Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Got Two for you,,,, AVM's

i stumbled upon a website and read many narratives of people with AVM. i really count my blessings that im 98% to normal now. all the narratives i read took months or even years to slowly progress and went thru a crankier emotional roller coaster than i did. their life really went on hold for very long and had even over a hundred hospital days. some even had 2-3 operations. one even had 5 small AVMs in brain. a 17 year old needed 4 years to regain his movements and cognitive abilities and its still not to normal. i read of one who loved gymnastics and hockey but was told that she couldnt do them anymore cos the AVM affected her agility and balance which was very much required in the sports. permanent disabilities and recurrent AVMs haunt me. but at least i can go on with my life now. (=

i read about AVM. so blood hasnt been flowing into the capillary bed in my cerebellum. does that explain why i always trip over my own shoe since young? haha. most of them had no symptoms prior to the AVM bleed. maybe headaches or numbness that most ignore if it didnt bleed. i had none. im trying to think if i shown any signs but i cant think of any. hhaa. maybe the tripping. d=

if anyone is interested in the website:


Arteriovenous malformation

Arteriovenous malformation or AVM in the majority of cases is a congenital disorder consisting of a connection between veins and arteries, this pathology is universally known because of its occurrence in the central nervous system, but can appear in any location.

The genetic transmission patterns of AVM, if any, are unknown. AVM is not generally thought to be an inherited disorder, unless in the context of a specific hereditary syndrome.

(Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation)

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of AVM vary according to the location of the malformation. Roughly (88% -needs citation) AVM are asymptomatic; often the malformation is discovered as part of an autopsy or during treatment of an unrelated disorder (called in medicine an incidental finding), rarely its expansion or a micro-bleed from it, could cause epilepsy, deficit or elicit pain.

The most general symptoms include headache and epilepsy, with more specific symptoms occurring that normally depend on the location of the malformation and the individual. Other possible symptoms include:

  • Difficulties with movement or coordination, including muscle weakness and evenparalysis;
  • vertigo (dizziness);
  • Difficulties of speech (dysarthria) and communication, such as alogia;
  • Difficulties with everyday activities, such as apraxia;
  • Abnormal sensations (numbness, tingling, or spontaneous pain);
  • Memory and thought-related problems, such as confusion, dementia or hallucinations.


Arteries and veins are part of the human cardiovascular system. Normally, the arteries in the vascular system carry oxygen-rich blood. Structurally, arteries divide and sub-divide repeatedly, eventually forming a sponge-like capillary bed. Blood moves through the capillaries, giving up oxygen and taking up waste products from the surrounding cells (CO2). Capillaries successively join together, one upon the other, to form veins that carry blood away. The heart acts to pump blood through arteries and uptake the venous blood.

If the capillary bed is thought of as a sponge, then an AVM is the rough equivalent of jamming a tangle of flexible soda straws from artery to vein through that sponge. On arteriogram films AVM formation often resemble a tangle of spaghetti noodles. This tangle of blood vessels forms a relatively direct connection between high pressure arteries and low pressure veins.

The result is a collection of blood vessels with abnormal connections and no capillaries. This collection, often called a nidus, can be extremely fragile and prone to bleeding....

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I worked again today... NO CUSTOMERS! Ahh well... what do I want in this economy.
Got me out of the house!
Okay now I am going to go... buy some stuff.... please.

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