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Should I pay for a private MRI?
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:46:07 AM »
Ok, so I had a CT scan of my head done without contrast in October 2011, the results of which came back normal.
I have headache, all day every day, which is worse on the right side of my forehead, and my left foot tingles all the time and the left side of my body feels weaker and occasionally goes numb. I sometimes see flashes of light in my vision and I feel sick all the time and have lost a lot of weight. I also keep feeling dizzy. This started in august 2011 and then I felt ok for most of 2012 but it came back in Feb 2013 and just got worse and worse. I have been giving amitriptyline which does not help and the doctor refered me to a neurologist but they can't see me until JUNE.
I sometimes also hear random voices in my head, like I will be thinking about something and then something compleltly different will come into my head. This is ruining my life, I have gone from being happy and confident to a constatnly panicky shadow of myself. Its effecting my work, my relationship and my life. I am convinced this is a brain tumour.
I am 25, do you think I should pay for a private MRI?
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Re: Should I pay for a private MRI?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 01:48:39 PM »
Hi, I'm sorry to hear you're still feeling bad. I thought you were referred to a headache specialist?
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Re: Should I pay for a private MRI?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014, 02:10:00 PM »
CT and MRI shows different things so it may be worth a shot if you can afford it but then again it may not show anything. MRI is the better choice for soft tissue and a brain tumor will likely show up on an MRI (depending on size). I am under education as a radiographer but unfortunately I havent been scanning many brains yet. From what I have read a brain tumor is very unlikely at 25 but I also have health anxiety so I know that you need reassurance or you will always have it in your thought. I would talk to a specialist about it before spending a great amount of money on a MRI.
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Re: Should I pay for a private MRI?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2014, 02:27:57 PM »
What do you mean depending on the size? I had an MRI without contrast a few months ago, and it came back normal...

How big would it have to be? And how fast can they develop? Is it possible to have one grow within a few months? I'm 19...
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Re: Should I pay for a private MRI?
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2014, 02:38:10 PM »
I am not a doctor so I can't give you an answer to your questions. I am not going to talk about what shows on MRI as it will only feed the anxiety and for absolutely no reason. A doctor looking at your MRI is a specialist with a long, long education and he WILL see any abnormalities. Think about how many MRIs he sees every day, he will see anything out of the ordinary. Don't worry!

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Re: Should I pay for a private MRI?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014, 02:51:20 PM »
I don't think you can just go somewhere and pay for an MRI , I'm pretty sure you have to have a prescription for one or a referral or something like that , a place isn't going to do an MRI just because you want one. It may be different there though.
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Re: Should I pay for a private MRI?
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2014, 03:41:20 PM »
jerseygirl is right, I've never heard of a reputable imaging center that allows you to have an MRI without a script, self-paying or not.

If you're TRULY desperate, go to an urgent care facility. When I had an MRI last year to diagnose my MCL sprain it was through a referral from an urgent care center.

For the record, I also had a brain MRI last year because of numbness, headaches, and tingling and it came back normal. Cut out coffee from my diet and all those feelings went away. I went into the neuro with "weakness" but he said he detected no weakness and that I was actually quite strong. Remember, weakness isn't a feeling, it's an attribute. Your hand doesn't just FEEL weak, you'll KNOW it's weak when you can't hold a pencil or you're constantly dropping cups.
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Re: Should I pay for a private MRI?
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2014, 09:34:04 AM »
Ok, so I had a CT scan of my head done without contrast in October 2011, the results of which came back normal.

So your testing and Doc visits, to date, are definite markers that you're, overwhelmingly, OK - physiologically. Pretty much end of story there. Though, I know HA peeps still struggle after getting 'all clears' from med testing. It is, simply, the way HA operates most of the time.


I have headache, all day every day, which is worse on the right side of my forehead, and my left foot tingles all the time and the left side of my body feels weaker and occasionally goes numb. I sometimes see flashes of light in my vision and I feel sick all the time and have lost a lot of weight. I also keep feeling dizzy. This started in august 2011 and then I felt ok for most of 2012 but it came back in Feb 2013 and just got worse and worse. I have been giving amitriptyline which does not help and the doctor refered me to a neurologist but they can't see me until JUNE.
I sometimes also hear random voices in my head, like I will be thinking about something and then something compleltly different will come into my head. This is ruining my life, I have gone from being happy and confident to a constatnly panicky shadow of myself. Its effecting my work, my relationship and my life. I am convinced this is a brain tumour.

All you said above can be indicative of someone floundering under the burdens and physical manifestations of amped up hyper-anxiety / health anxiety. Nothing you say strikes me as 'out of order' when it comes to  struggling with ADs / HA. Pretty common stuff, actually. That said, I know in each of our own individual cases, we feel that our testing is 'off' (something went wrong in the process or in the evaluation) or that, eventhough, we recently had testing, something sinister has since presented itself and NOW we are truly and actually in peril. So then, our desire to seek out additional testing and Doc visits really ramps up and we get caught in a yucky (but common for HA peeps) fear cycle.


I am 25, do you think I should pay for a private MRI?

I can't give med advise. of course. But, what I can do is frame this all within the parameters of HA. I know HA / ADs well (very well.....30 years into my own journey:). You are here on an anxiety forum....so you have a grasp that you struggle with anxiety / health anxiety. HA can bleed over into many, if not ALL, facets of our lives. As you mentioned in your post, work and personal relationships can suffer. There is nothing really out of bounds as far as where anxiety can create lifeflow interruptions. So in order for us to begin seeking out a healing path, we have to embrace actions, habits and mindests that have been shown to help anxiety peeps. One of the most vital, important steps for an HA person to try to embrace is moving away from medical intervention, after we have been given the 'you're very likely OK' from our Docs. And, we typically have med testing 'normals' to back this up. With HA, moving away from med intervention is incredibly counter-intuitive to our fearful, amped up minds. All we are really trying to do is protect ourselves. All we want to do is live. All we want to do is not leave behind our loved ones....leave them behind to miss us dearly. All we want is to not miss out on what our lives could truly become. Etc. The trouble is that us HA peeps tend (as has been shown time and time again) to embrace counterproductive measures in order to "protect" ourselves from our perceived peril. And, with counterproductive measures, we actually do the opposite of what we intend. We just want to help ourselves - I understand. But, in regard to our longerterm peace, we end up entrenching the power anxiety / health anxiety has over us. Medical intervention (after we are told we are OK) must stop or GREATLY be pulled back from if we want to begin a viable LASTING healing path.

I know it's tough....so very tough, at times. Our actions help lead us to relief. An action can be NOT going to the Doc again...or NOT having another test:)


Peace and Feel Well:)
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