How to Avoid These 5 MRI Side Effects

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When a doctor states that you need an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), scary thoughts can go through your mind. Often, every horror story you have ever heard of terrible side effects can be the first things you think about. Side effects are possible with any medical procedure, but most people do not have side effects and report no problems either during or after the scan.

1. One possible side effect can be feeling dizzy or fuzzy-headed during or after the scan. Often this occurs when the person is already anxious and worried. The sounds inside an MRI scanner are a continuous low hum and this can make people dizzy. Also, keep your eyes closed while inside. The claustrophobic feeling will be lessened and this may prevent the dizziness from occurring. Try to breathe deeply and relax while in the scanner to reduce the anxiety you are feeling.

2. Headaches or slight nausea have been reported after a scan. The nausea may come from the noises in the scanner, as it sometimes sounds as if the noises are spinning around you. Again, use relaxation techniques and stay calm. Deep breathing or visualization techniques can do wonders for de-stressing the body.

3. Another possible side effect that can happen both during and after the scan is what is described as pressure or a “pulling in the head.” While some people have described the feeling as something being in their head, what is most likely causing the feeling would be the noise inside the machine. Wearing a set of approved ear plugs may reduce these feelings.

4. Backaches and fatigue are other possible side effects from having an MRI. However, these are most likely due from lying still for so long on the hard table and not really from the scan itself. A very common side effect is being sensitive to health issues. After having an MRI, any strange feeling in the body is often attributed to the test, when in reality, the aches and pains occurred before the test also. People expect to have side effects from the test and sometimes, they are hypersensitive to their bodies afterwards because they are looking for those effects and wondering how bad they will be.

5. One extremely rare, but possible, side effect is having metal in the body that causes pain during a scan. Since you will always be asked, several times, if you have any metal in your body, this is not one worth worrying about. You will be asked to remove all jewelry before the scan. Some dental work may cause a little tingling in the mouth, but nothing painful.
An allergic reaction to the dye used is possible as well. Typically, a mild pain or burning at the injection site or a minor skin rash is possible. Nausea and hives were the most common allergic reactions to the contrast that was used.

Remember that stress and anxiety can cause more problems that the actual test itself. Try not to worry about the test or the results. Relax and you may not feel any side effects at all.

T. Jankowski lives in San Francisco. Find him on Twitter and . His latest direction is learning about health and blogging about MRI scans. He's quite the biotech explorer, including designing lab equipment like a blue light transilluminator and PCR machines, and co-founding BioCurious, the largest hackerspace for biotech.

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157 thoughts on “How to Avoid These 5 MRI Side Effects

  1. I have had many MRI and this is the fist time I felt funny. Fuzzy, dizzy and anxious. Creepy since I never felt it before. I pray it wont last…Going on for an hour now !

        • I have had similar feelings but after 4 days almost back to normal. I do not think we should drive home immediately after a scan but was not warned about these affects.

          • I had one done yesterday w/dye in the late morning.
            I was driven home my arm was sore of course due to numbing and injection. My body felt over heated. Mild breathing issues. Itching on my body, THIRSTY & LOSS OF APPETITE. I had the same procedure done last year due to expiration date of the first one! It’s over 24 hours later. I’ve laid on my couch with 2 ice bags one on my chest & one under my arm. I woke up today and felt a bit better. Drank some broth to get energy and now body is back feeling overheated?! I called the MRI center & they said they’ve never seen anyone with this reaction. Can someone HELP?

        • I’ve been through about 7 MRIs, on my lower back and head, in the past and I’ve never had any side effects except the usual back pain, but I deal with that on a daily basis anyway, not even when they used the contrast. But the hospital recently got a new machine and I just had an MRI without contrast to my lower back today and I just feel extremely achy, head is spinning/fuzzy (almost as if I’ve been drinking alcohol), feeling very nauseous, extremely tired, and I swear I’ve got a fever too, kind of like the flu-like symptoms you’ve described. I felt fine going into the machine. I had the headphones on so the knocking of the machine wasn’t bad. I was offered aromatherapy but declined, I had no metal in or on me, and I kept my eyes closed the entire time. I’m half tempted to call them if it doesn’t go away by morning. I’ve never felt this bad after an MRI before.

      • I had an MRI on my neck two days ago. Everything went fine however halfway through the procedure I felt like there was intense pulling sensation on my face. The next day when I woke up, I started feeling very disoriented, weak, & tired. I look horrible, not like myself. Here it is two days later I am feeling absolutely horrible still, Extremely disoriented, nauseated, my ears are ringing terribly, and my whole body feels like it’s tingling. All I want to do is keep laying down & it is almost exhausting to walk. I’m starting to feel very depressed and have absolutely no energy. I am so concerned to say the least & just want my life back .

        • I had my very first MRI last month (Nov.24th) on my liver and I was in the machine 45-minutes. I felt fine during and after but the next day I started getting a weird tingling sensation at the bridge of my nose and slight pressure in the front of my forehead and I lost focus for mere seconds. Long story short…it’s still happening. Everybody I’ve talked to says they’ve never heard of such a thing including my doctor. It’s not vertigo; I know what that is, it’s just an odd pressure that happens to me anywhere between 10 to 20 times a day and it only lasts for a few seconds. It’s weird, it’s scary and nobody has answers for me and I’m left wondering how much longer this is going to last or if it’s going to be forever!

          • I had scan on head and spine last week and since then I have had headache which I don’t normally suffer with. Flu like feeling, thinking I’ve got covid! Pain in neck which is why I was having scan in first place but pain was worse this weekend. Popping pills like you would never believe and don’t like taking tablets. Tonight pain moved to shoulder and then tingling in my temple and crawling feeling in head. Three days to Christmas hope I can manage to function on the day! Hope you feel better soon

  2. Hello Tito,

    Last night I went for an MRI scan. I was a bit anxious about it but not very much. During the procedure I had a panic attack but managed to calm myself in order to finish the procedure.
    After 5 hours (scan was taken at around 7:40 PM) so around 12:30 – 1:00 PM i tried to go to sleep but I had very big issues with dizziness and a general not doing so well feeling. During the night I woke up multiple times feeling dizzy and even hyperventilating only managing to get some sleep around 3:30 in the morning.
    Today I really felt generally very bad (huge head aches and nausea, feeling like vomiting) accompanied again by random hyperventilation and what I suppose is fever. Besides these symptoms I also have big burning sensations in the chest area (not the heart but I think at the skin level) and I’m usually very hot on my chest, shoulders and face.

    Now, I went to a general doctor and he did an EKG which looked all good, blood pressure and bpm were also fine and at that moment I only had a fever of 38 Celsius (which is rather small and wouldn’t explain the burning sensations). He only prescribed Paracetamol for the “fever” and sirdalud for muscle relaxation… Now am I or him missing something?
    I’m really anxious about it because I don’t know what it is and how to deal with it.

    • I know it’s late answering this but I had a MRI today and I had a panic attack ,I have anxiety and I was having a little anxiety being in the mechine, but after I had a really bad panic attack later on it was coming and I tried to avoid it..it sounds like this could be the case for you,I swore up and down something was wrong and had a deep Sense of danger like if I don’t get it looked at not knowing what it was I was gonna die..yea it was that bad

      • Hi crystal
        Ive just had an MRI scan on my head as i have ear problems with dizziness
        Did you find out why you felt the way you did after the scan …i am feeling a really weird feeling.i feel kinda dissorientated n spaced out ..im actually feeling scared that i too might die ..i also suffer from anxiety n im just hoping it anxiety that is causing this feeling ..can you please let me know how long the feeling you had lasted ..i had my scan at 11.45 lasted about 5_10 mins n its now 7.15pm n still feeling weird

        • I have just completed 3 MRIs. I too am feeling dizzy, nauseated and disoriented. I hope this is normal and not a symptom of a larger problem, like a tumor.

          -AM

          • Research shows that the EMF can mess with your inner ear function by moving the fluid In the ear. It causes issues with people who have some inner ear dysfunction. I just got out of mine and I felt like I was on the graviton when I got in there and still feel dizzy and nauseated and exhausted. My muscles were also twitching when it was scanning. It has to mess with the body. Its Electromagnetic and We run by electrical pulses. If I had realized, I would have refused it.

          • @ Brooke Strong

            I’m so sorry for your experience. Was your MRI of the upper or the lower body? Mine was of the lower, and I’ve written more about it below.

        • I had an MRI this morning at 7:00.Since left the table, I was off balance and driving home I realized that my lack of balance was even affecting my driving. As I’ve walked around today outdoors and indoors, I have found myself stumbling and feeling like my head had something in it.
          I am, still feeling fuzzy and clumsy. Turning my head to look at something makes me feel uncomfortable.
          It’s been about 8 hours and although I am not incapacitated, I am, hoping things improve by tonight.

          • I have the same feelings. I thought that the machines vibration may have caused this. I remember the little dot becoming two dots as if my eye balls were no longer working as a team. I am maimly affected in the morning when I get up

    • i have these same symptons and i am still dizzy and sick at stomach and really nervous. have been since the mri. that was done three weeks ago. am still really dizzy weak sick at my stomach is there something i can do about this and should i seek a drs help

  3. Ophiuchus Journal of Medicine Entry.

    I shall treat and cure MRI Scan side effects.

