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MRI Anxiety

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Not sure if I'm posting to the right place. I'm scheduled for an MRI on Monday and I'm concerned they will find additional things which may or may not be important. I have an appointment with a breast surgeon on Wed, so doubt the results will be ready by then. Also wondering if I will be able to work that day after or ride my horse.

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  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,861
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    MRI’s can see many things but that doesn’t mean they all have significance or are bc related. Human bodies can be very interesting! If an MRI picks up anything that merits further investigation, a PET scan is often done. If something is there, whether you have an MRI or not, it’s still there. That being said, please understand that the chances of finding metastasis is quite small, so try not to get yourself wound up over something that is unlikely to happen.
    MRI’s are noisy! Lots of different clanging sounds and some even sound like jackhammers 😂. It doesn’t bother me now, but I have used soft foam ear plugs in the past and an eye mask is relaxing too. Remember not to have any metal on your clothing/body. This is a completely non-invasive process (save for contrast injection if you are having that) and there are no restrictions on activities afterwards. BTW, my facility seems to read MRI’s very quickly. I usually see them in my patient portal less than 24 hours after the test. Take care

  • alicebastable
    alicebastable Member Posts: 1,945
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    MRIs are just a type of scan and leave no aftereffects, so you can resume regular activity as soon as you're out of the tube. They're also a very routine pre-operative step so the surgeon can get a better view of the location of your tumor. Apparently, the regular breast tissue and the tumor can look very similar, so it's tricky for the surgeon unless they have as much imaging as possible for reference.

  • maggie15
    maggie15 Member Posts: 953
    edited May 12
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    Hi @tigglewinkle, An MRI will not interfere with being able to work or ride your horse the next day. Unless you take medication to relax you can ride when you get home. You have to stay still and it is very noisy (you get earplugs and headphones) but there are no aftereffects. Some people don’t like lying on their stomach for a breast MRI but you can see outside the machine. It’s possible that the results will be ready for your appointment. The results of my most recent MRI were posted three hours after it was completed; other times it has taken one to three days.

    Everyone worries about unwelcome results but it is better to have as much information as possible when planning your surgery. I hope your appointment goes well and nothing concerning is found.

  • tigglewinkle
    tigglewinkle Member Posts: 20
    edited May 12
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    Thank you all. I was worried the contrast would have some after effects. I appreciate the info—feel more prepared if still a little anxious…Just afraid they're going to say "oh look, there's more cancer that we didn't see!" I know my tumor was very small and I think disrupted by the biopsy and the clip moved, so not sure what they'll even see of the original tumor. I'm just obsessing, so will try to stop.

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,861
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    Contrast… some people feel a warm flush after the injection, others feel like they’ve wet themselves (they haven’t), and some feel nothing. That is all very normal.
    I know this type of worry defies logic but here’s a bit of logic anyway; you likely stand a greater chance of great bodily harm every time you get into your car to drive somewhere than you do of having metastatic disease. De novo mets are very uncommon!