Small Vessel Disease in the Brain & Cavernous Malformation

Posted by sue60 @sue60, Apr 11, 2016

I have vascular small vessel disease that so far just has caused a severe loss of balance. I walk with a cane, but it is getting harder. Likewise exercise is not easy. I still drive short distances. I feel perfectly normal lying down and ir is so much easier to do that. The sad part is I don’t really see anything that is going to end this as otherwise I am healthy. I know there are many worse things. Does anyone else have this and how are you coping?

@colleenyoung

Welcome @beck!
I moved your message to this thread about cerebral small vessel disease started by @sue60. Great input @irvkay312!

Beck, when is your next appointment? What are the next steps?

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I have severe white matter disease also. I had no idea until I got a concussion in a golf cart accident. A brain scan led to an MRI which then led me to Mayo Clinic. I am 68 years old an extremely active. I teach and interpret sign language and am in a band at church. Since my diagnosis I started on a fat-free vegan diet and started learning the ukulele and Spanish. I don't feel like this diagnosis is a death sentence bur rather a new way of looking at my life. I do more, not less. I love more, not less. I want to start a blog about this because so many people do see it as a death sentence when really none of us have a guarantee that our lives won't end TODAY on our way to the store or crossing the street.

I plan on living the dickens out of my life, however long or short it may be. My husband and I have set upon upgrading our home to be a safer place for me and a nicer one. We moved my office into the Florida room so I can look at my newly landscaped back yard while I work. I wonder why I did not always live with this new improved attitude toward life!

I got back to Mayo Clinic in November or December and I'm planning to knock their socks off with my cognitive testing. I know this white matter will catch up with me sooner or later but in my 'in-between' time, I'm living life.

Good luck and may God bless us all!

Nancy

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@colleenyoung

Welcome @beck!
I moved your message to this thread about cerebral small vessel disease started by @sue60. Great input @irvkay312!

Beck, when is your next appointment? What are the next steps?

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Welcome to Connect, Nancy (@nancywootten).
Somehow I missed your first post on Connect. What an entry. You're attitude and actions are admirable, and we're glad you're here.
Am I understanding correctly that you will be returning to Mayo Clinic in November or December to redo some of the cognitive testing that you did at your first visit? In addition to grabbing life by the tail, enjoying it and keeping up with work, are you also doing specific cognitive exercises? Or is that unnecessary with your level of activity?

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@bellisima

Does anyone has been diagnose with carvernos malformation

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Hello!! Yes I am doing all I can. I went on a strict fat free vegan diet. It was suggested by neurologist that I learn a language and music. I am learning Spanish and Ukulele. Both are fun and challenging!!! I am doing everything I can do and not worrying about the rest. I’m still managing my own business and teaching sign language. Life is good.

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@colleenyoung

Welcome @beck!
I moved your message to this thread about cerebral small vessel disease started by @sue60. Great input @irvkay312!

Beck, when is your next appointment? What are the next steps?

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CBD oil is working for my son. He had uncontrollable seizures for one year. Went on cbd and has not had another one for a month. He had several a day. His neurologist suggested it.

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@colleenyoung

Welcome @jc2buds. This is what I love about Connect! @jeans posted a question about Cavernous Malformation. While I couldn’t connect her with a past member or recent conversations, you saw her message and jumped in.

@jc2buds Kerry, did I understand correctly that both you and husband have Cavernous Malformation or just your husband? You also mention lifestyle change you can make to slow the progression of disease. What changes have helped you?

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My doctors, all six, recommend fat free diet. It’s very simple but you’ll need an insta pot! Lol!

I have very little problems eating out. I’ve learned to talk to the chef and they love helping me.

I was told brain games were not helpful but to learn a language and music. I’m learning Spanish and ukulele. I think a good attitude is our primary defense . We have already taken steps to improve quality of life by having a really nice fence put up and all new landscaping done. I’m making my home a beautiful place to live!!!! Don’t worry. It’s a waste of life. Live and live all you can while you can.

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@colleenyoung

Welcome @beck!
I moved your message to this thread about cerebral small vessel disease started by @sue60. Great input @irvkay312!

Beck, when is your next appointment? What are the next steps?

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Hi Coleen!

All the neurologist I talked to at home and Mayo said a no fat diet was best but that it was not sustainable. They just don’t know me very well at all! I’m a fat free vegan Natzi!! They also suggested another foreign language so I am learning Spanish. Music was suggested so I am learning ukulele. It is a blast. I even joined a beach ukulele group. It’s been a year and I feel no different at all. Just saw local neurologist and I passed all his cognitive tests. That was very exciting for me. I’m living life!!!!

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At 71, I have similiar issues with balance and fatigue. I steadily increase the use of my cane. It appears my body is slowly wearing out which is a long way from where I was in the younger days. I blame this on Agent Orange exposure during RVN time but, but and but. I can drive but exercise is almost impossible except from a couch. Laying down is immensely more comfortable while walking becomes increasingly diffcult within minutes. Good Luck

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@bellisima

Does anyone has been diagnose with carvernos malformation

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@nancywootten

All of your activities are very impressive! I just recently finished taking a sign language class. It is a great activity for the mind and the hands! Between your eating habits and lifestyle you sound like you have found ways to be happy. Congratulations on that.

