The results of CT scan had made a few doctors think hard. Arteriovenous fistula. This is an abnormal connection between artery and vein which bypasses capillary bed. In my case it’s located on the very left side under the liver (practically above and to the right of belly button). When comes a time that there is too much blood builds up under pressure, a rapture occurs (BTW, this hemorrhage could be the cause of light anemia I was detected with). There is no specific cause for this. By CT they determined pockets of old blood in various locations, under liver, behind it and around belly button (all places that had pain, and I can palpate a mass near the belly button). The reason for inducing more pain after eating is filling up the stomach/intestines and pressing on those pockets. Exercise and sudden movement do the same. All this blood should eventually be absorbed, but for now it means waiting and having pains. The new rapture can happen at any time or may never happen again. Those blood pockets (encapsulated hematomas) seem to be benign, but the MRI was scheduled for future diagnosis. In theory I can have a surgery to repair/remove the AV fistula, but for now can live as is. And since there is no medical records on how it behaves when a person is an endurance athlete, no recommendations given. The CT radiologist in his 20 years of practice had only seeing this disease in this particular location twice (more often it can be diagnosed in heart, when it’s really dangerous) and asked me to sign a paper where I allow him to follow my case. Oh, on another note, they checked out my other vessels by angiography and said that they are huge, only seeing in Lance Armstrong (who was treated at OHSU). I take it as a complement – how often in life do we get compared to Lance? Even though I am not his fan, still.
So, I am cleared to get back to normal diet, but I kind of like the fact that I lost 4 lbs this week and plan to stick with it for a bit longer – I did the same before SD100 last year, I’ll survive. Angie, you are my hero, that’s some will power to eat rice and broccoli for a month! I am just cutting out fried food and meat.
With all that I am going for my own Black Saturday tomorrow morning, all alone, a tasty imported meal for cougars and bears. Have fun on a long weekend!