Hi Just had surgery 1-11-11 for left carotid ophthalmic artery aneurysm and SCARED!

Hi everyone just found this wonderful site and thought I’d see if any of you could help. I had surgery last tuesday and spent 4 days in hospital. Home now severe headaches, throbbing in left side of head and neck. Also I can hear a snipe crackle pop in head just like when the stent and coil where goin in!!! Hurts like crazy!!! Taking Imitrex injections two - three times a day, only thing that helps headaches. PLEASE tell me this gets better,. Thanks

Hi Margaret. I never had this procedure done. But, I had an ex-girlfiend who had brain surgery. And, I can assure you, It does get better. Unfortunately we don’t heal over night, I wish we did. It’ll take some time but, it will ease up as the days go by. Even when you do get better days, Don’t over do it. Take it easy and rest. Take care and please keep me up to date of how you are doing.

Thanks Ben! I will just seems that the headaches are so severe at times. I’ve had migraines for years, these are worse! But will see. Thanks again.

WOW THIS IS GREAT UR O THE COMPUTER THIS SOON…I DONT RECALL HAVING HEADACHES TO THIS DEGREE AFTER MY RUPTURE IB OCT 09…I AGREE YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT SLOW N EASY…I WOULD DEF CONY=TACT YOUR NEURO OR IF THERE IS A FOLLOW UP NURSELINE IS ALWAYS GEEAT TO ASK QUESTIONS…THINGS WILL GET BETTER JUST GIVE IT PLENTY IF TIME…,WHAT TYPE OF PROCEDURE DID YOU HAVE? ANGIOGRAM COILING OR CRANIOTOMY…RECOVERY TIME IS TO ME, A LITTLEVDIFFERENT DYE TO THE INVASIVENESS …KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS AND STEADFAST PROGRESS ON YOUR RECOVERY…GOD BLESS MICHELLE-N-TEXAS

My aneurysm was unruputured and was done angiogram with coiling & stent. The procedure was sooooo painful!!! I am 46 and after that produce didnt care if I saw 47! On pain meds for 3 days till they fine gave me my Imitrex injections, only thing that helps. Now home and last night the pain in my head was so bad it was like the doctors were doing the procedure all over again, realize I was awake through the hole thing, I was so scared that it ruptured or was leaking!!! Goin to call dr. today. Thanks for listening and support!!! Margaret

Hi Margaret-

I'm so sorry to hear that you were awake during your procedure and had to endure the pain. I was under general anesthesia, which I think is more typical....you may want to question your doctors about this if (heaven forbid) you ever need another intervention. I've never heard of anybody having this procedure with no meds. Poor thing!!!!!

Ya wake for whole thing just a relaxing med. they said I needed to be awake so they could make sure that I didn’t have an problems and they could have me hold my breath! NOT A HAPPY CAMPER!!! After they got the stent in the pain was so bad that they said the could stop and finish another day, I said are u nuts!!! finish it cause I know I wouldn’t do that again! Called DR now for severe pain last night just like they were in my head again, may have to go 4 a CT scan. Will see.

margaret that is nuts,i had my 6 mo follow up with dr kenneth layton at baylor hospital of dallas tx. i had a sedative that relaxed me and then they gave me meds to where i could not feel anything but when he shot the dye in my head to do the check up…which was just a warm feeling ,i was awake the whole time and was also able to hold my breath,i actually was able to talk to him thru the entire procedure…i would re-check these drs credentials…that just doesnt sound right and some uneccessary pain for sure,i hope your able to get it all straightened out sweety…

Thanks everyone! Ya my dr is supposed the best in WNY area. I know that if there is a next, i pray not, that we will watch an monitor until there is no other choice but to go in and fix it. Dr called and said start back on hydros for pain and call if they do not work. Great now I’ll be foggy and itch from the hydros, hopefully it all gets better soon! Thanks again for all the support all! Margaret

I had a craniotomy and clipping for an unruptured aneurysm, no coiling or stent, but my headaches were also extremely bad after I got home from the hospital. I remember one night the pain was so bad I was trying to tell my sister to take me to the emergency room, but I hurt so much I literally couldn't move my mouth or open my eyes.

THE PAIN DID GO AWAY!!! This will not last forever. Hang in there. And it's actually a great sign that you are able to be on the computer. I was in my darkened room unmoving for the better part of 3 weeks.

Margaret,

I am soooo sorry for what you're going thru...Coils are presumably the minimally and/or non-invasive treatment.

My personal opinion...you need an advocate, whether spouse, family/friend to go in with you to see the neuro-specialists...not a PCP. Ask the neuro-specialists to show / explain the angio images. Also secure your medical records including digitized CD/DVD of your angios and other scans that may have been done after the angio treatment.

Were the stents implanted with, or after, the coiling; and, was that implant explained to you before treatment; i.e. for a wide-neck aneurysm or for some other issue (i.e. weakness or plaque) in any artery?

Tell us what state you are in, so anyone in the same general area may help you more...from suppot groups to more...

Blessings to you,

Pat

I hope it does! I had surgery on January 7th for 2 left carotid ophthalmic artery aneurysms and this Friday (the 21st of Jan) I have surgery for clipping of one on the right side. I am not looking forward to the surgery (of course who does) because I am exhausted all of the time and have headaches that are more severe than before the surgery. You are lucky to have found something that helps the headaches - I haven’t gotten there yet and I think they have tried every drug known to man. I understand that it does get better; but I was somewhat depressed to hear it could be 6 months to a year. But given the alternative - I am fighting to stay positive and am going to work on meditation (something I have never been interested in) and other herbal/aromatherapy alternatives. I hope you feel better soon Margaret - I’ll keep you in my prayers. Carol

Carol, I just wanted to say: "Good Luck"

meditation - One of the methods I use is: I imagine myself being some place very pleasant, The sea shore or in the woods by a stream. I make it real. I imagine hearing what is there, smelling the air, feeling a breeze on my face., etc... My father past away a few years ago. Sometimes I'll imagine him sitting with me and we are talking.

Carol I found out all the pain medication they were using was causing some of my migraines. Ask about the Imitrex Injections, not the pill, I take 6mg injections and they help alot. Good luck tomorrow, I will be thinking of you! Margaret

Thanks Margaret - I’ll ask about that - especially since migraines run in my family and I am no stranger to them!

They have done wonders for me! Wish they had been around when my mother was alive, she would have had such a better quality of life.

Hi Margret,

My annie is in the right carotid artery and a stent and coil was placed in it on 1/17. I felt a sensation in mine that has let up a lot, except the pulsating feeling-if I raise up or rollover quickly. I think a lot of these sensations is from unnatural objects being placed in our bodies, and these sensations we just have to become accustomed to. I was not placed on any medications except plavix, and I hope to get off of this in Feb. at my follow up appointment. I believe things do get better. As with what Ben stated meditation, prayer,faith-find what helps and use it. I have found massage on the upper back helps to de-stress-has anyone tried acupuncture?

Lisa, I never did acupuncture but, I do use acupressure.   It does help.  You can find books on it just about any where and it's easy to do.

Where I go to physical therapy I receive acupressure on my back-which does help relieve the pain there. Thanks-I will do some research on this subject.

I HAVE OPHTALMIC ANNIES BILETERAL 3 MM AND 6 MM. WHERE WERE YOU TREATED, ANY VISON LOST HOW ARE YOU DOING. WILL GO SEE NEURO MD TOMORROW FOR OPTIONS