Hey fellow survivors,
So 3.5 weeks ago my partner and I had sex in the shower, and a minute later I had the most excruciating headache and neck pain of my life. The next 24 hours is a blur of hospital, head cat scan, being told I had a ruptured aneurysm (nothing like learning new words in a time of crisis), ambulance to another hospital, titanium coiling and drowsiness. To add to the excitement, I am nearing 6 months pregnancy. I was about 5 months at the time of the aneurysm rupturing.
My coiling procedure went well, and the baby is still kicking away and growing. There were quite a few precautions taken because of the baby, thank god for the surgeon and his skills. I spent 11 days in hospital so they could monitor me for the risks of further seizures or strokes that is meant to be of concern for the 14 days following a rupture. I had the ultra sounds on my head daily and they were coming back as normal readings, thank goodness. The migraines lasted about a week, I was in the High Dependency Unit for the first 5 days, then on the ward. It was quite relaxing actually, despite the pain. There were a lot of pain killers I couldn't take because of the pregnancy, the neurological team made a few comments about my high pain tolerance, they were surprised I got away with as little relief as I did. Severe headaches lasted about another 2 weeks after the migraines and now I am down to dull aches in my head and body that seem like nothing after the severe pain I have been through.
Other interesting pains I have experienced are the pain in my buttocks, back of my thighs and tailbone. Apparently this is from the blood draining down through the body. Some mornings I can't even bend over with the pain in my tailbone. I get warm sensations in my ear canals. And sometimes I have mirage-like vision in my peripheral vision. The tiredness is quite severe still too, I rest and nap a lot. My sleep is quite all over the place, I can be awake for hours in the night.
We have had sex again, it was a little bit scary the first time but figured I didn't want to leave that too long or we might get anxious and nervous about it. Still not driving further than to drop my daughter off at school 800m away, and no tea or coffee yet.
I will do another post about the pregnancy etc. for anyone who is interested in what will happen with birth after an aneurysm etc.