Teresa

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@bellisima

Does anyone has been diagnose with carvernos malformation

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Thank you Theresa! I’m determined to delay onset of dementia as long as possible! Good luck!!

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@bellisima

Does anyone has been diagnose with carvernos malformation

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@nancywootten You are certainly off to a good start, you are an inspiration!! Teresa

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Welcome to Connect, @traceg19 and @rpbrosa. Have either of you tried chair exercises or chair yoga?

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Hello @traceg19 and @rpbrosa

I would like to add my welcome to you as you have posted to Connect.

As Colleen suggested, I would also encourage you to look into chair exercises. Tai-Chi is also available as a chair exercise. As a person with Parkinson's I can have trouble with balance and gait and I find Tai-Chi to be particularly helpful. Standing and/or walking for long periods of time is not helpful for me, but anything that can be done seated works well.

Has any physical therapy been suggested?

I look forward to hearing how you are both doing.

Teresa

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@traceg19

Hi I am 42 and just been diagnosed with SVD, it was found in MRI, my only treatment is aspirin, I also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, my head is constantly fuzzy with extreme fatigue worse than before with headaches also have problems with my right side, my doctor can’t tell me how this disease will progress or saying much at all to me! Any help and advice on this disease would be much appreciated! My cholesterol and blood pressure perfect, don’t smoke and haven’t drank for 6 months! Understand it can cause stroke and dementia!

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Im 55 male & have been diagonized with CSVD last year. I am also using Asprin & Lipitab. But the problems progress as double vision, less concentration, uninterested in anything, limited physical & mental activities and so on. Doctors of no help. Its all our fate.

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@traceg19

Hi I am 42 and just been diagnosed with SVD, it was found in MRI, my only treatment is aspirin, I also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, my head is constantly fuzzy with extreme fatigue worse than before with headaches also have problems with my right side, my doctor can’t tell me how this disease will progress or saying much at all to me! Any help and advice on this disease would be much appreciated! My cholesterol and blood pressure perfect, don’t smoke and haven’t drank for 6 months! Understand it can cause stroke and dementia!

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Don't give up! Don't see this as your 'fate'! Everyone dies and in all sorts of ways but we do have some control over our SVD and our attitudes while living it. I have a very advanced stage white matter disease and yet I still function. I still run my business and I do it well. I work out, play golf, teach American Sign Language and much more. I am learning to play the Ukulele and and joined a Uke group that meets on the beach. It's so much fun! I am also learning Spanish from a Spanish teacher and I formed a little group for that too.

What I'm saying is, life is what you make it. If we give up then the rest of our lives are truly ruined. What if I do only have a few years to live? What if that is true? I'll tell you that I want to live that life to it's fullest! I want to love every single day that I wake up STILL NANCY. I can't see very well anymore but I can see well enough. Can't read the print in your favorite book? Get a Kindle and enlarge the print. Jump the hurdles your brain throws in front of you….don't just stop and stare at them.

My Dad had dementia and I spent a lot of time in a nursing home with him. Most of the people there were really not there anymore. I gotta tell you they were all pretty happy! I would stop at the Dollar Store and pick up little stuffed animals or other silly things and give them out to the patients. It was as if it was Christmas Day! This is not about me here, it's about them. They were not unhappy!!! I don't see this as so bad. My Dad was happy until the day he died. Sometimes he knew me and sometimes he did not. We had ques that would seem to wake up a part of him like Indian wrestling. I would prop my elbow on a table and he was right there to fight me and he could still beat me too. I also would lean my forehead into his and he could look out of those hooded eyes at me and I could see that he knew me for that moment in time.

SVD diagnosis is scary however one of my friends was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, another has Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and she is having chemo that makes her so very sick she can barely get out of bed. My Mother In Law died from that and it is a painful death! I saw a small child with brain cancer this morning…. So if your asking, WHY ME? My personal answer is WHY NOT?

There is joy in life. Don't give it up just over a diagnosis. They don't know enough about it to tell you 'how long you've got'. I met a man in my neuro office that was diagnosed with very severe SVD 15 years ago and is he's STILL BOB. He had hope, he did not give up.

Refuse to give up! Go to the gym! Live!

Nancy

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@traceg19

Hi I am 42 and just been diagnosed with SVD, it was found in MRI, my only treatment is aspirin, I also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, my head is constantly fuzzy with extreme fatigue worse than before with headaches also have problems with my right side, my doctor can’t tell me how this disease will progress or saying much at all to me! Any help and advice on this disease would be much appreciated! My cholesterol and blood pressure perfect, don’t smoke and haven’t drank for 6 months! Understand it can cause stroke and dementia!

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wow Nancy that is a beautiful writing and thank you for sharing. I'm smack inthe beginning of this disease although my brain images show moderate WMD. I've only recently been diagnosed I am trying to have the same attitude as you are although I find myself sometimes missing the old me. Friends have been encouraging which helps as well.

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