I just wanted to come on here and tell my story in hopes that it will help someone else and put them at ease.
I am 29 and an unruptured aneurysm was found in April, two months shy of my 29th birthday, during an MRI/MRA my ENT had ordered for pulsatile tinnitus in my right ear. She thought it may have been related to my artery in my neck and ordered the imagining and to our surprise everything came back great except this aneurysm. I was told it was not an emergency but that I needed to see a specialist ASAP to get it evaluated and figure out next steps. What the radiologists originally said was 3-4mm was more like 4-6mm and was on my left ICA near my ophthalmic artery. I had zero symptoms related to the aneurysm, even the pulsatile tinnitus isn’t related and I still experience today.
I saw a neurosurgeon first who only does clipping who recommended going to an interventional radiologist he recommended in the area to take care of it. I met with him, he reviewed all of the options and statistics and his experience with each procedure and I made my decision from there. I had many already scheduled obligations for the summer so I picked my surgery date of August 21.
I am now 4 days post stent-assisted coiling and am honestly shocked at how well I feel. I believe being young and healthy has allowed my recovery to be fairly quick but I am so happy to be on the other side of this. I had lots of fear of how I would feel after and what to expect and I can truly say it was entirely worth it. I woke up from anesthesia 100% coherent, the first question I asked them was “did you have to use the stent?!?!” lol I really wanted just coils but it is what it is.
Laying in bed for 24 hours after surgery was the hardest part. My legs were so stiff from laying there and I was chomping at the bit to walk (and will never take walking for granted again!!!). The first day home I started to feel worse than I did in the hospital with a slight headache and groin pain from the incision but it has gotten better every day. I usually have to take a one hour nap daily to get through the day without being exhausted or straining my body too much but for 4 days post surgery, i’ll take it!
Just wanted to share my experience on here and also thank everyone for sharing their stories, ruptured aneurysm or not. It really helps with those who are facing this unnerving experience and helps take away some of the fear Dr. Google can create.