MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Discussion & Experiences & Questions

Discussion in 'Support' started by calin, Sep 12, 2012.

    1. Sonic17
      Wishful

      Sonic17 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ? neck injury/unknown
      In 2017 I had an MRI for a neck injury. 2 days after the MRI I got tinnitus and hyperacusis.... now I am on this forum. Enough said...
       
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    2. Tavia R

      Tavia R Member

      Location:
      Utah
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with condition
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with condition-recently diagnosed/treated for migraines
      So yeah, just about the most reckless and desperate thing that someone with pain hyperacusis can do: get an MRI. Well that’s exactly what I did. It wasn’t exactly what I had planned today. I had one scheduled for May 19th, but these past two days I’ve had these random stabbing pains that are so intense that my father kept trying to take me to the emergency room. I mean I’ve always had these pain episodes, but they just barely got really bad.

      Finally my dad got a hold of my doctor and gave them quite an earful; he’s really struggling watching how much my condition is impacting my life and just how many things I’m restricted on doing. I guess he finally snapped and he snapped on them because he got me an emergency MRI scheduled. I definitely needed it, my pain was so bad, I never knew when an episode was coming or how long it would last.

      So, I told the nurse that I had hyperacusis when she was grabbing my scrubs out of a cabinet. She loudly said “what?” and slammed the cupboard door shut. Needless to say, no one there had a clue what that was.

      To make matters worse, when I told them that I needed maximum hearing protection, they told me that I could only wear a set of foam earplugs because earmuffs wouldn’t fit in the head scanner. I will admit, I was so scared and in so much pain from being in the middle of another episode that I just started crying right there in the hallway in front of all the nurses and secretaries. I’m way past embarrassment, I feel completely justified.

      I stayed calm for most of the MRI, and I will say, it didn’t hurt as much in the moment as I thought it would. BUT, I have learned that my hyperacusis is very unique (I think? That’s what it sounds like) as most of the time noises do not hurt in the moment but will cause soreness and stabbing pains that can last moments, hours, days, or weeks after. A blender could be moments, a concert days, and this MRI, well... I guess we’ll see.

      So yeah I’m in a ton of pain right now, I’ve cried so much today my temples hurt, and I learned that crying without moving in an MRI machine is one of my talents. And good news, my MRI is clean, as far as we can tell my tinnitus, hyperacusis, stabbing pains, visual auras, dizzy spells, always feeling like crap, etc etc are due to migraines. I’m already being treated for migraines so yeah, we just need to find a treatment that works. Non of the many we’ve tried so far far have because obviously I’m getting worse and fast.

      But all in all, I feel really proud of myself. If I have hyperacusis and tinnitus and face an MRI machine I guess that makes me really brave. And pretty hard core - I’ll feel much cooler wearing my leather jackets after today.
       
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    3. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      You should feel proud of yourself. Job well done!
       
    4. ASilverLight
      In pain

      ASilverLight Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise, stress and a neck injury.
      I have a neurological condition that requires MRI scans periodically (preferably 1x a year). I've had a coupe between the ages of 16-18 (I was diagnosed with this condition at 16) then another 2 last year (6 months apart) except I'm terrified of ever getting one again now.

      Yikes.
       
    5. Audiophile_bg
      Furious

      Audiophile_bg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Olanzapine/MRI
      Wow, AND hyperacusis? This is disgusting. I feel you, I got tinnitus too from an MRI.
       
    6. nash13

      nash13 Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dentist drill, stress
      Hello,

      I got an MRI and I received this result. I'm talking with my doctor but wanted to see if anyone understood what this meant and if there is treatment. I'm a bit freaked out cause I can't comprehend what this means.
      The MRI suggests it could be the cause of my severe tinnitus in my left ear.

      FINDINGS:
      There is a 10.4 by 6.5 by 6.2 mm arachnoid granulation protruding within the lateral aspect of the left transverse sinus and resulting in severe left transverse sinus stenosis. The right transverse sinus is unremarkable.

      Thank you.
       
    7. Ella114

      Ella114 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I’m going in for an MRI soon (for my knee and hip) and I’ve heard that they are very loud.

      I’ve had tinnitus for about 3 months now and I’m just starting to get used to it and living my life normally again.

      I’m going to be provided with ear plugs and ear muffs but even then I’m quite anxious, as I’ve read some people didn’t have a pleasant experience with it.

      I’m worried about causing a permanent spike, if that happens I don’t know if I can do it again.

      Has anyone had any experience getting an MRI? Please let me know.

      Thank you,

      Ella
       
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    8. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      For a knee or hip you don't need to be inside the tube, just the parts that need imaging will be inside. Even so, it would be better to find an open MRI and look for the quietest MRI machine. Do ask questions to the technicians that will operate the machine, regarding noise etc. Ask before booking your appointment.
       