    Today, October 16th 2017, I Miguel Tinoco had an MRI scan and afterwards I felt like crap. Fatigue, weakness and a highten projections of pain all over my body even where I have not had pain in a while. Wheb I got home and ate a late lunch which made things even worst. I felt that my food was just sitting in the stomach with little or no digestion process. I decided to take a nap to regain some composure, but my heart was pumping faster and harder than usual and I felt restless. I managed to sleep a little but after 15-20 minutes I woke up with all the effects mentioned above intensified. I then decided to pray but I could barely get up of bed and kneeling was a bit harder than usual. I barely had any desires to pray and all I asked God with meager faith in the name of Jesus Christ was: “Please God, put me to sleep.” I got up and went back to bed again. As soon as I settled ready to try to go to sleep I heard or felt a still small voice which I recognized as God’s voice. The voice commanded me saying: ” Get up and do your rites.” And after struggling a little questioning God to what use, I was obedient and did as the voice commanded. My rites are to wash my hands systematically seven times by putting in and out my hands from the stream of water in a coping shape. After I did that I returned to bed to try to sleep but I noticed that I no longer had any of the issues I was complaining about above, but I gave it no further thought until a little later when I thanked God. I did not sleep but got up and felt hungry and decided to go and buy bread. During my drive, I was given to understand by the same still small voice that my hand washing rites had nothing to do with me feeling better or restored, yet it required a bit of faith and effort of my part.

    I do not know about other people, but the voice kept instructing me. I was also given to understand that the reason I was feeling so crappy was because the MRI scan or radiation had reversed or affected the polarity of my whole body. And the act of touching the metal faucet along with the fresh water which is probably grounded realigned or fixed my body’s magnetic polarity or so I think.

    I give all the glory to God for this observation. It may help alleviate somebody else in the same predicament. If a little water in the hands can work wonders, imagine what a 15 minutes shower, bath or a deep or a walk in the beach can do.

    Yours truly from an unworthy servant in the hands of Christ.

    Attentively

    Miguel Angel Tinoco Rodriguez

    • Thank you this made so much sense! I will use this new information for my MRI tonight. My last MRI had me feeling horrible for days afterwards. It so demeaning and frustrating when doctors tell you one thing, yet you feel another!

  4. I recently had MRI two days ago, for the past two days I experience nausea, w headache. I am claustrophobic and I did practice deep breathing, keeping my eyes closed. However I had to be pulled out a couple of x’s I also been diagnosed w Severe PTSD I wonder if that had anything to do w my experience. I am hypersensitivie when it comes to something as stubbing my toe lol from long term opiate use. I have been clean for three years now. I don’t ever want an MRI again.

  5. Had an MRI scan today (first one ever) and for the rest of the day have been very tired – like chronic fatigue. Funny enough it was for a Knee scan so I was only half way in but getting up, I felt very dizzy and then have been drained of all energy all day. I think science is still years away from figuring out the benefits or damage this large magnetic machine is having on our human energy field. I am hypersensitive to everything anyway so was prepared to be dazed afterwards but the energy drain is another level. Really wish they could come up with something less dramatic that can give us the same quality of images without all the drama.

    • Wow! Interesting! A guy I work with fell ill today at work. He looked terrible and I thought he was going to drop to the floor.. He said he had an MRI done on his knee this morning and thought that it was probably that.. He looked so unwell. I was quite concerned for him.. he ended up going home early. I googled this tonight to see what side effects their maybe.. Now I’ve read these replys it’s quite concerning..

    • I too had an MRI scan yesterday for hand so I was lay flat on my stomachs with hands in front and I was fully in the MRI scanner today I feel rough very down and headache and feeling sick and angry for no reason I’m a genuine happy person so those magnetic fields must put our bodies out of whack no scientists no for sure what these machines can physically do to you. I’ve had MRI scans before and have been 100% fine but this one I was in for half an hour and I feel horrible today I hope it passes.

      • I too was laying flat in one today and I actually fell at the check out after I’m still real dizzy and I read it affects the levels of fluid in my inner ear Being on my stomach I got dizzy going in the machine And I’m still really fuzzy Test ended hours ago

      • I had a mri yesterday on my neck, felt yesterday but this morning/today I’m feeling disoriented and dizzy and have now got a strange cough, I’ve been resting all day but don’t feel any better I hope it passes soon

        • I had a scan 3days ago and am still dizzy and tired. Just taking it easy and resting but feel more normal today. I was not warned about these effects and wished I had googled this before I had the scan.
          Erica

  6. This is going to sound crazy but please, bear with me. I had my first brain MRI yesterday and the experience was something that I have had a hard time explaining. As you know, with each set of pictures taken, there are different pitches of hums and whirs. Well, initially, I noticed that I could almost feel certain areas of my brain being “targeted” by the sounds. As the MRI progressed, certain sounds became almost painful to various areas of my brain. Now, before I continue, I would like to say, I was wearing earplugs. I could hear the sounds (obviously) but they did NOT hurt my ears).

    Although I was uncomfortable, I was also intrigued by the way my brain was reacting the the scan. In order to pass the time, I focused on the sounds of the machine and the areas of my brain that seemed to be reacting. Those areas changed with each sound. Toward the end of the MRI, things got a little scary. In the third from last set of pictures, my body started getting very warm, starting at my uterus (oddly enough). I felt almost a flattening and pulling-type feeling around the temples. It also felt like the right side of my face was being dragged downward. When I closed my eyes and tried to breathe through it, I immediately felt like I was turned onto my left side.

    That lasted for about 3 minutes. The next set of pictures were ok.

    The last set of pictures truly scared me. Almost immediately, it felt like my frontal lobe was rolling, temple to temple: left to right and back again, repeatedly, and with increasing speed. Almost like a kneading motion. My eyes widened and became hyper-focused; I couldn’t blink. My jaw tightened, my tongue pressed to the roof of my mouth, my fingers flexed, and my vision alternated between clear and blurry. I was very much aware of what was happening but had no control. This did not last for the entire duration of the last set of pictures. I was able to force myself to blink about 30 seconds before the MRI was completed. Once I blinked, I was able to regain control of everything else fairly quickly.

    I’m sure all of this sounds pretty crazy but I have been researching since leaving the MRI yesterday morning and have been unable to find any information on experiences like mine. I had no sedation and am not claustrophobic. Today I have been unnaturally exhausted and have caught myself randomly falling asleep sitting up which is unusual for me. Please, have you heard of reactions like mine?

    • Hello Jessica
      I had an MRA yesterday with and without contrast. And I had a similar experience to what you are describing. Also, I had a lot of nausea, I’m still feeling nauseous today, and very tired. Did you have contrast in your IV?

      • No, no contrast. I also brought up my experience to my neurologist and he was very dismissive. He didn’t even let me finish describing the experience 😑

    • I had something similar – thats how I found this page, was looking for side effects likek mine. Youre likely an energy sensitive too and you know our bodies arent meant to be in large magnetized zone – no suprise you felt all these details.

      • Had an open MRI yesterday and tired and with migraine aching. No contest.
        Seems like additional research might be needed on side effects.

    • Hi Jessica!
      I had a MRI scan last week and felt the same thing as you did. The brain reacted to certain frequences and different areas of the brain was affected during the cyclus. There was a lower tone in which i could feel it more in the forehead, and a lighter tone that made the center part sort of «vibrate». I could feel this in only one of the scan cyclus which lastes around 2 minutes. The whole scan took 25 minutes and the rest of it was ok, I did not notice any of the other symptoms you describe, only the vibration/aching in the brain during this special sequence. I told the operator this and she said it was not normal, she also said the scan cyclus was a new one. Ive done many MRIs but never felt this before. I had a headache after the scan which is still present, 6 days after the scan. Im also fatigue now. I got to say it got me a bit worried, especially since the headache is still there. Hopefully it will normalize soon.
      Regards
      Peter

    • Just had my 1st brain scan few hours ago. Was very relaxed, pretty much meditative. No contrast. I was quite interesting to experience what you describe. ( was certainly not expecting to feel different areas of brain being scanned) Was to the degree that a few times others areas of my body involuntarily reacted (mildly w movement) In my case, right leg, then later left arm. Also, few facial sensations, seeming stimulation. Odd headache building since, mostly back of neck, head; with mild nausea.

    • I had the same sensation, I could feel my brain being pulled out my scull, I knew exactly which part of my brain was targeted for every sound, I have a strange headache, has not yet gone away, I am sure those test can have long last health implications, but in the other hand, if you don’t do it, then what?

    • Omg, I thought I was going crazy and paranoid my boss and partner think I’m being a darn queen. But everything you said is what I felt and now I cant sleep but so tired and the restlessness with blurry acheyvision, not to mention every sound is piercing to my ears. Never felt anything quite like it. I just want it to pass now , it actually hurts.

    • Look up research on MRI’s. What you felt was the effect of the magnets on the fluid of your inner ear. You can find it on ScienceDaily.

  7. I’ve been having problems with my lower back and may need surgery. In order to be seen by the orthopedic surgeon I had to have an MRI first. The MRI was performed in Mequon ,Wisconsin at 3:45 PM on Monday December 18, 2017. I suffer from migraine headaches and they have been more frequent since my back problems have intensified. I had a bad migraine the day of my MRI and it was worse after the procedure. I’m glad to find this on the internet so I know it’s not all in my head. The loud noise the machine makes probably was a contributor to making it worse plus my heart was beating so fast the whole time I was in there. Since it was my lower lumbar of my back I had to go all the way in. Susan Linda Pagenkopf Grafton, Wisconsin December 19,2017

  8. I had an MRI yesterday, no dyes were used, the roof fell on me at work – I fell forwards and slammed my head into the wall and got knocked out, I woke up with no memory, other then knowing I had 2 kids, the doctor put me in traction and I had a stroke, today I have a horrible headache and nerves crawling across the front of my scalp, it feels like maggots under the skin and is enough to drive a person crazy ! I took 2 gabapentin for nerve pain and it isnt working, there is another pain on the left side of my forehead, it feels as if my brain is swelling though I know it isnt – this had never happened to me before. It isnt the noise of the machine, I dont mind it, it has a rhythmn to it –but today is hell !!!!!

  9. I had an MRI on my left knee today. no major after effects yet other than it sounds like I’m in an airplane.. I’m quite tired too but that’s probably because I woke up 5 hrs before my alarm and couldn’t go back to sleep. I’m going on 4 hrs of sleep..nap time.

