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    Old 08-12-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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    Question Age 41 w/ischemic abnormalities on right side of brain

    About 10 months ago, I had BPV which was "fixed" by a neurologist by performing a series of excercises. I was relived to find out it was nothing serious; however, he or I (with the help of the internet) could not find anything mentioning the severe, short-lived "attacks" of head pain (they lasted less than 5 minutes).

    I had about 7 of them over a period of 3 weeks...then they disappeared.

    Starting in March, I had total body numbness which was a result of severly herniated discs in my neck (I had a brain MRI before the surgery).

    I had ACDF C5-C7 surgery in May and still have total body numbness occasionally and right sided numbness pretty consistently.

    I just saw a neurologist for the first time after having the brain MRI and he said that there were ischemic abnormalities on the right side of my brain (the same side that I have the worst numbness on). He dismissed them as being attributible to my age (I just turned 41)

    Should I be worried? I go for a EMG on Monday.

    Any input would be appreciated!


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    Re: Age 41 w/ischemic abnormalities on right side of brain

    First of all,just what is BPV?secondly,find a new neurosurgeon,who did your actual surgery?a neurologist is not the type of actual neiuro specialist to handle this type of stuff.they are great for headache type things but pretty much suck overall for anything else.

    to blow off actual numbness anywhere in your body,espescially after just undergoing any sort of c spine surgery,to your AGE?? oh geez,i would run from this idiot, need a neurosurgeon to fully evaluate whats going on with with you.this guy will get you nothing more than tons of desevre a second opinion here anyhow,so just start looking for someone who will actually listen to you and take your symptoms seriously.this guy is an idiot.I am 45 and don't have body numbness on one half of my body(well except the parts that stem from my spinal cord injuries)please seek out another neurosurgeon and not another neurologist.

    you also need to find out what exactly is ment by" ischemic abnormalities".did you have a stroke or a series of TIAs or what?you DO need to know what that is all about as well.good luck and let me know how it goes.Marcia
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    Re: Age 41 w/ischemic abnormalities on right side of brain

    Thanks for responding! I was beginning to think no one would! I guess there is an awful lot to read on these boards!

    BPV is benign positional vertigo....basically severe dizziness that usually is caused by taking an antibiotic and it affects the balance in your inner ear..the neurologist that "fixed" this problem didn't seem concerned about the short, severe head pain that I had with it and I can't seem to find anything on the internet about head pain going with it.

    After my family doctor (after two visits) told me to go home and take ibuprofen because I had arthritis (neck and arm pain & was totally body numbness), I went ahead and made an appointment on my own with a orthopedic neck specialist...4 weeks of worse...he sent me to the neurosurgeon.

    Almost 3 months out...still with numbness and some pretty bad headaches and now some pain on the left side (none pre-op), the neurosurgeon sent me to a neurologist (not the one I had originally seen for the BPV)

    The "new" neurologist ordered a lumbar mri--even though I said I only had moderate back pain and he ordered an EMG (right side-where most of my numbness is now).. I go back in two weeks for the results.

    I guess I'd better make a list of questions....once I'm in there, I usually always forget...

    Thanks so much for your help

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    Re: Age 41 w/ischemic abnormalities on right side of brain


    First of all I'd find a new neurologist,your current neuro should not dismiss any
    ischemic abnormalities of the brain at any age especially at 41.Numbness of any sort should be promptly diagnosed.
    I had 2 neurologist blame my symptoms on age(40).They were complete idiots.Or it was from 2 previous lumbar surgeries.I had numbness,loss of vision,muscle spasms,vertigo(mild).I went back to my neurosuergeon and he sent me to a new neurologist after extensive test and new MRI's,it was found that I had MS and the delay of a diagnosis has left permanant damage.
    Get your MRI report and read it yourself.I have found a few neurologist are not always up front with there patients.
    After I had both my lumbar surgeries I had numbness from the surgery site down,it subsided with time.The nerves were tramatized from the tramatic surgeries.The EMG should give your Drs an idea what is going on.Ask the tech if they have a clue,sometimes they will say.I have a electromuscular DR that does my EMG's and I get the results when she's done.
    Good luck to you

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