Since August last year I have had a bit of a problem with headaches.
Scroll down the page if you just want the MRI Simulator video I made…… otherwise, read on….
For 12 weeks I had a constant headache around the back of my head. It didn’t really stop me doing anything, but it was bloody annoying. A series of medication knocked this headache out, so that was all well and good.
Trouble is, on top of this headache, ever couple of weeks I would get a short lived slamming headache hit me in the back of my head to the right…. and it felt like a 12″ nail being hammered in. The pain felt like it is in one very specific area, like a knife point.
These wonderful ‘extras‘ have been enough for me to get on my knees or lay down and physically scream out in pain as they’ve gone on. I’ve broken bones and had various injuries, but I had never experienced pain like it. Over the 20 to 40 minutes it lasted, it started off as unbearable, and then ramped up.
Tests were done to make sure my brain was okay, and all functions were firing… and they were. Increasingly strong migraine medication was given to me, but none of it made the slightest difference.
As one came on over Christmas I took a painkiller/muscle relaxant left over from when I put my back out. These pills knocked me out cold when I had the bad back, so I reasoned that it would be better to be unconscious whilst this bastard headache ran its course if I couldn’t actually get rid of it. Yes…. probably not the greatest thing to do, but it was back medication that was prescribed to me, and I took a normal dose.
The headache stopped.
I saw a specialist and he said it is most likely tension related. That is to say a muscle under tension might be trapping a nerve and causing the pain. This is why the back medication worked. It is not work stress or mental tension… it is a physical tension within muscles etc.
So… I can now easily control the headache with meds and stop it before it even gets started…. but we still need find what’s causing it….
I was sent for an MRI scan to see if there was anything brain with my wrong.
People will tell you that the machine “will make a little noise“… Ha…. yeah, and then some…
The MRI operators will often play music through headphones to you, to help mask the noise…. ah ha ha…. no… really.
To help you understand what it is actually like, you might like to try my simulator…
The sound is an MRI scan, with an Air Supply song being played to help take your mind away from the noise of the machine….
This video and music track will help you simulate an MRI scan in your own home!
Yes, all you need is a good bass speaker and a bucket (white would be best).
Now just follow the on-screen instructions…..
If you have an MRI scan, you might be lucky and they won’t play music…..
Due to the nature of an MRI scan, you can’t have normal headphones. To get the music to you, they use a modern version of the speaking tubes used in days of old.
The music is played from a speaker away from the MRI machine and into a rubber tube. The tube splits off to your left and right ears.
Music is literally piped to you.
Unfortunately the MRI scan is so noisy, and the effectiveness of the sound tubes is so poor, the end result is, well…. crap.