  10. I got a scan in December 2017 and I’ve had some pounding headaches since then. I’m going the homeopathic route from now on.

  11. Had a lower back MRI on Tuesday. Experienced a little dizziness for a couple of minutes before getting of table. More dizziness getting out of bed on Wednesday. Still dizzy Thursday morning. Seems to be dissipating, but concerned. Never happened before.

  12. I also had a MRI on my left knee this morning as some of the posters above. I was surprised with how drained I feel and foggy. I googled a few sites that all said that there are no after symptoms with MRI use until this site. It is interesting how many people talk of dizziness and fatigue. I dont suffer from claustrophobia or high anxiety and I am a builder so very use to loud noises, and yet since the MRI I have been struggling to not fall asleep every time I stop in a relaxing place for more than a few minutes. I am sure that the stress of doing something new, loud, and in a skimpy hospital gown makes your body go into a recovery mode after the event to allow it to ‘catch up’ but I cant believe how tired I am and why I have a headache on one side. Good to know its not just me!

  13. I had an MRI in January, 2018 of my brain . The MRI was done without contrast. I felt excruciating pain, as if an electric screw gun was being used on my head while in the MRI machine. I am not claustrophobic or anxious. The noise did not bother me either. I do not have metal in my body. I explained my experience to the attendant but he simply disregarded my experience. I have been to the Emergency Room twice since the MRI test for excruciating head pain, and prior to the test. I never had a headache. The MRI was ordered due to a fall that I had several months earlier. I have severe headpain daily and believe something happened in the MRI. I can not explain it and neither have my doctors.

    • We have a sort of similar experience going on with my husband. Is anyone listening to you or offering you any help towards healing from this? He is being dismissed as “this is not typical so just wait it out” – but I’m not taking that answer because he is getting worse.
      Are you getting any answers? So sorry for what you’re going through.

  14. I am a patient at Presence Hospital in Chicago. I have insurance, but their billing department tried to distort money from me. I finally got my insurance co on the phone with them on a three way called and they asked them to stop sending me bills. I then had a MRI on my chest because of heart problems. I believe the operator of the machine was told to turn the settings on the machine in such a way to really hurt me. I’ve had MRIs before but never felt like vomitting or weak after the MRI. My face droops, and I have veins popping out of my neck. I continue to feel weak all over. I think the damage was purposely done because they couldn’t except and Lost after I wouldn’t give into their extortion. This place should be investigated by the FBI. The facilities are clean and nice but the medical staff are psychopaths.

  15. Please help – any advice or thoughts would be appreciated. My husband had an MRI on his head Thursday evening. It is now Monday evening, and since his MRI he’s been getting progressively worse with severe headache, nausea, dizziness, and overall weakness and fatigue. We’ve contacted his physicians 3 times now and have been dismissed with them saying these results after MRI aren’t typical and he should just rest – BUT HE IS GETTING WORSE! And no one will listen to us. We’ve already taken on enough medical bills or I would just take him to the ER.. not that I think anyone would believe us at this point. I found this forum and it sounds like there are many others who have had bad reactions. What can we do? What is our recourse and how do we fix this?

    • Val, I had a brain MRI this afternoon…. I felt headache beginning as it was progressing and it continues. That is how I found myself here. I began drinking a LOT of water, coconut water, teas, ANYTHING to try to balance myself. I have a lot of essential oils and I am trying some of those. I am also going to take a long HOT shower followed by cool to see if that will help. I honestly felt like I got an EXTRA blast of magnetism when I told the tech I did not want the contrast, since they were doing 2 scans — one with and one without contrast. I am allergic to a LOT of things, including iodine and shellfish–all seafood and several drugs. I even had a reaction to the GoLytely for a colonoscopy. SO, I didn’t want to risk it.

      I am smelling Rosemary, a Mgrain combination and whatever else I have that works on my head.
      The feeling of “not right” is not fun. The symptoms are REAL. Prayers for your husband and all who are on this journey. I already decided I will NOT do another one unless my life existence depends upon it.

      • Wow, I feel better reading this forum. What you said is almost exactly my experience and I also don’t ever plan on having another MRI unless my life depends on it. I had an MRI of my brain yesterday and also refused the dye (so happy I did.) I’ve never had an MRI and wasn’t expecting dye or any side effects. I’ve been feeling bad since I got home yesterday. Started with headache, feeling light headed and having nausea, today I’m having odd dizzy sensations and sweating. When did your symptoms go away?
        Thanks
        Kelly

  16. I had one today, no contrast. I was unable to drive home from my sons and hour ago. I was feeling off balance, dizzy, blurry vision, tired, bad vertigo… I thought maybe it was my heart? Maybe my BP was low again? Maybe it is my Lupus or dehydration? Then I realized….I had an MRI thus afternoon. I wonder if it is that! It makes sense. So I researched and I found this forum. I am hoping it is gone when I wake. I don’t like this horrible feeling.

  17. I’m going to join the list of people saying there is a problem. I’ve had at least 4-5 MRI’s (head, neck, back, knee) on older MRI machines, with no problems except a mild 1-3-day feeling of malaise/fatigue/nausea — just “not feeling quite right”. Those were in older machines with weaker 1.5 T magnets, no contrast, and no ‘time of flight’. (I’m not claustrophobic, so that’s not it.) Yesterday was different: on a 3T machine I had a bad experience with just the final ‘time of flight’ imaging series.

    I had a neck/cervical spine MRI (without contrast) in a “3T” machine (3-Tesla field, meaning a super strong magnet). The last scan was a “time of flight imaging” to see blood flow. With an MRI, they put you into a big magnet-tube and shoot radio waves into you (technically it’s electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength that’s considered safe; everyone has a radio), and the computer analyzes how the “electron spins” change in certain atoms of our body (if I understand correctly) to make images. I don’t know what’s different about “time of flight” scans, except the radio waves are a different frequency. I was okay for the first several (normal) MRI scans, although I was surprised to feel my neck and shoulders heating up as they scanned, which had never happened before in the older machines with weaker magnets. But the final “time of flight” scan was the real problem.

    I really wish I’d squeezed the emergency stop button on that one, because it HURT. MRI’s shouldn’t hurt. I was in the magnet from my hips or abdomen upwards, and that area at the entrance of the tube was where the biggest pain/discomfort was. As soon as the radio waves started for that last “time of flight” scan, my old lower back injury started aching, then twitching, then really HURTING. Then my abdomen started to feel like I had a gopher running around inside it, like all the muscles — and all my intestines — were seizing and unseizing, moving around, until I was writhing with back/ abdominal pain. I kept telling myself, of course it must be safe. I’ve been dizzy, headachey, fatigued, spaced out, and dealing with abdominal pain/discomfort and strange body sensations (numb/tingle) since then (pain is mostly gone after a day). Their MRI tech and online articles say MRI’s can cause ‘peripheral nerve stimulation’; the tech said ‘like stomach gurgling’. I got a lot more than a gurgle. I wonder if it didn’t stimulate intestinal nerves to dump their serotonin, causing intestinal twitching and mobility changes and other stuff. I don’t know. I don’t know enough about this to guess well.

    I don’t know if it will help anyone, but with past MRI’s, if I felt ‘funny’ after an MRI, I’d meditate, swim in water (as one other person in these comments mentioned), or lie on the earth ‘with head pointed to magnetic north’ as some new-agers claim will ‘realign’ your body’s natural electromagnetic field and chi/Qi. I figure: if it doesn’t hurt, and it might help, give it a try. I always felt fine within a couple days. But this MRI was much much worse, and I didn’t have the horrible sensations some of the people on this list are describing, of their brains pulling one way and another. I hope you guys will post again to say if you recovered, over time.
    I don’t plan on having another “time of flight” MRI in a 3T machine (that was the frequency/series of radio waves that caused my pain and discomfort).

    • I had an MRI yesterday at 6 pm of neck and head . I’ve been feeling like I have the flu 😷 I had to call into work today and have been in bed all day with dizziness , nausea and terrible weakness throughout my whole body . I have slept like 16 hours and still feel sleepy and week . This is scary I hope it goes away soon ,going back to sleep no energy whatsoever. Anyone else out there experience this ?

    • Hello, I had an identical experience as your description. I am hoping you are better? I am not but I’m hoping to find even one person that has healed after the mri injury.

  18. I experienced a MRI 2 days back.My technician forgot to give me ear plug and to cover my head.Now I’m suffering from severe headache.is this the side effects of MRI?

  19. Wow. My symptoms the day after my MRI (preventative screening for breast cancer) make a lot of sense and are normalized now after reading what you all experienced too! I thought my headache and exhaustion was just an after-effect of the panic attacks I was fighting off for the procedure- my whole body aches including my head, and I feel like I am 200 years old! I hope everyone else who wrote is getting some relief. I am telling my work I am sick with “the flu” and just resting. This sucks! I think I’ll stick with breast ultrasounds from now on, this was my first screening by MRI. I did it b/c it is supposed to catch more cancer but feel nervous about what we don’t know about the MRI! Take care everyone!! <3

  20. I had a MRI today on my lower back. That was at 07:00. It is now 18:20 and I’m feeling dizzy and nauseous, like I want to vomit… for quite a while now. I have a headache, feeling anxious, sleepy and tired. I tried to take a nap, but could not really fall asleep. This is a crappy feeling. I Googled several sites, but according to them there are no side effects after having a MRI. I beg to differ.

  21. Had an MRI scan yesterday following a colonoscopy Monday so scan concentrating on bowel/pelvis area. It genuinely felt like I was being cooked in a microwave oven, a truly weird experience. My stomach/bowel area seemed to be lifting and rolling around, much as you see if you peer into a microwave oven when it is heating up a meal. Today I really ache and have had to go for a sleep this afternoon, something I very rarely do. I’m not claustrophobic but not an experience I would like to repeat in a hurry, oh dear, I’m also due a CAT scan already not looking forward to that. My overall impression? This can’t be good for my body?

