Well, I don’t have any tumors or cancer related brain problems (which I was told about it early December). However, the Doctor presented my case to the Brain/Gamma Knife Surgery Conference on Friday and he called me today. (January 9, 2012)
Due to the fact that in 2008 I had Encephalitis and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2009, both of which cause swelling in the brain, he said that it has cause a few mini strokes and some brain damage that cannot be restored. The TBI is what they feel has cause the most damage. He compared my recent MRI with my last one in 2008 (shortly before the Encephalitis) and a CT scan after the TBI occurred. Since I didn’t receive proper treatment afterwards (don’t even get me started on that mess) I suffered permenent damage.
The doctor does not feel I’m at risk for any further strokes because he feels it was all due to bleeding & swelling caused by the TBI. Unfortunately, there is nothing he can do to help me with my pain or the other symptoms I continue to suffer due to the damages. Pain management was suggested. I’ve seen a pain management specialist in the past and with the amount of drug allergies I have to pain medications, it does not look promising. Just my luck.
The effects may diminish over time or they may stay the same. It’s all in God’s hands now. I guess I’ll continue to have bad days and good days. I have to watch further head trauma, since that is a risk. Pain has been so much a part of my life over the last 19 years I truly believe if I ever woke up and didn’t have any pain, I’d think I was dead. 🙂
<sigh> Well, at least I tried.</sigh>