Yesterday I had to have a MRI-Arthrogram on my hip.
I was scared out of my mind... needles, big needles!! They stuck a 20 gauge needle in my hip socket and put in dye contrast. When they had me under the x-ray machine they examined the condition of my hip. I had several shots of numbing drug in my hip.... more needles. I yelped in pain a few times and they gave me more localized numbing drugs. I was a frazzled mess by the time it was over.
I had the BEST nurses, techs and doctor. They were patient with me and very understanding that I was in pain. My fingers tingled from holding the nurses hand so hard.
The MRI portion was pretty okay. I freaked out a bit at first but the tech gave me a small "talking to" and I was fine. He was kind but firm and that is what I needed at that point. I did the 30 minutes in the "tube". The tech talked to me every 4 minutes or so. That helped tons!!
When it was all over my hip felt like it was full of cement. Very heavy and stiff. I hobbled to the car with my family.
I have some residual soreness and tightness in the hip socket less then 24 hours later. I guess this is typical. Some mild pain meds have eased most of the discomfort. I have no bruising and the swelling seems to be going down.
I am SO GLAD for that to be over. Now to find out if I need surgery or physical therapy. I am voting for physical therapy.