Ascending aortic aneurysm and back pain

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Date Joined Oct 2011
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   Posted 11/17/2011 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
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

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   Posted 11/17/2011 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Mel,
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am sorry to hear of your issues and I do understand you worries and concerns.
From what I know, the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm depend on the location of the bulge along the artery.   When an aortic aneurysm develops in the upper region of the aorta in the chest, this condition is called a thoracic aortic aneurysm.  People with this type of aneurysm may develop sensations of pain within the chest, neck, upper back or jaw.
I am sure with your C6-C7 spinal fushion which may not be intact that it is hard for your Dr. to distinguish where the pain is originating. Please do be your own best advocate and seek out a second opinion re your pain.
I hope one of our other members may have some personal input for you.
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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 7/31/2014 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had multiple syncopal episodes the last fall out ended
Up in the ER BP in the low 80's. I do have atrial fib and high blood pressure controlled with meds. They did the full work up labs x-rays CT of head and chest with contrast. Dr came in and and said that oh by the way you have 4.5cm ascending aortic aneurysm as well as nodules on my lungs. I have ptsd, anxiety, depression with painful osteoarthritis one knee replacement completed and one to go. I am a 57 you old critical care nurse who's world has been turned upside down. I am awaiting for the cardiovascular surgeons office to get back to me. I am a master's prepared nurse and yet I am dumb founded about my own situation. I am conflicted between logical and emotional thought processes. I am so terrified right now I don't know how to navigate through this I just want it out!!!!! Thanks for listening
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