Thank you so much for replying to me. Guess that is why they call it the silent killer. While they are rarely found in children or adolescents, they can occur at any age. I guess if about six neurologists have never heard of it I am a freak of nature. Endovascular coiling is a minimally invasive technique, which means an incision in the skull is not required to treat the brain aneurysm. I embrace my good days and bad days and accept and love the new me...It takes time and doesn't happen overnight... 10. Up until this discovery of the aneurisms, I was the healthiest, most robust 72 year old you could know. They coiled the one on the left on April 7th and the one on the right April 15th. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Generally, smaller aneurysms and aneurysms found in the arteries toward the front side of the brain are less likely to rupture. These however would not go away and I had never had that before. I believe they think it has been all in my head. A brain aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel in the brain begins to bulge. I believe that the fluctuations in barometric pressures trigger most of my migraines so just attributed them to that. If so, I wonder if that contributed. I am seeing a doctor on Friday and I hope we can find something to get in under control. SO, I am paranoid every time I have a pain in my head....geeze! I was lucky to have had a warning. Thankfully the Dr on call was mystified and could not figure out what my problem was so decided to take a cat scan....he discovered the two aneurisms and sent me to Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. He assured me I was not going to have a stroke or heart attack so to stop worrying so much as it adds to the high b/p. They put me on Plavix a week before I had my first coiling and I am still on it. Shock may occur as well. Thankfully my blood pressure is getting under control. Then once a year for three more years. I don't feel any different when it is 210/100 than I do when it is 128/78. It is early yet and I shall just hope everything works out for me. Muriel, Hi, I had coiling done last June. I am very active and have been going about my business as usual so I bump myself while mowing or gardening or driving the tractor or splitting wood (we have a splitter and I run the handle and load the tractor bucket and dump it in the barn) and the slightest bump makes a black and blue. My b/p spikes to as much as 210/100 and I had to visit the ER to have it brought down with IV meds. In July it will be 4 years since my coiling. The Propranolol helps that they say. I got all my affairs together and my poor husband was a basket case. My headaches started 3 months AFTER my coiling. I am covered with black and blues.....I am polka dotted. An aneurysm occurs when an artery in the brain bulges way beyond its normal boundaries. I usually wake up with a slight headache and go to bed with one. I don't know how much longer I have to be on this beautiful earth but you can bet I will enjoy every single moment of it. I only have ten more of the Plavix thank goodness. Lastly, and even less commonly, some partially clotted aneurysms can cause strokes. Brain aneurysms generally affect adults over the age of 30. Thanks again, Muriel. Answered by Dr. Richard Sanders: Rupture and stroke: ... what would cause tingling and numbness from the knees to the feet on both sides. The major blood vessels at the base of the brain which are suspended within the spinal fluid space have little supporting tissue surrounding it. Did you have MRI's too and did everything look like it should? I had terrible migraines in clusters for two months before they found my aneurisms. We also rely on our community to tell us when they experience an issue with any of our sites, and we give consideration to all feedback that is provided to us. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can cause life-threatening bleeding and brain damage. Learn about symptoms such as the worst headache of your life, pain or stiffness in the neck. With proper attention, surgery, and follow up, it is possible to recover within a few weeks. That is not a nice thought. Many survivors say that fatigue has a significant impact on their everyday lives. They have been better recently. Sorry to hear about your high bp, hope you are able to get it under control. Blood pressure (it was borderline after menopause), migraines and I have a slight tremor in my head. Across MedPage Today and its businesses, digital accessibility is a core priority for us throughout our design and development phases. I did have headaches in that area for about 6 months and did wake up with pains on that side of my head quite often and mine would go away after I was up awhile. Healthcare providers use endovascular coiling, also called endovascular embolization, to block blood flow into an aneurysm. I also have two other aneurysms that they are watching. I garden, mow 3 acres of lawn, work with my husband cutting down trees and dragging brush.....and I keep a home and take in abused and/or neglected dogs and cats. It has been a turbulent spring in NH as it has all over the country. You are so young....at least I am older but I sure as heck think I have a lot of life left to live. I have seen a lot of neurologists and every single one has said they never heard of that and discount it. I only get relief from Advil (Ibuprofen). The coil refers to a thin wire which is bunched up (coiled) within the aneurysm. I got so dizzy I thought I was going to fall down and vomited uncontrollably all the way to the ER. They coiled the one on the left on April 7th and the one on the right April 15th. All rights reserved. I did