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What causes vertebral artery kinking?

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Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2015
Question: To be answered by Dr. Erion Spaho.

Dear Dr. Spaho,

I have wonderful news. After a CT w contrast, I saw my neurosurgeon a few days ago. He told me I'm going to be fine. I have a very large vertebral artery that is within normal limits but no other problems. I am so relieved I cannot tell you! No aneurysms or anything. His advice is to continue on gabapentin and adjust it as needed for the severe headaches which may be caused by pressure on a nerve.

I am doing that, and beginning to get more sleep too, especially now that that my stress level is so much improved. The headaches are improving too.

If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.
XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It means there are no restrictions to be treated.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again XXXXXXX

I'm happy to hear good news from you.

So, maybe it was only a "kinking" of a large vertebral artery, but nothing else.

It means that you have no restrictions about being treated.

Since you are experiencing improvement with Gabapentin use you should continue it for now.

Just follow up with your Doctor about cervical issues.

Greetings.
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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho (1 hour later)
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Hello Dr. Spaho,

Thank you so much for all your help. I am so glad this ordeal is behind me. I think I can handle most anything now that this is over. I can again concentrate on what I do best. My son is recuperating from injuries from a traffic collision, and I am the designated nurse/taxi driver. He is unable to walk yet, but has worked up to a walker from a wheelchair due to a broken femur and wrist on the R side.

You cannot know how much you have helped me, and how much I truly appreciate your help
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (12 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the kind words.

Glad I helped you.Hope your son will recover soon.

Greetings.
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What causes vertebral artery kinking?

Brief Answer: It means there are no restrictions to be treated. Detailed Answer: Hello again XXXXXXX I'm happy to hear good news from you. So, maybe it was only a "kinking" of a large vertebral artery, but nothing else. It means that you have no restrictions about being treated. Since you are experiencing improvement with Gabapentin use you should continue it for now. Just follow up with your Doctor about cervical issues. Greetings.