A little background: I'm 50 and have always been in really good health. I eat pretty good, not perfect, never smoked or done drugs, I drink maybe two beers a week, a little bourbon but not much. When I had my last physical, about 5 years ago, my cholesterol was low and the Dr. said I'm off the charts healthy and nothing has changed since then. And, I get a lot of exercise.
But, awhile ago I had two pretty severe exertion headaches in one day. I ended up going to the emergency room, because I didn't know what was going on. It happened at work so it became a Workers' Comp. ordeal. Workers' comp. sent me to this little fat troll of a Dr. that wasn't a neurologist. She's a D.O. And she was very nasty. She didn't have my medical records, she didn't want to hear what happened to me and she made a determination that this wasn't work related. So, I had to wait while SCIF gathered my medical records so I could see a QME. All this was pretty stressful. I have thousands of dollars worth of ER bills and SCIF doesn't want to pay for it. And, the QME makes the final decision as to if its work related or not. The good news is that the QME agreed that it was work related and I won't have to pay for all my bills. But, she noted in her report, that I just got in the mail today, three things that concern me a little, that were seen on the CT scan, that she did not discuss with me in person.
1: CT Scan of the brain.
Impressions of the brain were borderline cerebellar tonsil ectopia, otherwise essentially negative.
2: CT Angiogram of head.
Impressions were diffusely smaller A1 segment of the left anterior cerebral artery and patent anterior communicating artery.
3: CT Angiogram of neck.
Impressions were questionable tapering of the origin of left vertebral artery, although possible do to beam hardening artifact from the shoulders.
So, I internet searched this stuff and learned a little. Not much though. The ER visit was pretty much a waste of half a day. They couldn't tell me what happened. I figured it out after going home and doing some internet searches. It turns out exertion headaches are pretty common. The only thing the ER could tell me was that nothing really bad happened, the CT scan looked ok and that I wasn't in danger of dying. The QME told me that I probably had a small bleed. But, this other stuff has me a little concerned. I don't really know what it all means. I guess another Dr. visit is in my future.
On a side note. This is my second Workers' Comp. experience. They are a bunch of stupid Mother ****ing, **** licking ****ers!! Avoid them at all costs!
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