Stealer phenomenon ? Anyone else having this

Just wondered if this will subside or are the symptoms permanent ??

Hi Leona,

As long as the AVM is active (open for blood to flow through), then it’s like a superhighway that’s diverting (stealing) blood from the other parts of your brain. When the AVM is made smaller, blocked off, or removed, “traffic” through it is cut off or lessened, and there’s more blood available to the rest of your brain. That means there’s a lot of room for overall improvement in brain function after an AVM is treated.

My husband’s neurosurgeon talked about “steal” phenomenon to us, and we think we noticed the effects. After surgery, he recovered functions that we hadn’t really noticed he had lost. There are a lot of possible explanations for the improvement, but the fact that he improved in areas controlled by parts of the brain that are nowhere near the site of his AVM suggests that we were seeing the improvements that happen when an AVM can no longer steal blood and nutrients from the rest of the brain.

It’s likely that problems you’re having will subside, but it’s also possible that some changes are permanent. However, the newest research shows that the brain is much more flexible and creative than we used to think. If you continually challenge your weakest areas after treating the root of the problem, your brain will find new ways to work around problem areas. Change doesn’t have to mean loss!

It’s too early to worry about whether your current symptoms will be permanent; they’re likely to improve after the treatment, and I can tell you from personal experience that the energy you spend on worrying is better spent on planning and doing what you need to do to bring about the best possible outcome. Easier said than done, I know! But since you’re undergoing treatment, now is the time to look forward to the improvements it will bring about, and to treat your current suffering as temporary.

Good luck with your treatment!

Hi leona , my name is Belinda I come from mittagong, I’m currently staying in Riverwood I wish u lots of luck and good health xo