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Offline emily1994

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Being sent for another MRI
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:48:17 PM »
So I went back to the ENT specialist tonight for a follow up appointment regarding my tinnitus. I told him my other symptoms and he just sent me for another MRI with and without contrast of my brain.

I had an MRI without contrast in November, so I'm hoping everything is going to come back normal... I hope the chances of a tumor growing in four months is small... Anyway, I was wondering if any of you guys have ever had an experience with MRIs and contrast. How was it? Did it hurt? Any advice would be appreciated! I'm kind of anxious about getting the contrast injected.
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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 08:34:00 PM »
Hi, I've had many MRI's with contrast and it has never hurt.  They hooked up the IV before starting the MRI and then when it was time it was injected into me.  I wouldn't even have noticed except I could feel it going into my arm, but it was just barely noticiable.  It is very unlikely that something would show up if you just had and MRI in November.  Let us know how it goes.
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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2014, 08:52:11 PM »
Thanks for your reply... Does it hurt when they stick the IV in? Or does it feel like a regular needle like when you get blood work? Also, I have heard people say that the contrast dye burns and they can feel it throughout their body?

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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014, 09:03:35 PM »
It feels just like a regular needle, no worse.  But things like that don't bother me so I may not be as sensitive to it as you are.  I have a friend who is absolutely phobic about needles, she won't even get a flu shot.

I've never felt the contrast burn, like I said before I would feel it go into my arm but it was barely noticeable, it feels kind of like a "cool rush", cool in the temperature wise way, but again barely noticable and sometimes I felt nothing at all.  I've had at least 10 MRI's and in only one of them did I feel anything weird.  That was the 2nd one I had and it made my heart pound and I broke out in a terrible hot flash.  Lasted about a minute.  My doctor said it was probably "anxiety."  I don't think so cause I wasn't at all anxious. I think they put the wrong contrast agent in me, instead of the MRI one they put the one for CT scans.  Most people feel nothing at all when the MRI contrast agent is put in but they do for the CT scans.  But that was the one and only time I ever had a problem. 

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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 09:15:21 PM »
Had an MRI with contrast in December. Didn't feel the contrast at all.
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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2014, 09:17:25 PM »
have any if you had ct?
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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014, 09:41:40 PM »
EMILY -- can you tell me what's going on with you, regarding your tinnitus? the reason i am asking, is because i have had tinnitus for two years 24/7/365 and it's making my HA go a little haywire. sorry for all the questions. sometimes i reassurance seek, lol.
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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2014, 09:43:44 PM »
Hey Emily, Haven't talked to you in a while... I hope all is well with you.
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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2014, 10:10:07 PM »
Thanks for your replies, guys!

Terri- In November I just randomly developed tinnitus in my left ear. Sometimes it will randomly get louder for a few seconds, then return to its normal tone. It started up in my right ear, too.

I had a hearing test three months ago at the ENT doctor's, and my hearing is fine, so he wasn't really concerned. He's basically sending me for another MRI because I asked for it. I was worried about an acoustic neuroma (benign tumor that grows on the auditory nerve), but he says as long as there's no hearing loss, dizziness, and it's in both ears, it's most likely not. Sometimes people randomly develop tinnitus for no reason.
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Re: Being sent for another MRI
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2014, 10:22:31 PM »
i have had it constant for two years. at first, i didn't have hearing loss - but over the past 9-12 months now, my hearing in the left ear [the ear with tinnitus] has slowly but surely lost hearing. when i put my phone up to the left ear, it sounds like a chipmunk is talking. when i put it to my "good ear" it sounds normal.
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