Anybody else ever have problems with this? I went to get an MRI done on my shoulder today (dislocated it playing rugby last weekend) and didn’t think anything of it until they slid me into the machine. I’ve always been claustrophobic but never really been in this kind of situation and had a response like this.
The machine was so small my shoulders were squished against either side and the top was only like 4 inches above my nose. Within like 5 seconds I had what I can only describe as a panic attack. My heart rate jumped, I couldn’t breathe, and all I could think about was getting the fuck out of that machine as fast as possible.
I yelled to the tech and hit the emergency button she’d given me and she pulled me out. She took the headphones off and gave me earplugs, said that helped sometimes and we tried again. This time I was able to last like 8 out of the 20 minutes, enough for the first of 3 images to get done, but by the time the second image started I was just too uncomfortable to keep going.
I just got this completely irrational feeling that my heart and lungs were being compressed and I was honestly going to die. The weirdest part was that the whole time, I was conscious of it happening and knew I wasn’t in any danger, but my body wouldn’t believe me.
Anyway, I’m going back on thursday to try it again, this time they’re giving me some valium to take beforehand to take the edge off. I’m hoping that helps, but I’m just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this kind of thing, or really any claustrophobia, and had any tips.
Anyone, know of anything I can do, over time obviously, to try to learn to manage this type of response? It really freaked me out, not being able to control my physical response to some irrational and imagined fear.