Such good news that your Mum is coming over! You are NOT a wimp, a lot of people don't like the thought of MRI scans, it is perfectly normal to feel like that. My first and worst was when the operator was scolding me for not learning Catalan instead of Castellano. The next time the operator was a lovely Spanish lady who just kept saying, "Hola!" every few minutes - so sweet - and things like, "Diez mintos mas" - it just helped so much. Maybe your friend could ask for the operator to speak to you in this way, maybe they will even say the odd word in English. I will be thinking of you over the next few days. xx
Keek's example is a good one - it seems to me that countries vary incredibly in what they think of as 'standard procedure'. Could it be that this MRI scan follow up is just standard for that hospital? Maybe they are doing it if they can recoup the MRI costs via the E111 scheme? I don't know enough about it, but maybe that would be a reason to do it too.
But if you need a few phrases to write down to hand to the MRI operator to let them know you are scared and don't understand much Spanish I'll post them on the forum if that is allowed.
The other thing I should say is that my little daughter had to have an MRI scan a few months ago and I was actually allowed to be with her and hold her ankle (not her hand!) while she was having a knee scan. Perhaps you could take someone too.
I know it is hard but try to focus on the fact they are actually being quite thorough with this.
I don't know what country you are in but I lived in Turkey for years and found tests were done that wouldn't be done here. I think because we were paying for them.
An MRI will be useful to give a clearer picture but you could ask to wait until after your biopsy results are through.
It's not easy when you don't understand everything that's being said. My GP spoke great english and after my apointments she phoned the doctor and I visited her to discuss it all.
I had to have a hysterectomy but the doctor insisted I have a mammogram!
we're all here to help you.
Sorry to hear of your concerns, as suggested you are welcome to phone our helpline, the staff are here to support you. Here's the number, but do bear in mind the time difference from between where you are living and the UK. Lines are open weekdays 9-5 and Saturdays 10-2. (+44) 20 7620 0077
Also over the Easter period the helpline will be closed until Tuesday 22nd April.
I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I am sure you will get lots of help from this forum and if you can perhaps ring the number in the UK for some support, bearing in mind it is Easter. I am not sure when the phones are manned but just in case it is relevant I should mention there is a Bank Holiday here on Monday.
I have learned that MRI scans can be very helpful for lots of reasons but one is if you have dense breast tissue they are a really good as they show much more detail. I was once told by a doctor at a UK breast clinic if I was really concerned about anything she would try to push for an MRI for me as I have dense breasts. Bear in mind also that in some countries there is sometimes a tendency to use MRIs more routinely. I wonder if that is the case where you live? We lived in Spain and under private health had an MRI for migraines, I had never been offered one in the UK for my headaches.
I am sure the person performing the scan will completely understand your nerves, it is very common to be nervous. Perhaps you can try to find out how to say this in the local language. Even if they just say the odd word of reassurance as the scan happens it will help. It is good they are being thorough.