I was just informed on June 19, 2013 that I have a 4.0mm Fusiform Trifurcation/dilation Brain Aneurysm located in the left anterior a2 artery. It looks like a very fat three legged tick. The angiogram with dye shows it consumes three of the 4 vessels, therefore making it inoperable as the clips have no where to go. One of the consumed arteries is so narrow, the angiogram equipment can not pass thru.
This information was given to me after having two aneurysms coiled on June 18. 2013. If you imagine a four way stop with traffic going one way west to east on a slightly peaked diagonal, and two way traffic going north to south which represents the blood flow and arteries. This enlargement consumes the southwest, southeast and northeast corners bulbing out those corners to form a rounded tick, with the arteries all together and buried within the ticks body.
I am hoping to find others who have been given the news of an inoperable Brain Aneurysm, to share in how to go on living, and how to overcome the fear of a rupture. My age is 48 and my Father passed at his age of 48, just 3 months prior to his 49th Birthday in 1973 on my 9th Birthday. He died of multiple ruptured Brain Aneurysms. His ruptured and he never made it out of the Hospital. Despite living 37 miles from the Cleveland Clinic, nothing could have been done. June of 1987, My beloved brother Sam had his brain aneurysm occur about a week before his 24th Birthday and he did not survive and my younger brother had his 4 aneurysms occur the day before his 36th Birthday. One ruptured sending him to the Hospital, one ruptured during the crainiotomy but was clipped along with 2 others. He survived April 2002 but this condition decimated his life both career, finances and also his wife and kids. My little brother was never the same. Today he is paranoid, antisocial and delusional suffering from severe Brain abnormalities as a result.
I can not determine if my aneurysm lays in the same spot as my Family members, but it sure sounds like a death sentence to me. The thing is recently I have had two other aneurysms coiled June 18, 2013 and I am on Plavix right now and must remain on Plavix for another three months until these two occlude, longer if they do not clot. I can not be on the normal dosage of Plavix to prevent my newly implanted coils from throwing off blood clots as the plavix does threaten my unruptured Brain Aneurysm.
Today I spoke with my Kaiser Neurosurgeons office and was told they want to "Watch it" and that no surgery would be allowed at this time, that no Surgeon would be able to surgically modify, or reduce this aneurysm and there was no other procedures available to me currently. I found it laughable to tell me they would watch it. "For what purpose?",I ask myself. If it does burst what then? Do I just bleed out? My 49th Birthday will be coming up early September and well... I am concerned whether or not I will make it and hope I can reduce my chances of a rupture.