anybody tell me what Echo-Doppler of the supra-aortic vessels is for, what is shows and how is done

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

nicola56
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 2/3/2012 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Had an MRI scan and saw neurologist in December 2010 - doc didn't want - thought I was just depressed cos had a feeling of being off balance, disequilibrium, head pains every day - strange 'knocking' sounds in ear and a feeling of not being 'there' - all clear - was ok for 9 months and now symptoms have returned - head pains, strange ear sounds - sometimes uncomfortable all on left of head and disequilib - saw a different doc this time and he wants me to see a neurologist again and have an echo-doppler of the supra-aortic vessels - I am now really worried but maybe he is just being careful.

Don't know what an echo-doppler of the supra-aortic vessels is for, what is shows and how is done - I was in too much of a state when left surgery - feel really worried and panicky

jewishmother
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 92
   Posted 2/3/2012 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I had that done a couple of years ago.............it is an echo of the vessels in your neck to check for any abnormalities, blockages etc.. that would cause or contribute to a lack of proper blood flow to your brain. It is a very simple, noninvasive procedure. It is a good test to have done to see if your symptoms are caused by a lack of blood flow. Good luck!

nicola56
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 2/3/2012 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for that - I am still very nervous though as to what it might show it the way of cancerous growths or something - my panic level is a stellar levels at the moment!

nicola56
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 2/18/2012 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Now my doc is suggesting as well that it could be trasient ischemic attacks which I am even more worried -does this mean I am having strokes and or could be going to have a devestating one? - oh dear so miserable

jewishmother
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 92
   Posted 2/18/2012 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi........thanks for posting again. Did you have the echo-dopplar done? I think that you are seeing two docs right? A regular doc and a neuro? Who suggested it might be TIAs? Are they going to do an MRA? My dad had TIAs and took blood thinners and meds for his high blood pressure to help manage them. I do not think however that pain is a symptom of TIAs. Are migraines still on the table as a possibility? Rereading my post here I must apologize that I have more questions than answers! I know how worrisome all these tests can be especially since there are no easy answers here. Are you still having symptoms? Please remember while you are on what I call the medical hamster wheel to do something nice for yourself every day. L

nicola56
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 2/27/2012 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Lost knocking sounds in ear now just headpains everyday and the awful feeling of disequilibrium - it is really frightening especially whenI feel somebody is kind of pushing the back of my head and I might pass out! Also my right ear hurts along with right side of head pains - occasionally left ear is uncomfortable - having doppler test on Thursday - feel really miserable
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:11 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,931,772 posts in 321,674 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 160382 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Suzieq28.
463 Guest(s), 5 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Flux25, adamas, RobLee, xy123, Labradorite