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Cavernous malformation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 14, 2010
  • 07:20 AM

Just felt like sharing :)
Back in November, at thanksgiving dinner, I realized half my face was numb, as if I had just come out of the
Dentist. I made nothing of it at the moment, but days passed and it had not gone away. I figured I may have pinched a nerve on my lip, but soon enough I started feeling dizzy and began vomiting. At around 10 at night I felt
Horrible, so we went to the emergency room (at that point we knew something was not right). There were many different diagnoses I was told could be plausible, ranging from a pinched nerve and the flu, to bells palsy. They were nowhere close. I stayed at the hospital overnight to get an MRI in the morning, and later on in the day I found out I had blood in the "cerebello-pontine angle" ofmy brain. Why I bled? I never really found out. I waited for two weeks to get another scan, because the dogs wanted to see if it had gotten better. In fact, the exact opposite happened. After my second scan, they realized that I had bled more, from something called a cavernous malformation, or "cavernoma". From what I understand it's a very rare condition where a blood vessel in your brain is in a very complicated shape, that does not allow wounds to heal very easily. This was the case
Cavernomas can only be dealt with through surgery, and being only 15 years old, it was quite frightening. I had surgery in mid December, andhave recovered almost everything except for my numb face. The doctors said that there was a slight chance not everything would recover perfectly, but I'm hoping it does. If not, well, I'll have another permanent reminder of what happened to me as a kid (the other being my surgical scar, of course)

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