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Posted by Daniel ( on January 18, 2001 at 03:21:37:

In Reply to: But so are you. posted by Bob P on January 17, 2001 at 13:08:17:

Bob, thanks for sticking around and keeping the debate factual.

The problem with cutting nerves is that you go numb. A sensation which many people find unpleasant (clearly its nothing on a cluster). We have never cut nerves in cluster patients so I can't give you an accurate discription of what would happen if you did cut them.

We have tied nerves off in tension headaches in a few cases some years ago(because they can be untied if the patient changes their mind) . In one case a woman wanted her headaches (tension headaches) back rather than not being able to feel the top of her head. This was in the early days though and we haven't had cause to use this treatement for many years.

As far as severing or tying off the artery, there are no repercussions! A stroke comes from blocking a vein INSIDE the brain for which alternative precautions have not been made by your body. Your body has alternative ways of getting blood to this area, sometimes discribed as the back of you face. For a start there are two arteries that serve this area, one for each side. As far a I know, cluster is a one sided affair? Am I wrong?

The question is whether you could safely cut both of these arteries, but we've never had anyone yet with cluster on both sides.

I'll get back to you though
Scouts honour

And as far as my age goes I'm 27, my father is 58.I hope you meet him soon.


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