Relax. You likely do not even need an MRI much less have anything to fear from it.
To prepare, you should choose music that will help you relax and also to overcome the noise of the pounding magnet. It will sound like someone is using a jack hammer a few feet away.
It you have any claustrophobic tendencies, my suggestion is to cuddle with yourself. Fold your arms across your chest and grab your elbows. This will prevent your arms from touching the sides of the tunnel. I also close my eyes. They will put a cage like sensor array over your head. Closing your eyes means you do not try to focus on the cage.
Did you ask for the MRI or was it suggested by your doctor?
Some doctors suggest imaging to help their patients understand that there is nothing serious wrong with their brain. This can reduce anxiety and enhance healing.
The cervical image may or may not show some small trauma to your neck. Studies show that there is very little correlation between the MRI image and cervical vertebra symptoms. It may show some inflammation or ligament injury but they are hard to image.
And BTW. You will likely be in the MRI room for 40 minutes but the process will take much less. A lot of the time is just getting set up, etc. If you struggle to sleep tonight, maybe you can fall asleep.
I prefer to use maximum hearing protection with foam ear plugs and head phones if possible. I don't see how I could enjoy music with the noise of the MRI machine.
So, relax and expect an all clear so you can reduce your anxiety.
btw, I have had 6 or 7 head MRI's if not more. I forget. They never found anything. So, I guess I am missing a brain. LOL
My best to you.
Mark in Idaho
58 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and successfully stopped all paroxetine after 3 months of tapering down. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan when I wake up, 500 mgs after breakfast with my vitamin regimen and 500 mgs late in the evening.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, my docs put me on three meds. Clonazepam (Klonopin, a dreaded benzo but only for 30 days ) 12.5 mgs twice daily (Doc prescribed 25 mgs twice daily but half a tablet is doing good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic before bed. I have lost over 30 pounds since mid July. The olanzapine is supposed to help me gain some of it back but it has just stopped the weight loss. They took me off the gabapentin. Feeling much better.
"Be Still and Know That I am God" Psalm 46:10