I haven’t given an update on the hip problem I needed physical therapy for in a while. There has definitely been improvement. The therapist I had this time around is much better than the one I had in Oklahoma and after a few weeks, I could go a whole day without very much pain at all – even no pain for parts of the day. Yes, she “broke” me at least once, where the pain from the therapy was more than the pain from the injury, but then she “fixed” whatever it was she broke and we moved on to the next thing.
But the bursitis would still come back. My hip and leg was getting stronger and the stretching was helping keep my hip joint loose, but busy on-my-feet days, or even sitting in the wrong position, would make the bursitis flare up. So, she told me to go back to see the Dr. and talk to him about it. Her suspicion was that there was a tear and scar tissue of the labrum.
So, the doc sent me to get an MRI, which was scheduled for yesterday.
Now, THAT was an interesting experience. Thank goodness I’m not claustrophobic. And thankfully, since they were only imaging my hip, I didn’t have to go completely into the tube. I was in all the way to my shoulders, but with the way the machine is made (think donut on it’s side), even with my head out of the main part of the tube, I still couldn’t see the ceiling, just the side of the machine as it curved outward from the tube.
Now, I’m no Barbie, but trying to explain to a 7 year old what an MRI is like, the only comparison I could come up with was to tell her to imagine sliding one of her Barbie dolls through a paper towel tube.
My cousin warned me to take ear plugs (he had to have one for his shoulder a while back) because it was noisy. I am so thankful he did. Let me tell you, the MRI is a LOUD machine. Think jackhammer, plus emergency broadcasting system test, plus diesel engine (of a TRAIN!). I can’t imagine what kind of noise it would have been had I not had the ear plugs.
But overall, the experience wasn’t that bad. My body core got really warm but my toes got cold (I didn’t have socks on). I had the strange sensation that my body was swelling a little, like – I don’t know – like the blood in my body was expanding. Strange, I know, but I can’t really explain it any better than that. I did start to feel a little nervous about it at the very beginning. The idea of being confined in a tube and told “don’t move” is a little nerveracking but a few deep breaths calmed the nerves a bit and closing my eyes helped a lot. Honestly, I think I may have even dozed a little. Odd, I know, but I was in a prone position with my eyes closed for about 30 minutes and the noise of the machine, muffled with the earplugs, became almost a white noise for me to doze off to. Really loud white noise.
Now comes the fun waiting part. The radiologist will review the MRI today and get the info to the doc tomorrow, I hope. Unfortunately, my followup appointment isn’t scheduled until January because of Christmas and New Year’s but since I don’t want to wait that long, I’m hoping I can get at least a little info over the phone. I’m guessing I’ll still have to wait until after Christmas, though.