  22. I had a MRI on my knee yesterday and today I’m feeling so strange. Dizzy, tired, and fuzzy headed. Called the Open MRI place and spoke with the tech that gave me the procedure. She said she has never heard of any side effects. I am thankful to have found this site with comments from others who have had similar experiences. Clearly there needs to be more research on side effects from MRIs.

    • L was told by the radiogist and assistant that they can’t give medical advice and they never heard of people having shoukder and neck muscle pain after an MRI…ars these peopke really qualified and trained properly for doing mri??

  23. Wow, I’m so saddened to hear all these stories. We obviously all were searching for information to explain our pain and suffering after an MRI. I had one with no contrast two days ago for my left shoulder so I had to go all in. I had one two years ago for my neck but didn’t have any issues afterward other than so glad to be out of it.

    I told the technician that I had issues with vertigo so to give me a moment to lay down and get comfortable. I had 6 pictures taken and it was the 4th or 5th that really made we want to squeeze the alarm. I had the cord in my hand but moved it up to the ball so I could squeeze it immediately. I didn’t but I really wanted to. Like one other poster, I felt like my eyes were wide open under my mask and I couldn’t blink.

    When it was over I could barely sit up. It took me a few minutes to stand and I felt my vertigo on the edge of being full on. The tech took my arm and walked me back to the dressing room. I had to sit down to put on my clothes. I wanted to just curl up right there and not move. The tech saw me and asked if I was okay and I told him I was very dizzy and nauseous.

    I sat in the lobby, drank about 5 glasses of cold water and got my cd from tech. But I couldn’t leave. Every time I got up the room started spinning. I took me nearly 2 hours to feel like I could drive home, which I really shouldn’t have done. When the tech saw me again before I left he told me at least 3 times that the MRI couldn’t possibly cause this reaction and it was unheard of. I sent a similar post to the Radiologist’s website for patient comments.

    When I got home and started researching, I Googled MRI and Vertigo. 2 years ago Johns Hopkins published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM is the most credible source of studies) showing that patients with inner ear or vertigo are definitely affected by MRIs and another article I found said people with these issues should definitely not get MRIs.

    It’s 2 days later and I’m still dizzy but not nearly as much. I did some treatments to get the crystals back in my inner ear channels and that seems to have helped. You can find the treatment on Youtube by Dr. Carol Foster. However, my right index finger has now blown up and is so painful at the second joint. I can’t bend it without excruciating pain. I’ve been icing but it’s not helping.

    I Googled “MRI and joint pain” and found some articles that said MRIs can cause inflammation afterward. Why it’s just in this one finger, I have no idea.

    I’m very angry and I feel like all of us have been subjected to this treatment without regard for our well-being. I feel like it’s a conspiracy after reading all of your stories.

    I hope and pray that all of you are better now.

    • After my MRI yesterday for a tear in my r-knee, I noticed what might be side effects. Trying to find something about side effects from MRI’s with what I was experiencing.
      You mention joint pain. Last year I had and MRI for my r-shoulder and years before for head throbbing. mostly felt tired with a slight head ache. But this time all over joint, muscle pain and weakness. fatigue and numbness in my hands, fingers, both wrist (broken both years ago) are sore and hurt. I am 67 and have an autoimmune disorder – RA, Inflammation, Fibromyalgia, some arthritis, varicose veins. And just had Carpal tunnel surgery. (I hurt especially when I rest and at night. In the morning I wake up as if I fell down a flight of stairs. moving around doing daily task helps.)
      SINCE these have gotten worse this past year, maybe that is why I had more side effects after the MRI. Not sure if the Doctor’s would agree with me about the side effects… (since I have a sensitive body even with most meds and do not like taking them, I am on 2 Blood Pressure and Methotrexate.) I replied because It helps to hear of others dealing with side effects that most people do not go through.
      My devotions with the Lord gives me a joyful spirit <

  24. I had an MRI scan of my brain yesterday. Suprisingly I managed the claustrophobia and panic BUT afterwards I felt awful, giddy, woozy and feeling sick. I had feedback from the consultant about the condition I was being assessed for (transient global amnesia) but felt so sick I could barely listen. Following that I was violently sick and sick again. This was a horribly experience. Does anyone have any answers?

  25. I will join the crowd. My MRI was at 7:00 am and I have felt strange all day. Around noon I started getting weak, dizzy and nauseous. After resting and a nap, I’m feeling better, but definitely not normal. I don’t have any answers as to why since all the medical “experts” say there are no side effects. However, I do wonder if the magnetic fields and noise are causing the symptoms.

  26. I just had an MRI this morning for lower back. As soon as i got out I felt a little woozy and fuzzy headed. Driving home I still felt disconnected. Now that I’m home I am still all of those things plus I’m feeling extremely wrung out, drained, weak, very lightheaded and overall weird. I quickly started googling and reading that there are no side effects – so glad i ran across this forum. You can’t tell me that the professionals have not heard from patients about these aftereffects.

  27. Had my first ever MRI this morning on right shoulder. A couple hours later I became very tired with headache and neck aches and fatigue. I have slept 3 different times this afternoon for an hour each time and still tired and groggy. No nausea though. No one could ever convince me that this is NOT from the MRI.

  28. I just had an MRI this morning for left hip that is not caused by arthritis. I had no contrast and I am not claustrophobic. While in the machine, I had the following symptoms: I felt heat across my hips where the pictures were being taken. Depending on where they positioned me in the machine, my heart was SLAMMING and I found it difficult to breathe. I do not suffer from anxiety, but this did make me anxious. It stopped when they changed cycles and moved me in the machine, so I know it wasn’t me. I also felt nauseous. When I got out of the machine I told the tech, “that was so weird”. He said nothing, didn’t ask me how I felt, didn’t explain that there could be “side effects”, he practically ignored me.
    Thank God I had cold water in the car, so I took a few minutes and drank some cold water. I only had to drive for 10 minutes to get home.
    I texted my daughter who is a nurse in radiology, and she said yes, totally expected side effects, especially in the T3 machines like someone above stated. I’m assuming it was a T3 machine, because I had an MRI of my knee in the past, which was much louder, but no side effects at all.
    I just had the MRI at 7:00 am and it’s 9:13 am now, so I’ll have to wait to see how the day goes. I’d love to take a nap but I have plans to go out.
    My head was hurting, that seems to be subsiding a bit, I’m feeling hungry but still a bit nauseated. I still feel foggy and my head feels like it’s vibrating.
    I’ll come back this evening and update you all on how I feel. I think I’ll write a letter to the administration in the MRI center and tell them that they need to talk to patients about side effects from these strong MRI machines. Together we will get them to pay attention!!!

  29. I had a breast MRI done two weeks ago. While in the machine, I had a severe cramp in my back that hurt like hell. The MRI Tech did not hear me screaming for him (or chose to ignore me). I have had pain in my back ever since and it radiates to the front under my breast. I think I either fractured a rib, have a severe muscle sprain or something else. This pain just will not go away. Does anyone have any ideas what I should do? I didn’t have this problem before the MRI.

  30. I have to admit that I was more than hesitant to post my story, but after reading so many accounts, I figured I should write down what happened today, in an to feel less crazy.

    Let me start by saying that I am no stranger to doctors, hospitals, medical or surgical procedures. I was an active kid and between football(soccer) and skateboarding I managed to break more bones than I could count. I had spinal meningitis twice (but have had a total of 10 spinal taps), had a hand reattached, chronic kidney stones, and was blessed with seizures in my 30s after bad car accident (of no fault of my own)! Yay me, ha ha! While the list continues, suffice it to say — I’m no stranger to xrays, ct, and mri scans. With and without contrast. I have metal plates and screws in my hand and lower spine. But it CAN always be worse. I preface what happened today by sharing my body problems, only to show that my familiarity with how an MRI SHOULD WORK has me all the baffled and questioning my own sanity!

    I met with the same technician who happened to working this past February when I went in for an MRI of my brain. Answered the same questions: only metal continues to be in my hand and spine from surgeries years ago, correct. Yes, I’m still a bit claustrophobic, but I can deal with an MRI no problem. We walk to the imagining department, I lie down, he hands me the emergency bulb, I place the ear plugs in, and he slides the table into the machine.

    The first minute or so felt warm on the lower 2″ of my back, but I mostly ignored it and moved along. The technician asked how I was doing (through the speaker), and I responded “Ok so far” but as soon as the words left my mouth I was filled with regret.

    The machine began with the much louder knocking and spinning sounds, and almost instantly from my lower spine to my chest I began to feel an intense heat and pressure! I wasn’t sure if an invisible force was pushing down from above, or pulling me from below, and while I didn’t squeeze the emergency bulb, the technician shut down the power and pulled me out quickly!

    I began apologizing profusely, while thanking him for “saving me” as I could feel something was going wrong with the scanner, but I was too stunned to ask for help! He gave me an obviously puzzled look as I explained what I was feeling. He asked me again about any other metal in my body. He was VERY patient with me, gave possible explanations: “maybe the ink in some of your tattoos are reacting to the process,” etc. That may have worked had i had back tattoos or had I not had the same tattoos for 20 years.

    We tried again. The heat and pulling sensation only intensified. We began doing 3 min scans with a 2 minute break. I don’t know what was happening but I felt as though I was being pulled into the scanner by someone who was tightening their grip around my spine by the second!

    I couldn’t take it! I had 7 minutes to go, but I couldn’t make it, and it drives me insane because I have NO idea why this was happening for the 1st time in my life! It scared me if for no reason other than the tech couldn’t explain why I was feeling that way!

    By the time I made it home my doctors office was closed. I plan on calling 1st thing in the morning even though I know the nurse will tell me I panicked. I don’t have panic attacks, but if I did why would I panic over some I’ve done hundreds of times before??

