Doc Dan wrote:
Why are they doing an angiogram? Did they find a suspected block? It is not a difficult test. You just have to lay down and be cold.
The angiogram is because of my history of brain surgery and has been demanded by the specialist hospital (the QE) to rule out any issues
The mass CT scan ruled out an major bleeds, blocks or aneurysm- the angiogram is a backstop to make sure there's no hidden little bleeds anywhere.
To give you the 30 second Hollywood trailer version of why:
In 2004 I started to get some unbelievable pain in the right side of my head- electric shocks set off by slight breezes on my face.
Getting about 45 minutes sleep in a week and eventually got diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia aka "The Suicide Disease".
An MRI later and I'd got the classic cause- my cerberal artery was wrapped around my fifth cranial nerve, rubbing through the myelin insulator around it and causing massive pain as my blood pressure changes.
After 4 years of taking 100 tablets a week with a laundry-list of side effects, the choice was made to go for the surgery- MVD to decompress the nerve that had been pinched by my cerebral artery...Surgery was risky (8-10% chance of checking out on the table and a sliding increasing scale of paralysis, stroke and so on...Plus it's basically a coin-toss whether it actually works).
In a nutshell, I've got the medical equivalent of that white plumber's PTFE tape inside my skull, wrapped around the nerve keeping the artery from rubbing on it. I've had no symptoms since, but this little incident has made my doctors want to check that nothing has shifted about (Considering I've not been bungee jumping or kick-boxing, it's a precaution)
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