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About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Cindy

    I had an MRI to see if there was anything wrong with my head re: the headaches. I’m not claustrophobic really either, but put me in a MRI machine that is SO loud (especially when you have a headache) and I was a bit anxious. (Ok a lot). I really, really wanted them to find something so that I didn’t feel like I was being judged and b/c that point I felt like my doctors thought I was making it up, to be honest.

    I hope that you get answers soon!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      What did your MRI say about your headaches?

  2. Leah

    When I got my MRI, they gave me headphones and I could choose any radio station to listen to. That was pretty sweet. I got sleepy too. It didn’t really freak me out too much but I could see how being further in the tube would.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Lucky! I even asked if I could listen to music and she said no. I got padded headphones, like the ones the guys at the airport wear. That was it.

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    I’ve never had an MRI….so glad you did though so they can track your progress, and hope the flare ups are further and further apart ’till they’re gone completely. Have a great day Lisa.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      They are definitely further apart and the recovery time is faster, so that’s good.

  4. Carbzilla

    I’ll take an MRI over anything gynecological any day of the week. I think the fact that it’s light makes it non-claustrophobic for me. If it were total darkness, that may be another issue (like the thought of those float tanks makes me anxious, though Chris wants to do it). Hope you get the answers you want.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hmmm…if it was dark it might have been better because I wouldn’t be able to see.

      Michael and I bought a groupon for the local float place. We still haven’t tried it yet!

  5. Biz

    What a fun weekend – you got to do fun stuff while the Masters was going on (which my husband watched too and I found completely boring).

    Hope the MRI gives you the answers you need! 😀
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh I find it very boring. 🙂 Glad I made other plans. LOL

  6. Robyn

    Wow that sounds really intense! I have never had an MRI before, only xrays, and those are a little strange to begin with, I can’t imagine being put into a box for an hour and trying not to move! what if you have an itchy nose lol hopefully you will learn something from this and have an idea of how to make yourself feel better 🙂
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh yes, that’s something I was worried about. Of course when you are told you have to hold still for a long period of time THAT’S when your nose itches and you have to pee. Always! That happens with acupuncture for me too.

  7. Lisa

    The video is good, but the pictures of things the MRI can drag to the machine are much more dramatic – hospital beds, laundry carts, IV stands etc. You can’t get anywhere near the machine with metal due to the strength of the magnets.

    It’s nice that you are able to enjoy a weekend doing things you wanted to do knowing Michael was happy doing what he wanted to do. I hope the MRI gives some information about what is going on with your knees.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hope it gives me some answers too.

  8. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I have had an MRI, and you’re right, the sounds are LOUD and INTENSE. Scary. How awesome to know that you’re getting stronger. Your knees may have flared up due to muscular changes (in a good way). Are you able to ice your knees for some relief (and to bring down any inflammation, if there is some)?
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      The sound is AWFUL. It’s almost worse than the claustrophobia part…

      Maybe you are right about the muscular changes. All I know is that the weight lifting as worked to strengthen my glutes!! I am so happy it’s worked. I will try icing tonight. My PT asked me about that yesterday and sadly I’ve been lax about it.

  9. Brian @ New Me and You

    I’ve never had an MRI but it’s funny how medical procedures can create phobias in us that we never really had before. When I was younger the sight of blood did nothing to me. I would give blood, watch it come out and go through the tube into the vial. I could watch other people give blood. I could stand up afterward, and feel just the same as before I went in. None of it was a problem then one day my family doctor was trying to take a sample from me and nothing was coming out. He kept moving it around and saying, “maybe the vacuum seal is broken” and “it’s in the vein.” I stood up for some reason and then almost collapsed. I’ve never been that light headed in my life and he didn’t even take any blood yet. To this day I can’t stand the sight of blood.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow what a horrible experience! Interesting perspective. I can think of certain things I never even thought about or worried about until something like what you experienced happened. I was never afraid of needles (I have 5 tattoos after all) and then I was really sick years ago and in the hospital…all those IVs I had that collapsed my veins and made my arm infected made me afraid of needles!!!

  10. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I’ve had two MRI’s! I had some sort of weird nerve problem that doctors couldn’t figure out.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh man!! So they never figured it out?

  11. I ❤ 2 Eat

    I’ve never had an MRI, but I was scheduled once for my back. It was scheduled six months after my doctor’s appointment (Canadian MRI wait times are ridiculous!, and I think I had to be out of town during that appointment so I had to cancel. I think I would have felt claustrophobic in there.

    Sorry you are dealing with so much stress with your knee. Wish you a speedy recovery!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Did you ever follow up on your back? Is your back better?

  12. Logan @ Mountains and Miles

    I can’t wait to hear about your results – I hope it’s good news (whichever one you decide you want!).
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Mixed results. Seeing the specialist next week and then will update the blog.

  13. Amy

    I have had 2 MRI’s. The first one was open, even though it still felt closed and the second one was entirely closed. It was for my back and i was ALL the way in. Even though stuff like that rarely bothers me it was awful. It’s also hard to hold that still when you have so much back pain. Glad those days are long gone!!!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That sounds so scary! How did you fix your back?

  14. ashwin kumar

    There are so many body health checkups and scans available to diagnose the root cause of a disease, but the most popular & successful scan is MRI

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