I have just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips, but one is pretty bad and I am told it already needs replacement surgery. It has all been so sudden that I am struggling to get my head round it. The 'assessment' yesterday was done at breakneck speed and there was no time to discuss what the process involved, pros and cons or other options and even the questions I did ask he could not or would not answer. Not even sure what medical specialism he was as he did not even introduce himself!
My first question is re MRI - Im quite claustrophobic and worry about having to be totally enclosed in the dark for a long period. But am I worrying unnecessarily - if it is just my hip might only the lower half of my body be in the machine.