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    Just wondering if I went into A &E to have these scans would results be available immediately?
    Also any medics here.. which one would they do for chronic headaches after a car accident... most likely means inflammation of nerves.
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    (Original post by Spoon)
    Just wondering if I went into A &E to have these scans would results be available immediately?
    Also any medics here.. which one would they do for chronic headaches after a car accident... most likely means inflammation of nerves.
    MRIs are unlikely to be made available immediately- it can take upto 6 months to get the scans done at some centres, and a few days for the results to be made available.

    As for which scans you need...it would depend on the availability of both. MRIs would give a medic a much clearer picture, but a CT could suffice.
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    (Original post by Spoon)
    Just wondering if I went into A &E to have these scans would results be available immediately?
    Also any medics here.. which one would they do for chronic headaches after a car accident... most likely means inflammation of nerves.
    car accident - perhaps a bit of whip lash.....?

    I would hazard the guess that you are sufferring from tesnion headacha (aka Musculoskeletal headaches) which basically means that you neck took a bit of a beating in the accident (acceleration vs deceleration and all that) and the muscles have responded by tightening up. The muscles in your neck go up into your scalp, thus any contraction of them pulls your scalp about (the muscles you use to raise your eyebrows frontalis for instance).
    Constant use of these muscles make them ache, something we poorly recognise as being a muscle ache, and instead feels more like a headache to us.

    It won't be inflammed nerves.

    It'll take a few weeks to relieve (and in a tiny tiny amount never does), in the mean time you could take 2 or 3 ibuprofen tablets a day [check instructions on packet] to reduce any inflammation of the muscles, and see if someone will give you neck/head massage.
    a warm blanket or something placed around your neck when pain is bad might help too

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    (Original post by foolfarian)
    car accident - perhaps a bit of whip lash.....?

    I would hazard the guess that you are sufferring from tesnion headacha (aka Musculoskeletal headaches) which basically means that you neck took a bit of a beating in the accident (acceleration vs deceleration and all that) and the muscles have responded by tightening up. The muscles in your neck go up into your scalp, thus any contraction of them pulls your scalp about (the muscles you use to raise your eyebrows frontalis for instance).
    Constant use of these muscles make them ache, something we poorly recognise as being a muscle ache, and instead feels more like a headache to us.

    It won't be inflammed nerves.

    It'll take a few weeks to relieve (and in a tiny tiny amount never does), in the mean time take 2 or 3 ibuprofen tablets a day to reduce any inflammation of the muscles, and see if someone will give you neck/head massage.
    a warm blanket or something placed around your neck when pain is bad might help too

    HTH
    J

    Those lavender heat pads you can get are great for bad necks, a god send in fact.
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    When I had to have an MRI Scan, i waited 3 months for my appointment, and the results took few weeks. They wont automatically send you for MRI though, as they cost an absolute fortune. Not cure about Ct scans though.
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    (Original post by Spoon)
    Just wondering if I went into A &E to have these scans would results be available immediately?
    Also any medics here.. which one would they do for chronic headaches after a car accident... most likely means inflammation of nerves.
    MRI scans can take a while to get an appointment for unless it is an emergency case...I have them done quite often and the results take a while. I usually have the scan and then go back for an appointment for the results at a later date.
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    I had chronic headaches after a car crash -had a double trapped nerve. The headaches i got were absolutely awful. Try acupuncture and massage; but have it proffessionally done.
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    You will get what you need based on clinical presentation !
    Whether you get it early or late or at a far off location is another matter !
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    (Original post by sparklyteacosie)
    MRI scans can take a while to get an appointment for unless it is an emergency case...I have them done quite often and the results take a while. I usually have the scan and then go back for an appointment for the results at a later date.
    My sister had an MRI at 2am once. They had to get the people up specially!
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    (Original post by deej2)
    When I had to have an MRI Scan, i waited 3 months for my appointment, and the results took few weeks. They wont automatically send you for MRI though, as they cost an absolute fortune. Not cure about Ct scans though.
    they cost a few hundred quid per scan (CT that is) and are much easier to do and to evaluate than MRI hence are used much more.
    THey're also easier to do - quite a big percentage of people can't have MRIs cause of the claustrophobia (im not phobic but it really bothered me to hell too)
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    i know its not the same thing, but if you went into casualty for something random and had an ECG and they said that the ECG was making out i had a different heart rate/rythm/etc to other people, would you expect to have a scan (ultrasound i think) within a few weeks of them noticing it. Its just, i was kept in on the ward for a night becuase they were curious about it and the heart consultant said that he would be in contact about having a scan. that was about 4 weeks ago, how long do you think it'll take before i hear about it again? I'm not really bothered how long it'll take, it just unnerved me a little and i'd like to find out wether my normally abnormal heart (hehe) will be a problem for me in the future.
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    (Original post by foolfarian)
    they cost a few hundred quid per scan (CT that is) and are much easier to do and to evaluate than MRI hence are used much more.
    THey're also easier to do - quite a big percentage of people can't have MRIs cause of the claustrophobia (im not phobic but it really bothered me to hell too)
    But they expose you to hundreds of times more radiation than a chest X ray - is it 300 or so per CT?
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    (Original post by foolfarian)
    THey're also easier to do - quite a big percentage of people can't have MRIs cause of the claustrophobia (im not phobic but it really bothered me to hell too)
    I was going to mention the MRI/Claustraphobia link. I was v uncomfortable when I had mine done, but they were playing music at the same time, so I was ok!
    Anyone seen the Philips ad on tv which has a MRI Scanner on it?
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    My sister had an MRI at 2am once. They had to get the people up specially!
    Me too...
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    (Original post by deej2)
    I was going to mention the MRI/Claustraphobia link. I was v uncomfortable when I had mine done, but they were playing music at the same time, so I was ok!
    Anyone seen the Philips ad on tv which has a MRI Scanner on it?
    When I first had one done I found I felt very claustraphobic (even though it wasn't a full body tube I was in-was only having my head looked at) At first the noise was very scary but I got used to it...They didn't play music because they said I wouldn't really be able to hear it over the noise of the scanner.
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    (Original post by deej2)
    I was going to mention the MRI/Claustraphobia link. I was v uncomfortable when I had mine done, but they were playing music at the same time, so I was ok!
    Anyone seen the Philips ad on tv which has a MRI Scanner on it?
    They played music whilst I was having my MRI done. Unfortunately, they played Robbie Williams, who is my most hated man on the planet - very unpleasant experience (the actual MRI was fine though!! )
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    The worst thing before the first MRI that I remember having was the nurse was telling me stories of how powerful the machine is and that once some nurses had to go in to the room with the patient and one had forgotten to remove the scissors from the pocket of her uniform...Another story was of a patient who came down from a ward and had oxygen cylinders on the side of the trolley which went flying across the room!!
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    When I had an MRI scan I thought it looked like some kind of alien transporter, and I did feel very claustraphobic. They didn't play music during mine, which is probably just as well as I would not have been able to lie perfectly still. Was quite cool when I got used to it, like something out of a sci-fi movie.
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    (Original post by Golden Maverick)
    But they expose you to hundreds of times more radiation than a chest X ray - is it 300 or so per CT?
    its no amount worth getting your knickers in a twist about.

    Actually i recall there being a funny quirk with brain tumours - the number of people you would have to scan immediately upon presentation before you found one actually with a brain tumour you could treat would be 1/100000 odd, which is roughly the amount of people (1/100000 odd) you would expect to actually get cancer from the CT.
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    I am getting a cardiac MRI done next week, as part of a study. It is going to be rather uncomfortable...
 
 
 
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