This is my first post but after reading all of the stories on this site, I felt that there might be someone with some helpful experience to share. I was diagnosed with a 4.5cm AAA about a month ago as an incidental finding after a car accident to find the source of mid-back pain. I will add that I had a spinal fusion at C6-C7 approximately 10 weeks before the accident which may be in the midst of failing. I am 47, female, nonsmoker, no history of hypertension or high cholesterol, avid runner since age 12 including multiple full marathons and many half marathons, avid distance road cyclist, etc. Echo and stress test came back excellent (other than the aneurysm on the echo!). The only risk factor in my history is my mother had an AAA which was found during bypass surgery and corrected at 74 years of age. Of course I am angry, scared and hating the groggy effects of Bystolic 5mg and Benecar 5mg. I tried lisinopril and of course, developed the cough so that was changed to the Benecar.
My question is about the back and chest pain I am experiencing. I keep hearing that aneuryms are generally not symptomatic but the CT and MRI did not show any thoracic damage from the accident that would explain the pain. My cardiologist is quick to say that it is referred pain from the cervical fusion which may or may not be failing, but I am very afraid of the consequences (like, uhm, death) if he is wrong. Can somebody please let me know if they have had back/chest pain without any other cardiovascular disease process and what they experienced?
Thanks in advance for your support - and yes, this is NOT my idea of a good time! lol