First Experience Having an MRI Scan
I've been experiencing a peculiar (for me) type of headache when I work out at the fitness center. I talked to the trainer there about the headaches, but not being a medical person, she advised me to discuss it with my health care provider.
I did just that, self-diagnosing that the cause of the headaches must be heart and/or blood pressure related. Well, you know what they say about a doctor who treats himself -- although in this case I am merely a nurse -- but the same principle applies. My health care provider explained that there are actually headaches associated with physical activity, called exertion headaches.
Combined with a history of migraine headaches and the fact that this particular type of headache only occurs when I am exercising means I may well be experiencing exertion headaches. A CT scan or MRI scan would be needed to first rule out any physical abnormalities in my head that could be the cause of the pain.
With a fair amount of trepidation I went this morning to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan of my head. I am both claustrophobic and anxious, so I wasn't at all sure I would tolerate being placed in a small tube and surrounded by lights and sounds. I practiced imagining myself successfully tolerating the test on my drive to the facility, forbidding negative thoughts from surfacing.
The technician was courteous and professional, explaining that the test would take 16 minutes, then I would be on my way. She covered my eyes with a washcloth and I kept my eyes closed so as not to be able to see the rounded walls around me. The MRI machine makes some interesting noises as it works, but the ear plugs provided did a good job of making the sound level tolerable.
I'm happy to report I tolerated the test like a seasoned professional. : ) Results should be available no later than mid-week next. I'm hoping I'll be able to report that all is well.
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/mri-magnetic-x-ray-skull-head-782459/ by toubibe