Two Years Post MVD

When I was researching treatment options I found it difficult to find positive posts regarding the MVD procedure - unfortunately, most people who are active on the internet still struggle with this condition. Therefore, I made a commitment to continue to provide at least an annual update after my MVD procedure .

I'm a little late in making my post and that's because I was traveling in Southeast Asia on my anniversary knocking off an item from my bucket list - visit Angkor Wat. Not only was the trip absolutely amazing, I was basically symptom free during my vacation! It is such a blessing to have my life back and I've learned not to take things for granted. In fact, at times it's a little challenging not to think, what if it comes back. That's probably why I'm so adamant about making sure that while I need to save for retirement it's more important that I also live in the present.

My surgery was November 2012 and I was very fortunate, my nerve was being squeezed by 4 veins. Because they were veins the surgeon was able to cut and cauterize them so I don't have the typical teflon pad between the nerve and blood vessel. I will say I'm not always 100% symptom free when I'm home - I can have times when the left side of my tongue burns and occasionally the left side of my face feels like it's tightening, similar to when you use a facial mask. I don't know if that's because of stress, altitude (I'm in Denver) or a combination of both. Both the frequency and severity of these symptoms is less as time goes on especially when I manage my stress.

If your doctor indicates you're a candidate for the MVD procedure, I would say go for it! I also wish all of you Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year.

Thank you for the positive update! Hope you continue to be relatively pain free…

I had an MVD in October. I am still on meds. Will try to wean off after the holidays. I have had some pain, so I’m hoping the nerve has healed enough to allow me to be med AND pain free too.

Thank you for sharing.

In the success stories tab…there are many of us with good MVDs. : )

Grandmas Dream, sooooo happy to read your update!
I bet your trip was amazing! I’d love to go there one day!
Wishing you continued wellness and lots of living in the moment experiencing LIFE!
(( hugs )) Mimi