I am wondering how much of an oddity I am. I had 3 blockages treated with angioplasty this past week, and I did not benefit at all. Not even the slightest improvement.
We hear of so many successes, but just how many are like me that had blockages treated and are the same as before?
No, I have not re-stenosed.. ultrasound the next day confirmed that.
I have over 30 lesions on my brain, primarily in my frontal lobe and I have a cervical lesion on my spine. I had my procedure in India on October 27th. My right jugular was 50% blocked and my left was 60% blocked. My doctor used the largest balloon (16mm) and ulitimately I have a 14X40 Smartcontrol stent deployed in my left jugular. The azygous was normal.
Initially about three hours after the procedure I felt a release in the spasticity of my right lef and I discontinued use of my walker for the next 24 hours. However, upon increased activity I have resumed my walker use. I have experienced a deterioration in my memory and concentration as well as my fatigue levels. My cold sensitivity (I do well in the heat) is heightened. I have increased numbness in both of my legs and an increase stutter in my speech. I have a continuous feeling of light headedness but not dizziness.
I had a 14 hour non-stop flight from India but flew business class so i could lay out and move around. On November 6th during sleep I experienced a sharp pain in my right leg and swelling in my knee. I had a CT scan with contrast performed showing no blockage or clot. The stent was in place but the right jugular was not imaged and I was told that the swelling in my right knee which has not subsided is not sufficient to warrant such imaging. I experience shallow breathing and random spasticity in my abdomen and back and headaches. I have increase tremoring in my right hand upon fatigue.
Not sure where to go from here. But I appreciate a place to at least speak openly about what I am experiencing.