About a month ago Dural AVM was indicated on an MRA I had performed, but not on MRI. I’m from Rochester, NY, and not sure where to go or what steps to take next.
About 10 years ago I had some mild stroke-like symptoms, which passed after some time, and I seem to have fully recovered from, and not sure what the cause was. That could be completely unrelated, however at that time I had an MRI and MRA performed also. Nothing showed up on those, unless it was missed entirely. So it doesn’t seem like I have had this very long.
I meet with a neurosurgeon next week, and I know I’ll probably need an angiogram, but I know for neurosurgery you can’t go to just anyone. I’m considering Cleveland Clinic, if anyone has suggestions, please let me know.
The recent imaging is due to symptoms I have been experiencing over the past few months, that have changed rather quickly. In late August I had a mountain biking accident which also included a head injury. I probably had a concussion, but I was functioning just fine, so I pretty much brushed it off and carried on. In November I experienced some noticeable hearing loss in my left ear, also with loud ringing in that ear. After a few days, that had passed, and was replaced immediately with a whooshing sound in time to my heartbeat in my left ear. This lasted about 6-8 weeks, at which time it stopped completely, and was immediately replaced with specific headaches behind and around my left eye. I’ve experienced some visual disturbances here and there also. The headaches started to subside a few weeks ago, and my symptoms overall have improved, but haven’t disappeared completely. I still get the headaches, but less frequent and lower in intensity. Over the past few days I’ve noticed the whooshing again, but much less frequent and intense. It seems like something is changing in there, I don’t know if it’s healing or getting worse.
Anyway, I suspect this is from head trauma, which from the reading I’ve done, may be a good thing. It can heal, or I might have a better chance of full recovery. I don’t know enough yet really.
I’m usually very active, and I was looking forward to the warmer season, biking, running, etc. For now I’ve stopped everything, for fear of injuring myself until I know more. My doctor and neurologist said I didn’t have to stop my activities, but I don’t trust their judgment. I don’t think they know enough about this.
Mine is unruptured, and I’ve had fairly mild symptoms. I don’t want to stop being active, for that’s something that maintains my physical and mental health. It’s no life at all for me if I had to stop the things I enjoy, but I’m also being cautious.
My greatest fear is that I may not get out of this unharmed. If I leave it alone, it may rupture at some point, with unknown consequences, and with any kind of surgery, I am taking risks as well. I’m afraid I may never be the same after this and will not be able to recover fully and return to my life as I know it now. I feel like right now is the best it’s going to get, and any choice I make at this point will lead to deficits at some point. That’s horrifying to me as I am a very independent and self sufficient person, and I have basically no support network. I am single, and do not have a relationship with my family, nor do I intend to for any reason.
I have no experience and limited knowledge of this. I’m not sure what to do next. I could use suggestions.