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I've always considered myself to not get too freaked out and stay somewhat calm (typically). I was having an MRI this morning (my 7th or 8th) and all of a sudden I wanted out of the tube. I started sweating uncontrollably, breathing quickly and it felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest. I could feel the sweat running down my face and legs etc... and I started having a major freakout. I wanted to be out of the MRI tube immediately. I grabbed the emergency button to stop the procedure, but decided to wait 60 seconds and pull my stuff together. I started breathing slowly and controlled and focusing on replaying my last round of golf mentally. I could feel myself calming down and after a minute (felt like an hour), things were back to normal and the rest of the MRI went without incident.

What causes these things and why have I never had one before? I'm hoping it can be a one time only thing, as I have zero desire to repeat that...

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If it happens again, just keep repeating....

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what caused it? claustrophobia....maybe.
why were you in an MRI to begin with?
be sure not to sleep in tubes from now on. :)
 

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That's good you could stay calm and get yourself under control. I had a panic attack once. I was in my old sports car and was stuck in traffic in the rain on a major overpass. I was going through a lot of sh*t at the time with the crazy (confirmed by a professional) girl I was dating. Suddenly I just had to get out of the car. I was literally about to abandon my car and step out into the pouring rain on the overpass but somehow calmed myself down. I have had a number of MRI's as well and have found that putting a towel over my eyes before getting put into the tube helps (you can't tell that you are in a tube with less than an 1" between your nose and the tube). I always think about the bike rides I used to take while I was in Italy to stay calm.
 

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Only had it happen twice to me where no reasoning with my brain would work and I just kind of froze up in a puddle of sweat. First time was rock climbing lessons where I was trying to break my fear of heights. Only about 75' up and I missed a handhold. No chance of falling whatsoever but my brain began to shut me down. Took several minutes of calming myself before I could continue. The other time was playing paintball of all things. We were playing a stupid game where you couldn't "die" if you were hit without carrying this stupid stuffed dog. I was the lead and got pinned by about ten guys who were hitting me from all sides causing significant pain (especially the head hits). I wedged myself between two small obstacles and could not get myself to do anything! I'm more freaked out that I froze up and freaked in such a situation than anything.
 

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Qstick333 said:
I've always considered myself to not get too freaked out and stay somewhat calm (typically). I was having an MRI this morning (my 7th or 8th) and all of a sudden I wanted out of the tube. I started sweating uncontrollably, breathing quickly and it felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest. I could feel the sweat running down my face and legs etc... and I started having a major freakout. I wanted to be out of the MRI tube immediately. I grabbed the emergency button to stop the procedure, but decided to wait 60 seconds and pull my stuff together. I started breathing slowly and controlled and focusing on replaying my last round of golf mentally. I could feel myself calming down and after a minute (felt like an hour), things were back to normal and the rest of the MRI went without incident.

What causes these things and why have I never had one before? I'm hoping it can be a one time only thing, as I have zero desire to repeat that...

Zach
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What causes it I don't know but I could hazard a guess that it's a combination of being anxious of why you are in the MRI in the first place combined with some claustrophobia. For me it would probably be the feeling of not being in control of the situation paired with the fact that those who are in control are behind this all encompassing machinal interface.
 

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Ridgetop said:
Only had it happen twice to me where no reasoning with my brain would work and I just kind of froze up in a puddle of sweat. First time was rock climbing lessons where I was trying to break my fear of heights. Only about 75' up and I missed a handhold. No chance of falling whatsoever but my brain began to shut me down. Took several minutes of calming myself before I could continue. The other time was playing paintball of all things. We were playing a stupid game where you couldn't "die" if you were hit without carrying this stupid stuffed dog. I was the lead and got pinned by about ten guys who were hitting me from all sides causing significant pain (especially the head hits). I wedged myself between two small obstacles and could not get myself to do anything! I'm more freaked out that I froze up and freaked in such a situation than anything.
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You should never drop acid before playing paint ball --or was that you should always...
What you did there. I see it.

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Qstick333 said:
I'm hoping it can be a one time only thing, as I have zero desire to repeat that...
I totally hear you. I've had a few within the last couple of months, for the first time in my life. It's not fun. I'm on some meds now after an appointment with the doctor. I'm not sure but I think it's helping a little, but I still fear being in the same situation where my previous attacks happened.
 

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I've had one. It was when I was a grad student. A perfect storm of too much coffee, too much work, not enough sleep, cigarettes, booze, and the return of a nightmare of a situation with an ex.

I was standing in a hallway on the ground floor of a building when classes let out. I found myself all of a sudden surrounded by what felt like millions of people, all of whom were (in my mind) getting entirely too close to me, and converging on me.

I was in the middle of it but couldn't do anything other than stand there. it felt like I was having a heart attack. I was sweating, my stomach was in my throat, my heart was going faster than it does when I'm running up the stadium stairs.

I made my way outside after the crowd let down and sat on a chair in the shade. I sat there just sort of staring off and shaking. Think it took about an hour before I snapped out of it, and a couple hours before I felt like I'd totally overcome it.

Not fun.


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Thanks for all of the replies, I really appreciate it and reading that I am not the only one that has ever had this happen certainly makes me feel a bit better. Of course, I would hope that this isn't a reoccurring issue for me. It really was the scariest thing I have ever been through. The thought of being trapped, wanting to get out, not being able to get out etc... started freaking me out in ways I didn't know were possible.

Upon further reflection, I think it might have been triggered by a harmless comment from the nurse/technician. I went to the restroom prior to the test knowing that I wouldn't be able to get up in the middle. After getting into the hospital gown, she asked me if I needed the restroom and I politely declined. Once the test started, I was thinking "I hope I don;t need the restroom" and realized I couldn't get up even if I did. It seems that this started a downward spiral into a bad place for me. I feel somewhat lucky to have stumbled onto the proper fix, as I was about to hit the panic button and make a beeline to the parking lot, hospital gown and all.....

Thanks again, I really do appreciate it,

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I've developed a growing dislike of being in crowded places where I'm not in control of what's happening, e.g. being on a long bus journey, sitting in the middle of a full row in theatres/cinemas where you can't easily get up and leave (e.g. the bathroom break thing mentioned above) - just the feeling of being 'trapped' can make me feel ill. Sometimes I just have to get up and leave and get some fresh air or water.
 
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