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Oct 4, 2019 08:13AM
Oct 4, 2019 08:16AM
The breast MRI support/table/positions are the worst! I had a good number of MRIs as I was on a study that monitored my tumor size during neo adjuvant chemo, and I have some tips.
1) If your tech doesn't offer it - ask for pillow under your lower legs, arms and a warm blanket. Anything that can make you more comfortable.
2) Headphones with music instead of earplugs. I'm not claustrophobic either, and did OK with music (music also helps me estimate the time - I ask them to turn on rock radio, and I know each song is about 4-5 minutes, give or take), but on my latest MRI the tech wasn't as fuzzy and just shoved earplugs into my ears. Boy, I immediately felt the world closing on me. I then asked for headphones and music, and she said "sure". Why not offer it right away?!
There is nothing to do about that hard thing pushing into your ribs, although, as other said, I think the ones I had experience with were padded. But still, your entire weight pushes on it, and it can make your breathing a little harder. This is a sensor and is needed there to guide the machine. For me, it helps to concentrate on something else. You did good by concentrating on your breathing. I would usually imagine I'm not there at all - every MRI I did I was mentally skiing my favorite trail, imagining every little detail, every turn, trying to feel the wind on my face, envisioning the sparkly snow. Escapism at its best.
8/31/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/15/2017, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/29/2017 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
2/23/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
2/28/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
2/28/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right
4/5/2018 Femara (letrozole)
8/21/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant