My medical saga part two!

  1. Well it seems that although I have a very high TSH level my t3 and t4 are fine, within the normal range, so I am off to have an MRI. So in everyones experience how often is a tumor found? I know, I know let's not get too nervous yet. I have never had an MRI nor have I seen one. Can anyone explain what happens before 7:30?
    Thanks
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    rhona, mine was negative for malignancy a few years back. keep the faith.
  4. by   BadBird
    As far as the MRI goes, you just lay still on the very thin cot and you go through the machine, it make a funny noise but there is no pain. We will keep positive thoughts for you. Good luck and keep us posted.
  5. by   Flynurse
    (((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))) )))

    All of my best with you!
  6. by   jnette
    Wishing you the best of outcomes... ((( )))... do keep us posted.
  7. by   RNIAM
    Hi again, well if this just isn't the best day possible. I get there for my appointment. Guess what? They can't do it, to rule out a pituitary tumor they have to use a contrast dye, and you guessed it, the DR. that gives the dye is not there at night. When I come back out she says to me,gee I should have caught that! ug, so I had to make another appointment for next Friday.
    Thanks for letting me vent. And thanks for the well wishes.
  8. by   dianah
    Hope you're not claustrophobic, as MRI bothers some people. Some don't realize being in the unit will bother them until they actually go in for the scan. Most of the scans take 20-30 min and when the scans are being taken it is quite noisy - you should be given ear plugs to wear during the scan. The contrast agent is given IV, and may make your arm feel cool as it's injected, otherwise you should feel nothing. Unlike iodinated contrast (given for CT and IVP and angios, etc), the MRI contrast contains NO IODINE, and the risk of allergic reaction is MUCH smaller than iodinated contrast.
    BTW, if you are claustrophobic, an oral sedative may be given 1/2 to one hour pre-scan, or, per the MRI dept's protocol (some depts give IV sedation only, others try oral first). Please ask about sedation before the day of the exam, if you need it.
    Just out of interest, was an ultrasensitive TSH done? PM me if you wish. Best to you --- Diana

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