Sending my thanks for the wealth of information, experience and honest sharing here.
I was diagnosed with a left frontal AVM about 3 months ago after I fainted unexpectedly and hit my head (though my doctor says that was not related to the AVM). It has not bled and I have not had related symptoms (at least as far as I know). After visits with the neurosurgeon and radiologist, I understand that I am a candidate for either surgery or radiation, so fortunately have the option to choose whether and how to deal with it. On the other hand, I am going in circles with which route to choose…
I have been doing lots of reading here (thank you) and have a couple questions I’d love to hear insights on:
- Though I’m sure every situation is different, I am getting the impression that recovery from either treatment option tends to be more complicated and harder for those that had a bleed beforehand. Does that seem right?
- I’d be interested in hearing if folks have had longer-term challenges associated with the surgical option? The neurosurgeon told me I’d be out of work about 6 weeks but could start going back part-time after 3. Does that seem consistent with others’ experience? That somehow seems really fast and slow at the same time.
- Other suggestions for how to weigh these options and risks?
Many thanks again,