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i am just curious as to what the "D" in DAVM actually means,i have never heard this form before?unless your MRI was with contrast,anything is possible to have been missed(even sometimes with it too),espescially when it comes to arterial malformations in the brain somewhere.are you getting that whoshing sound in both ears or just one?if you really want to know for sure what your arterial structure actually looks like with all of the other crap that can get in the way upon MRI(too much soft and hard structures can hide other things)either obtain an MRA or angiogram.both highlight only arterial structures within your brain and nothing else.while an angio would be a much more invasive type procedure,an MRA is done in the very same way a regular ultrasound is done,exactly.the changes are done at the tech end and you do not have to 'do"anything but lie there like when you had your MRI done.pretty simple but it really does show up any malformations that could be possibly lurking but hidden behibnd other structures or as in my particular case with my brain aneurysm,hidden becasue it was in the inside bend of an artery.some malformations are just kind of hard to pick up with plain aneurysm was NOT detectable upon MRI at all.

given the fact that you DO have hypertension i would say that your chances of them missing an actual AVM would less likely than them possibly missing an unDxed aneurysm.anmyone with high blood pressure is just at a higher risk.just an FYI here on the topamax?the anti siezure meds can often cause blurred vision.i had this occur with 3600mgs of neurontin and also with a much lower dose of lyrica is just because of the area of the brain where the anti S meds work.

if i were you,i would request obtaining that MRA as like i mentioned before,you just do have a higher risk of aneurysm.i really think an actual AVM,just becasue of the very noticable look of the tangled blood vessels would most likely have been seen in some way upon MRI,if contrast was just need to be sure,thats all.and of course,it would confirm or even just ease your mind some anyway.just so you know, i DO NOT have high blood pressure(am actually hypotensive for most of the time) but am at higher risk from suffering jumps in my BPs from severe chronic pain flares and also have a form of kidney disease the just made me born with much weaker than normal blood vessels,they don't know why that part occurs in this disease,it just does.just obtain that MRA.good luck and hopefully this isn't anything to do with any sort of arterial malformation.please keep me posted,K?marcia

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