Hello all! I haven’t been on in a while because I got busy with life, work and family after my rupture of 4 years ago. However last week I got the results of my latest MRA and they were not what I would have hoped.
Two years ago I reported on this site that I was told I had a residual aneurysm due to the compaction of the coils. I saw 3 different doctors. One said it should be treated and the other two including the one who did the original surgery said “Leave it alone, it’s too dangerous”. They stated the location and size make it very difficult to treat by more coils or open surgery. They told me to consider how well I was doing. They both used the term ‘Quality of life” to compare where I am now after an almost complete recovery, to where I could be if something went terribly wrong. I opted to wait.
Well last week I was told the coils have compacted further and the residual aneurysm has grown. The neck is as wide and the depth is about half what was when it raptured. Now he tells me I should seriously consider treatment. He asked me to consider “My live expectance at my age”. In other words, I would live longer if I do the procedure. Well, what happened to “It’s too dangerous” to treat?
My wife wants me to schedule the suggested procedure with stents and coils ASAP. However I am very reluctant to do this. The words “Leave it alone, it’s too dangerous” keep playing back in my mind. I am not afraid of dying. I am afraid of having a massive stroke and being a burden on my family for the rest of my life.
I am actually leaning toward doing nothing. I know this may sound strange to some, but I am not anxious at all about this. To be honest I don’t give it much thought unless my wife asks, or something from the doctor’s office comes up. I haven’t told anyone but my wife and I asked her not to tell anyone because I don’t want them to worry and I don’t want to be pressured.
I guess I really don’t have a question. I am just bouncing this off a group that understands and I was wondering if anyone else has an opinion. I have attached a picture of my coiled aneurysm with the residual neck for those who like visuals. BTW, Mickey is the name I gave my aneurysm due to its Mickey Mouse ear shape.
Thank for listening.
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