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AVM (Steal Phenomenon)

I have a 5 cm temperal/parietal AVM, I had it Embolized 2 times and the AVM is 90% closed but I was told that the 10% that is left is to deep to touch. I have speach and memory problems from my last Embolization My answer is that I keep getting severe pressure in my right temple that feels like it is going to rupture but, my AVM is in my left side of my brain. I have had a severe earache in my right ear that starts when the pressure builds in my temple. I also have severe headaches everyday, right at the spot of my AVM. My face, arm and leg stays numb and sometimes tingles. For the past few day's I have a metallic taste in my mouth and I keep feeling like I am going to pass out. I have read about the Steal Phenomenon that some people get from the AVM, could all of these symptoms be from that? If so does it mean the AVM could rupture more easily because of the Steal? I have an appointment on the 15th of Sept to see an AVM HHT specialist in Philladelphia because my mother also had a giant cerebral AVM. I also have Cyst in my kidneys and gallbladder issues.  I thank you for your time Brenda Dinch
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