I had to have a pelvic MRI scan yesterday to investigate some problems I'm having with uterine fibroids. I'd never had an MRI before so I read some stuff about it and looked at some pictures of the machines so I knew what to expect, and although I know some people have a problem with being enclosed in the machine, I didn't think it'd really bother me and I was completely fine when I went in. But guess what? Turns out I'm substantially more claustrophobic than I thought - who knew?! Does anyone have any advice about how to cope with it if I have to have another MRI scan? Since they were only doing a pelvic scan I didn't think I'd have to be all the way in the machine, but I started off in about to my chin, and they kept scanning a bit (which sounds like someone drilling next to your head whilst sounding a car alarm in your ear) and then moving me a bit further in. There was only a couple of inches of space above my face, it was a lot more enclosed than I'd expected and dark in there, and I was basically strapped down with quite heavy things draped over everywhere apart from my pelvis (presumably to stop the waves going through the rest of my body?). I was trying not to breathe too deeply as they'd said I had to keep as still as possible, and lying on my back is the most uncomfortable position for me as the pain I have is worst in that position plus the vibrations from the machine were making it hurt as well. I held it together for about 20 minutes, by which point I was in up to my forehead and thinking that I REALLY wanted it to be over soon, then they moved me a bit further in again and I lost it and pressed the button to call the radiologist. Although he came straight in and moved me partway out of the machine and said it'd only be another 5-10 minutes, I freaked at the thought of going back in the machine and we had to give up on it. I'm so annoyed with myself, because I think if I'd just stuck it out and not got them to stop I'd have probably managed to make it to the end of the procedure, but once we'd stopped I just couldn't face being put back in the machine again. I'm generally a pretty calm, non-neurotic person, I don't usually freak out at anything much and I've never really had an issue with claustrophobia before, but I was a shaking, snivelling mess by the time we gave up on it! They got some of the stuff they needed but hadn't done the most important part of the scan yet, which means my surgeon won't have all of the information he needs to be able to decide the best course of treatment for me. I'm dreading the thought of having to have another MRI scan to get the missing information, the radiologist was very reassuring and said that lots of people take one look at the machine and can't go through with it so some people need to either be sedated or put under general anaesthetic, but he said there's a really long wait for that. I've already spent the last 7 months waiting for appointments for scans and being passed from one person to another and it was already looking like I wouldn't get to the stage where I was getting any treatment until after the summer, so if I have to go on another long waiting list for a second MRI then it's going to make the wait even longer. Really frustrated and annoyed with myself, stupid human self-preservation instincts about not being in enclosed spaces! Does anyone have any positive advice that might help me?