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Old 24 July 2018, 15:56
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Just got diagnosed with 3 (unruptured) aneurisms. Short history: 41 years old with hypertension (on meds) the last 4 years. Last Monday I had a severe headache/neck ache out of nowhere. Went to see the doctor and my BP was 165/110. He doubled my meds. Next day, still with raging headache. He then prescribed another med in addition to my increased dosage of other BP med. I came back 2 hours later as advised and BP was down to 150/100. He sent me home. Headache remained and I went back to the doc the next day still with the raging headache. BP was 165/120. He had me admitted to hospital. After numerous ECGís and blood work which came back ok, I had 3 CT scans and an MRI. Been in the hospital since last Thursday night. Found out today that I had 3 aneurisms in my skull. The neuroseurgeon stated Iíll need surgery within the next few weeks due to the waitlist but will get back to me tomorrow with the next course of action.
Does anyone here have any experience with aneurisms and what I should expect? Iíve been told theyíll either split my skull open and clip them or go in thru my femoral artery and place a coil. Neither option sounds like much fun. I was just wondering about the prognosis and whether itís common practice to wait? Is it dangerous to do so? I live in Europe under social healthcare hence the wait time.
This ordeal really has me shitting bricks.
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Old 24 July 2018, 16:41
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My only experience is suddenly losing a Sister at 33 y/o without warning due to one. Long time ago.

Glad ur docs caught it!
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Old 24 July 2018, 17:23
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I can't imagine waiting is a good thing...had a friend with one...she almost died. But..hopefully one of the smart med folks will be along soon.
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Old 24 July 2018, 17:28
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Coiling is preferred / and frequent...sounds like "berry aneurysm" which are very common. Neurosurgeon has looked at your MRI -> if it wasn't safe to wait...he wouldn't.

My thoughts based on experience.
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Old 24 July 2018, 17:41
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Go the stent, it worked for me, they even have a new mushroom stopper to seal the femoral after, top notch.
In and out in less than a week.
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Old 24 July 2018, 17:42
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Old 24 July 2018, 17:50
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Man, at least they caught it. I agree with ussfpa, if the docs didn't think it was safe to wait, they wouldn't, but I know the uncertainty sucks. Hang in there.

Out of curiosity, for something like this do the docs prescribe anything like blood pressure meds or can they not due to the upcoming surgery?
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Old 24 July 2018, 18:02
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I lost my mother to an abdominal aneurysm that ruptured. She knew it was there and spoke to me via the telephone one week prior. She told me the doctor's wanted to operate, but, she decided not to get it done. I advised her the opposite because the prognosis for an elective surgery are very better then a ruptured emergency surgery, which I understand are well below 10% survival.

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Old 24 July 2018, 18:29
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Just got diagnosed with 3 (unruptured) aneurisms. Short history: 41 years old with hypertension (on meds) the last 4 years. Last Monday I had a severe headache/neck ache out of nowhere. Went to see the doctor and my BP was 165/110. He doubled my meds. Next day, still with raging headache. He then prescribed another med in addition to my increased dosage of other BP med. I came back 2 hours later as advised and BP was down to 150/100. He sent me home. Headache remained and I went back to the doc the next day still with the raging headache. BP was 165/120. He had me admitted to hospital. After numerous ECG’s and blood work which came back ok, I had 3 CT scans and an MRI. Been in the hospital since last Thursday night. Found out today that I had 3 aneurisms in my skull. The neuroseurgeon stated I’ll need surgery within the next few weeks due to the waitlist but will get back to me tomorrow with the next course of action.
Does anyone here have any experience with aneurisms and what I should expect? I’ve been told they’ll either split my skull open and clip them or go in thru my femoral artery and place a coil. Neither option sounds like much fun. I was just wondering about the prognosis and whether it’s common practice to wait? Is it dangerous to do so? I live in Europe under social healthcare hence the wait time.
This ordeal really has me shitting bricks.
First of all, so very glad you got diagnosed properly.
It's a lot more dangerous to not be diagnosed than it is to wait post Dx.

Clipping vs. Coiling.

Clipping is typically done on an emergent basis. Coiling too here in the States, but Clipping is done when coiling won't be effective, or a problematic bleed.

It is not uncommon at all to wait and wait and wait in the EU all because of Socialized Medicine/NHS. And they happen to have a very good track record of doing so for decade upon decade.

Neurosurgeons are some of the best folks I've ever worked around or met, and so on. So if you can, relax and give him/her a chance.

Hopefully by now they've got your BP under control, probably with IV meds. And pray-fully that raging headache (Key Stroke Sign).

If the Surgeon tells you tomorrow he'll have you up and running in no time. . .I'd lay odds he's right. Seen it many times.

There are naysayers everywhere. Ignore them and pay attention to your Neuro Doc.

ETA: *A* Key Stroke Sign is: "Worst headache of My Life" . . .Just FYI for folks reading.
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Old 24 July 2018, 18:50
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Old 24 July 2018, 19:45
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Prayers out from here.

As a side note, my wife was instrumental in pioneering the field of brain imaging, and was awarded the National Medal of Science for her work.

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Old 24 July 2018, 20:00
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Damn.. glad you/they caught it, Brother.
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Old 24 July 2018, 20:08
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Glad you caught it, prayers for a quick and complete recovery which ever way you end up going.
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Old 24 July 2018, 20:25
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Prayers out.

My Dad’s Mom had so many stents I consider them normal.

Docs took the femoral artery path.

Back in the 80s-ish, she was good for 6/8 years between them. She lived past 80.

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Old 24 July 2018, 20:30
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It all depends where they are located in the Brain, I have good friend had it done a year ago, some how an again where they are located they went up thru the groan area hey I no DR. But that what they did so he said.

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Old 25 July 2018, 02:10
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Thanks for all the responses. I’m still in the hospital waiting for the next course of action. BP is under control and consistent with oral medication @ 130’s/70’s-low 80’s. Headache is being managed with paracetamol and codeine but is still present slightly. I’ll find out shortly what the next step is as to whether they let me go home or operate immediately. The fact that I have 3 aneurisms is what’s very unnerving I must say. I’m not terribly religious but I must admit I have been praying. There is consolation in knowing with all the other tests done, everything else seems to be in good shape except my brain.
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Old 25 July 2018, 10:55
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Heal quickly. I'm guessing it's promising that they didn't have you in surgery right away. Grace and peace.
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Old 25 July 2018, 13:31
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Sir, I wish you the very best. You and your family are in my thoughts.
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Old 25 July 2018, 14:26
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Coilings where I work are a dime a dozen, with extraordinary outcomes. Clippings are fewer, and tend to be more emergent. Very few people have to undergo 'real' surgery; when I worked in vascular radiology all of the body cases were done under light sedation. The brains were under general anesthesia but fully recovered half an hour after the case.
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