Sharon, thanks for the info. I'm a little confused though about the small improvements you are seeing. Sometimes it seems you are talking about MS symptoms, and sometimes maybe you're talking about recovery from the stent procedure. Can you clarify a little when you get a chance?
Symptoms related to the procedure
on left side of throat
when swallowing (similar to a bad case of strp throat)
- the levator muscle which lays alongside the jugular vein is contracting (spasms) due to the inflammation caused by the procedure.
Facial pain at side of nose and above left eye
- I am assuming this is because the facial vein is finally routing blood through it because it can now drain into the jugular which is now open. The pain I am feeling is similar,but much less intense, to what I thought was a migraine headache.
Sensation at back of skull
- I do not have a clue! It is possibly because of all the muscle issues in my shoulder and neck.
- I have used a WalkAide for about 1-1/2 years. It has been a remendous help, but it wasn't perfect. Sometimes the WalkAide would simulate the nerve at the wrong time causing me to "stutter step". The WalkAide has a built in tilt sensor which is programmed to your gait. For instance, when your leg gets tired, you are not going to take as long of a step - this kind of throws the sensor off. Well, now the stutter step" is not happening as often. Chris, maybe you have a similar situation with your WalkAide. Do you understand what I mean?
Lifting and bending of leg
- Definitely MS related. I just came home from a private Pilates session. The instructor was "baselining" me again. She noticed that the inside hamstring muscle is firing stronger than before the procedure. Please, please
do not get the impression that I am experiencing dramatic improvement. These are just slight little things.
- I am still trying to figure this out. I no longer have the back pain, but as I said before I have not been exercising and playing golf either. I still need to wait a few weeks to say, "oh, gee my back pain was MS related"
- I have not listed this previously and I hope this is not TMI. This morning I am outside watching my grandsons at their golf lessons - we are having a beautiful sunshiney day here in Denver today. I realize that I am starting to slightly perspire under my arms - not a big deal I guess, except I haven't perspired for years. Heck, I can't remember the last time I bought deodorant! This has to have something to do with the MS. BTW, I stopped at the drugstore -- I'm cool.
Hope this helps Rokkit.