The danger of any medical procedure is the discovery of all sorts of stuff that won’t kill you, but remind you that you are heading in that direction anyway.
As the investigation into the mysterious dizzy spells continues, I have this to report from Friday’s MRI/MRA.
Please note all the adjectives that indicate I should not worry, words like “borderline” and “mild”, or my favorite, “incidental”:
- “Borderline mild
cerebellum atrophy” – While this might impact balance, etc., it’s probably just
- “Small, incidental
fenestration in proximal basilar artery” – sounds wild, but it just means that my proximal basilar artery takes a
detour (splits in two) but then comes back together on its way to supply blood
to my brain. My doctor likened it to the
trip between Duluth and Two Harbors. You
can take the scenic route along Lake Superior or the faster route on the newer
- A little narrowing
in right, middle cerebral artery – probably some plaque.
signals in sub cortical – white matter – non-specific”: Doctor thinks it’s probably just little
pieces of plaque – again, maybe age – but also cholesterol issue.
- And they saw the anachroid cyst – again.
Next steps: I visit the neurologist next Tuesday for a more detailed discussion on the MRI – and the ultra sound performed today on the arteries in my neck.
For the record, I feel fine – except for the occasional incidences of dizziness. The other night I felt like crap – but I think I was just tired after a rather poor night of sleep wearing that damn monitor.
The hardest part is the distraction – I wouldn’t call it worry – about what’s going to happen next with all these tests.