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Zap Goes to Stanford (Dec)

Well, it's finally on ... from the time I was first diagnosed in 2006, I have thought the answer lies this way (Schelling's "Venous Pressure Theory" explaining Dawson's Fingers lesion pattern made so much sense), and now it's time to put my neck out, literally.

After playing phone tag with Dake's office since June, I'm finally scheduled to go get scanned on December 7th.

I could have signed up for as soon as early Oct, ...
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Catfreak's Trip to Stanford!!

Leaving for the Airport!

Will update soon.

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Sept 2nd and 3rd

Wow, it's almost that time. I've really appreciated reading about all of your experiences. Of course, like MS, no two cases are the same but just knowing that there are others on the same journey gives me comfort.

I go in for testing on Wednesday and based on the results I may (probably will) have the procedure done on Thursday. I have SPMS and my symptoms have more to do with mobility than cognition so ...
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A note from Holly's sister

I received an email from Trudy, Holly's sister. She asked if I would post this note on the forum.
Dear friends of Holly,
I am Holly's oldest sister, Trudy, in California. Holly stayed with me when she went to Stanford hospital. I want you all to know that she had a great time during the last week of her life, spending it here with her best friend, Kathy. We got "out and about" during the ...
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MRI reports?????????

Has anyone who received this procedure had any follow up MRI's since their operation????? It sounds like Zamboni has been studying CCSVI for quite awhile and I am sure there has to be SOME info. on whether any of the people have had changes on their MRI.
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Hello everyone,
I am a PPMS-sufferer from Germany and have lately been reading very much on this very informative website. What I do not quite understand until now - and maybe you can help me - is: What are the results on CCSVI in PPMS so far? Has anybody with PPMS got stents put in? And how did it work? Or are results about this subject expected not before September 8th?
Thank you so much ...
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stents, drugs, and MRI

It just occured to me that stents are metal -- does this mean that once you get stents in your jugulars, particularly if they are very high up, you cannot have a brain MRI ever again?

Are the stents that Dr. Dake uses drug releasing stents?

How long is Dr. Dake putting people on blood thinners for after the surgery? You aren't on them for life, right? But you do take aspirin forever?

Thanks all ...
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How do you say that?

Getting ready for the trip, and studying up. Making sure I have my pronounciations down before speaking to the docs (I made one giggle once saying "petechiae"), and I found this site- helpful for any of us daunted by medicalese-

azygos, oligoclonal, oh yeah, baby, I gotcha covered.
Now I gotta brush up on mio Italiano...
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Vascular Specialist - What tests?

What tests should I request? The 'chosen' tests seem to change.

My PCP supports the idea. He is concerned about my swollen/discolored ankles/legs.
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Anybody use the Caltrain from San Jose Airport to Palo Alto?


Did anyone use the Caltrain from SJC to Palo Alto? If you did please share what you liked or disliked about the service.

It appears to be convenient from airport to Palo Alto and the Sheraton is so close to the train station.


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