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Author Topic: it's not my brain, it's my heart  (Read 2818 times)

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Offline redhotmuslbear

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it's not my brain, it's my heart
« on: February 24, 2008, 07:47:54 PM »
As if my recent concerns about GI health with a colonoscopy scheduled for St Patrick's Day weren't enough (I'm *so* putting shamrocks up my squeaky-clean ass!), I have had to reckon with losing chunks of time from my memory intermittently over the last few months.  Generally 15 to 30 minutes, but one episode a couple weeks ago lasted close to 3 hours and included a fender bender.  So, last Wednesday I saw a neurologist specializing in brain injury, given my dark neurosurigcal history.

"Transient global amnesia" he called it.  The cause, he suggested, tends to be cardiac in nature, so he got me squeezed in with a top DC cardiologist Friday.  EKG was painfully normal, but I gather than the echocardiogram was odd given that it was done twice.  Nuclear stress test coming on the 7th, then I'll discuss my heart issues with the cardiologist.  MRI of my brain coming this Tuesday evening with an EEG Wednesday morning, and I'll discuss those finding with the neurologist then.  Both docs are fascinated by my LTNP status and my willingness to live without meds, but they don't believe now that HIV is damaging my brain or my heart.

"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - BF Skinner
12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

Offline aztecan

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Re: it's not my brain, it's my heart
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 08:21:42 PM »
Geez David,

I hope they find the root of the problem soon. I also hope they also find a way to treat it.

Keep us posted on how things go.


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Offline Snowangel

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Re: it's not my brain, it's my heart
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008, 10:01:59 PM »
Hi redhot,
Glad to hear they got you in with a top cardiologist and I hope they can figure out what is going on soon. Good luck with all the tests!  I wish you the best! 
Take care,
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The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge..

One thing you can give and still keep...is your word.

One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.


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