    It’s 2 hours later and my spine still hurts and is hot to the touch. I’m not imagining that.

    • Hi there! I relate so much to your post. I had an MRI of my lumbar spine last night and during the exam and for the rest of the night after the exam, my body felt very hot, especially my spine. Now today (the day after) I woke up with intense pain in my lumbar spine, in a different area than what I even got the MRI for. This was the same area that got super warm during the MRI. I am also feeling kinda of out of it and spacey. Forgetful and sort of like I have ADD. Also my body feels like it has an internal vibration going on. It’s so weird.

      Did your symptoms resolve at all? I’m hoping this will dissipate soon!!

  31. I had my first MRI scan today – two hours ago.
    I have head/neck ache and I feel dizzy and disoriented, brain feels a bit scrambled/fuzzy almost flu-like – hence the reason I searched and found this blog.
    I’m not an anxious person, sound didn’t bother me during the scan.

  32. I had a no contrast MRI yesterday, and when I was walking out of the hospital I starded feeling terrible…dizzy, headache, nausea. and just general awful feeling. 18 hours later and feeling awful. Never again.

  33. I have a defective hip implant that has left me poisoned with cobalt and chromium. I told the MRI tech, but was told it wouldn’t be a problem. She was wrong.

    • I had an open MRI yesterday Sept 19, with dye.
      I feel so sick today. Weak all over and my head hurts. My stomach hurts when I eat.
      It’s a scary feeling.
      I hope it goes away soon.
      Sending good health to others who feel the same.

  34. I have had at least a dozen MRI’s in the past with no problems. I went to a different MRI place today and had a very strange experience. I was having 2 MRI’s done. The first on my hip was fine as usual. The 2nd on my spine made my hand feel like electricity was shooting through them and was very painful. I squeezed the emergency bulb and the tech moved me out. I told her what was happening and she said she never heard of this. I moved my hands from my chest to my sides. This time they felt hot but not as bad as the pin pricks before. My head started heating up and I felt dizzy. Tears were streaming down my face by the time it was over. I was dizzy and weak. A doctor came in to see me and said she never heard of anything like this. I really wonder if she doesn’t know or doesn’t want to know. I’m glad I found this site so I don’t feel so crazy.

  35. Wow this is so weird. I had an MRI years ago and was fine but I just had another one 5 days ago on my lower back and I haven’t been right since. An hour after the MRI, I started feeling a bit off – almost like I had a flu. I thought nothing of it & had a nap but when I woke I had a bad migraine and couldn’t face eating. Now, I’m a girl who usually loves her food so it’s really unlike me. Here I am five days later & I still don’t want to eat, still have a migraine, feel really lethargic & just want to stay in bed. I’m well used to medical tests so it’s not like I’m just being a drama queen. I never even thought this could be related to my MRI until an hour ago so I started googling it. It’s so weird we’re all having similar issues. On one hand being unable to face eating is good for my diet but I don’t know how long this’ll last so I can get back to feeling normal again…

    • Hi there! I relate so much to your post. I had an MRI of my lumbar spine last night and during the exam and for the rest of the night after the exam, my body felt very hot, especially my spine. Now today (the day after) I woke up with intense pain in my lumbar spine, in a different area of the lumbar than what I even got the MRI for. This was the same area that got super warm during the MRI. I am also feeling kinda of out of it and spacey.

      Did your symptoms resolve at all? I’m hoping this will dissipate soon!!

  36. I had a 45 minute mri scan today for my jaw and everything but my legs were in the machine . That was at 10:35 this morning and I’ve felt really week, dizzy and tired all day. I had a nap and when I woke up I just felt out of it for about 2 hours. I still feel weak, tired and out of it. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to feel right again?

  37. I knew I wasnt crazy!! Ive never noticed a direct link before but after 12 hours something told me to goole possible side effect of MRI and CT I had both today . I am dizzy , very spacey, literally looking for items in my hand almost a drunk feeling , blurry vision, my body and eyes hurt, nausea, headaches. Weakness, tired, freezing and achey but no fever …Ive been thinking I was coning down with the flu all day but this buzzing in my head and spinning finally gave me motivation to look deeper. Ive always been sensitive i have on going health issues including fibro so I thought a flare up but this messed me up …idk it wasnt my longest MRI ..but ive had a few xrays this month anyway just wanted to do my part sharing I know drs. Keep dismissing us …but we know our bodys ….nor are we crazy and I found comfort I wasnt alone. It took me all day and most of the night to actually look this up ….because I kept telling myself “thats crazy” well this site prove Its not ..thank u

    • Hi Natalie! I relate so much to your post. I had an MRI of my lumbar spine last night and during the exam and for the rest of the night after the exam, my body felt very hot, especially my spine. Now today (the day after) I woke up with intense pain in my lumbar spine, in a different area of the lumbar than what I even got the MRI for. This was the same area that got super warm during the MRI. I am also feeling kinda out of it and spacey. Forgetful and sort of like I’ve been drugged. Also my body feels like it has an internal vibration going on. It’s so weird.

      Did your symptoms resolve at all? I’m hoping this will dissipate soon!!

  38. A list needs to be made of the following:
    All doctors and nurses and technicians who said “I’ve never heard of this before…”
    Then we can compare and see if there are any names who have said it twice. Catch them in the deception. Hold them to account.

  39. Just another note in common sense: It makes sense why someone would hear noises during the exam because the noise is currently happening. How can anyone be hearing these noises after the MRI scan is complete? It is obvious using logic and reason that if noises are still being heard after the exam when the noises have stopped, that there was damage done during the exam. These new 3T machines are too much magnetic pull for the human body, just read up on the safety and pre exam contraindications protocol. 1.5T is the most a human body should come in contact with. Also, read up on G forces and magnetic pulls under NASA. Too much can cause brain damage that are equivalent to the whiplash forces in rear end collisions. These same 3T MRI after effects and whiplash symptoms are the same when there’s brain injury/concussion. Seems like humanity has become a living experiment. Request a 1.5T only MRI or do without is my opinion. Praying for justice and restored health to all of you. And stand up to these days, techs, and whoever else did this to you. Get an attorney for further advice.

      • And since MRIs eem to cause brain injury then we should be told we will need to go to bed right after and avoid screen time and hard thinking and get extra rest for a week to recover, otherwise it takes months to recover from a brain injury/concussion. If you are ever the same again.

  40. I’ve just come back from my MRI and I am frantically looking for information on side effects.

    I realised when I was getting changed into the gown and looked at my feet I’d left glittery nail polish on my toes. I mentioned it to the hospital person but she said it would be fine.

    As soon as I lay on the bed with my feet facing the tunnel I could instantly feel my toes prickling and tingling. I asked again about the polish and told her about the tingling. She looked concerned and got her colleague’s advice. She said not to worry the glitter wasn’t a problem. They then asked if it was my imagination which I felt pressured into agreeing with so I sheepishly continued, still feeling the tingling. It intensified when I went in but my whole body felt weird. Tingling, almost vibrating, crawling sensation under the skin over my whole body, especially in my limbs and extremeties. I kept calm, focused on my breathing until the 2nd last scan began. This time felt very different. Suddenly, a crazy spasm twitching sensation took over my lower abdomen, similar to that gopher feeling described above by another poster. It caused my tummy to physically jolt, then I got an intense pain in my left elbow, it had gone stiff and seized up, at the same time I felt a shooting pain in my head. I thought that was it, I was going to die. I felt like I could almost go into proper panic, I almost squeezed the alarm to get the hell out of there, but for some reason I just battled through it, probably as I knew it was almost over. If I knew it would have went on for any longer than it did I would have got out of there. I felt very dizzy and fuzzy afterwards, exhausted, anxious. 5 hours later I still feel dizzy, fuzzy and “off” with this strange, squirmy feeling in my legs, feet and toes. I have a very sore head. What the hell is going on?
    I feel like there was stuff in me moving around that shouldn’t have moved. It felt like my molecules were moving around (if that makes sense). It’s a very hard sensation to describe. I am worried something serious is happening but I know the docs won’t believe me.

  41. My experience might seem weird. I had a brain MRI without, contrast yesterday noon. I was emotional going inside the chamber and kept crying, everything else was fine.
    Last night, I seemed at woke up from my sleep after midnight, because I felt as if someone touched me. I got up, checked the whole room and the keys on my door. Went back in bed with lights on. When I started going into deep sleep, I heard a soft female voice saying good morning, immediately after I felt someone touching my both hands simultaneously and the movement was like waves. I was freaked out. Could not sleep again. is this normal or could someone explain it to me please. I am still anxious.

  42. I felt disoriented after the MRI upon getting up, and felt mild nausea which started midway through the non-contrast brain scan being done for a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury due to being rear ended at a full stop on the highway by a kid on his cell phone going 65+ miles an hour. I was still having daily headaches 4 months later. I told the technician my symptoms and she was not concerned and sent me on my way. I continued feeling nausea, vertigo, dizziness, moderate to severe headaches and unable to concentrate at all on paper work. It has been over 24 hours. I got the MRI to rule out any other cause for my continued concussion symptoms but I do not think the obvious injury to my brain was worth it. Obviously the MRI causes inflammation and other injury and therefore the digestion shuts down somewhat as it does in other emergency injuries in the body. From prior research on how to fight inflammation and how to heal the brain I am taking DHA 2000mg daily as recommended by my concussion expert M.D. Also ReMag as recommended by Dr. Carolyn Dean M.D., she says they now recommend this after brain surgery. If I go outside and stand on the grass barefoot it immediately soothes my headache. I think I feel some relief from water as it comes out the pipes too, which would ground you but I think being outside there are some other fields from the earth that help. Lots of rest with eyes closed is good, limited screen time, limited hard thinking. And for inflammation Dr. Brooke Goldner’s protocol does wonders. Even one smoothie, packed with greens 70% of the way and a half cup of freshly ground flax seeds is noticeably helping. I know water fasting is very anti-inflammatory and according to Dr. Alan Goldhammer M.D. it is safe for most people to do themselves up to 5 days, but I am not up for that right now. Hope this helps some people. I will update here when I am feeling recovered from this. I really appreciate everyone else’s comments, it really calmed my fears and helped me realize what is happening to me.

