After 5 years and 4 neurologists, I was at my wits end. Headaches started everything! Had every test imaginable, from High magnetic mri's to spinal taps, you name it, I had it. You name the drug, I' ve been on it. I have tried everything, and I mean everything! I was on my 4th neurologist among other doctors. If you are not comfortable, do not stay with the doctor!!!! My doctor said, "it's time we think outside the box" and he recommended a NYC consult. Thank God! By a fluke I was told, your constant, daily headaches may be from a heart problem. No one mentioned this to me, and I had been tested with stress tests, etc. He said, take a "bubble test". Two more weeks and my insurace coverage was up. My current doctor ordered one up asap, and to everyone's surprise it was more than positve, next the TEE and also positive.
Surgery was scheduled immediately with one of the best cardiac surgeons in NYC.
I am 3 days after the surgery, not only was a PFO found, but also a ASD (which is another problem). GETTING THE RIGHT DOCTOR, MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!
I was told after the procedure that a larger device was used as apposed to the regular one. This was to avoid any leaks, or openings. I was well advised for at least an hour during the office consult. every single thing I could expect.
I feel like dancing! Today is the first day after 5 years, I didn't wake up and pop pills.
I only had pain in the groin for a couple of days, and I'm definately ready to get back to my life. I don't want to reck his wonderful work, so I will take it easy.
But I cannot stress enough, get a second, third, even tenth opinion until you find your answers. Just because someone is a doctor, doesn't mean they are right for you.
Everyone needs to be aware, and educate yourself. There will be the right doctor, and you will find your answers. I am so thankful I did!