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Having an MRI - What to Expect?

Discussion in 'Social' started by Mina, Jun 11, 2009.

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  1. Mina

    Mina I'm a VIP Premium Member

    Tomorrow afternoon, I am having an MRI on my knee. I have never had one before. Can anybody tell me what to expect? All I know is that I will have to lay still. Can I hold my little stuffed toy fish who goes to therapy with me? I can sit still just fine, as long as I have something in my hand. Do you suppose I'll be allowed to listen to my iPod, or does that interfere with it somehow? Any info would be appreciated!

    The MRI is because I have fluid on my left knee and they think I tore my meniscus. It's not really painful, unless I twist it - mostly just feels very stiff. Of course this happens just as I get a dog and am dying to go running with her :rolleyes:
  2. She Cat

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    I have had several. They can be anxiety provoking....You are in this capsule and the noise is none to pleasant either....It's a lot of banging and clunking. I can handle it for awhile, but then I start to get....GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!!! I just can handle so much and then.....

    But, the techs are usually really good, and they know that people gt weird, so they will ask you all the time, how you are doing, and if you need to stop....
  3. amethist

    amethist The Mystic Duck Staff Member Premium Member

    Hi Mina

    I have to go for one too, same knee same problem, just twisted mine last night again. Forgot to lift my foot before turning and bang it went.

    Like She Cat said it's a bit noisy and it looks like a big polo mint, but if they are the same as in UK, you can have a button so if you need it to stop you just press the button and it all stops and out you come.

    As long as there is no metal bits on your fish you should be able to take it in with you.

    You can have music on but i think its there own head phones but take yours with you, because they might be able to play yours.

    Good luck it will only take a few minutes so stay calm and you will be fine.

  4. Claire

    Claire Well-Known Member

    Yes, as others have said they are noisy. Sounds a bit like the men are digging up the road right outside. The people running them are very good though as its not uncommon for people to be worried. Tell them how you are feeling beforehand and then they will know how to help.

    I used visualisation techniques to help me imagine I was somewhere very different from where I actually was!
  5. Mina

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    Thank you for your responses, She Cat, Amethist and Claire :smile: It definitely helps me to have a better idea of what it's like!

    Amethist, are we twins in a parallel universe? That's exactly how I torqued mine! I felt so silly today at the doctor's office telling them :doh:
  6. strugglingdad

    strugglingdad Active Member

    I've had a bunch of them. Ask for headphones with music. I usually end up going to sleep. Probably because I'm up all night before stressing about being there. :) Good luck.
  7. Mina

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    Back from the MRI - it went well! In fact, I kept falling asleep! LOL

    I did have headphones with music, StrugglingDad. Thanks for the suggestion :smile:
  8. strugglingdad

    strugglingdad Active Member

    Glad it went well. Good luck with your knee.
  9. amethist

    amethist The Mystic Duck Staff Member Premium Member

    Glad you got throught it ok.

    Its going to be a while before i go for mine so will have to be carefull how i put my foot down.

  10. amethist

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    Hi Mina

    Went to see physio today and he referring me to see specialist for my knee sorting out MRI first then go from there.

    Have you had results for the one you had yet.

    Think i might take Guns and Roses CD or maybe Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell lol

  11. Mina

    Mina I'm a VIP Premium Member

    Oooooh, I love GN'R!! (I still remember the November Rain video...) Good call :thumbs-up

    My MRI was "inconclusive" except the fluid was very obvious. They think there's probably a minor tear in the left leg lateral meniscus that's just too small to show up clearly. Thus, they sent me to physical therapy for an undefined problem :rolleyes: I had my first session today, and it wasn't bad. The PT says that because of my hip structure (pronated), I'll need to continue doing specific strength exercises as long as I continue running so that I'm balanced out.

    I'm glad you got the referral...hopefully it will not be long before they get things on track!
  12. midi

    midi Guest

    It's good it went ok! I took morphine before I had my MRIs. Listened to music I liked, and focused on the breathing so I wouldn't freak.

    Having a PT is great! They can show you how to take care of your body! Knowing the right exercises to keep it in good 'running' order is crucial.
  13. amethist

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    Hi Mina

    I recieved my appointment to see specialist today. NHS must be on a melt down because they are sending me to a private hospital. I know they do use them for overflow never thought they would send me though.

    Fame at last lol

    How is your knee, now hope its feeling better.

  14. Mina

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    I'm glad you will get to see someone, Amethist! Hopefully they are able to get you an accurate diagnosis quickly. Keep us posted...