    • And a few more things- Dr. Thomas Levy’s youtube talks tell about vitamin C and I have found it to be extremely helpful for healing so I will be doing the Lypo C as well as the regular store bought vitamin C hourly until I see some significant recovery from these MRI effects. The concussion headaches I was getting before the MRI were mostly mild but these are moderate to somewhat severe and have been almost constant. It seems that any thinking results in a headache. And meditation is helpful too.

      • How are you now ? Please , everyone in this forum , tell us if you recovered from all of these side effects. I’m really scared. i have vertigo , headache , neck stifness , facial warmth .

      • i had an non-contrast MRI of abdomen . i had it 5 days ago and I heard only a sound that looked like someone was putting the knife in my brain. The other sounds I felt ok. I was there for 40 min. Please , everyone that wrote long time ago , tell us if you recovered from this , or things got worse ? It would be very helpful. Thank you so much.

        • I was the same for about 48 hours. I was able to rest a lot along with the supplements and standing barefoot on the ground and I prayed too. About 55 hours after the MRI, I noticed feeling less nauseated, less vertigo and I was able to sleep better without the feeling of falling. After a good night’s sleep, About 72 hours after the MRI I felt significantly better. I would say it has kept getting better by small amounts. It has been 5 full days now and I still feel a bit funny, disoriented, nausea, sight vertigo. No more severe headaches- just the same daily headaches I was getting before the MRI from my concussion. I feel confident I will keep getting better. They really should give warnings about these possible side effects. The scare of having unexpected side effects is awful!

          • hello Shelly. I appreaciate so much that you keep informing people about your actual health. This is so important to people that come for the first time in this forum. It helps a lot. Thank you so much. I just completed 1 week from my MRI and I don’t have the headaches or neck stiffness or the intracranial pressure anymore , however I have that feeling of falling. I also understand it also in totally rest mode. I focus on 1 point and actually my blood pulse that pumps in my head , keeps me to move my eye concentration to that point. It’s not huge , but 1mm movement keeps me not focused on that point. I’m hoping to be better too. I think all of this has to do with the inner ear ( otitis interna ). Particularly with labyrinthitis , which is the part that controls balance. I will keep everyone informed about my health , so please everyone else , write down about your actual health. It’s so important to everyone of us. At first , when these sympoms came after the mri , I thought to make another MRI for the head , as I was frightened that something went wrong with my abdominal MRI , but I think I’m recovering and will not do it. Tell me if anyone felt similar symptoms from the previous MRI and did another hear MRI , just to confirm that his head and his previous MRI were ok. Thank you so much. May Good Bless You All !

  43. The most obvious negative aspect of an MRI without any contrasting chemicals is the effect the magnetic rays have on your red blood cells. Doctors will never mention it because they probably never think about it or have never been instructed on it.

    Your red blood cells carry iron. Iron is attacted to anything which is magnetic. The powerful pulses from the MRI machine wreak havoc on your red blood cells due to the attraction and subsequent disuption of the iron atoms which are bound to oxygen. This disruption disturbs the oxygen uptake and transference to your cells. This is why many people, as evidenced from the comments on this page, feel tired, weak, or dizzy. It is lack of oxygen to your cells. The magnetic rays polarize the iron atoms placing them into a diruptive pattern.

    Do not believe doctors if they tell you there are no side effects from magnetic resonations. Although it is not invasive, it can leave you with acute effects and in some cases chronic and permanent effects.

    • Hello Albert. Thank you for replying . I know it has something to do with iron , but do you have any reference about the iron molecules mechanism , how true is this one you are telling ? because it says all over the internet that MRI works with hydrogen atoms and particularly with hydrogen nuclei ( protons ) . Are you a doctor ? I think the dizziness and loss of balance has to do with the inner ear . The possibilities of these symptoms are actually two. 1. The strong magnetic field 2. The heavy sounds of Mri. I think that the second option is more to be true. I think something in the inner ear is happening. Either labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis. They both are for the balance , dizziness , nausea , temperature on the face and ecc. However both labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis are thought to be caused by bacteria or viruses. I don’t know if they can be inflammed by a heavy MRI noise. I may go to an ORL doctor to control my ears today. I will inform anyone after the examination. Thank you so much to all of you. And please , anyone that wrote in the past , let us know if they totally recovered or things got worse or didn’t recover totally. Thank you so much.

      • Hello everyone. I am feeling better now , after 9 days from the MRI . I feel the dizziness just a little. It’s improving though. I don’t have the other symptoms in the first 3 days. May God Bless You All .

    • Thank you for that information. It fits with what I am feeling 10 days later. I still have mild vertigo which could be from the inner ear fluid being exposed to the high vibrations. But there is definitely something more going on. I am extremely fatigued and am not recovering well from my physical therapy work outs, my muscles are extremely sore and all my car accident injuries have flared to feel like they did months ago. My physical therapist, who has seen it all, is surprised by how tight I am all over. My muscles are shortening up and pulling with muscle spasms ongoing. I was recently diagnosed by my doctor with adrenal fatigue from a jaw bone infection. So I do have an already strained immune system. But I did not feel anything like this fatigue or pain or tightness before the MRI. And I eat a pound of greens a day and half cup of freshly ground flax seed, plus vitamin C and more. I wonder if trying to go outside will help my blood cells to reorganize more quickly and doing some deep breathing may help release toxins and bring more oxygen to my cells. Again I really appreciate everyone’s comments!

      • Hello Again Shelly. I wish you Fast Recovery. It’s day 12 for me after mri , still feel that loss of balance but rare , during the whole day. What I feel is that whener I work a little on pc by day , I feel myself not tired , but especially the neck I feel it very exhausted or like I have slept badly. And I feel that warmth over my face. And also when I get stressed , I feel extra pressure inside my head. I didn’t have these symptoms befote MRI. I mean I could handle stress a lot physically. Now I blush directly and feel that neck stifness and the intracranial pressure once I stay for 30 min or more on pc. Perhaps it’s that I check my pc in my bed , not on my chair. I mean sometimes I lay down on my bed and take my mouse with me and the keyboard and leave the pc screen on the table. Perhaps , yeah it’s a bad habit of me , but I had this habit before MRI and it didn’t cause me these symptoms. May God Bless You All

        • Today it’s day 13 for me and I notice that if I lay down in my bed and stay there for half an hour I get the warmth in my face. If I turn to the right side ( my right ear down ) , after 30 min the right ear becomes totally red. If I turn left , the left ear turns red. If I get up and walk for 30 min inside my house , the redness on my face and my ear goes away. I think it has to be something with the blood flow in my head. I don’t know. I almost don’t feel at all the dizziness today. The dizziness has 99% gone but this warmth on my face is scaring me.

          • I didn’t work today on pc and I didn’t stay so much on iphone and didn’t force my self. Let me know if someone had this symptom. Thank you so much. God Bless You All.

          • It seems the MRI effects make us more sensitive to things, maybe the warmth is a reaction to the EMFs coming from the PC or cell phone?
            I just reread the article above which suggests that these symptoms come from anxiety and laying still for a long time in the MRI. That does not seem like a reasonable explanation at all. And I had no problem laying there or being in the machine. I did have a mild vertigo that I get when being near a highway for any length of time. I understand some people can get so sick from vertigo they have to go to the ER. They might want to weigh their options before getting an MRI. But I sure was given no warning. It has been two weeks and I still have some mild vertigo and nausea but the soreness and weakness is much better just the last few days. I am recovering better from my work outs. When I sit up I have to take a few seconds to balance whereas before I never had to do that. But I can drive and walk okay.

          • Hello . Over a month passed from my MRI and I still feel that loss of balance during some moments of the day. The warmth on my face is still present ( not everyday , but it is there on some moments mostly when I feel the loss of balance , so they appear mostly together ). Let me know if someone got another visit to the doctor about the post mri symptoms , or anything. Thank you so much. God Bless You All.

          • I went to an ORL Doctor ( since I strongly think this is related to the inner ear ) , and went to a neurologist , but my country is strange. Medicine in my country is totally business. The doctors don’t care that much about the patients. They totally ignored my symptoms. I know that our doctors in my country are so amateur , so I would advice anybody in USA to have an appointment to an ORL Doctor. I’m a dentist and I somehow know that this may be due to the blood circulation in the head or ear ( which represents the warmth ) , or totally something related to inner ear ( labyrinth ) which is responsible for the balance. I may consider going abroad for some really good doctors. I would advice you to make an appointment at least to an professional ORL doctor there just to wipe all the doubts and fears and set the peace of mind. God Bless You All.

          • If you decide to go to an ORL doctor , just tell him/her about this forum ( since he/she may feel strange your symptoms and he/she would not think that these are the symptoms that came directly after the MRI , so tell him/her about this forum and that there are a lot of people experiencing these post MRI symptoms ). Thank you so much .

          • Hello Shelly. I kinda don’t feel that dizziness , I feel it has remained just a little more. But what I feel strange is that whenever I exercise on an elliptical machine , after 5 min I feel a head pressure in my head. I did this exercise even before MRI and with much more intensity and I never felt head pressure. Let me know if you have the same symptom as well. Thank you so much. God Bless You All.

    • well do you know what I should do then, I have a spine fracture and they wont do surgery unless I get an MRI, I have a bad feeling about it and don’t know what to do!

  44. Three days ago had one of many MRI no contrast..never have I felt so bad after any of them as I have from this one.The tech had to walk me out to the waiting room after I sat for 5 min on the mri table just trying to get my balance back..My daughter had to walk me to the car. The vertigo is bad along with nausea..threw up 3 times when I got home…slept alot..day three…the ringing and hearing my blood flow in my head and the vertigo is less then day one but still constantly there..still having a feeling of falling when I walk..Just playing the waiting game now. Will let you know when and if it goes away.

