Feeling Sick After an MRI? This Could Be Why

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If you’re feeling sick after receiving an MRI, you’re not alone. Many patients who received MRIs have come forward with the same claims of toxic side effects. It turns out that an element used to make the MRI results easier to read may be dangerous to the human body.

If you’re experiencing strange symptoms after your MRI, this could be why.

MRI Dyes Can Be Harmful, and Here’s How

As a rare earth element, one common ingredient of MRI dye, gadolinium, often faces scrutiny simply for the fact that it can cause a wide variety of issues in the human body. However, medical professionals will use gadolinium as an MRI dye for good reason: the element is a magnetic substance.

Traces of it will be mixed with a solution that is then injected into your bloodstream. The reason why professionals will do this is to conduct what is called a contrast MRI, which utilizes the magnetism to actually tell where and how much your blood is circulating throughout your body.

This allows X-ray techs to essentially see inside your veins and arteries. They get an accurate picture of your circulatory system as the MRI scan pulls with that magnetism and receives a very accurate read-out.

The problem is that you’re effectively allowing a metallic substance to circulate throughout your body. While everyone responds differently to this material, the side effects can be severe for those sensitive to it. And for some patients, gadolinium doesn’t leave the body, residing in the hair and skin.

Generally speaking, your system is capable of filtering all sorts of impurities out, but gadolinium can sometimes imprint and stay in your body from anywhere between two months, to six years, and even as long as you live.

As a result, many people with gadolinium poisoning suffer from:

  • Generalized pain
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Skin pigment changes
  • Eye problems
  • Vision problems
  • Blood clots
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cognitive issues
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Voice problems
  • Low body temperature
  • Itchy skin

There’s a reason the list of symptoms is so diverse and widespread. When you’re injected with gadolinium, it circulates throughout your entire body. That means you could experience a variety of symptoms all over.

Are You Susceptible to Gadolinium Poisoning?

If you have certain preexisting conditions that would target you as not a candidate for gadolinium, best make sure your doctor knows. Such conditions include:

  • NSF (Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis)
  • Kidney problems
  • Other skin issues

Before you get an MRI, discuss your concerns about gadolinium beforehand with your doctor.

Consult an Attorney If You’re Feeling Sick After an MRI

Misinformation, or lack thereof, would be the precursor to disaster, especially in the medical field. If by chance you had an MRI done, check your records and find out if you had your MRI “with contrast.” Talk to a qualified lawyer, and determine whether or not there may be an issue, and in the event you start experiencing symptoms, it’s important to know that you can get compensation for it. It is, after all, your health that matters the most.

Written on behalf of John H. “Jack” Hickey by AskTheLawyers.com™