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Brain Aneurysm


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Comment from: Sheila, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I have 4 brain aneurysms, one ruptured at work. I was unconscious for 3 weeks, and my memory was gone. My husband said it was like the movie Groundhog Day. When I first came to, I was not myself. I have had the one that ruptured, stented and coiled. Now waiting to have surgery on the other 2 big ones. Crazy to not even have a clue they are in your head.

Comment from: JudyKay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I noticed one of my eyes seemed bigger than the other. I went to a checkup and asked my doctor about it. He sent me for a CT, suspecting I had Graves’ disease. The CT showed something odd, so I was sent for another CT, where they found my brain aneurysm. I was sent to the hospital. My surgeon said it was the biggest aneurysm he had ever seen. They decided clipping it would be the best. The doctor had finished the operation and was talking to my family when he was called back as I was having a stroke.

Comment from: Yymoll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I've never had any health issues. I'm a traveling merchandiser. I was remodeling Academy Sports in Rosenberg, Texas. It was about May the 26 of 2018, I had just walked into work at 10 pm. I felt a snap over my left eye, and it sent pain through my head and down my neck to my shoulders. But I went ahead to work. Next couple of days I kept having head ache and felt like something was floating around my eye. I still worked each day until the 31st. I left work that Thursday morning 8 am. I couldn't drive, and had double vision from the brain aneurysm.

Comment from: Allan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

On July 9, 2012, 4:30 am while working in my workshop, following a 100 degree day of moving rocks, I experienced a lightning-like pain in the center of my head. These had occurred in my youth. However, those were instantaneous. This one persisted. I could not remain standing, and fell to the floor in a fetal position. After the pain subsided, all was black. I was on a concrete floor and wished to stand. However, I could not develop a plan of what to do in order to arise. Once I determined that my knees and hands needed to be under me as I faced down, it took 30 to 60 seconds before my limbs would respond to my wishes. Knowing that the standing would need to be slow because I was under a porcelain sink, I was able to stand. I went into the house and advised my wife of the headache and went to bed. At 9:30 am, I awoke with high sensitivity to light and a headache behind the eyes so agreed to go the local hospital emergency room (anything to relieve the headache). A doctor examined me, addressing my request to give me something for the head pain. A prescription was written to be filled at the local drugstore. The diagnosis was stress headache. Pills lessened the pain. Returning home, I lay down, covered my face and eyes with a stocking hat and spent Monday to Friday in that position. My wife prevailed upon me to call our family doctor. He advised me that he would see me Monday even though he was not scheduled to have office hours. Saturday and Sunday saw the symptoms continue. I drove the 83 miles to our doctor. He immediately sent me to the hospital for consultation with a neurosurgeon. Ultimately, ruptured aneurysm was diagnosed by proper tests, followed by surgical intracranial clipping, followed one day later with additional hemorrhage evacuation. Therapy was begun immediately in the hospital and continued for several months. Progress was rapid and virtually no deficits remained by three months. I credit good therapists and effective surgery and diagnosis for my survival and recovery. Follow-ups have shown all to be good, until an angiogram 9/19/2017, showing the presence of two small aneurysms near the site of the clip. Stent treatment was recommended. However, to my concern and anxiety, the doctor, who is highly recommended, has not schedules the procedure, as of 2/5/1018. The only deficit detectible from the initial event is impaired ability to multi-task, and a necessity to focus sharply on specific decisions, without distraction. However, I am able to reason, calculate, speak and sing publicly, and function at a reasonably high level. My take-away from this experience is, seek treatment right away, and request thorough examination by CT, MRI or angiogram if such a head pain is experienced. Seek physical/occupational therapy early and often. Get to know your primary care physician so they know what is typical and atypical of your health.

Comment from: Linda. Dallas, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: February 14

Now, how does brain survive after a brain aneurysm, if family don't understand what goes on after surgery, rehabilitation, observation at home. EEG, tests, devices. How much is pulled from, taken from one, body tampered with while in recovery; life changing experience. Never the same. Spiritual awakening if ever. The language my ears heard were bubbles, tongue twisters; not English. My head was high they said. Never saw ICU nor life support equipment. The seizures are scary.


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