"MRI for claustrophobic"
About: Glenfield Hospital Glenfield Hospital Leicester LE3 9QP
Last time I was due to have an MRI a few years ago, I couldn't do it and ended up almost hysterical and in tears. For a different reason I had an appointment for an MRI on Wednesday evening this week. I am very claustrophobic so, as advised by my gp, took diazepam on the Tuesday and Wednesday, but I was still convinced I wouldn't be able to go through with it. On arrival, the staff were already aware I was very nervous and were totally sympathetic and understanding. They agreed that my husband could stay in the MRI room with me and I was able to go into the MRI feet first which was a huge help. The staff moved the bench into the machine as slowly as I was comfortable with and held my hand until happy that I was ok. Everything was explained fully and they made certain that I was comfortable with the situation before leaving me to start the procedure. My husband sat behind my head and I was able to tilt my head backwards so that, although I was fully inside the machine, I could see out over my head. The whole procedure lasted 30-40 minutes and, while it is not something I would want to do again in a hurry, I am proud of myself for going through with it. I could not, however, have done it without the caring and patient staff and my husband by my side. Thank you to you all.