    • Hello . I hope you Fast Recovery. Over a month passed from my MRI and I still feel that loss of balance during some moments of the day ( the symptoms have been dissapearing little by little during 1 month after mri , but still the symptoms are there ). The warmth on my face is still present ( not everyday , but it is there on some moments mostly when I feel the loss of balance , so they appear mostly together ). Let me know if someone got another visit to the doctor about the post mri symptoms , or anything. I went to an ORL Doctor ( since I strongly think this is related to the inner ear ) , and went to a neurologist , but my country is strange. Medicine in my country is totally business. The doctors don’t care that much about the patients. They totally ignored my symptoms. I know that our doctors in my country are so amateur , so I would advice anybody in USA to have an appointment to an ORL Doctor. I’m a dentist and I somehow know that this may be due to a not so good blood circulation in the head or ear ( which represents the warmth ) , or totally something related to inner ear ( labyrinth ) which is responsible for the balance. I may consider going abroad for some really good doctors. I would advice you to make an appointment at least to an professional ORL doctor there just to wipe all the doubts and fears and set the peace of mind. God Bless You All.

      • If you decide to go to an ORL doctor , just tell him/her about this forum ( since he/she may feel strange your symptoms and he/she would not think that these are the symptoms that came directly after the MRI , so tell him/her about this forum and that there are a lot of people experiencing these post MRI symptoms ). Thank you so much .

  45. Had a non contrast MRI on 1-11-2019 for continued pain symptoms in my heels after a drunk kid slammed into the back of us doing greater than Hwy speed. They put my entire body in, with plugs & protection for my head. I didn’t experience too much during the procedure. A minor electrical “ spark “ that made my muscle cause a limb to jump & just general feelings of anxiety like my heart beating faster. I did notice a warming sensation, but can’t remember if it was in 1 spot or just in general. Started Xperiencing tinnitus shortly afterwards & had some minor balance issues. The worst issues I’m dealing with 13 days out are a drying/burning sensation in my eyes, brain & in all my muscle tissue. I’ve also slowly realized that I’ve been extremely fatigued with some achiness in my bones . 1 symptom I haven’t noticed much of here so far is the fever like fluxes I’m having in my body temperature for an unexplained reason. Please help, I want my energy back & hate this body temperature symptom. *I will try to come back & update ya’ll in another week & will do my best to observe if the tinnitus occurs at the same time the body temp change. But the fatigue, dry/burning eyes & muscle tissue & achiness remains constant .

    • Hello . I hope you Fast Recovery. Over a month passed from my MRI and I still feel that loss of balance during some moments of the day ( the symptoms have been dissapearing little by little during 1 month after mri , but still the symptoms are there ). The warmth on my face is still present ( not everyday , but it is there on some moments mostly when I feel the loss of balance , so they appear mostly together ). Let me know if someone got another visit to the doctor about the post mri symptoms , or anything. I went to an ORL Doctor ( since I strongly think this is related to the inner ear ) , and went to a neurologist , but my country is strange. Medicine in my country is totally business. The doctors don’t care that much about the patients. They totally ignored my symptoms. I know that our doctors in my country are so amateur , so I would advice anybody in USA to have an appointment to an ORL Doctor. I’m a dentist and I somehow know that this may be due to a not so good blood circulation in the head or ear ( which represents the warmth ) , or totally something related to inner ear ( labyrinth ) which is responsible for the balance. I may consider going abroad for some really good doctors. I would advice you to make an appointment at least to a professional ORL doctor there just to wipe all the doubts and fears and set the peace of mind since a visit would not kill anybody. I hope you Fast Recovery . God Bless You All.

      • If you decide to go to an ORL doctor , just tell him this forum ( since he may feel strange your symptoms and he would not think that these are the symptoms that came directly after the MRI , so tell him/her about this forum and that there are a lot of people experiencing these post MRI symptoms ). Thank you so much .

  46. 6 weeks after non-contrast brain MRI and I still have mild vertigo. Dr. Rhonda Patrick says that a 72 hour water fast replaces 1/3 of your immune system, replacing damaged cells with new ones. I am thinking about trying that to help speed my recovery from the car accident injuries, including the mild traumatic brain injury/concussion and then the vertigo from the MRI.

    • Hello again Shelly. I found out on my own to get rid of the vertigo. Just consume low salt meals. Possibly , don’t use salt at all. Then eat walnuts , almonds , pumpkin seeds , sunflower seeds , brocholi and every dark green leafs. Then essential is ginger , garlic , pomegranate and tomatoes. They will reduce inflamation . I don’t have that vertigo anymore , but I kinda feel my right arm weak sometimes and my right eye sometimes becomes like it’s not seeing 100% in both dark and daylight compared to the other eye that is 100% like before the mri. Maybe the Mri has caused inflamations. I hope that everything went good during that MRI. Worst experience in my life.

  47. Thank you for these comments. I have a MRI scheduled for Monday and will be cancelling it. I just had a thought – if the MRI machine is magnetic and reacts with any metal wouldn’t it make sense that it would react with the mercury and aluminium that is found in all humans (as it stores in soft tissue) and wouldn’t these MRI machines move these metals around (potentially causing a lot of damage/brain damage/ soft tissue damage/etc)?

  48. I had a brain mri a week ago with contRast. I was fatigued and headachey afterwards but last 3,days I’ve had nausea too. Anyone have the same ????

    • Hi Nina,
      I am facing the same situation. After my MRI with contrast I felt nausea too but after couple of days it went away. But one thing I noticed is constant fatigue. Today Sept 16 2020 is my 14th day after MRI and still I feeling same fatigue.
      Since your post is almost one year old. I would like to know are you still feeling fatigued. Does it reduced any way?
      I hope you a well being of your health.
      Thanks in advance.

  49. An MRI scan resulted in a trip to the ER. Two years later, I am still suffering from side effects as a result of the MRI scan. My scan took place on June 29, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. I had been sent by my former employer as I was referred by their orthopedic doctor after suffering an injury to my right foot and toes.
    I wanted to leave a message on here because I heard many speak of a ‘panic attack’ that they had. The ER doctor said that I had one also, which is furthest from the truth. I DID NOT HAVE A PANIC ATTACK. I was calm and fine. And almost immediately after the MRI machine started, I felt my nerves convulsing in my right foot then within seconds a heat flash quickly traveled from my foot where the MRI scan was pointed at and I could feel it move up my body through my legs, hips, torso, arms, hands, head..basically through my entire body. The pain was so excruciating that I was tearing. I yelled out to the technician to stop the machine. He did. Thank God.
    He asked what happened. I told him. And he said in an abrasive tone, “Well, that has never happened here!” He asked if I was ok. I said no. I was disoriented, dizzy, I saw white dots , my body was overheated, my heart was racing and pumping very quickly, I had a burning pain in my right foot and ankles which to this day have not gone away, my body felt very hot, I had trouble standing and walking, I had trouble breathing, and my entire body hurt.
    Anyway, to date I have been to the ER two more times. I was forced to quit my job. I have developed elevated high blood pressure. My lymphatic system does not work properly. My heart is enlarged, and I now have edema and leaky legs. I am now on 7 meds, experience nerve pain and other symptoms. In a nutshell, it has ruined my life. I will say that I have a left knee replacement, I had thyroid cancer, a thyroidectomy, and to date I have been denied a copy of the MRI scan, and/or any information regarding the frequencies that were set by the technician.
    I found that with all my doctor visits, and after seeing 9 doctors…I tell them what happened to me…and they all tell me that what happened to me was not possible. So my point is, they have been trained to tell their patients certain things. I have read hundreds of people around the world give accounts of injuries or effects that they endured and most saying that their doctors brushed it off or said they had a ‘panic attack’. In addition, I found out that most of the machines are owned by General Electric and Tesla..so a lot of money has been spent to ‘quiet’ any other complaints by patients. And I find that it all comes down to money. And it is big business.
    So I had to write this because I am looking for others that might have been affected the way that I was by an MRI. Something needs to be done. I wrote and complained to the FDA who monitor the MRI machines…supposedly. I got a letter from them confirming that they had received mine. But I also found out that the MRI machines are not regulated. At least they are not in the USA. So many of the complaints fall on ‘deaf ears’. Someone please let me know what I can do before my heart gives out on me. Please.

    • Antonio Rael, I am so sorry to read about your debilitating MRI experience. I hate the fact that often there is no compensation or even validation for injuries from medical procedures. I regret getting an MRI a month ago for an ankle sprain. My pre-existing tinnitus has spiked in my right ear and a new sound has developed in my usually quite left ear, my inner ears hurt and my eye health seems to be deteriorating, I have been experiencing bad anxiety and a feeling of being off in my head. I think the MRI has been causing me psychiatric issues. Getting the MRI done is one of the biggest regrets of my life. May peace and better health be with you. Most Sincerely, Jon

      • Hi Jon how are you feeling? I relate so much. I had an MRI of my lumbar spine last night and during the exam and for the rest of the night after the exam, my body felt very hot, especially my spine. Now today (the day after) I woke up with intense pain in my lumbar spine, in a different area of the lumbar than what I even got the MRI for. This was the same area that got super warm during the MRI. I am also feeling kinda out of it and spacey. Forgetful and sort of like I’ve been drugged. Also my body feels like it has an internal vibration/”drank too much coffee feeling” going on. It’s so weird.

        Did your symptoms resolve at all? I’m hoping this will dissipate soon!! Scared of the long-term effects.

    • Sr. Rael,

      I have just said prayers for your healing. Your description of your situation is so sad. We all need to do more research on all of this. If you can provide me with links to research more, I would be grateful. My initial searches have yielded this article: https://appliedradiology.com/articles/u-s-federal-safety-standards-guidelines-and-regulations-for-mri-systems-an-overview ; however, I do not know how much ongoing oversight the FDA provides after the initial machine approval for use the U.S.A.

