ErikaSlovakia wrote:Hi Johnos,
I am far from a doctor so my words might mean nothing but I heard from Dr. Simka and have read from Dr. Zamboni that it is often enought to treat on stenosis in the jugular even we see two and the stronger blood flow will fix the secondone by itself.
As you have 4 (at both sides) I would say you would need 2 stents but of course maybe angioplasty is enough - as I am not Dr. Simka or
Dr. Zamboni or Dr. Dake I am not able to decide.
Anyway: GOOD LUCK! :)
Thank you, Erika. Your words mean a lot to me, and you are right. I hope that I need no stents, but that is my dream. I think that it is right that treating one stenosis (lower?) will relieve the others (upper). The one that worries me is the "Tin Whistle" on the right. That is a long, drastic narrowing, and looks like the "weird valves" might be in the middle of it. I think of Rici. I trust Dr. Simka, from all I have read and seen of him.
If I make it to Prague, I hope maybe to make it to Slovakia, and take you out for lunch! I hope you are well.
hope410 - US and MRV were on different days because the next day I could do both was in May. I live in Vancouver (even though I showcase all the strange town names of BC in my profile), and it was not inconvenient for me to do it over two days. In fact, it was better for me, as I would have been wiped out doing them on the same day.
I do not have a report yet (that will be in 3-5 business days), but I know my way around anatomy, and MRIs, etc. (in a limited way), and diagnosed my self (I apologize to any doctors out there - I am the worst, and best patient!). The red annotations are mine. The technician made no comment to me, so the observations are all mine, and I could be very wrong in my interpretation.
I fear stents are needed because I see 4 stenoses, and I really don't want stents. Nothing has ever been simple for me (no matter how blessed i have been), so I must accept some kind of "complication".
sbr487 - the only thing "magical" about me, is my thinking... It drives "my" psychotherapist nuts! Grin.
Thanks so much, and I'm glad that my joy has brought some to you. Just wait until I get fixed up! I feel as if I have joined the club. I did not feel that when I was just whining about my problems. It is quite incredible to me how empowered I feel with the pictures of a real problem.
eve - yes, I agree! When I first started looking at the pics, I was thinking that there did not seem to be anything sinister, but as I rotated the views, I started laughing, and being really strangely happy. I almost forgot how messed up I am!
My name is not really Johnson. MSed up since 1993