Well I had my MRI this morning and it really was fine. I asked to have a look at the machine yesterday and I think that helped me feel more relaxed as I knew what to expect. Also received my initial pathology report from my biopsied. I do have Grade 2 IDC - my MRI results will confirm if I need further areas investigated and what treatment plan is best for me. I’m feeling so much calmer than I did when I first discovered the lump and during the first week of waiting for results. Maybe I’m just in shock but everything feels surreal as I feel so well! Hard for my husband and I to get our heads around the fact I do have cancer. I suppose I will be heading to the recentl diagnosed forum at some stage. Thanks for everyone’s support and answers this far
That’s such good idea. Thanks Citty. I’ve googled what the MRI might look like but seeing the actual scanners they use at Barts will help. I will certainly consider some sedatives and also practise some breathing techniques. I know if I’m allowed to listen to music that should help.
If you think you might struggle with the MRI, you could ring them and ask to see the scanner first. You can also ask your GP to prescribe just 1 or 2 diazepam to take the edge off the anxiety. Please don't get anxious about being anxious either, lots of people struggle. Good luck.
Thanks much for you reply. It helpful to hear that you and others have also had breast MRIs. I’m glad in a way that it should show anything missed on my other scans. I have heard it can produce a lot of false positives. I’m also worried about the procedure as, following a major jaw operation many years ago, I get very claustrophobic and feel like I can’t breathe if I have to lie face down for any length of time. I experienced this whilst having a back massage once and felt extremely panicked. Thankfully I could just get up then but from what I understand the MRI can take quite a while. Do they give you anything to relax you? I’ve had an MRI for something totally different but went in feet first and lying on my back so it was ok.
Sorry to hear you have all of this hanging over you.
Although the anxiety is horrible, it is right that she is being so thorough, it’s much better to be get to the bottom of it & to be absolutely sure what’s going on.
As you have dense breasts, an mri should be done, as I understand mammos are simply not as effective in seeing what’s going on in the breast. Depending on our diagnosis, many of us here have had breast mris.
Hopefully all will be well, but If you are diagnosed, then thankfully it will be dealt with.
Do let us know how you get on.