Hello all, this is a long one, I've thrown together my post op symptoms. Bear with me.
I'm 7 weeks post Onyx embolization for 1 dAVF, 1 scalp AVF, and 1 face AVF all on same side of head. What I have noticed over the weeks in the area of the embolized dural AVF are:
-a vibrating-like sensation (a mild yet fast paced vibrating twitchiness) on my head in the area of the dAVF. I don't see it or feel a twitch with my hand but I feel it from within my head. I would compare it to standing next to a 18-wheeler or helicopter (engine running) not hearing the rumbling, but FEELING the rumbling on my head in that general area. This is more generally more noticeable in the evenings after being active or having too much caffeine, however sometimes also right after waking (if I wake up very cold or if my blood pressure has been pumping from having a nightmare)
- a scalp tightness over the dAVF, like somebody is pulling the hair in that spot. The feeling radiates to around and behind my eyes but hasn't affect my eyesight (knock on wood).
- a dull aching, bruised-type feeling (like how your head would feel a few hours after hitting it on something hard) For this feeling I sometimes take a 1/2-1 500mg tylenol
Post embolization of all 3 I've also had a moderate psoriasis flare and mild acne flare on my left side of face (AVF's are all left side of head). I've had psoriasis for 10+ years but never had it on my face like this. Left cheek has about 20+ bad psoriasis spots, started 3 weeks post op. But no new psoriasis on body. Managing it with Tazorac topical and fish oil intake.
Not being able to handle/ quickly adapt to sudden changes in temperature anymore (going from humid outside temp to AC, or from cold AC to hot/humidity outside, even if I'm dressed for it) taking me more time to physically adjust. Especially adapting to cold. I live in Florida and I love the cold, but now going from 85 degree humidity outside and then walking inside to 75 degree AC I have to throw on sweatpants, slippers, and a robe. That sounds so cheesy and ridiculous because us Floridians get made fun of for not handling cold, but this is majorly different from what I used to feel.
Dull teeth pain that comes and goes, mostly top teeth. I don't know whether it's from the radiation exposure during procedure or because they embolized some of of the mandibular vein for face avf.
Most concerning, I also have had about 8 episodes of what I believe to be asthmatic episodes. I've never had breathing issues prior to embolization and no major allergies other than horses and Iodine contrast. On the last day of taking methylprednisolone post-embo, and 6-7 times over the weeks since then, I've suddenly started wheezing. Grabbed and took 1-2 25mg Benydril/diphenhydramine. Wheezing started out of the blue but on one instance it was after catching a whiff of a cleaning agent. I worked around scented perfumes and candles for yearssssss (not currently) and never had a problem with breathing until post embolization. And if I go sniff my perfumes/candles, I'm A-OKay, so I don't know why it's happening. I'll be making an apt to see a pulmonologist.