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    • Definitely can't read into the MRI tech.  I had thought about being an ultrasound tech at one point (I still would like to be, but we'll see I guess) and I was told that I should maybe think about X-ray or MRI instead because I'm not a very chatty person.  (I've literally never had a chatty ultrasound tech, either, but I didn't argue, because, well...I'm quiet 😛 )
    • That'll do it.  I was drinking blue Gatorade when I had some kind of virus that caused it to run through me at the speed of sound.  The color was so unbelievable I almost took a picture.  
    • Honestly even after about 30 years of hypochondria (maybe more; I was probably born with it 😛 ) I don't really deal with the fear.  I schedule the test or the appointment, shove it out of my head when I can, worry about it when I can't, go through the appointment and waiting for results with anxiety, and that's about it.  It probably sounds pretty grim, and while it's not ideal, honestly, it has helped me realize that feeling anxious can't actually hurt me.  Don't get me wrong, I have bad periods where I can't function around the anxiety, and my goal is ultimately to never be paralyzed by anxiety no matter what the situation.  I try to think of it as the same as my chronic pain.  I can't ever get rid of it entirely.  But I can learn to function with it and find things that make the bad days more bearable as well as fewer and far between.  And I know a lot of people have had success with CBT and other things, I never really have.  So I try to stay busy, try to talk myself down rationally, and occasionally have full-on arguments with my own thoughts.  (It made me laugh to give the negative thoughts a name, like it's just an irritating little guy from Inside Out who somehow found his way in there and is annoying the crap out of everyone else.  "Don't go too high on that ladder; you'll fall."  "Super, thanks for the update, Chad."  "I think that cat scratch is infected.  You're going to die of a systemic infection."   "That's nice, Chad."  "You know, it's possible that someday you could snap and kill your entire family."  "That's not actually going to happen, Chad."  I don't know why the name "Chad," the person who I got the idea from called theirs "Tim.")     Spotting can be caused by a lot of benign things in anyone pre-menopausal.  Cysts, fibroids, wacky hormones (I have all three but very rarely had spotting; go figure).  
    • Simple liver cysts are so common.  You're not the first person here to have one I'm pretty sure!  The problem with peace of mind scans is that they sometimes find other issues that aren't dangerous but give us something new to fret about.  I've learned the hard way that the best bet for me is to only get scans that are the doctor's idea, because my pushing for one has never found a serious problem and just made me worry in the long run!   It might be the case for you too.
    • hi, my concern with the mri was that i t was a "screening" mri. it was only 15 mins, unlike the diagnostic mri's that last 30-60 mins.  this was done private clinic and not the hospital. my friend however went in for an abdominal mri and said they spent less than 10 mins and he was done..so i dont know
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