Hello PFO people! My name is Amy, I am 34, I just had my PFO closed 1 week ago today. It was 10mm, the closure device was 20mm, about the size of a quarter. The doctor used the Gore-Helex closure device. It was done under general anastesia. I had two TIA episodes in Oct-Nov 07, went to a neurologist, they did transcranial doppler, bubble study, cardiac MRi, that is when they found the PFO. I had a significant right to left shunt. I have suffered from chronic migraines since I was a teen. I am currently taking Topamax and Plavix. Doctors are keeping me on both post op as well for at least six months. I have two unique issues with the PFO closure: 1. I am allergic to nickel. *anyone else out there? i cannot where any jewelry unless it is gold or silver or I break out in a serious rash, that is why doctor chose the Gore-helex device over others on the market, because it has much less of the nitinol, and it is supposed to be safer, we shall see. 2. through many blood tests I was shown to be genetically resistant to both aspirin and plavix, which means my body does not absorb it properly. *anyone else out there? I am currently taking 1000mg of vitamin C per day along with my Plavix to help me absorb the Plavix, but I still do not get the full health benefit of it, but the only other option I have is Coumadin, but my neuro and cardio will not even consider Coumadin due to my serious history with migraines, and the difficulty in regulating it. So, here I sit, 1 week post op. I thought that 7 days would be the magic number, and I would just feel like a new person, but I still tire easily, I still have little dizzy spells, my heart still does funny things some times - my head gets heavy once in a while, and I have little flutters, palpatations, I have this feeling like a chicken bone is stuck in my chest, I get a feeling of warmth/heat in my chest a lot, is this all normal? Should I call the doctor? Will he think I am crazy? I go back for my next check up and Echo on 4/11, do I wait that long to feel better? Help! He told me I could get back on the treadmill today, and start back on light to moderate weight/resistance training and housework in 3-4 weeks, but I am really nervous, I am afraid to even drive a car yet, I still get little dizzy spells. Anyone out there to help?