Posted 5/8/2011 4:26 PM (GMT -6)
I was researching on here today.. not a good thing to do if you are already DXed with a brain aneurysm and have surgery scheduled for the next day BUT
I couldn't help but read this thread and I decided to add something to it as it might be useful for someone else in the future.. I am assuming that since this thread died out so quickly that either the person who started it went through with the other tests or just stopped posting
What my neurologist told me.. and she is co-chairman of the neurology dept at her hospital.. was that often when a person who has had migraines for a long time... there will be "white dots" that show up on their MRI.. This was not the case with me and I have had migraines since I was 9. What they did find on the regular MRI was what they determined to be either tortuous vessels or an aneurysm.. Unlucky for me that after the MRA it was DXed as an aneurysm.
My whole life, I had dealt with my migraines with my regular doctors. And since I can't take imitrex or any of those other similar migraine medicines (everyone in my family either dies from a stroke or a heart attack) I relied on fiorinals, and before those were finally prescribed to me, the occasional darvon, tons of aspirin, advil, saline spray, antihistamines, but mostly I suffered. I tried cold packs for my head, heating pads for my neck, and not one of my doctors told me to go to a neurologist!!
Well, it was last October and I was in the hospital for an unrelated matter, and I awoke with the worst headache of my life. They wouldn't give me a thing for it except all those meds I can't take.. after ice packs and my boyfriend rubbing my neck for hours they finally gave me a fentanyl patch for my neck.. I was supposed to be discharged but I couldn't even get out of bed. My PCP had come to visit me with a neurologist colleague but the jerks at the nurses station told them I was discharged already!! So after nausea meds and finally being able to swallow a fiorinal I started to feel better much later in the evening.
I tell this story because this was the WORST headache I've ever had... and I've had migraines that have lasted for 4 days with vomiting but the pain wasn't as bad as this.. and BECAUSE of this.. along with my new DX of an aneurysm all the surgeons I have talked to are fairly convinced that I had a small "bleed" while I was in the hospital. THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND that had I not been a woman, I would have been treated with far more seriousness and probably sent to the neurology wing. I was too weak and too in pain to ask for any of this.. BUT they should have known better.
Brain Aneurysn, Crohn's, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Hypothyroid, Polychondritis, Pericarditis, Depression
Lacto-Vegetarian Low Residue Diet
Solgar V-75, Gentle Iron, Calcium, Vit D, Flaxseed Oil, B2, Biotin, B12 shot, Turmeric
Pentasa, Metaprolol, Gabapentin, Synthroid, Omeprazole, Flexerol, Zocor, Xanax, Fiorinal
Was on Entocort, INH, Prednisone, Prednisolone, Cipro, Flagyl
Surgery in May