I am new to the board but after todays episode with my hubby at the hospital today. He had MRI, CT scan and xray of his neck and CT scan and xray of his lower back. He had no issues with MRI for lower back before when he had one in May 2011. Just that it was very painful to lay there that long. But today the tech put something around his neck that freak him out. And then was putting him thru with this neck brace thing. He said he freak out and it was like he wasn't able to move and felt like he was being confine down. She brought him right out when he said he couldn't handle the neck thing. So she took him out and said he was done. She made a remark well you did fine last mri. He thinks it was more the neck brace that freak him out than the mri itself. He is refusing to do it again due to the neck brace thing. I called his neurosurgeon and he said he has to do it. They will try an open mri this time around and if needs something they could call him and they would do iv sedation. Which they should of done that today in the first place so it would of been taken care of today. I told him how rude the tech was as well. He is said is so important to have this MRI of his neck. I told him to please put on there iv sedation so that he can get it done this last time. We didn't know about the neck problem until the neurosurgeon exam him. He barely complains of his neck but now recently he has especially today when he had to extend his neck all the way back and forward now he says it is worst again.Is this common to wear some type of neck brace during a mri scan they did not use it for the ct scan. Just dont' understand why they just didn't use the brace and just put him thru without it.
Between his neck and back pain which also shoots down his hip and leg. He also falls a few times a day losing his balance. Walks with a cane too. He is only going to be 49 yr old in August. His last cervical surgery was 2001 but he had 2 lumbar surgers 2001 and 2005. He has degentative disc disease, stensois and arthritis. He had herniated disc before his last surgery now he has bulging disc and narrowing with the stenosis in his lower back. We are glad we went to see a neurologist for a 2nd opinion we had gone back to his orthopedic surgeon and all he did was send him back to pain management for injections which he did on Monday and in the worst pain ever. They did 2 levels at that time as well. They dont' work for him and had series of 3 each time before surgery.