Hello everybody, I got my results back today. It’s saying everything came back normal and that I don’t have any brain aneurysms or AVM’s. The scans that were done were a brain MRI, brain MRA and a carotids/neck MRA.
I have been getting bad pain behind my right eye, in my right temple and down the side of my right nose. It feels like a pressure build up behind that eye, a pinching pain, sometimes a stabbing pain, sometimes slight tingling in that temple also. The pain lasts a couple of weeks constant from awaking to going to sleep and then suddenly it starts to taper off and goes again. I’ve had three episodes of this. The first was stabbing for a night, then a month later two weeks straight of this pain and then six weeks later the most recent two week episode. I also can hear my pulse in this right ear when I lie down on it, stand up too fast, bend over or lay in my stomach. I have previously been diagnosed with Health Anxiety that I believe plays some part in my constant worries and lack of reassurance but not all. The most recent doctor I’ve had dealing with this has been good and understanding. I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t a brain aneurysm because my elder half sister had a ruptured brain aneurysm in her late 30’s. I am 21.
The MRA scan was done on a 1.5T standard scanner with contrast and took about 15 minutes for the MRA part. I was in the scanner for a total of around 30 minutes. It says that my results have been analysed by a consultant radiographer specialising in head and neck. However, because I still have this pain behind my eye and pulsing when laying down I am worried that a brain aneurysm is still there. I’m constantly worried about things being missed and I don’t know when to leave it and just accept the result and get relief from it. Brain aneurysms are my worst fear but I’m not making up the pain. I’ve had my eyes tested, I have 20/20 vision and I don’t usually get any kind of headaches. I’ve been very stressed recently and there’s significant breaks between each bout but I’m worried because it’s always behind the same eye and isn’t relieved by any normal medication. I just have to wait a week or so for it to disappear. From what I understand, brain aneurysms have to be a little larger to cause symptoms as a lot of people have silent ones that are small. If it’s causing eye pain it would have to be significant enough to press on the nerves, so surely it would show up on the scan? But I’m so scared. I’m always scared of things being missed.