OK so my story, I awoke last weekend with numbness mostly in my hand. To take precaution, I drove to the hospital to evaluate. The ER doctor was concerned I was suffering a stroke and administered a clot drug TPA and ordered CT scans and MRA scans of the brain. Thankfully I didnt suffer a stroke but incidently they found two unruptered anueryms. 6.4 mm x 3.95 mm Basilar Tip, and a 4.29 x 3,26 Saccular on the internal cartonid artery extending posterior lateral. They placed me in ICU for two days for observation. They wanted to immediately do a Angiogram and I refused since I wanted to research the best places to deal with this sort of problem.
I really didnt have any symptoms before last weekend. Not sure if the numbness in my hand is related or not. What’s more, when I left the hospital I began having photophobia issues with the sun, and some minor optical pain that has since largely disapated a few days later. I still have this feeling of slight dizziness and a minor headache that feels like pressure over my ear.
Reading on the net, these anuerysm sites are not good as they are hard to reach and pose complications in procedures to repair. I am scheduled to see a specialist Dr. Pererson at the Univerity of Miami this week for my first consultation. I will most likely travel to a major center ( I can use some recos on best places and physicians) to get a 2nd opinion and decide if traveling will result in a better potential outcome.
My mother had a ruptured or bleeding aneurysm (not sure which) back in 1980 that she survived with cranial surgery. Although the recovery was long and she really was never fully the same cognitivly but she lived a long and happy life and able to take care of herself well into her early 80’s. Although she had many health issues following the 1980 surgery including heart attacks and diabetes. Remembering what my Mom had to endure and overcome scare me so much.
Thankfully today they offer less invasive solutions. I hope the doctor tells me that he can help me and with coil technology vs clip. I dont think I can deal with the cranial thing easily emotionally.
I just went through a nighmarish scare when they identified a 8mm spiculated very likely cancerous lung nodule that thankfully turned out to be just an infection that for all intensive purposes went away on its own. I hate phillip morris and the tobacco industry for addicting me to ciggarettes at age 13. 40 plus years later I know my fate and death will be attributed to my ciggarettes. But no matter how hard I try or what replacement therapy I utilize, I return to this flithy habit. I fear even if I can get the internal strength to quit, the anxiety I will feel will bust open the anuerysms. I mean I go nuts completely within 72 hours , patches or whatever included. But I must find a solution at this point. I cant continue to destroy my body.
I guess my biggest concerns are what percentage of people have significant disabilties after surgery? Should I expect any noticeable change in my cognitive skills that will effect my professional or personal life even if I remain capable of taking care of myself after recovery.
Any advice or thoughts will be greatly appreciated. Hoping everyone out there heals and finds happiness!