I was in the same boat 2 months ago. I’m glad I got it just to make sure nothing abnormal in my brain. The MRI came back normal.
I have terrible sound sensitivity so the loud banging really drove me crazy. My sound sensitivity was a lot worse for about a week after the imaging and overall felt really sick for a couple of weeks. I’m now back to my baseline illness. I’m glad I got it but I also need a spinal image but have anxiety about it because of the noise. Good luck to you, it might be worth getting just for piece of mind😊
I guess they have to see what's going on in there @bensmith As usual, it's a diagnostic procedure to eliminate something that just might be happening. They have to cover all bases.
While not exactly an MRI, I had a brain CT scan about 18 months ago. It was easy as pie. I worried about it beforehand, but there was nothing to worry about. It was over quite quickly. I almost fell asleep while in the scanner. It was nice to lay down and relax. It was a bit hypnotic.
The only thing that bothered me was having to drive myself to the hospital and back in pouring rain on busy roads, and get up way too early. That did crash me for a few days.
That's my guess too, that it's for the doctor's benefit rather than yours. AFAIK, no one knows how to interpret scans for ME. If the stress of having it done will make you crash, you may want to explain that to the doctor and ask whether it's really likely to reveal something useful.
I think you have to follow your own instincts on this one @bensmith , tho I tend to agree that having a baseline brain MRI might be useful in the future, and could rule out a whole lot of other deeply useless diagnostics down the road.
Is it an MRI or an fMRI?
Is insurance paying for it?
Will it help you deal with your Dr down the road? As in "I did what you asked on the MRI, could you do what I need on (fill in the blank)...."
Any money the neurologist would make off of ordering an MRI would be from the clinic visit in which he ordered it and any follow-up visit to discuss it. The MRI itself makes money for the radiology facility and the radiologist who reads it.
For ME it does not usually accomplish much but it does rule out some other non ME diagnoses. I've had several, i have multiple white matter lesions. Could be MS though at present they don't think so.
For long covid i have no idea if it would prove useful for not. I doubt anyone can answer that yet.
My instinct is to say get it done, its a noninvasive test and its good to rule things out. If the exertion is going to cause permanent harm then you might consider declining but if that is not the case i suggest doing it.