Hello. My name is Carmen and I am currently going through working diagnostics for an AVM. I am going to graduate school out of state from my primary care physician so getting information is pretty aggravating at the moment. So basically everything I have learned about AVMs is from Dr. Google.
During the summer, I was seeing an ENT that suspected a venous hum because I was complaining of hearing my heartbeat during headaches. I have had a CTA that came back abnormal, so I had an MRA and then another CTA. I believe the area of concern is my left carotid. I will have a four vessel cerebral angiogram on October 18th. I had to schedule it that day because of my busy school schedule. I am a second year veterinary student and even though my school has been very nice about trying to make accommodates for me, I am worried about falling behind.
My doctor let me know that they suspected an AVM during my third week of classes and since then that is all that I can think about. I know how lucky I am to be on this end of the diagnosis but school is just so stressful. I am struggling with trying to find balance. When I get overwhelmed with school I just have to stop because I am afraid of having something rupture.
I guess I am just wondering what other people do when it comes to stress. I am glad to finally have an answer to my headaches but I am scared of it stopping my future.
I also have a very random question. If anyone has worse symptoms when it comes to pressure changes, such as barometric changes and whatnot? There is a pressurized room at my school (for our parasitology and infectious diseases courses) and I get so sick every time I am in that room. I feel like it literally drains me. I am just curious if anyone has any similar issues.
Thanks for listening.