Patient Comments: Brain Aneurysm - Treatment

What was the treatment for a brain aneurysm in you, a friend, or relative?

Comment from: candy, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

My sister recently had her second aneurysm surgery, first one 20 years ago. This time the doctors were not successful in coiling, they did not tell us! She stayed in pain for an entire month, she went back to the doctor for two follow-ups, the first they did some radiology and did not see anything wrong. The second was with her general physician. She recently was rushed back to the hospital where the emergency room (ER) doctor informed her of the botched surgery because he thought she knew. He then says it's a two time surgical procedure, as if that is standard. It wasn't standard twenty years ago when it was fixed with 1 surgery. I believe they made that up to cover themselves, I am researching. I want to know how many other patients had 2 surgeries as standard for 1 aneurysm.

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Comment from: Noel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

For many years I would have headaches, relieved by sleep, a dark place and or Excedrin. One day I was working and developed tremors of my hands. I went to see my neurologist and requested an MRI. It revealed 8 aneurysms. Then had an MRA with confirmation. I later went to the hospital where I had a cerebral angiogram. This is considered most diagnostic. Conclusively 4 were confirmed; I was treated with coils stents and the pipeline. Post operation cerebral angiogram showed dissolution of three and a diminishing fourth. In my case I had no associated symptoms although many times it is the unassociated factors that lead one to discover aneurysms. Presently I have occasional stiffness of my right eye and pressure behind it. In the past my family has always called it the strange eye, but because of my history I will pursue it further.

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Comment from: Yak57, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I have been living with the knowledge that I have a small aneurysm (when first discovered, it was at about 3.2mm) behind my left eye for over 15 years. We've avoided repair, as the risks outweigh the benefits. I have an MRI/MRA annually to check on it. Last week, I had a car accident, rear-ended, and bumped my head hard enough to warrant a CAT scan. The CAT scan report stated there was a non-specific 5 mm calcification. I assumed that was the aneurysm, and checked with my neurosurgeon to find that my aneurysm was only 3.8mm last year. So, I am going in for a mid-year MRI/MRA (on my usual machine) to measure the growth. If they were to operate on it as it was, I would certainly lose the sight in my eye, but would save my life. If it has grown by 25% in only one year, something is up. The car accident may have saved my life, we shall see.

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Comment from: lionie, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My brother was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm years ago, he had undergone surgery and it was clipped with titanium. Since then he has fully recovered and it's like nothing happened; except for the scar, he is back to normal. He is taking medications for maintenance to control his blood pressure.

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Comment from: Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I received coiling and had a shunt placed in my head as treatment a year ago. I feel pretty good and I'm doing better every day.

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Comment from: Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I suffered from migraine headaches for most my adult life. This time I felt a "pop" in my head then I became nauseous. I began to vomit uncontrollably. I don't remember anything after the vomiting. I bled in my head for 8 days before I was treated. The first hospital I went to on day 3 did not diagnose the aneurysm, they treated me for a migraine and sent me home. The second hospital gave me a CAT scan and determined my illness. I was in ICU for 5 weeks and rehab for 2 weeks. I'm told I'm very lucky considering how long I went untreated.

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Comment from: karen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

Nearly 10 years ago, I had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. I had suffered with headaches and dizzy spells for years. One day I was on a bus with a friend and got a sharp pain in my head: the worst pain and headache I'd ever experienced. I decided to go home and went to bed. The next morning I woke up and had double vision and still had the bad pain in my head. One of my pupil's was dilated and I felt weak on one side of my body. An ambulance took me to the hospital. A CT scan revealed I had an aneurysm. I had brain surgery the next day. I was told I was lucky, because if it weren't for the double vision, I probably wouldn't be here today because I might have thought it was just a bad headache.

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