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Had Gamma Knife yesterday - UPDATED 3 DAYS POST GK
« on: April 27, 2011, 05:07:18 pm »
AKA: cpayne 101 (changed my user name)

I just wanted to share my experience with everyone. I had Gamma Knife done yesterday on my AN.

The team was exceptional, the nurses were great and I have absolutely no complaints at all. I would highly recommend Dr. Sahni (Richmond, VA). The worst part was not putting on the helmet (as I had anesthesia for that), but taking it off. It was the worst pain I have ever experienced. But right after that, they gave me pain RX in my IV and within 5 minutes I was feeling nothing, and have not had any pain since, other than extreme soreness from the pin holes.

Today, I feel pretty good. I am on steroids, and they have made me very nauseaus and I cannot sleep. I am very restless. As far as my head, the pinholes are so tiny you can hardly see them. I am shocked at how small they are. I saw the screws when they removed them and they were HUGE. I have no idea how I could have such tiny holes from the large screws.

The whole staff made sure I was comfortable, I had my own suite where my parents and husband could sit and stay with me, and it was a really nice, clean room. They fed me a snack after the helmet was put on and I had an MRI. Then they planned the radiation which only took about 30 minutes, and I had 34 minutes of radiation. It was perfectly quiet, they even had stars in the ceiling that twinkled. I fell asleep and woke myself up in the machine snoring (lol).

I get my first MRI in 2 months, so we'll see how the tumor looks, but I am really surprised at how well I feel today. If it wasn't for the steroids, I would probably be out running around.

I just wanted to share this for anyone considering GK. My AN was small so I know it makes a difference in decision making, but I really cannot express how impressed I was with the entire staff and Dr. Sahni.

Hope this helps someone.

Cheryl :D

UPDATE: DAY 3 PAST GK - VERY DIZZY AND NAUSEAUS. I THINK DUE TO STEROIDS. SPOKE WITH NURSE AND SHE AGREES. MY HEAD IS SORE FROM PIN SITES, BUT OTHERWISE STILL DOING WELL. I HAVE NOTICED NO CHANGE IN HEARING/TINITUS, BUT NOT WORRIED AS I KNEW THAT WOULD NOT GO AWAY ANYTIME SOON, IF AT ALL.
OF COURSE, BAD LUCK HAS IT THAT MY A/C BROKE DOWN YESTERDAY SO MY HOUSE IS FLAMING HOT!! DOESN'T GO WELL WITH DIZZINESS/NAUSEAU. OH WELL, COULD BE WORSE![/font]

ALSO FOUND OUT I DO NOT GET MRI IN 2 MONTHS -- DR SAID THAT WAS TOO SOON. I AM DISAPPOINTED IN THAT. I GUESS I HAVE TO WAIT 6 MONTHS. SO I WILL NOT KNOW ANYTHING FOR QUITE SOME TIME. JUST A WAITING GAME..
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« Last Edit: April 29, 2011, 10:34:45 am by proudmomof3 »
Right AN - 1.5cm
Diagnosed 3/2011
GK  4/2011
Last MRI 5/13 - 1.5cm
SSD Right Side, Constant Tinnitus, Vertigo, Headaches

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Re: Had Gamma Knife yesterday
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 06:49:21 pm »
Interesting experience.  You must be so glad it is over and you sound wonderful.  Best wishes for tumor shrinkage and be done with it
Diagnosed 6/2008
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Re: Had Gamma Knife yesterday
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 07:18:08 pm »
Congrats, Cheryl! I was wondering how things were going with you. I hope you have a continued good experience!

-Tod
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Re: Had Gamma Knife yesterday - UPDATED 3 DAYS POST GK
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 08:26:40 pm »
Hello Cheryl,

Sorry to hear you had some problems. Are you feeling better now ?

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Re: Had Gamma Knife yesterday - UPDATED 3 DAYS POST GK
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011, 01:49:09 pm »
Hi, Cheryl ~

Thanks for the update.  I'm sorry you have the dreaded GK 'pin pain' (and no air conditioning) but glad to learn that, overall, you're doing well.  Follow-up MRI scans are often done at 3 months but waiting 6 months is not uncommon.  It does take time for the radiation to have an effect on the tumor - and MRI scans are very expensive.  Many insurers won't pay for one if it isn't considered medically justified.  Unfortunately, with radiation treatment, it is a waiting game - but that is unavoidable.  I'm sure you'll do fine and your next MRI will show a 'dying' AN.

Jim
4.5 cm AN diagnosed 5/06.  Retrosigmoid surgery 6/06.  Follow-up FSR completed 10/06.  Tumor shrinkage & necrosis noted on last MRI.  Life is good. 

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Re: Had Gamma Knife yesterday - UPDATED 3 DAYS POST GK
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011, 08:38:31 am »
Hi Cheryl,

Thinking of you and hoping you are starting to feel better.  Kiddies will make 6 months go by quickly, so your follow-up MRI will be here before you know it!  Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Kind regards,
Lori
AN diagnosed 3/2011, 7 mm x 6 mm x 4 mm, right side
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Re: Had Gamma Knife yesterday - UPDATED 3 DAYS POST GK
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2011, 04:58:19 pm »
Hey Cheryl! I hope things are going good for you at this point in time. Yeah, those steroids sure mess up the sleeping cycle, don't they? :)  Take care and keep us updated on how you are doing! Good luck!
Jay
8.1mm x 7.8mm x 8.2mm AN, Left Ear, Middle Fossa surgery performed on 12/9/09 at House by Drs. Brackmann/Schwartz. Some hearing left, but got BAHA 2/25/11 (Ponto Pro) To see how I did through my Middle Fossa surgery, click here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jaylogston

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Re: Had Gamma Knife yesterday - UPDATED 3 DAYS POST GK
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 02:03:05 pm »
Why do you have to take steriods and how long will you be on them?

 


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