Do you have issues doing an enclosed C-scan?

@bjc66bjc (6745)
United States
October 6, 2012 1:16am CST
My brother who is 56 years old needed to take a C-scan today but he could not because he discovered he was claustophobe...he said he tried it twice but he just could not do it... Now he has to go back and they are going to sedate him so they do it..He was mad with himself because he could not take that scan today...He just wants to get this done...which I sure can understand... Do you have issue going into that tubal machine...It gives me a feeling in my head/mind of being inside a casket..(No I have never been in a casket)I did say my head.. But once again I am asking for prayer for my Brother,Ray Charles.. when he had his bladder cancer operation on August, they discovered a lump in his prostate which turns out to be cancer... He like myself is great BELIEVER...THANKS ALL.....
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@celticeagle (122434)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Oct 12
I have had two C-scans done. I did feel alittle panicky due to claustrobia. It did feel alittle close but the attendant was great. She talked to me the entire time, told me how much longer and so forth. That really helped and I was able to go throught the entire thing. Hope all goes well for your brother.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
7 Oct 12
Hi celtic thanks for your feedback..Yes I have had a couple of C-scan myself during mynlife ..and the attendant was very attentive as well, it help but it was definately difficult for me.. and I am not clasutrophobia at all...
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@celticeagle (122434)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Oct 12
I didn't care for being confined in that small space for so long. She kept talking to me and that helped.
@Asylum (48157)
• Manchester, England
6 Oct 12
I assume that you are referring to an MRI scan, which simply stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. I have never heard the term C scan, but that may be because we live in different countries. Anyway, I have had several MRI scans because I suffered a brain haemorrhage late last year and am now being monitored at intervals to assess the potential of a repeat problem. I am usually quite content during the scan and have no problem with it at all. Claustrophobia is a fairly common thing so your brother is certainly not alone. The condition is so common that they always give me a small rubber ball to hold while I am in the tunnel and tell me to squeeze it if I need to come out. Obviously it is very common if the hospital staff go to such lengths. I sympathise with your brother because it is a very small enclosure and the treatment usually takes about 20 minutes in my case. This must be horrendous for anyone with claustrophobic tendencies, so I consider myself to be very fortunate.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
7 Oct 12
Asylum thanks for responding,, but I actually meant C-scan. An MRI scan is something totally different machine....The precedure is the same holding the indicator just the same but it was difficult for him to to do.. anyway he will be sedated to to complete the prodedure, he will have to spend an hour inside the scan...
@Asylum (48157)
• Manchester, England
7 Oct 12
Sorry for the mistake, but as I said I have never heard of a C scan. If the procedure is similar then it will be very disturbing for anyone who I claustrophobic. I thought that I was in the tunnel quite a long time because they injected a dye into my vein half way through and repeated the cycle. An hour is a very long time, and even though I am not claustrophobic I would find that rather disturbing.
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
10 Oct 12
I´ve had a few C-scans (cancer as well) and luckily I´m not claustrophobic. But I´ve talked to some people who were, some had actual panic attacks before going into the tube. Your brother doesn´t have to get annoyed with himself, there are others like him and its not s.th. that can be controlled by oneself. I couldn´t be operated due to the size of the tumour, I had radio-and chemotherapy to see if it would shrink enough to be able to extract it but the doctors weren´t very optimistic. But guess what happened? The tumour virtually disappeared and they decided not to operate. That was two years ago. I really hope that your brother´s cancer can be controlled as well. A warm hug to both of you from the bottom of my heart.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Hi dana, thank you so much for your feedback, which was a great response...Thanks God your tumor was virtually disappeared..I truly believe that was prayer...When he went back for the operation on his bladder cancer they discovered that the 2 tumors had did the same thing almosr diappeared but they continued with the operation, because its a reoccurrence cancer for him... But I felt your sincerity when reading your response...thanks so much and thanks for the hugs...
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
I had one once but I didn't like it I had to stay on my back and I can't my back begins to hurt.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
8 Oct 12
thanks winter, different people have different reasonings for not being in favor of that tunnel....
@MandaLee (3745)
• United States
6 Oct 12
Hi bjc, I have a pain pump. I can't do enclosed C-scans or MRI's, because it would damage the pump. I will pray for your brother. I have been taking a break. This is my first response since coming back to mylot.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
7 Oct 12
Oh Mandalee where have you been...I was wondering where you were. Whats the pain pump for....you can PM me if you want to... I appreciate you coming back with a response to my post... I hope you are well...your prayerss are greatly appreciated...
@GemmaR (8526)
6 Oct 12
I never thought that I would be affected by going into a scanning machine like that, but the truth is that I am very claustrophobic and I couldn't cope with it at all. It is a shame that such things have to happen for people to be able to get better, but it is worth it in the long term if you manage to get rid of a bad illness thanks to a scanning machine such as this picking it up. I hope that your brother manages to fight his cancer, because it wouldn't be fair if he were taken from you after everything that he has been through.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
7 Oct 12
I thank you so much for your response...He has gone through a lot...But thank God he is strong and keep pushing forward...
@sid556 (31000)
• United States
13 Oct 12
Hi Bj, So sorry to hear about your brother's health problems! I've never had a c-scan but I can imagine if you are claustrophobic at all then it would be tough. One year my daughter bought me tanning sessions. I had never been and I had a bit of trouble with it the first time I got in the bed and pulled the cover down. My mother had a real problem with the c-scan. She got through it without being sedated but hated every minute of it. I'll pray for your brother's speedy recovery!