Can MRI cause headache?

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Can MRI cause headache?

Postby MrsGeorge » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:15 am

I had my first MRi scan this morning and I have had a vicious headache since that painkillers won't get rid of. Is this coincidence or likely to be a result of the MRI?
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Postby viper498 » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:20 am

Interesting that you mentioned this but my last two MRI's resulted in a pretty rough headache. I am not sure if it is the Gadolinium or the actual MRI??
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Postby viper498 » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:21 am

Or, of course, coincidental?


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Postby gwa » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:25 am

The headache could come from a form of tension stress from being in the MRI.

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Postby jimmylegs » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:19 am

i haven't heard of mri giving people headache before, but it sounds yuck.

this will sound wierd, and i don't know exactly what kind of headache you have or which exact kinds this trick works for, but ... have you tried the pressure points in your hands, for a bit of relief?

i just went looking for an example of what i've used in the past - i don't know anything about the site i've grabbed this from, it just looks like what i've used on some headaches in the past:

Name: Hoku or Joining of the Valleys (Large Intestine 4)

Location: On the top of the hand, on the web where the thumb and the index finger meet. (See the red dot on the hand in the photo.)
To hold: Squeeze the point by putting your thumb on the point, and your index finger on the palm side of your hand. Make small circular motions with your thumb until you feel the point; it is tender on many people.Make sure that the hand that is holding the point is relaxed. The demo photo above shows you how to hold the point, but the hands are a little tense; the second photo, on the right, shows you the hands relaxed, which is how you want to do it.

Hold for 10 or 15 seconds initially, until you figure out what works for you. You can hold for a few minutes, but make sure that the holding hand does not get tense or tired out. Release gently if you feel any acute pain.

This is a wonderful point. It is effective for relieving so many discomforts, including headaches, constipation, insomnia, stress, shoulder and neck tension.


source http://wakowa.wordpress.com/2007/03/07/acu-point-hoku/

if it doesn't work on one side, try the other side. it's usually one or the other, not both. for me it works best on headaches in the forehead and temples. it's not a panacea really, but a bit of help. when you let go it will probably come back, unless it's ready to be gone anyway.
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Postby MrsGeorge » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:30 am

I will try the pressure point. I do know about them luckily as my mum is a hypnotherapist. It's the only way I got through the MRI - she came with me and hpno'd me into relaxation so I wouldn't freak out. It worked very well!
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Postby REDHAIRANDTEMPER » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:31 am

morning everyone,
its a interesting question.i know that we have pt who complain of headaches of and on with their mri's.i work in the scheaduling department for a group of clinics and i scheadule mri's all day long....what a fun job...anyways some complain of them and some don't.i have never had one myself when i have had mine...but of people who have...

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Postby jimmylegs » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:35 am

hehe! i too have had to use hypno therapy in the past. childhood needle phobia (SO over that now :roll: ). mind u, by the time i was all ready to do my relaxo trix at the dentist's, he had learned his lesson about me in a previous attempt - he gassed me into submission as soon as i appeared. dr. NO hehehe
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Postby MrsGeorge » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:02 am

lol Jimmylegs! I was worried they'd have knock me out!
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