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    9. Ella114

      Ella114 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you for your reply. I will definitely go ahead and ask the questions :)
       
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    10. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Insist that you can use your own earplugs, and won't be rushed for insertion so they can be placed deep. Also, you want real ear muffs, and not the headphones that are more designed so you can hear music and instructions from the tech. Finally, be aware that even with all of these precautions, some users still have spikes in tinnitus after. A quiet MRI is the best choice, and an open MRI is an alternate if no quiet ones can be located.
       
    11. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      May I ask you how the MRI went? And if it's not too nosy what was the indication for the knee MRI?

      My knee has been popping/cracking for some days at every step, out of the blue. If it doesn't subside I will have a medical appointment about it (if COVID-19 lets me...), but I had quite a traumatic, even though not very long spike after my brain MRI, so I'm hoping that if the symptoms stay, I can get an other type of scan and avoid the MRI.
       
    12. TBH
      Depressed

      TBH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Constant ringing recent, hum few years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unwanted tests by Incompetent NHS hospital staff
      Has anyone with tinnitus on Tinnitus Talk had any benefit whatsoever from having an MRI/MRA scan and did it aggravate your tinnitus? I assume magnetic fields aren't ideal when we have a condition such as we do.

      Is anyone on here glad they had it done, or felt it’s a waste of time and money and made you even worse.

      I don't see any mileage in having it but ENT surgeon who can't help me or explain anything, suggested I have it. I'd be interested to hear from any of you that have had it done. Thank you.
       
    13. donotringatme

      donotringatme Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD, TMD, CI
      I’ve had one two weeks ago and I’ll have an MRA and another MRI soon. It didn’t make tinnitus worse than it was on day 1. I was also hyper alert of sounds at the time so that didn’t make it easier. I put a lot of cotton in my ears and then the headset and it was loud. My tinnitus isn’t noise-induced though. MRI and MRA are mandatory for tinnitus IMHO, if somatic. If tinnitus is from trauma, I wouldn’t risk it. I’d just take cortisone and wait it out tbh with some ENT tests to rule a few things out.
       
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    14. Orions Pain
      Sad

      Orions Pain Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A series of unfortunate events
      If tinnitus is your only symptom and you don’t have things like balance issues, extreme migraines, blurry vision/double vision or any other types of major signs of a brain issue, an MRI is very unlikely to show anything that will help you with your tinnitus and you risk a spike/hyperacusis. Doctors will always send you for testing just to “rule stuff out” when they don’t have any answers but that doesn’t always mean that there is any benefit from the testing.
       
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    15. TBH
      Depressed

      TBH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Constant ringing recent, hum few years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unwanted tests by Incompetent NHS hospital staff
      Thanks, Mine was caused by ENT tests 12 months ago, and it's not improving whatsoever, so not strictly noise induced, but I have hyperacusis from it also. Cortisone does what exactly, for tinnitus? How long can anyone wait it out when you have highs and low noises in your head every day for over a year, realistically?
      I've had occasional dizziness and balance problems since, but that may be from the stress that this condition has caused and a lot of lack of sleep because of it. I won't have any ENT tests done again as it's the cause of whatever I have now. But whoever you go and see for another opinion always want to do the tests that got me here in the first place and I won't ever have them again.

      Thank you both for your replies, I don't think I want to risk making this even worse than it is, I suffer enough 24/7 from it. I think I'd be overly sensitive to MRI, just because of the damage the ENT tests have caused me.

      I was told on here it can improve after 12 - 18 months, but I'm in month 13 and there is not the slightest part of it that has eased, it's full pelt as I type, so I'm pessimistic that it can improve at all if it hasn't subsided remotely after a year?
       
    16. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I agree with @Orions Pain.

      I had an MRI back in November, because I had unilateral tinnitus, which by the way went into remission by the time my appointment was up, and bilateral tinnitus as well. Because of the unilateral tinnitus, I was advised to undergo the testing. I thought a lot about it, I was really afraid that it would make my bilateral tinnitus worse. And it did. Temporarily luckily.

      I don't exactly know the type of the machine, I'm just assuming that it was GE and it was horribly loud. I spent roughly 25 minutes in it, and for quite some time I thought okay, no big deal, not that bad, but then some sequences of the procedure were so loud that it was almost unbearable. I only had a 3M foam earplug in, because they put a cage like thing over my face, so there was not enough room for an earmuff.
      And it did spike me horribly for a couple of days. Actually, I don't exactly know whether the spike was due to the volume or my anxiety, but I'm leaning to loudness, because my tinnitus is very reactive to sounds.

      Although, in my local tinnitus group, lots of people have MRI, and very few claim that they got worse after that despite that ear protection in that group is not really big, so quite a few people have an MRI without earplugs...
       
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    17. Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire (Maybe) & Menieres
      I tried to have an MRI done last Tuesday to help diagnose the shooting facial pain. I made the tech stop the scan because it was so loud. I had one a year ago on a Siemens machine and was able to wear double protection and had no issues but this time it was a GE machine. I was in there for maybe 5 or 10 minutes and I had enough. It spiked my roaring and ringing. Hopefully it settles down.
       

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