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MRI scan and chewing gum

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I just got back from my MRI scan. Hopefully this will point my Dr. in the right direction for solving the vertigo problem. So far he's leaning towards Meniere's disease but hard to rule out tumors and things without having an MRI. I can hardly wait to get my results.
I'm so happy that I didn't freak out during the MRI. I'm minorly claustrophobic and have been experiencing anxiety since the whole vertigo thing started but the test was okay. Phew!
Oh yeah, and does anyone know if having chewing gum in your mouth will affect the MRI results? I can't believe I forgot to spit my gum out before I went in! You would think that the tech would have noticed when she reviewed the film before I left. She said the images looked really clear so I guess it was okay?? I didn't even realize about the gum until the hubby and I were in the parking lot and I blew a bubble. He was just like, "Are you kidding me??!" LOL. Maybe the tech thought, "This poor girl. She has the weirdest shaped abnormality in her mouth." The only reason I was chewing gum in the first place is because it helps with my anxiety.
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    I hope your MRI results are good news!
    I've had to have them for my spine and hip. I am claustrophobic also, but I have found Xanax helps for that. If I need to get an MRI my doctor will prescribe me just 1 or 2 pills. It makes me sleepy though, so I have to have someone drive me.
    3635 days ago
    I just had an MRI done yesterday (Friday), too!! I had scans of the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back). When they were doing the neck, the technician told me I could not swallow. What do you think I did for the next 10-15 minutes. I felt like I had to swallow every 2 seconds!!!
    I am not afraid of tight spaces, but after being in the same position for so long, I started to cry a little--PAIN in my back was BAD. But, just as soon as I was going to call out for someone, I heard the door open and started sliding out. Whew!
    I don't know what will happen with your "gum chewing"...if it was of the brain/skull, maybe it won't matter that you were chewing gum.

    I am hoping my "little swallows" did not cause issue either...but, as you said, I would have thought the tech would have said something.

    I pray you find resolution to your problem...and whatever is wrong is treatable and you will have comfort and peace!!

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    3635 days ago
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