MRI follow-up

My MRI scan on my bad hip last month was a pretty horrible experience for a claustrophobic, and one which I wouldn’t want to repeat in a hurry. But it was necessary to try and solve the mystery of why my leg has been hurting for well over a year.

Last week I went to  the hospital to find out the results.

What did I want them to find? Nothing sinister of course. On top of that, I didn’t want them to find anything which would stop me running. I love running and couldn’t imagine life without it. I wanted them to find something simple, something which could be cured and would stop me waking in pain at ridiculous o’clock every morning. But, just because that’s what I wanted, it didn’t mean that’s what was going to happen.

I arrived at the hospital to a waiting room packed with frail, elderly people and school kids with broken limbs. And a sign which said the clinic was running 45 minutes late. Forty five minutes is pretty standard stuff. I feared that if they confessed to running 45 minutes late, it could easily be an hour and 15 minutes late. They often run 45 minutes late without even putting a sign up and declaring it, it’s so unremarkable. Remarkably, they actually were running precisely 45 minutes late.

MRI scan, hospital, 365

I sat down while the doctor ran through the findings of the MRI. Which can be summarised in one word.

Nothing.

They’d found nothing. No arthritis, which is obviously a very good thing. And nothing else, apart from a bit of fluid on my hip, which is not uncommon and may not be causing the pain.

So what next?

I’d hoped the leg might improve with the new mattress we got last month – for a long time I was convinced it was the mattress that was causing the problem, as it generally only hurts first thing in the morning. But I was pacing the hall at 4.30am today, trying to ease the pain so I could get back to sleep. So it’s safe to say it’s nothing to do with the mattress.

I have a referral to the ‘pain clinic’ in March. They will, presumably, try to treat the pain. I have no idea how (I’m becoming more convinced that acupuncture could be the answer I’m looking for). Then I will go back to orthopaedics in nine months to see how it’s all going.

So the news is mixed. There is nothing bad wrong with me (hooray!). I don’t have to stop running (hooray!). But I still don’t know what’s wrong with it or how to make it better (boo!).

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ahh pants they didn’t find anything but glad nothing serious was found. Oh yes do try accupuncture. I’ve heard it’s v v good and people rave about it. Cupping is also meant to be great!

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    • Thanks very much. It is frustrating, but I’m glad it’s nothing serious! I’m going to try acupuncture after I’ve seen what the pain clinic has to offer.

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  2. Oh dear! Hope everything is OK? I HATE MRIS I find them super scary and horrible. Get well soon x

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    • Thanks very much. I found the MRI utterly terrifying. I guess whatever is wrong with me will either run its course or stay! x

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  3. Sorry to hear that. I suffer with chronic pain and attend GRH pain clinic for a couple of years, they were wonderful. It was more of a support group than a cure but once I had accepted my pain and taught myself how to live with it and accepted there was no cure things did get a lot better. Not the actual pain but the way I managed my active life as a mum to 5 around it

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    • Thanks very much. Sorry that you’ve suffered with pain for so long, but your comment is reassuring. Even though I want it to be gone, I can definitely cope better knowing that a) it’s nothing serious and b) I can still run! I may just have to accept the waking up at stupid o’clock with it aching!

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  4. I know you’ve been to physio, but living with a runner, I also know that a good sports physio with experience of treating runners’ injuries can work wonders. Pain clinic will help you break the pain cycle and get rid of ‘pain memory’, so hope you get your referral soon x.

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    • Thanks very much, that sounds very positive. I’ve got my appointment in March, so I will see how it goes. x

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  5. I often find ‘no news’ even worse – still the pain but no way of treating it 🙁 Could it be anything to do with that Ilotibial band again?

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    • It is frustrating as I wanted it to be cured, but I’m glad it’s nothing serious. I don’t think it could be then ITB as it’s a completely different part of the leg.

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  6. Oh no! I always think no news is worse….At least if it was something they could treat it!
    I hope you feel better soon! x

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    • Thanks very much. I was definitely hoping it was something simple that could be cured easily! But at least it’s not getting any worse! x

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  7. Very pleased for you that ‘nothing’ is wrong even if it doesn’t exactly give you answers I’m sure it’s the best outcome really 😉 xxx

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    • Thanks very much, I think you’re right! I would have liked it to be something simple that could be sorted, but I’m grateful it’s nothing sinister. x

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  8. The pain clinic people are great, accupuncture really helped me manage my pain, I also have a chilli paste from th and somehow chilly paste rubbed into my kneees eases pain too

    Good luck and take whatever the pain people offer you as its so expensive to get acupuncture done privately.

    All the best xxx

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    • Thank you! That’s really reassuring to hear how good the pain clinic is. I’m definitely going to see what they have to offer before I go down the private acupuncture route.
      Who ever knew that chilli paste could do that?! x

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  9. 45 minutes!! That would drive me crazy, I know they can’t help it , but even so. That is really bizarre isn’t it? I wonder what it is. At least you can still run on it, I hope that they can help you to manage it.

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    • 45 minutes is nothing! I just know that if I have a hospital appointment I can write off half the day! It’s easier to just accept it! It is annoying they didn’t find out what was wrong, but I’m happy I can still run 🙂

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  10. oh this sounds like me . i wake up in the night and have to turn over cos my hip hurts. and i wake up in the morning and it takes hours to stop hurting. i like to blame my mattress too:)

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    • Oh dear! That sounds just the same. It’s not a lot of fun, is it? For the first couple of weeks of having a new mattress I thought it was improving, but it was obviously just a blip as it’s gone back to hurting again! 🙁

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