    PT is going quite well, and I have a recheck with the doc this coming Friday. I've been slacking off some on my exercises, but I don't think I need to explain to you guys how that whole triggered + lack of sleep thing = no energy :wink:
  15. Mina

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    Just got back from my knee recheck with the orthopaedist. Bloodwork doesn't show signs of inflammation or rheumatism, so that's good. However, I'm still not allowed to run for another month :mad: which is terribly frustrating. Running is something that really helps when I'm having a meltdown or angry. It will probably be late October before I'm back doing my usual 3-5 miles, as I have to start back very slowly once I'm allowed. I am trying to keep it in perspective that it's "just" another month, but honestly, I feel like going and getting shitfaced (and I hardly ever drink).
  16. cherryblossom

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    Hang in there Mina, take it day by day, and the month will soon pass. Hopefully, once fully fit again, you will enjoy the challenge of getting your fitness/running levels back to where they were before all this. In the mean time is there something else you can do instead of getting shit faced :wink: Swimming perhaps? Or maybe something more relaxing such as yoga or pilates? Core strength or upper body exercises? Or zombie shooting computer games to help with the frustration :dontknow:

    Regards, CB
  17. amethist

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    Zombie shooting :rofl:That's brilliant.

    Good to here you can maybe get back to running soon Mina. If you cannot run could you do power walking instead or would that be too much for you knee to cope with ? Just an idea.

    I can't wait to find out what's going on with my knee. Its like walking with a sponge or a soft balloon where my knee should be some days.

    Oh well just have to wait and see what the doctor orders.

  18. amethist

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    Hi Mina

    How are going along, is your knee getting stronger now. Should not be too long now before you start to run again.

    I finally saw a specialist on Thursday evening, yes I said evening. 8.10 to be exact, what a place to go rather posh bit more like upmarket hotel than a hospital, no problem if this is how the other half lives I will do posh any day.

    My daughter came with me, we had decided to make a bit of an evening out, you know the sort of thing, coffee after work, carers meeting then McDonald's for tea. You could say we pushed the boat out just a bit lol.

    We arrived at the hospital not know what to expect as not been there before, did not even know it was there tucked away in a side road not far from normal NHS hospital. We walked in complete with McDonald's drink cups in hand, the receptionist directed us to the first floor. The lifts all mirrored glass and chrome, highly polished and no grubby paw prints anywhere, fully carpeted corridors and well manicured young receptionist to greet us at the appropriate reception there. She was lovely and directed me back down to x ray where the radiologist was waiting for me. X rays taken and sent via PC link to specialist back up on first floor.

    On arrival back there the specialist was waiting for me in the corridor, service or what. Him seen back to reception to book MRI, this could not be done until next day as the lady who did the appointments had JUST gone home. No problem I was told, they will call yo tomorrow to arrange a time to suit you, to suit me yea right. Al this was done in less than 30 minutes no waiting for hours in smell crowded corridors with screaming kids every where.

    Friday arrives, phone call taken and arrangements made for best day and time for me first week in September.

    Not long ago I told a friend I wanted looking after for a change, thank you very much this will suit me fine, as all treatment for my knee now as far as I know is going to be done here. My daughter could not believe it, carpets everywhere cups for fresh brewed coffee and being treated with respect and like complete royalty as she put it.

    So I think maybe I can do posh for a while LOL. Thought this would make you smile as I am usually the one who has to wait months or appointments are at wrong times for me to get to.

    Take care of your knee. If you want to swap places any time just let me know I'm sure we can pull it off if we try hard enough.

  19. Mina

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    Wow, that sounds like a lovely experience, Amethist! You deserve posh, that's for sure! :smile:
  20. amethist

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    Hi Mina

    I had my MRI today, can still manage posh :rofl:. My husband suggested I take AC/DC or some other outrages music, but I settled for some pf my own sad music as he calls it. I took David Cassidy with me :rolleyes: he did me fine.

    I go back in 2 weeks to see the specialist, my daughter is going with me because she want to do posh again :rofl:.

    I hope your knee is now better than when we last mentioned it.

  21. Mina

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    Glad to hear you'll be getting some results soon! And also that your MRI went well. I think it'd be hard to lay still listening to AC/DC...I have way too much of an urge to sing along and move around whenever I listen to them! :smile: Good thing the posh was bearable... :wink:

    I saw my PT again yesterday. Although I haven't worked out much for the last several weeks (triggers and such), he's quite pleased with my alignment. The next couple weeks should see me getting back to a regular workout schedule.

    Thanks for the update and well wishes :Hug_emoticon: Hope to hear your results soon!
  22. trapped

    trapped Well-Known Member

    I'm debating if I'm going to go for an MRI once I get back home or not... I talked to my doctor yesterday, and he said that when I get back I should probably get an MRI of my shoulder... I think I may try letting him do some injections first though and try to do the PT exercises I was given to do the last time I hurt it, and get more acupuncture, and hope that all of that works out... I'm hesitating on the MRI because really if anything shows up, my doctor is probably going to recommend surgery, and that's not something I'm mentally ready for at this point... plus, my chiropractor doesn't live in my area any more, and having her with me was the only way that I was able to hold still the last time they did an MRI, and I can't think of anyone else who lives near me and who would have the time to go with me who I do trust enough. I know I should just suck it up and do it so that I can go back to running without having to stop because I can't tolerate the pain in my shoulder, but I don't know if I can sit still during the MRI :(
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