I've had lots of MRI's and some were an hour long. I almost had an anxiety attack during one of them, so now take a tranquilizer before MRI's. I tried listening to music and praying. Both helped, but I was still really anxious to be in there for such an extended time.
I read a book one time that said a complicated Scottish dance was choreographed by prisoners of war. Anything that will keep a person going makes sense to me.
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I love the house planning tip! I'll have to use that when I'm trying to get to sleep at night. Usually that's the time when my brain wants to revisit in detail all things that I've done wrong that day... and lots of other days... sigh.
For MRIs I find music and deep breathing is enough... provided I keep my eyes closed before they slide me into the machine. I didn't think I was claustrophobic before I had my first MRI, but boy it reminds me of a coffin!
I've never had an hour-long MRI (yikes, hard to not move for that long), but for the few I've had, and some other difficult medical situations, I do my yoga breathing and meditation. Certainly helps calm me and passes the time easier.
Good luck to you!
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I have had 2 MRIs this year for different issues at 2 different places. They didn't have posters on the ceilings. I think I am glad; this second one lasted over an hour and I would have been bored looking at it. The headphones with the radio was a good distraction.
Sorry to hear about the medical issues - and that you had such a long bout in the scanner - but hope that the results are all positive for you!
I never listen to anything, but instead focus on designing my "perfect" house. I start with the outside and work my way room by room, visualizing each bit in as much detail as I can. I try to include the "feel" of the room, the temperature of the air, the aromas from the wood, the texture of different floor and furniture choices, and any "distant" scents that have good associations for me. The combination of visualizing, remembering scents and textures and temperatures, and planning supposedly uses both sides of the brain, and is incredibly relaxing as well as makes time go by surprisingly swiftly.
I use this technique quite often to get through painful procedures, and sometimes just to distract my mind enough to fall asleep.
Kudos on finding something that worked - and thanks for sharing it!
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Yes, the MRI is when you are slid into a tube. Thankfully, for both of the MRIs I have know had, my whole body didn't have to go all the way. They just slid me in far enough to ensure they could get images of the areas needed.
The hard part is that you CANNOT move. Period. Moving means the images may be ruined.
I have to do MRI’s at least once a year in order to monitor health condition. When I am in the tube I make grocery/to do lists and when I was in college I would go through the some class info. At this point I try to focus on my breathing during them and anything unpleasant.
I have trouble from time to time with anxiety. When I'm in the throes of an attack, it is definitely unpleasant. I've learned to get through it with prayer and exercise. It also helps to practice being grateful. I think about all the wonderful things in my life that I'm grateful for.
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When I was a teen, my family was in a bad car accident and I broke my back. I spent days counting the pinholes on the tile ceiling. It did help keep me sane but I really wish that audiobooks were a thing back then.
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On Friday, I had to have an hour long MRI as follow up to a medical event in June to make sure there was nothing bigger causing the issue, Of course, that meant an hour of zero movement other than breathing. Several of the images took 5 or 7 minutes to create and my back was so stiff and sore once everything was done.
I was able to listen to the radio and since they couldn't get in my favorite talk station, I listened to music radio. I was able to get through the longer images by counting the songs. Each longer image would take 2 to 3 songs.
Have you ever done silly things like this to get through an unpleasant event? If so, what did you do and did it help make the situation more manageable?