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Old 11-07-2010, 03:24 AM   #1
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can't get this bubble off my mind!

Hi all nice to find a group that can relate to what I am going through. I am Respiratory Therapist. Work in a hospital, have been walking around with crazy headaches for the last 6 months. I finally broke down and went to see a neurologist I work with. I had a a mri/mra of the brain and spine. The mra showed a small aneurysm, 3-5 mm on the paraopthalmic artery I guess off the carotid behind my right eye. If that is not enough I have a tear on c6. My neurologist seems to think we should just watch it. I am like no freaking way. So he is sending me a endovascular surgeon at the UIC in Chicago. Dr. Fady Chorbel this friday.
I have a strong history of aneurysms in my family. I have lost 3 family members from them. I am scared to death. Haven't slept much and I walk around weeping and can't stop. I had a patient come back from surgery last night at work, from a bleed and I had to excuse myself.
So, I guess my questions are. Do I really have to watch this thing or can I have it removed. Will a surgeon touch this thing being this small? Do I have that option as a patient? I am just not comfortable know this bubble is in my brain, I know I will have answers this friday when I see this Dr. But I need some reassurance. The what ifs are starting to take over. Please, any reasurrance or advice would be great, Thanks

 
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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Re: can't get this bubble off my mind!

Oh boy, do I feel where you're coming from!! I'm so sorry that you're going through this. I wish I could give you the reassurance that you're looking for but truth is, I'm in the same boat. With your history etc, I would think that you would have the option to get this taken care of or not. Providing it's in a location that they can. I dont know anything about the brain unfortunately. I've heard of people having the annie clipped or coiled at 2mm so I don't see why you should have to sit, watch, wait and live with all of the anxiety that comes along with it! Thankfully Friday is not far off so write down all of your questions so that you don't miss anything. I'll be thinking of you and please update if you can after your appt.
I see my neurosurgeon next Thurs Nov. 18 and I'm scared to death and I'm feeling more and more anxiety the closer it gets. Mine is 8mm on the middle cerebral artery in the frontal lobe. ??? Just know that I for one know exactly where you're coming from right now. I'll keep you in my thoughts...

 
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