Hello everyone, my name is Valerie. I’m 34 years old from New York. On the 4th of February, I went to the ER for what I just thought was a very weird migraine. I had been experiencing head pain accompanied with vision bluring, facial tingling and eye pressure on my right side off and on for a week. The last thing I was expecting was to hear I had a 2.9 mm Cerebral Carotid Artery Aneurysm. Tests showed that it hadn’t ruptured and I was essentially sent home with “come back in a year”. I think I was operating in a state of denial, because it didn’t hit me until I saw my neurologist and he went over what a rupture would be like.
That’s when the depression, anxiety, insomnia and overall overwhelming amount of feelings started. I don’t know if it’s because until I see a neuro-surgeon on the 13th, I just have no plan of action. No idea what to do, how to manage/reduce risks, etc. Everyone is kind of like “You have this thing in your brain, could be an issue, might not. Have a good day.” It’s frustrating and maddening. I’ve been trying to be stoic but I keep breaking down.
To add to it, I’ve still been having the migraines. They’ve pulled me out of work twice (1 week each) since the diagnoses and my doctor and I are working on managing them. I just… feel very scared. I’ve read through the posts and realize I’m lucky they found it. I just don’t know what to do with the knowledge of it being there now. Kind of stuck in neutral of trying to figure out how to move forward.
Any help, thoughts, advice would be greatly appreciated.