Whilst my MVD is still fresh in my mind, I thought I would post some additional info for anyone who is considering MVD, these are drawn purely from my own experience but things I wasn’t really aware of:-
Yes of course there is surgical pain but the pain I had in other places i.e. forehead and back of the head and neck really surprised me, I found the pain much more severe than the surgical pain site, each day post Op the pain improves, now 1 week on, only taking pain meds to assist sleep.
Pain in lower back and thighs can also be expected, for me this came on day 3 and lasted 2 - 3 days.
Swelling and bruising in other places, I woke up after the MVD with a really swollen lip and bruising across my forehead and down my neck on my right side (MVD was on the left). This is to do with the breathing tube and head clamp which is used throughout surgery. I also had a number of bloody fresh scabs in my head (around 6) where the head clamp fixture points were.
Nausea, whilst this I expected, the first two days, I was sick every time I moved, fortunately anti sickness meds will help.
Dizziness and balance issues, whilst I was warned of this the severity surprised me, whilst the dizziness is much improved, I still cannot walk in a straight line 1 week on.
Difficulty sleeping - I have struggled with this purely because I generally sleep on the same side as the MVD.
Slowness - I was very slow in all movement and speech, as with the pain this has improved with each day and 1 week in my responses are almost back to normal.
Hearing sensation - On day 4 I started getting a blowing wind sound in my ear where I had the MVD, this comes intermittently and I understand can last many weeks post Op.
Tingling across the whole left side of my head, this I expected but it’s quite an odd sensation when it’s in in the head.
The statistics in the UK for post op issues and in particular fluid leak are around 1:30, so I have been monitoring for any yellow discharge which can come from the nose, ear &/or surgical site, happy to report none experienced to-date. It was really stressed to me the importance of going straight back to hospital immediately if this is experienced.
It takes 6 weeks for the brain to re-balance post MVD, knowing this reassures me that my symptoms above won’t last forever!