Pamela, Wow, what an experience. I am currently waiting to be scheduled for an MRI on both of my shoulders. I do know if the whole body tube MRI bothers you there are places that do MRI's with a circular
open tube MRI. My sister flat out refused the full body one. What upsets me is the personnel do not care how much pain you are in, they just want to get their pictures. I found that out all too well when I had to have a myelogram for a ruptured disc at L4-L5. The resident Radiologist was understanding of my pain in certain positions. The teaching Radiologist took over and pushed me in the positions he wanted and didn't care about
how much pain I was in. The students watching had pain on their face just watching! Four hours later came the MRI and I was forced to be in that machine for 45 minutes. The tech said I kept moving when I didn't think I had moved a muscle! These people will do anything to get the pictures. I ended up with a dropped foot from nerve injury and will never be completely sure the x-ray department didn't further injure the nerve beyond repair. My surgeon is also at fault as this was the second time I needed surgery on the same disc. I told him three months after the first surgery the pain was back...his only reply...lose weight. Ten months later he took me back to surgery after my foot dropped. I don't think my total knee surgery is what it should be either. Is it any wonder I'd prefer not to have my shoulders done?? My present PCP seems to think even if I have a torn rotator cuff, he can fix it with a "concoction" he uses and I won't have to go to surgery. I'm thinking I should run the other way fast!