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Aortic Aneurysm (Abdomen and Thorax - Chest)

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Comment from: Wildman243, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I developed a burning in the center of my breastbone which would not go away. I went to the hospital where I was told I was not having a heart attack. That is all I remember until a doctor was waking me, asking if I knew where I was. I wasn't where I thought I was. I had been life flighted to Philadelphia for 12 hours of emergency surgery, then 5 days in a coma. Over a year now since my aortic aneurysm and am mostly recovered. I have a sleeve on the aorta and a new valve in my heart. The surgeon told me 5 minutes made the difference.

Comment from: M, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have lived 5 years with an aortic aneurysm. It now measures 5.1 cm. Now is the most difficult time as I wait for elective surgery or rupture. Watching and waiting is terribly stressful. I work full time. I have followed all the medical advice I've been given but it continues to grow, and every scan it is bigger. I'm now scanned every 3 months. I have asked for surgery but been refused I have to wait until it measures 5.5. I am 59 and hoping to get my surgery soon!

Comment from: Daughter, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 15

My dad is in surgery right now for a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm. Early this morning he said he felt something the size of a golf ball start at the bottom of his stomach and roll up to the bottom of his lungs and there it sat. Horrible pain he explained. He is bleeding internally, plus his right leg is numb and paler than the other. This morning when it happened he said his leg turned to jelly and gave out on him. The doctor said it was due to years of high blood pressure and him not taking care of it.

Comment from: Grandpa Jay, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I was seen in the emergency room for gall or kidney stones and had a CT scan. An abdominal aortic aneurysm of 2.5 cm was noted on discharge papers. So now I'm watchful waiting and seeing my doctor and cardiologist. Not very scared - yet.

Comment from: GolferJJ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I went to my doctor with low back pain. I thought I had a bladder infection. I am a very active 70 year old and keen golfer. My doctor did a water sample and confirmed I had some infection and gave me some antibiotics and pain relief tablets. On my way out she suddenly asked to look at my tummy and found I had a large aortic aneurism the size of a grapefruit, 7.2 in size. I was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. This proved difficult as I had previously had part of my bowel removed. My operation took place on the 6th April 2018. I am now home and recovering which is slow. I still have abdominal and back pain. I get tired walking and my tummy feels heavy and painful moving. No lifting or strenuous work. I believe it can take months to recover, but thank goodness I am still alive.

Comment from: Rod , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

Just wondering if a pain in the stomach would have anything to do with an aortic aneurysms after you have had stents put in.

Comment from: BookerT, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I have been told I need aortic aneurysm surgery right away. Leading up to this, I had excruciating pain in my left flank. I went to my internist who told me to see my heart doctor, and he told me my heart was good. I then went to a lung doctor who told me I had COPD, and treated me but told me this pain is not associated. Then the pain was not going away even after treatment, so I saw a kidney doctor. After two lithotripsies I was still having the stones, so I saw a new kidney doctor who found the aneurysm. For heaven's sakes I saw it on the screen after asking for a copy of the CT scan; I don't understand why doctors don't look at the entire CT scan. Now they tell me this pain might not go away because it may not be associated. I also made one emergency trip to the hospital thinking it was a heart attack. I'm thinking that pain is definitely associated with the aneurysm. But to have to go through this surgery and then still endure the pain, I'm feeling very unsure of what to do.

Comment from: Claire, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I feel I had an aortic aneurysm as I had a brain bleed and a severe stroke at 36; I am now 41. All my life I had a pulse in my belly button but I thought it was normal, and I thought everyone had one. My first diagnosis was an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Then three years later they said it was not an AVM. But after my brain hemorrhage and severe right sided stroke I feel from research that it was an aortic aneurysm as I have not had a pulse in my belly button since my disability. I know doctors and consultants know their jobs, I believe through research that it was an aortic aneurysm as I am severely disabled and I have no use of my right side at all.

Comment from: huckleberry10, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

I am a 57 year old male, just found out I have an aortic aneurysm, told it was 4.8 cm. I am going to see a specialist today, June 6, 2016, wish me luck.

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