HI Everybody! I had my latest appointment with Dr. Hepworth yesterday, and learned some interesting things that I thought were worth sharing.
First, I told him that my symptoms have gotten MUCH better, but if he still thinks surgery would be beneficial, I am ready to schedule it. He said that he thinks my symptoms have improved because the Plavix has “remodeled” my venous system around the compression. He wants me to go back on it for two months and then check back in. I thought that was pretty interesting. I knew Plavix could relieve symptoms, didn’t realize it could actually help provide permanent solutions.
We are scheduling me for surgery, but he says there is probably only about a 50% chance we will go through with it. In the mean time, he wants me to meet with a vascular surgeon, Dr. Rebecca Ur at Vascular Institute of the Rockies. I told him that my lower body symptoms have completely eclipsed my facial problems. My calves are swollen, and I’m having weird waves of tingling/cold, seemingly coming from around my tailbone and running up and down my legs. He thinks I have some kind of pelvic vascular congestion, perhaps Maye Thurner Syndrome. Which is says is related to the problems I’m having in my face. Which is a huge relief. I kept thinking “How could two completely separate weird things both be wrong with me at the same time?” At any rate, he wants me to see her and then we will all come up with a plan.
So that is the latest. Yay for Plavix!!!