      Personally, MRI side affects have so far been limited to lethargy, headaches, eye blurriness, and dizziness with nausea. This year I’ve had a 3T MRI for my ankle twice (in 2020.) Last year was my first MRI (also for my ankle) and gave me no significant problem–and my guess was that it was a 1.5 T, as it was quieter in my memory. I’ve suffered with an occasional bit with of severe dizziness for six years now that my E.N.T. doctor has not been able to pinpoint yet, but am very healthy both physically and psychologically; am in my 30’s and enjoy hiking, running, and biking when not suffering an ankle injury.

      Was so grateful to find this forum yesterday before my MRI! Thanks to everyone who participates! I was so grateful to know that my terrible dizzy experience with my August MRI was not unique to me. I performed this exercise that my dad found in 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0hXx14hEtQ . We tried multiple maneuvers over the years and this is the one that helped us. In full disclosure of my medical history, that may also had been the year I started using an options/smart phone a–believe it or not–I had been able to hold out until then, and just used a flip and slider phone prior. One wonders about the radiofrequency radiation from cell phones and the 5G now in many urban areas and its affect on all of us. This was also around the time I began to drink stronger coffee (espresso,) maybe in 2013.

      Hopefully that maneuver can help other people. There are probably multiple inner ear issues, but I was glad to read what Brooke Strong wrote above about the inner ear canals fluid in relation to the MRI field to alert me to the link between the two. It’s so important that more research be done on all of this. My experience yesterday was so much better with South Sound Radiology in Olympia, WA. The technician allowed me to do a maneuver on myself right before I climbed onto the tray. When I mentioned my concerns about my last MRI, she did agree that it can cause dizziness for some people. I so appreciated the honesty. I did not get anywhere near the dizziness of my prior MRI, and no nausea this time. With my last MRI in Santa Ana, CA I could barely drive the seven minutes home to then lay in bed for most of the rest of the day. However even with my better experience yesterday, I still have a fairly strong headache today. And remember, it was only my ankles/legs that entered the machine, and not the rest of my body.

      That being said, I’m going to continue to research 3T after everyone’s shared experiences here. A family member has a heart palpitation, and if he ever needs an MRI, I am for sure going to advocate for a 1.5 T MRI. My compassion goes out to all of you who have had a head or spinal MRI as it just sounds like torture from the descriptions here.

    • Mr. Rael,

      Do you happen to have any metal in your body, like staples in your ankle or foot? I was fortunate that for my one surgery (ironically, the other ankle had an Achilles snap) that they used dissolvable stitches; I’m wondering why I am having so many fewer symptoms than some.

      Again, my prayers are with you for your health.

  50. I am glad to know that headaches and nausea are common side effects from an MRI scanner and you should breathe deeply in order to reduce stress. My uncle needs to have an MRI scan and he is worried that he will get nauseous during the procedure. I will let him know that deep breathing and relaxing will help prevent him from getting nauseous and anxious.

  51. I got really dizzy after, almost passed out trying to get up, I was in a very awkward position on my stomach with my left arm extended, right pulled in under my head. The tech didn’t bother to help me up until I said whoa, and he realized I was about to fall. I had a awful headache all the way home (3 hour drive) and went to bed about an hour after I got home. I still feel weird today.

  52. I had a MRI on my whole spine about 30 hours ago. Before this, I had a MRI six months ago on my upper spine. I had no adverse effects from my first MRI. I went to the same hospital and same machine for this recent MRI. While in the machine I had some warming or rather burning sensation in my back. I was fine coming out of the machine and walked home on a warm night without any problems. When I reached home, I had a headache but thought nothing of it and went to bed after eating. The next day when I woke, I was lethargic and nauseous. I also developed tinnitus. It may have been prevalent the night before after the MRI but I didn’t take notice of it. Day two, I am looking for side effects to see if there is a possible connection with the MRI and my fatigue, nausea and tinnitus. I feel like my MRI was done safely and I was given earplugs, which helped dampen the sound. The noise was much the same as the first time and was not an issue during the imaging. I have read through this forum and have not seen any resolve to help me but wanted to comment and add to the list. I hope I get well soon and I hope this post can one day be useful to someone studying side effects.

  53. Thanks for the info on this site. Had a brain mri did ok during the scan got up dizzy.
    Had headaches and was dizzy off and on the next two days. The third day got up feeling very bad was that way most of the day. I am thinking I have the flu maybe
    covid 19. Check my temp for fever many times no real fever. When I showered my
    head would feel strange when the water hit me. Six days out still dizzy at times and
    headaches am some better now. Still feel very tired and want to sleep.
    I did have the covid 19 test it came back negative. I hope this helps others.

    • I’m a little scared now even after reading this forum. I had an MRI of my brain yesterday with no dye and I’ve had the same symptoms your saying you had. I’m upset that I didn’t do more research before I agreed to have this done. I always heard MRI’s are safe with little to no side effects. ugh

  54. After my MRI with contrast for neck I felt nausea too but after couple of days it went away. But one thing I noticed is constant fatigue. Today Sept 16 2020 is my 14th day after MRI and still I feeling same fatigue.
    Since this post thread is quite many years old. I would like to know from others are they still feeling fatigued. Does it reduced any way? If yes after what time period? And what actually you did to minimize this fatigue.
    Also I understand that you have faced the same symptoms more or less same. So kindly give solutions rather than writing the same thing over and over again. I know I am harsh in my words but please try to understand I am frustrated by core of this feeling.
    I hope you all of well being of your health.
    Thanks in advance.

  55. I had phlegm loosing and gathering in my throat after spending awhile in the MRI. This was a disruption to the process because I was gagging and had to cough. I had no problem with this before or after the MRI. So I feel pretty confident in saying the MRI had something to do with this. The technician was adamant that it was not related… Hmmm!

  56. Hello, does anyone get better from these terrible experiences? I too had a “non contrast” mri with horrific head pain right after that has lasted two weeks. Does this get better?

  57. On 12/31/20 I underwent an MRI to my left knee. The procedure lasted 20 minutes, but the adverse after-effects were frightening. The next day I experienced extreme anxiety and a feeling of doom and danger for no apparent reason. Also had episodes of what could be considered focal seizures. Occasional periods of cardiac arrhythmia for 2-3 days after the procedure. As a registered nurse, I am not exaggerating these symptoms. I will never consent to and MRI again.

  58. If anyone is still reading these, you can find scientific research on MRI’s on ScienceDaily.

    The magnets affect the fluid in your inner ear! Anyone who says your symptoms are “unheard of” is a quack! Science says MRI’s affect you!

    • Eli – Thank you for the info. I’m still reading. Interesting article at Science Daily under the heading ‘New contrast agent could make MRIs safer’ – it involves manganese and may be better eliminated from the body (easily understood when reading the article).
      Had my 4th MRI in January 2021 and it was a different wide bore one to the one I’d had in October 2020. All seemed OK.
      I did experience some headaches which I never normally have, but put it down to the brain tumour progressively improving (I hoped) rather than the MRI. I also had dry itchy eyes.

      My 3 monthly CT and MRI scans were done on Friday. I was anxious and a little upset as I suppose many are when hoping to see improvement, and the slight nausea and dizziness after were things I put down to stress and vertigo. I had a headache and went to bed very tired.
      Yesterday morning though, I woke and had to rush to the bathroom – not something I usually need to do and usually wait until downstairs so as not to disturb my husband if he’s still asleep.
      It felt something like cystitis, smelled of chemicals and felt uncomfortable, then I noticed my ankles itching, and my joints and ribs hurting. I put that down to coincidental after effects of radiotherapy which still sometimes resurface periodically. I felt exhausted all day and the headaches had become worse.
      This morning, on waking my legs and arms were really aching and stiff, my head aching, and I’d been up at 4am to go to the bathroom (unusual for me).
      I read up on MRIs and problems with both the MRI itself and the contrast solution. I do think one of my kidneys has a slight sensitivity, and oddly enough, as I was getting off the MRI bed, mentioned the nausea and dizziness to a radiologist …her colleague appeared (I’m thinking he must have heard me) and asked did I have kidney trouble, and I replied not particularly. That is beginning to make some sense now.
      All through yesterday and today I’ve been visiting the bathroom more frequently and with some irritation. I began drinking even more clear fluids, and the discomfort seems a little less. Still got the headache and lethargy.
      I’ll be seeing the consultant tomorrow or Tuesday so will see what he has to say.

  59. The literature says that the average patient won’t feel any ill side effects from an MRI, so I figured I must be one of those “non average” patients since it’s been almost two weeks and I still feel strangely sick after my first MRI. After looking at the comments, it seems that there are in fact many of us “non-average” folks. I wasn’t the least bit worried going into the MRI. My wife has had multiple MRIs and she told me that she felt totally relaxed and two of my adopted sons have had MRIs and it didn’t seem to affect them negatively. However, about 30 minutes into my MRI, I heard the technician say something about contrast and suddenly I smelled a sickly sweet odor and I wanted to throw up. I had to swallow repeatedly to keep myself from throwing up and while the loud noises were tolerable before the contrast, I suddenly felt extremely on edge and felt every muscle in my body straining and even started crying and each loud noise after that felt like a pounding in my head. I managed to hold still so they were able to get a clear picture, but I felt awful coming out of the machine. Almost two weeks later and I still feel bad and today I couldn’t even function and stayed in bed all day even though my family really needed me. I guess I’m one of those many “non-average” patients who doesn’t respond well to the contrast dye. If I ever need an MRI in the future, I’m saying no to the contrast.

    • As a follow up, the contrast dye that this particular hospital used was gladolinium, which is definitely not a kidney friendly type of contrast. I wish I had known that before.

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