hi Achymom and everyone else!
Re MRI's: I haven't had one since my fusion, but I had at least 8 of them over the past 1.5 years. Non-invasive and once you get past the "lying in the tube" factor, can be quite relaxing (with ear plugs, of course.) I always asked for a little cloth for over my eyes, as I didn't want to look up and see the top of the tube only inches from my face...arrrrugh! So you might consider that. I also asked my techs to tell me ahead of each image how long it would take them to capture it....some are really short pictures, like 2 minutes, while others can last up to 5. You're not supposed to move, so by knowing "how long" I had to lie totally still, it helped the claustrophopic factor reduce. They would say "OK, this one is going to take 4 minutes...are you ready?" etc And also that way, if you need to cough or something, you can do that w/ advance notice.
Also, if they do your lumbar area, they use a special spine coil, so if you want to have that area included, your doc would probably have to RX it, as they have to re-arrange the machine if they go from upper to lower spine. (Adds to the $$ and they are $$ to begin with. All of mine, per my insurance receipts, were between $2,500 and $3,000 each.)
Good luck---I also, like Red did, made up little "jazzy" music pieces to go w/ all the thumping and clicking...actually, that part was almost fun!
I'm betting you'll have a good story to share w/ us afterwards! It's not bad at all! don't worry about
PALady: Funny mix of winter/spring weather today...but sun/warm tomorrow. You'll be getting our funny stuff, haha! we're done w/ it now!
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak. 2nd surgery caused sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot, increased spinal instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & worsened DDD @ L4/5
Jan. 08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery w/pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after total discectomy @ L4/5. Good relief from sciatica & leg/nerve pain, tho some residual CP--hope to be "Healing Well"...