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Have an MRI scheduled for the 14th...questions about it...

Posted by Crystal S on 2/11/02 at 22:03 (073387)

Hi I FINALLY got my doctor to order an MRI instead of the bone scan and it is scheduled for Thursday the 14th.What exactly will it show up? How is that test performed? I am just hoping and praying that they will find something to explain the severity of my pain and that it is fixable.

I also have a question about a pain/burning feeling along the outside of my heel right where my incision scar is.It has been bothering me for about a week.It is difficult to even wear a shoe or sock and have it rub on that area.The sensitivity is just in that one area though.I do still have the numbness/sensitivity on the bottom of my heel too.Any ideas? Is this still just the normal heeling process or something new?

Thanks in advance!
Crystal

Re: Have an MRI scheduled for the 14th...questions about it...

Pam B on 2/12/02 at 05:59 (073406)

I know my pod told me that the numbness on the bottom of my heel may never go away........it was one of the things they explained to me prior to surgery in the list of complications......which is why he chose to cut as close to the bottom of my foot as possible so the area of numbness would be smaller if I should develop this problem........he also told me to expect at least a 3 month and up to a year recovery period for this type surgery, explaining that no one reacts in the same way or in the same time frame for healing......I have a similar pain in the area you are describing but I had it before the surgery too......mine is from posterior tibular tendonitis......I dont know exactly what your doc is looking for with the MRI but the test takes a picture of your soft tissue......the one I had I was laid on my back and slid into a tube for about 40 minutes or so.......different areas of the body reqire different lengths of time to test but I know they have the open MRI now which is not as confining.......if you have a problem with being claustrophobic you better let your doc know because even though the test is painless you might need sedation...I hope this helps you some and good luck.......keep us posted :)

Re: Have an MRI scheduled for the 14th...questions about it...

Heather W. on 2/13/02 at 06:28 (073578)

My MRI was painless. As Pam said, you lay on your back and are slid into a tube. As only my foot was scanned, only the foot had to go in.

It does not hurt. However, it is loud, and that can be intimidating. I was given protection for my ears to dampen the pain. Expect Star Wars-like noises - loud. My MRI only took 20 min, for the right ankle. The MRI doc could then see if there was any inflammation, fluid, etc. in the soft tissues, or if there's excessive fatty tissue. Most normal docs cannot read the MRI scans - specialists can, or the MRI doc writes a report and the docs read that.

Hope that helps!

Re: Have an MRI scheduled for the 14th...questions about it...

Pam B on 2/12/02 at 05:59 (073406)

I know my pod told me that the numbness on the bottom of my heel may never go away........it was one of the things they explained to me prior to surgery in the list of complications......which is why he chose to cut as close to the bottom of my foot as possible so the area of numbness would be smaller if I should develop this problem........he also told me to expect at least a 3 month and up to a year recovery period for this type surgery, explaining that no one reacts in the same way or in the same time frame for healing......I have a similar pain in the area you are describing but I had it before the surgery too......mine is from posterior tibular tendonitis......I dont know exactly what your doc is looking for with the MRI but the test takes a picture of your soft tissue......the one I had I was laid on my back and slid into a tube for about 40 minutes or so.......different areas of the body reqire different lengths of time to test but I know they have the open MRI now which is not as confining.......if you have a problem with being claustrophobic you better let your doc know because even though the test is painless you might need sedation...I hope this helps you some and good luck.......keep us posted :)

Re: Have an MRI scheduled for the 14th...questions about it...

Heather W. on 2/13/02 at 06:28 (073578)

My MRI was painless. As Pam said, you lay on your back and are slid into a tube. As only my foot was scanned, only the foot had to go in.

It does not hurt. However, it is loud, and that can be intimidating. I was given protection for my ears to dampen the pain. Expect Star Wars-like noises - loud. My MRI only took 20 min, for the right ankle. The MRI doc could then see if there was any inflammation, fluid, etc. in the soft tissues, or if there's excessive fatty tissue. Most normal docs cannot read the MRI scans - specialists can, or the MRI doc writes a report and the docs read that.

Hope that helps!