Thank you so much for your responses to my questions. And especially for sharing the research on stability of coiled aneurysms. I read every word and printed it and saved it!
At 4 years post rupture and coiling, I felt that I should be doing something to protect my health, but I was stalled.
I am going to pursue an MRA now that I’ve read about some of their advantages over angiograms. My last angio resulted in a torn femoral artery when they removed the instruments. That left me with a bruise that covered my pelvic area and was about the size of a large pie pan (10” diameter). I’m glad to have the MRA option this time.
And yes, where would all the coils go if the aneurysm was “gone”? As you said, this is a language problem that leads to confusion. I clearly saw on the x-rays that the aneurysm I have looks just like it did at 6 months and at one- and two-years post rupture.
I do have a very small neck remnant that was not occluded at the time of coiling, and since I don’t have and don’t want a stent, it seems that doing follow-up MRAs is likely a good idea.
Thank you again for your responses. I feel so much better!
And for anyone reading this, my memory is improving even after year 4. I was initially told that if I was experiencing any deficits after 6 months, they were probably permanent. So, everyone, please don’t give up hope on improving your injured brain. Keep reading! When I came home from the hospital I could not imagine how to subtract 9 from 11. The entire concept of simple arithmetic was gone. This was a stunning
development for me since prior to the rupture I was teaching chemistry at a community college. Getting back to that level is not going to happen, but at least I can do a Sudoku puzzle again!
Too long-winded. Sorry!