javabean wrote:Thanks for your responses. I don't know if I can't walk well due to spasticity. It may just be weakness. I guess what I would love to know s if and how well the procedure will work for me. I know no one on the board can answer that, but that is where the panic stems from. I can just barely carry myself around and am so tired of feeling this horrible. I would love to know if someone in my shoes had had improvements like the ones I am looking for. Just more ability and stamina when walking. BUt I suppose if someone did get better they might not be looking on this forum all that much...
I'm nuts, I know!
It is perfectly normal to want some kind of %'s, stories, evidence or other "knowns" prior to procedure, regardless of our infinitely variable levels of disability, there's at least one, two, or more things that we all would like to see out of the other end of testing/procedures.
It is good that you seek to vocalize these things, the mind can do incredible things to a person in place of The Unknown. Going down a dark street alone at night, you can always work yourself into a panic imagining..
You do well to identify these things and communicate them, therein lies the power of The Unknown, and you remove some of that paralyzing fear by doing just that.
Perhaps a list of the most vexing questions, written by your own hand would do much to help neutralize The Unknown. This is why I iterate, that the early birds were probably the most fortunate in that respect, as less info to go on also means less stories going this way, and that way and all points in between.
Then mentally prepare for NO benefits whatsoever. As we drove up North to Stanford 16 months ago, that was called "Worst Case Scenario". It meant no stenosis, nothing to treat, and a long, long drive home empty handed.
Talk of it usually followed talk of all the Good Stuff That May Happen. 9 hours in a car leaves little in the conversation pantry.
By the time you get in there, get tested, and hopefully treated successfully, thoughts will be wholly with the process, and much less on what the results may be later on. Frankly, I was so exhausted in the whirlwind that led up to it, that the process seemed so benign and tame in comparison.
While I cannot speak to the spasticity side of MS, and can't answer any of that part of your questioning, I do know that the mind is very very powerful when left with a vaccuum of information.
Here's hoping to the best results possible for you. Come back and vent as you feel the need, the last couple week's jitters can be maddening sometimes...