, I was quite dizzy.  I got home OK but since returning home, I have had a dull, continuous ache in my head with sporadic pains shooting through my head, ears that pop and I am very tired.  It is 2:29 pm and my MRI was at 7:30a.m.. 

I am afraid to tell my doctor for fear she might think me crazy.

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