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Pulling and fluttering sensation during an MRI

I have had several MRI's over the last 6 years. I have never had a problem with them until my last one a few months back. Just a couple of minutes into the MRI I began to have a pulling sensation in the upper right side of my stomach.It was quite strong and when it did not stop I pushed the emergency bulb they give you to contact them. They stopped the test and pulled me out and I told them what was going on. They asked if I was sure I had no metal in my body and I said no I had none. They said they had no idea what it could have been. I said ok let's try it again and when they put me back in it did not do it again. I had on no jewelry no metal on clothing and it was definitely an internal feeling. I am scheduled to have another MRI tomorrow but I am now concerned about having it done. Doe anyone know what that could be?
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Hi,
How was the repeat MRI? The pulling and fluttering sensation may be caused by a variety of issues. If there was no metal present, this could be due to neurological as well as muscle spasm. If this persist, additional diagnostic tests may need to be done to determine the underlying cause. Take care and do keep us posted.
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There was no problem at all this time. I am not a Dr. but I tend to play one when things come up I can't find an answer to. I wonder if it could have been nerves misfiring. I do have essential tremor. But, all is well thank you for your time.
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I had an MRI last night and felt the EXACT same thing. It was so weird! I could feel a tugging sensation that seemed to move around my head. Everyone keeps saying that it was all in my head, but I felt it a couple of times, and I have read several people online describe the exact same thing.
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I felt the same thing yesterday. Just at the end of the belly scan. I could feel fluttering and pulling somewhere near my liver, slightly below. It got me a bit scared as that's the problem area I went in to check. I'm waiting for my doctor to get back to me to discuss it in detail.
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I just completed my second MRI today and most definitely felt a pulling sensation in my lower back/abdomen. I know I did not imagine it, because it happened consistently every single time they started the machine back up to do a new set of images.  I could feel it slowly climbing up towards my torso then it would stop.  It happened about 5 times in this exact same manner. It didn't hurt, but it wasn't comfortable. It gave me a lot of anxiety.  I have metal in my ankle and also two body piercings (they let me keep these in and said it was not a problem.)
I just got on line to see if what I just felt this morning in my MRI was normal. I had this exact thing happen. But with my whole left leg. My MRI was on my right foot, so I was only in the machine up til mid-waist. Both legs in, but right leg secured so I didn't move it. I felt like my left left was going to "get sucked" up. It also twitched and then I kind of started to panic. I just about squeezed the panic ball, but did some deep breathing and got through it. It happened on 3 of the 9 "series" of scans they ran. So odd. I asked the technician about it afterwards and she said it's rare, but some people definitely have this "pulling" reaction. It's how their body reacts to the magnetic field of the the machine. I've had a few MRI's in the past, including 1 on my brain and I don't recall ever having this feeling before. So odd!! My left leg still feels weird, like weak or something.
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Well in terms of chemistry, metals are in ALOT of things. The only one that comes to mind that is magnetic would be iron. Our blood is iron based. I'm not sure if it's possible, but is it possible you could have pooling of blood from ulcers or something similar that is causing an increase in sensation? I still have part of a lead bullet in my right leg, but my last MRI didn't leave me feeling anything. I was told that lead is  bad for viewing structures under it, but inert to magnetism. I wouldn't bet my life on it, but I assume the doc was correct.
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