I have had a coiling and stent for cerebral anuerysms in 2004 and 2005. I have had at least 4 angiograms and it had been about 5 yrs since my last one. My neurosurgeon ordered one the other day for me and I went into the hospital to have it. I had reactions this time that I never experienced before and I'm wondering if anyone else ever had the same symptoms during the procedure. I never get the medication that calms you during the angiogram but, this time I had to have pain medication given to me through the IV because of being in the same position and I'm having problems with my shoulder and the notorious problems with the lower back when having to lay flat on my back for so long.
During the angiogram, when the dye was released into the right side I felt like I was passing out and experienced a bit of numbness in my left leg and left arm. When the dye was put into the left side I experienced not only the feeling that I was passing out but also I had pain in my head. All these symptoms went away within about 15 seconds after the dye was administered but, they saw my heart rate go up whenever the dye was put into the left side and I felt that pain. It was the first time I had any of these symptoms during the procedure.
After the angiogram was over I had a headache like I never had before and also nausea. I tried to eat some toast and have some tea but the nausea was to overwelming. After a few hours I got up and walked a little bit and was ready to be released and still was having an extreme headache. I told the nurses I would come back to the emergency room if it didn't change in a few hours. They were very concerned but I thought it would be better to go home and try and recover. When I got up to go into the wheel chair I vomited and felt a little better. I went home and the headache became so bad that by 8pm my friend was ready to bring me to the emergency room. I asked for a cool cloth and 2 tylenol and went into a dark room and within 1/2 hour It started to improve. It was a hard few hours after the test and I was very concerned because I never experienced these side effects before. It's a bit of a long story but I would like to know if anyone else have ever experienced anything like this before? I would appreciate any imput anyone can give me. By the way, they found another aneurysm. I'm not sure where but will be hearing from my neurosurgeon Monday. The radiologist said that it will require a coiling.