Has anyone had an MRI for endometriosis? Did you have to fully go into the tube or could part of you be left out (for example head and shoulders)?
Has anyone had a sedative and did it help?
I’m severely claustrophobic so I know I won’t manage if I have to fully go in the tunnel. I would probably manage if my head was left out, although I’m not great at lying flat on my back for a long time. Thanks for any advice.
I’m exactly the same. I’ve had to have an mri recently too. They had to cancel the first one due to my having a panic attack. For the second one I had a note on my file and they suggested I could lie on my tummy instead of my back.this meant I could lift my head up onto my arms (which were free to move around) and loook straight out of the tube into the room. My head was pretty much out the whole time (but I’m 6ft and not sure how much your height matters), I had all gotten a Valium but I think I could have done it without meds just because of lying on my stomach instead of my back.
I have had to have a mri years ago on my back for my neck for the first and did just about manage to get through it by keeping my eyes absolutely shut the entire time.
Try and contact the mri place and see if you can talk to them about positions and suggestions as soon as possible (not on the day) and ask your gp for a sedative prescription. This is the recommended process by the nhs on their website.
I felt like a bit of an idiot for the strength of my fear, but people were nice and they kept on saying I was not the only one and they deal with this regularly. So it was really worth bitting the bullet and asking for all available help.