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Old 12-31-2015, 06:32 PM #1
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Hello-

I was just diagnosed with a 2 mm aneurysm and I am really scared.

I am a 38 year old male who up until 3 years ago was extremely active. I had a bad concussion wake boarding and ever since then my life has been in a tailspin. I was diagnosed with post concussion syndrome.

They did an MRI three years ago but they did not find the 2 mm Annie at the time.

Recently I had a my first migraine which prior to the actual headache I lost vision in my left eye. This was followed by the worst head ache I have ever had.

This prompted my Nuero to order another MRI.

Below is what my Nuero said in an email to me:he radiologist officially read your MRI and here's the update:
They found a tiny (2 mm) aneurysm. This was actually present on your previous brain MRI that was done nearly three years ago (1/2013); the current radiologist found the aneurysm retrospectively (ie, after comparing the new MRI with the old one). This means the aneurysm is quite stable and not something to be alarmed by.
Additionally, the radiologist believes there is likely some sign of traumatic injury to the head. This is obviously not surprising with regard to the multiple concussions you have suffered.

We will repeat your brain MRI in one year to monitor for continued stability of that aneurysm.


I would really love to hear some advice. I have been having headaches everyday for 3 weeks. Mild but annoying.


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Hello

The forums are a little quiet at the moment due to holiday season.

Hopefully someone who is familiar with your condition, tests and treatment options will be able to offer some insight very soon.

I'm sorry that you're going through this on top of your past concussions. I do understand why you would be anxious.

take care of yourself.
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Thanks Lara. It's been a fun couple of days and I am trying to become an expert on Aneurysms now.


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Not much fun in that.

Have you asked your Neuro since receiving the email what he thinks the Radiologist meant about the signs of previous injury?

Nothing was seen on MRI after your original TBI??

Regarding the constant headaches - I guess you're wondering if they related to the aneurysm. If they persist I'd make contact with your doctor about that. I would if I was in your situation.
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Yes, the signs of " previous injury" seemed confusing to me since I have had several CT and past MRI that showed nothing as far as I was told. When I spoke to him on the phone he believed it had something to do with my migraine I just had. Either way I requested the actual radiology report so I can see what was actually said. I also have appointment scheduled for January with neurologist to discuss . I am really curious to know if this aneurysm could be causing all my symptoms. Doubtful any doctor will be conclusive though.


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Generally smaller aneurysms, particularly ones that are stable are not likely to rupture. That said, it is also beneficial not to be female, not to smoke and not to have hypertension, because these are factors which influence rupture. Try not to worry.

Where is your aneurysm?

I have an unruptured 8mm aneurysm on the Anterior Communicating Artery. I also have lots of headaches, which require me to take aspirin and lie quietly with an ice pack on my forehead. I am seeing a neurosurgeon this week for a second opinion-he will probably tell me exactly the same thing the first doctor told me last March and will schedule surgery.
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Hey!

I hope that by this point in the month you have been getting some good answers.

I wanted to say that my understanding is that it is not uncommon for smaller aneurysms not to show up on an MRI, particularly not immediately after an incident.

I was found to have a 7mm supraclinoid aneurysm during a very high resolution MRA (with dye) done at Johns Hopkins prior to microvascular decompressions surgery for trigeminal neuralgia. It had not been detected on two prior head MRIs.

It was big enough and in a bad place, that my local neurosurgeon recommended a pipeline stent (I got two, yea...), which worked to completely reverse the aneurysm development. It's literally gone.

As others have said, I suspect your neurosurgeon will recommend waiting because of the size, but if you can be clear and precise about your symptoms, they are more likely to be able to help.

The upshot is that a journal may be your best bet to fully describe the symptoms and express your concerns.

Good luck,

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ahello CW21.

I hope you are getting answers to your new medical findings. I can understand this will cause you to worry.

Here is my story regarding aneurysm.
I had tremendous headaches and I had visual disturbances and therefore had and MRI This showed a 7 mm cerebral aneurysm of left opthalmic artery and this was treated by endovascular coiling and with a stent support in 2011.

Now, I have had tremendous headaches and went for MRI of head and had Cerebral Angiogram done at the hospital. This shoved a small reopening of the old aneurysm of 1 mm. My neurosurgeon said it was too small at this time to go inn and repair, but he would continue to monitor, and would possibly plan for a repair in 3 years, should it increase in size.

My neurologist had put me on Topamax for Migrane headache, to prevent and control migraine headache. It has helped some, but I still have headaches.

I just had the above procedure, and will be going for a follow up appointment with my neurologist this week. I will also be referred to a specialist regarding headaches/migrane. My neurologist/interventional neurologist also specializes in vascular neurology. I have also had 2 small strokes.

So hwat I can understand is that we have to be very careful in that we keep our bloodpressure under control, below 120/80!! ( that is my goal. Keep our cholesterol low. Keep calm, and stay away from stress.

It can be very difficult not to worry if one know there is an aneurysm possibly growing in one's brain.

Also do not smoke nicotine. It is the worst thing to develop aneurysm. If you smoke, stop.

All the best for you
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