this was originally a comment I posted on Connie K.'s wall, but I realized it's a big question and I wanted to seek more opinions.
I don't know much about my options for treatment, as I actually haven't seen a doctor. I sent my CT reports and was referred to the interventional neuroradiologist for the angiogram, which they scheduled over the phone. No one has actually looked at my head/neck - it kind of seems like they want to do the angiogram before they even meet me. Looking around this site, it seems like the angiogram is pretty standard. Most people have had one, regardless of being embolized or not. No one at this doctor's office has mentioned to me that I might be emobolized during the angiogram - in fact, they said they were only 'signed up' to use the procedure room for an hour (so I doubt they could emoblize). I'm not usually a proponent of western medicine (I have a number of autoimmune diseases I treat holistically), and so I'm not one to proceed with something just because the doctor recommended it, but I am sort of surprised that many on this site are discouraging in regards to the angiogram. Yes it's invasive, but it's also fairly routine, and it is a diagnostic procedure. I cannot get myself too worked up over this angiogram, or else how can I face the treatment ahead? I've read CTs are not as definite as angiograms, so perhaps they suspect the issue is greater than the CT can detect? Do you recommend I push for another CT or an MRI before agreeing to the angiogram? I just don't want to have an MRI and then be told they need more info and have to do the angiogram anyway. My CT was done over a year ago.