Our expert says:
I don't quite understand the Allergy issue with sedation, as there are various potential sedatives, some of which also have anti-allergic properties.
As to the problem of feeling very agitated when undergoing an MRI ( which is entirely non-invasive, but does need you to lie still for some time while being moved through a large machine ) sounds like an element of claustrophobia, and a good psychologist providing CBT ( Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ) should be able to help you unlearn this unhelpful degree of fear, and to relax deliberately when you need to do so. HYpnosis is too simplistic a method to be the most useful here, especially not on its own, though a CBT therapist might teach you to use a degree of self-hypnosis to achieve the degree of relaxation you need. You might actually NOT always need sedation. HYpnosis requires you to give control to the hypnotist, something you mightnot appreciate, thouygh used within a CBT framework, you could yourself use it as a tool you were in control of.
From the other examples you quote, it seems an issue if fear of situations where you don't feel in control, and CBT would give you a way of gaining control of just these situations, and being able to relax and endure or even enjoy them
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