Self-diagnosis can be an unduly stressful and worrying thing and, if you are suffering with a headache that just will not go away, there is a wide number of possible causes most of which are no cause for alarm. For your peace of mind, however, it would be advisable to book an MRI scan to discover the route of the problem, be that dehydration, a migraine or the unlikely event that it is something more serious. It is even important to investigate for your health and peace of mind.
What Exactly Is An MRI Scan?
An MRI scan (full name: ‘Magnetic Resonance Imaging’) is an entirely painless procedure which typically lasts between fifteen and ninety minutes depending on the area of the body being scanned and the number of photographic images being captured.
An MRI scanner is essentially a short, cylindrical tunnel that is open at both ends and you will enter the scanner headfirst or feet first, again dependent on the specific area that is being examined.
What Are MRI Scans Used To Detect?
Medical doctors and health care professionals use MRI scanners to diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions, from mild traumas such as sore, torn ligaments and muscle spasms to more serious problems such as tumors and spinal cord injuries.
If you are in hospital with a headache, your doctor would order an MRI scan to help them identify the specific issue that is causing you pain and/or discomfort and subsequently diagnose any medical disorders you may have and then prescribe an individual and wholly appropriate specific prescribed treatment plan.
However, if you are currently not operating under any kind of insurance plan or medical network and have either been advised, or simply feel it is necessary, to undertake an MRI scan, by far the most cost-effective option is to book your own MRI imaging scan with a professional and established medical facility.
What Could Your Headache Mean?
Once you have booked your MRI scan, it is still important to resist the temptation to google your symptoms; frankly, that way only madness lies. Instead, spend the time before your appointment to attempt to ascertain yourself what the causes of your headaches could be? Be logical and practical and it would be pertinent to change one small thing in your daily routine each day to try and whittle down when or if your headaches get more severe and more regular when each variable is changed.
Common causes of headaches which are relatively simple to fix include:
- Poor posture
- Excessive consumption of processed meats
- Too much or not enough sleep
- Excessive consumption of red wine
- A need for prescription glasses or contact lenses
The cause of your headache could be anything from a problematic wisdom tooth to something more serious and the only way you can know for sure is to take your health into your own hands and personally book your own MRI scan today.