A week after my visit to the orthopedist, I went in for my scheduled MRI. It was the first time I'd had an MRI. I had read up on them a little, so I would know what to expect. I was a little worried because I'd read that they're very loud, but I hadn't bothered to bring earplugs. Fortunately, they gave me earplugs before going in for the test.
I got a little alarmed when they had me sign some forms saying I wasn't allergic to the contrast dye used for MRIs. Nobody had said anything about injections! In the end, I was not given an injection, whew!
The MRI was pretty loud, but it's intermittent, so it didn't bother me too much. It's a weird experience. I'm not claustrophobic, but I did have the strong urge to sit up a few times, even though I knew I couldn't. The whole thing took about 30 or 40 minutes. By the end, my muscles were getting little spasms from lying still for so long. But the MRI technician said the images were fine.
I was scheduled to see the orthopedist again in another week. I hated having to wait that long for the verdict.