Liz D Posted July 14, 2010 Share Posted July 14, 2010 Hi I got a letter two weeks ago giving me a follow up appointment for the angio I had in February, even though they'd written to my GP saying everything was fine. I saw the neuroradiologist, Mr Sellar, who performed the coiling procedure. He showed me the scans, the before, the after and the 12 month after. Very interesting stuff. My aneurysm was unusual because it was a berry anni but without a stalk and it was dissecting the artery. The artery had a bend in it (where it should have been straight) and this is where the aneurysm formed. This was why he had to coil the vertebral artery because it would have bled again. They think, going by my history of symptoms, that I may have had about 6 bleeds! Although the first 4 were small bleeds, the 5th the SAH and the 6th a sequential bleed. He believes that I had a stroke in my brain stem which caused the paralysis in my left arm, during the coiling procedure. They had told me they didn't know what had caused it but he says as I am still having problems with it and that I have some balance problems, then this is the most likely reason. The doc I saw last year in the outpatient clinic should have followed this up! I now have to be referred to my neurologist. He also went into a bit of detail as to how sick I was. Apparently I was going into shock which was life threatening. I found this all a bit overwhelming and have been a bit teary ever since! I don't understand why I'm so upset by this as I knew how poorly I was. I remember Mr Sellar telling me that he and his team were on call should they be needed sooner than the planned op. But I think it was when he told me, on Monday, that they needed to give me noradrenaline, it hit me. Yet I'm 17 months post SAH! I suppose it still takes me by surprise when the emotional stuff hits because I think I've dealt with it but it never seems to go away! But on the positive side, he has told me that I don't have to come back and see them again as the artery has completey shrivelled and there is nothing else in there! They're there if I need them or have any questions but I don't need any more scans, YEH!! He also said my children should be checked once they reach 30 because of the family link but that will be up to them once they reach that age. Sorry but I've rambled on a bit but needed to get it off my chest! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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