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Just starting the procedure and am looking for answers for life style afterwards and recovery time.
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Welcome to Connect @janetpomponio.
We have a few members who have recently been talking about living with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Please let me introduce you to @ssams @jessicalatessa @kdh1 @playsdixie @elsinann and @lynnkay1956. You may also wish to read this older and ongoing discussion http://mayocl.in/1WX0ypo
Janet, are you scheduled for surgery? What life style change are you most concerned about?
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I see Dr. Tomorrow June second. Wondering how long recovery is. 20 years ago had a very bad reconstruction of my breast which has left a lot of scar tissue. So far Drs have been treating me for back pain till I told them about a strong pulse in my stomach. Sent me emergency and am up to 5 mill. Will this keep me from working? I clean homes. Only two .plus I dog sit. Could use some general info .
@janetpomponio Here is some information about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm treatment http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20197872 This information may help you prepare for your appointment with your doctor tomorrow. Has it already been determined that you are a candidate for surgery?
Che’s I’m having surgery. Which one is still to be determined. It’s in a tricky spot but am very happy to have more info now. Hoping I can get the surgery thru the groin but hasn’t been determined yet. I thank you so much for the info you have given me so far. Your a blessing. I will keep in touch. Going Monday to cardiologist to have my heart checked out. Was told this is hereditary and my sisters should be checked.
Also have learned to open my mouth. If I would have persisted more about the strong pulse in my stomach I could have have found this out way before it got to the size that needed this surgery.
Thank you again….janet
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Janet, it’s good that your sisters will be checked! I have an identical twin sister. When I learned that the condition could be hereditary, I freaked out. I told her to get a ct scan or MRI. She put it off, but at the doctor for a checkup mentioned my condition to him. He scheduled her for a scan immediately. (Hallelujah, she’s fine!)
Isn’t it wonderful we can share things like this.
Indeed it is wonderful, Janet. I joined an online aneurysm support group 18 years ago. There is comfort in numbers. (The group ceased to exist when the founder passed away.) (From pneumonia, not the aneurysm operation.) Keep us up-to-date!Annie
@elsinann ……thank you sto much for your reply. .it gave me comfort. The waiting is what is so stressful. I’m real good than all of a sudden I start to panic. I do have faith so I get on my knees and pray. It helps me. I’ve been thru a lot. But I can’t tell you how many Drs. Missed this. They planned my extended abdominal on my bad surgery fron breast cancer. I want to call everyone of them and tell them how they have hurt me. .i keep thinking of dining and though I know where I’m going I just am a little afraid. Sorry I’m ranting ? Forgive me. But you sound kind and comforting. Thank you.
Just checking in. How are you doing @janetpomponio? Since you were last online you’ve been to see your cardiologist. Any updates on surgery plans? Would love to hear what your next steps are?
@elsinann it looks like you were trying to post something, but it didn’t go through. Let me know if I can help. Just send me a private message by clicking the envelope icon on this link https://connect.mayoclinic.org/members/54686aa00f06d7ec21fe9fa50dce6293fe62cd4b3/ and we’ll get it sorted.
Been checking every 6 months on size. I am told at 6 cm to consider stinting. Last check 2 weeks ago. Measured 5.9, approximately 2 cm larger that 6 months before this last one. I need to know the limits, whether it blows at 6.1 or 8. Kind of nervous about waiting 6 months for another check. Am 77 years old. Like to live a a little longer. Bob Ireland
Hi @bobireland, welcome.
I moved your message to an existing discussion about abdominal aortic aneurysm so that you can meet other members writing about the same issue. Please meet @janetpomponio @elsinann @trish602. You may also wish to read this older and ongoing discussion http://mayocl.in/1WX0ypo
The decision on how to best treat an aneurysm or the aorta depends on its size and rate of its growth, location and your overall health. A quick google search showed that 5-5.5 cm is typically the size when surgery is considered. You can read more on MayoClinic.org here http://mayocl.in/2hag0w8
Bob, I wonder if it might be time to think about getting a second opinion?
No I am not scheduled for surgery, they tell me it can’t be done, I have copd bad
Hi @mamamae, welcome to Connect.
I gather you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
According to this Mayo article http://mayocl.in/2rBFyaQ there are lifestyles changes you can apply to manage AAA. Do you avoid lifting heave things and avoid stress (easier said than done)? I suppose with COPD, exercise must be a challenge. What activities are you able to do? Are you on oxygen?
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