Brain Aneurysm Support Community

Why worry? ( people say)

#1

I am annoyed, frightened and frustrated. 6 months ago after a Thunderclap headache, I was diagnosed with a 2mm pericallosal aneurysm. It has not bugged me since then, but now I am getting headaches again. I know that is in a weird spot and it is small but I just want it gone. I am a smoker ( trying so hard to quit) and have very very stressful work, that tends to sometimes really hinder my ability to function at my best. ( but I love what I do). I am in good hands at the hospital I am associated with, they are “top notch”, but with the headaches and COPD, I feel like it is a ticking time bomb. Anyone relate? I had another CT yesterday after another major headache. It is still there, hanging out, a tiny tiny bit bigger but still not doing much. But I do not want to live the rest of my life worrying about the damn thing. Sigh. Even though it is small, am I just being paranoid?

#2

Paranoid, I don’t think so! But I do think that you need to have an honest discussion with your surgeon. You’re being bothered by headaches and worry, and that’s no way to live. Maybe intervention is becoming more of a possibility for you, or perhaps the doc will be able to suggest something to help you cope with what you’re going through.

Have that discussion with your doctor to explore ways to be able to enjoy life more fully. The doctor(s) will not think you are being a drama queen: what you are dealing with is having an impact on your quality of life.

Let us know how it goes, OK?

Seenie from Moderator Support

#3

I have an appointment next week. The nurse said that they may refer me to a neurological headache specialist. I am not sure what that is but if it helps that would be good. But I wonder if that will help the overall problem. I am hoping he has some words of wisdom. I do not like thinking that 98% of the time it is nothing and that 2% I do not do anything is the 2% that needs to be looked at. Sigh. My family is telling me, " You just started teaching, you cannot take time off for doctor’s appointments." I say then what should I do?

#4

I think you’re not paranoid and I think you should just have a conversation with your surgeon and maybe explore the possibility of cooiling it so that you can life more relaxed. I know it’s not easy and I’m very sorry for what happened to you, but you need to take the time you need to heal yourself and take care of yourself so that you’ll be able to enjoy life and your loved work on a better way, a step backward for 2 steps forward, wish you all the best, I’m going to tell you what I was told, you have been given the chance to know so in your “unfortunate situation” you have the knowledge to fix it… please be strong! Hope you’ll feel better!

#5

If I were you I would resist being referred to a headache specialist initially. It seems that the headaches you’re having can be connected directly to the aneurysm. A headache doctor typically doesn’t deal with aneurysm-based issues, they deal with migraines, which have a very different root cause.

azurelle

#6

It seems so dismissive. Oh just got to

The headache dude and you will be fine, Okay, buddy you do not have this thing hanging out in your head. And if it is rare all the more reason to take it out!