She's sleeping while I piss my pants
June 29, 2007 10:52 PM Subscribe
Just a few hours ago we learned that my SO of 7 years has a brain aneurysm.
posted by generic230 to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have been googling stuff, but the information is terrifying. It keeps saying how death can come suddenly. If this is so, why did our physician-referred neuro surgeon set a meeting for Monday? Shouldn't she be in the hospital now?
This all started a week ago, on Friday around 4:30pm. While driving she had a sudden. severe headache, and a "weird" feeling of being "out of it". She drove to our doctor who sent her to the ER where they did a CT scan and a lumbar puncture, both of which came back clear. The doctor wasn't satisfied, (thank god), and he sent her for an MRI and MRA. Something on one of those tests had him order a CT angiogram for this morning. The results from that show she has an aneurysm in her brain.
It's now late Friday and she's happily asleep while everything I read makes me anxious. I don't understand what the headache was. Was it the anerurysm rupturing? And if it ruptured, how could he say her CT showed" an aneurysm. And, also, I read that, if it did rupture, there could very likely be a "vasospasm" within 2 weeks, which could cause a stroke.
Our doctor is awesome. He kept sending her for tests even though the CT and the lumbar puncture showed nothing. So, I know he would NOT put her life at risk in any way, but I just don't understand what I'm reading.
It seems like she must not have a BAD aneurysm, or they would be more alarmed and doing the surgery right away.
Also, the description of recovery from the surgery is also terrifying. There is minimally invasive surgery which seems more succcessful with less side effects called Coil Embolization or Endovascular Coiling. With a shorter recovery of 27 days. BUT HOW DIFFICULT IS THE RECOVERY? Will she have speech and memory problems? I know I should wait and ask the Neurosurgeon, but I want to know now. I need more information, and the stuff I'm getting off the net just keeps scaring the shit out of me. I am worried.
Anyone who has had this surgery or an aneurysm, or has any knowledge or experience of this, can you provide me with some info? Can some aneurysms be "milder" and less deadly?