I’m 21 years old and was diagnosed with 2 small aneurysms, only have done an MRA and MRI no angiogram. They are apparently in the middle and left side of my brain, smallest is 1.5mm and largest is 2.5mm, surgeon says he will operate at some point but definitely when they double in size. I’m from Buffalo NY seeing a neurosurgeon from UB Neurosurgery. I’ve recently had my gallbladder out in a “routine” surgery and had loads of complications due to the surgeon not closing a duct and having bile get into my abdomen. This is my brain we are talking about and I’m not willing to take chances. Everytime I’ve gotten a migraine (I’d originally saw the neurologist for migraines before getting tests due to family history) I’ve started to freak out worrying this is the migraine that is going to land me in the hospital. I’ve suffered from anxiety in the past and don’t know how to talk to anyone about this (especially family) without worrying them more than they need to. Need advice and prayers I guess. Sorry for the long post, had a lot to get off my chest.
Welcome to the support site, Catmom. It’s not easy, is it, having a new diagnosis, especially when there is a family history. And then to have had dramas with your gallbladder as well. You need a support community for sure!
One of the things that people here do really well is answer questions. So hit these wonderful folks with your best shot! You must have a question or two about your aneurysms, and I’m guessing someone here will be able to give you an answer.
We’re glad that you found us, but needing to be here isn’t great. Still, you’re in good company.
All the best to you
Seenie from Moderator Support
Hi Catmom I am so sorry that you are faced with the aneurysm card at such a young age. There are lots of great people on this site with more real experience with aneurysms than probably anyone else. Number 1 is to control your stress. I know that’s tough when you are dealing with something wrong with your brain. But… YOU HAVE TO!! Stress elevates your blood pressure which is not a good thing with aneuryms. Take deep breaths, go for a long walk, meditate. Try your best to stay calm.
Then get all the information that you need. What exactly is wrong, what do they plan to do; clip, coil or pipeline stent, how many of these procedures have they done. The more experience the better. Get a second opinion. And keep checking in here. You’re not alone. Hang in there.