My first MRI – its just Rheumatoid Arthritis

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So I’m gonna have an MRI tomorrow.  It’s going to cost a bomb, and it probably won’t tell me anything I don’t already know.  i.e. My shoulder hurts.  A lot.

I’ve never had an MRI before, because my doc tells me there’s not a lot of point.  It’s just the inflammation of Rheumatoid Arthritis attacking the joint, causing pain.  We know this already.  My x-rays were completely normal, but damage often has to be pretty advanced for an x-ray to show anything.  And the point of all the hideous meds I take is to *prevent* this damage, right???  So clean x-rays doesn’t really mean much…If anything it means my meds are working.  So good then.  I think.

So why the MRI?  Because sometimes you just have to DO something.  Sometimes you just have to *know*.  Sometimes you get tired of hearing “it’s just rheumatoid arthritis.”

Firstly, there’s no such thing as ‘just’ rheumatoid arthritis.  As previously mentioned, inflammatory arthritis hurts.  A lot.  Often a real lot.

And secondly, what if it’s something else?  Bursitis?  An injury? Tendinitis? Something that could be fixed?  Or at least treated differently?

The pain in my shoulder is often severe, and my range of motion is decreasing.  I keep working it through the entire range (use it or lose it), listening to it pop and grind…wondering what exactly is going on in there.  What’s causing all that noise?   I can *feel* it grind.  I can feel it pop…but that used to be painless, if a little…well…LOUD.  Now it hurts when it pops, so I just want to be sure.  And I’m going to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a scan that probably won’t tell me anything I don’t already know… It’s just rheumatoid arthritis.

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