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Mar 3, 2019 · Celiac Artery Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

I appreciate the freedom with which you live your life. I’m still a newbie at dealing with this thing – so many emotions and so much information and so many changes! I’m nearly 61. I’m quite energetic and enthusiastic about life. Certainly I’m going to miss my workouts … I really pushed my body to take on as much or more than the younger guys at the gym. And, successfully, I might add. No stereotype was too sacred to tackle: if I wanted to enjoy the endorphins, I knew I had to do the work. There is an innate satisfaction in knowing that I was able to accomplish pretty much anything I tried in the gym. I didn’t ‘enjoy’ everything, but that’s not the issue – the accomplishment was the driver.
Meh – enough about that. Gotta change … no use pining for something I can no longer enjoy. I’ll turn to cardio-centric exercises henceforth.
I’m a disabled veteran and the VA is ultimately in charge of my care. While I’m grateful for the healthcare the VA provides, I’m also painfully aware of the bureaucracy that slows efficient and urgent care. I just have to relax until they ‘catch up’ with my trepidation. In the meantime, I am considering perhaps temporarily relocating to a former home of ours, Nashville. The VA hospital there works well with Vanderbilt Medical Center, an internationally-renowned research hospital. Someone mentioned a Dr. Lee @ Vandy – he might be worth my time in contacting.
I’ve rambled enough this morning. Thanks for your encouragement. I can only hope that my own attitude will eventually match your own. Until then, however, I feel like I’m carrying two live grenades around – probably being overly careful in everything.
God bless – take care.

Mar 1, 2019 · Celiac Artery Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Thanks, Randy –
I’ve not been able to find a standard of information or treatment in terms of celiac aneurysms. I appreciate your thoughts, especially the mention of the surgeon in Dallas … I’ll speak to my primary care physician to see if an appointment with the surgeon is a possibility.
Thanks also for your info regarding the size of aneurysms eligible for surgical intervention. I’ll be sure to inquire about that further with my doctor.
Best wishes!

Mar 1, 2019 · Celiac Artery Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Thanks for the thoughts. In the infancy of this whole thing, I’ve found lots of contradictory information. I’m not the picture of confidence, but will try to soak up as much information as possible and ask plenty of questions.
Thanks for your thoughts and well-wishes. Best to you, also.

Mar 1, 2019 · Celiac Artery Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi, everyone:
I was recently diagnosed with a celiac aneurysm and an ascending aortic aneurysm, as well as transverse myelitis. Both were discovered by’accident’ – I had gone to the local ER because of severe lower back pain. Subsequently, a CT scan revealed the issues. Research tells me that a celiac aneurysm is quite rare. Mine is still quite small, about 1.5 cm. My research tells me that it’s too small for surgery … and that its growth can be monitored by a semi-annual CT. In the meantime, I’m basically in ‘do nothing’ limbo.
Prior to the diagnosis, I was a workout warrior – pushing my body to its limits 6 days per week. I bench(ed) 260. Ran approximately 15 miles per week. Crunches. Push-ups. And, a host of other machines that targeted biceps, triceps, pectorals, back, etc. Fifty pull-ups daily. I don’t smoke, eat healthy. I am diagnosed afib, but take a beta blocker and digoxin to control rate and rhythm. My only other meds are omeprazole and vitamin D.
The aneurysm diagnosis has turned my world upside down. I live in west Texas – Abilene, to be specific. The one thoracic surgeon to whom I spoke while hospitalized immediately recused himself from surgical intervention, saying he was imminently unqualified to perform such a procedure. To date, my internal med specialist is the only doctor with whom I’ve followed up for treatment. I’m devastated at not being able to lift weights any longer. Included in that is not being able to perform menial duties in the house and yard: basically, life. My doc says I may lift 10-15 pounds – no more. But – he also says that he thinks it’s okay for me to do pull-ups in the gym. He says there’s a stark difference in using weights as opposed to using one’s own weight in terms of exercise. While I was thrilled with his conclusion, you may also paint me with a bit of cynicism. My procedure in doing pull-ups is not much different than doing a bench press: proper breathing is vital. Exhaling on the lift is standard protocol. Now, I certainly don’t wish to die on the gym floor. Abstaining from potentially damaging weightlifting is something that I know I must do.
My question, then … is my doc wrong for green lighting pull-ups? My weight is 185 – so, it’s a workout for sure. I guess I don’t understand why I can’t shovel dirt in my yard but yet I can do pull-ups. If the aneurysm ruptures, it’s over – there is no one out here able to perform surgery. Dallas is 200 miles east; Houston, 375 miles southeast. Truthfully, given the rarity of the celiac aneurysm, I’m not terribly sure even Dallas or Houston would have a qualified surgeon.
And, these questions: what is protocol in determining when surgery is necessary? Will my aneurysm have to grow to a certain size? Is it strange to want to make that happen – so that I may resume a productive and active life as I had pre-diagnosis? I have things to get done! Am I never going to be the same prrson I was? I don’t want to go from being my wife’s hard-working husband to her burden! Am I just stuck in this situation?!
Comments appreciated.