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How Do MRI's Work?

Updated on November 7, 2014

MRI Scanner

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MRI - Tuesday 11/4/2014

I’m going in to get an MRI tomorrow on my lower spine. The last MRI I had one was in 2009. What exactly is an MRI you ask. Good question!

An MRI takes pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In my case, they will be focusing on my spine, especially my lower spine.

They say they have open MRI’s so you don’t feel so trapped for an hour or so while they scan you. You are NOT allowed to move an inch so don’t even think about scratching your nose or sneezing.

That will ruin everything, and they will have to run it all over again. I’d give anything if I could just fall sleep and wake up, and it was done but I am far too alert for that.

Hopefully, they will have music, and they give you a button to push for an emergency like you’re freaking out being in this tube, assuming it’s not an open MRI where you feel like you can breathe better, and you don’t feel so suffocated.

MRI Cervical Spine

MRI Cervical Spine MRI Imaging
MRI Cervical Spine MRI Imaging | Source

Nerve Conduction Test - NIGHTMARE!

I’d say even with the fact you have to lay down for 45 min to an hour and not move a muscle it’s really not a bad procedure, no pain except when you get up after laying on that hard thing. OUCH!

I’m lucky my doctor will read my scan the same day. That will result in faster pain killers or in my case spinal injections, which sound a lot nicer than the other option that had been laid out on the table (burning my nerve endings) I think NOT!

The burning of nerve endings doesn’t even last they grow back, and you have to go through it repeatedly. I’m going to say it… HECK NO! I’ll do anything else before I submit to that kind of cruelty, and that’s what it is.

I’ve had my nerves tested and let me tell you it is the worse procedure I have ever had. Remember these words and fear them “Nerve Conduction Test” If a doctor recommends that, then say fine sedate me because you’ll be crying I promise you. It’s THAT painful.

Actually, I thought I was strange when they asked me if I had to go to the bathroom, and I said I don’t think so, it’s hard to tell all the time when you sit, and they said you better at least try. I know exactly why they asked because they didn’t want me to pee my pants. Oh yeah I would have definitely peed my pants.

MRI of an L4-l5 disc herniation

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I'm Fine Doctor, I Can Feel Everything

I cried and I never cry at procedures, and I’ve spent an entire life in and out of the hospital, but that nerve conduction test did me in good. From now on, if I have numbness, I won’t tell a soul, I’m serious I don’t care if both my legs go numb I’ll keep it to myself. *smile*

Oh did I forget to mention one tiny thing. I have a high pain tolerance.

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Lumbar Spine MRI

I kind of got side tracked back to MRI's

The MRI will show my spinal column and that way the doctor can assess my pain and what treatment may work for me. I have osteopenia but there’s little doubt it will turn into osteoporosis due to my mom having it and my size and also I don’t walk.

I roll through life with the greatest of ease. Walking isn’t my thang! Okay, it sounds better that way then I cannot walk in any purposeful manner.

Walking from A to B isn’t for me! Oh I’m in a rhyming mood someone please stop me, it’s a sickness. *smile*

Problems of The Spine

  • Arthritis and the Spine (Spondylosis)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
    • Osteoarthritis (Spondylosis)
    • Osteomyelitis
    • Osteopenia
    • Osteoporosis

    These are some of the issues that result in spinal pain and should be checked out by your doctor before starting any workout program.

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Spinal Arthritis

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