Well, I had the angiography yesterday. Spoiler alert: the procedure itself went fine. But some weird stuff surrounding it!
I showed up at 8:30 for a 10:30 procedure. Got all prepped, got my IV, waited on a stretcher in the ACU. Didn’t come to get me until 11:30. Took me down to the procedure room (it’s a full fledged OR), waited at the door for another 20 minutes or so. They came out and told me they had to move my procedure back because . . . wait for it . . . somebody had a stroke in the CT machine. So, back up to the ACU. THREE hours later, I finally went back down. I wasn’t upset with them – not their fault a guy had a stroke. Dr. Kaminsky said they got to him in time, so I guess it was worth it for a good outcome for him. But six hours is a long time to wait for a procedure you’re already nervous about.
As I said, procedure went fine. It’s pretty weird – you’re awake for the whole thing, experiencing a lot of strange sensations in your head.
But here’s the really strange part. Dr. Kaminsky came up afterwards to tell me results. According to him, my jugular is not compressed at all. It’s flowing fine. So is everything else in my head. I apparently have some cholesterol plaque in my carotid, and some venus abnormalities I’ve apparently had since I was a fetus. That is all.
I can’t decide if this is good news or bad news. I guess it’s always better not to have a compressed jugular. But it takes us back to square one in terms of diagnosis. I didn’t see anything in my CT report about an elongated hyoid bone or anything. So I don’t know if this throws my entire ES diagnosis into question. The jugular theory explained the dizziness so well. Now I’m wondering if the vagus could be impinged without having a vascular component. I see Dr. Hepworth on the 13th. Really looking forward to hearing his take on this.
I’m very baffled!!