NOT have this type of headache before I had the aneurisms coiled so I am sure they are residual effects of the coiling, I don't care what they say. Had he not taken the cat scan, who knows if I would be sitting here answering your considerate message. Nicole Lou is a reporter for MedPage Today, where she covers cardiology news and other developments in medicine. To avoid such brain angiogram risks it is best to inform the doctor of any allergies that you may have before the procedure. Luckily the Doctor at the ER of our small hospital had the foresight to do a dye cat scan and he discovered the two aneurisms that were on each side and right up close to the optic nerves. Our efforts are ongoing. The surgeon told me when I went in that they could puncture the artery, cause a stroke, badly effect my eye sight (the aneurisms were right close to the optic nerves) and I could die. September 5, 2018 by Dr. Vikas Gupta 1. © 2021 MedPage Today, LLC. I have had my first migraine since the coilings this past three days. I was terrified as I am sure you are but it will be over soon and you will just be contending with some after effects. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. If you don't mind, I will message you if I have any "different" symptoms show up. Bleeding most common: Other side- effects, along with bleeding risk, include possible milder headaches, and/or less commonly symptoms of mass effect from some larger and giant aneurysms. Once in a while I will get an unusual pain and it scares me to death. Muriel. Now more than ever. However, these procedures are not without risks, and careful patient selection and proper device use are critical to ensure that the benefits to the patient outweigh the risk of treatment. Thanks again! Up until this unfortunate session I have gone through, I have been such a healthy, strong woman. Accessibility improvements made to our sites are guided by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Level AA. Now my BP is another story…did have high bp pre-rupture but it was well controlled with meds. It took almost 6 months and a few trips to the ER for the Doctors to get me on the proper meds. How does an aneurysm compromise blood flow to the brain? You would think one of them might be interested in something new and delve into it huh? Tiny coils, glue, or mesh stents are used to promote clotting and close off the aneurysm. I do wake up with the minor headache most mornings but after I have my tea and crumpets (as my hubby like to call my cookies), it seems to subside. We will make all reasonable efforts to address your concerns. I have been going about my life normally now and I feel good except for the headaches so I guess I will count my blessings and just go with it. Everyday is a gift - enjoy. I’ve been taking fioricet for 6 months to keep them under control. Dr Vikas Gupta. I know I cannot take Lisinopril, it made me cough uncontrollably but perhaps the other two. Operators should also be aware that neurovascular stents are only approved for certain brain aneurysms, and that they should avoid use of these devices in patients who cannot take systemic anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs. I got my OK for my next check-up in 4 years. EEEK, Did you have any problem with your blood pressure after the coiling? Hi Muriel ... a few things to help...and trust me you are not alone ... for some reason the surgeons donot want to look at any effects we have after our surgery...we can only hope in time we can educate them because you will see many here who have the similar things...In fact, I had tears in my eye reading your response to me because you could be me and I you...but different age...I am 49 years old... Oh before I forget I take 80mg of Propranolol once a day...helps high Bp and bad headaches...Btw, like you I went to emergency with High Bp, worse headache, dizzy and nauseous...told it was a migraine...a few days later I collapsed at home back to ER and they found two brain aneurysm's... 1. Pituitary Tumors – All You Need To Know! The surgeon came in to see me after I had the first one and I asked him if these could come back or I could get new ones in my brain and he said I didn't have any more chance of getting another one than he did. A cerebral aneurysm (also known as a brain aneurysm) is a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons or bulges out and fills with blood. The headache will go away just as soon as that becomes an open sore. Have a happy evening! May 9, 2018. When an aneurysm ruptures, blood surrounds the surface of these blood vessels. Hi Muriel - My aneurysm ruptured in March 2012 and I was coiled. As for the blood pressure, I am taking Inderal and Losartan at night and a diuretic in the morning (drinking six glasses of water and peeing a million times a day to keep my bowels from binding up) and my b/p has gone down a lot. Compared to traditional surgical treatment of an aneurysm, which involves putting a clip at the base of the aneurysm to cut off the blood supply, coiling is a minimally invasive approach that has fewer side effects and means patients can usually go home sooner and with less pain. In smaller brain aneurysms or in patients with reduced life expectancy, the risks of endovascular coiling may outweigh their benefits, the agency noted. Perhaps it had gone way up before all this but, not taking it often, I never noticed. Spine and Brain Healers provides advanced medical care in the field of Adult … The surgeon there is a specialist in this particular procedure so I count myself lucky in many ways. The bulging aneurysm can put pressure on the nerves or brain tissue. 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