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Fri, Jun 28 6:59pm · Internal carotid artery aneurysm in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

I also was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm – "originating from the left internal carotid artery just distal to the left ophthalmic origin. The aneurysm projects superiorly and slightly medially. The overall length of the aneurysm is approximately 5 mm, and the maximum transverse dimension is also on the order of 5 mm largely because of the curvilinear shape. The neck is on the order of 2.5 mm…also a "vascular infundibulum" and "Dolichoectasia is noted involving the anterior and posterior circulations."
The dr. was running 2hrs behind, which was unusual for Mayo, (he had an emergency surgery). The appt was very brief, we didn't even review the CT pics, but another CT scan scheduled in 3mths. (I have 4-5 other aneurysms and tortuous artery areas, Connective Tissue Disease which causes the middle wall of arteries to relax, loose the collagen, elasticity and hopefully not burst.. Mom died of aortic aneurysm at 66, I'm 62, which I also have that is being monitored, all of this discovered in the last 4 months.) I was NOT told to take an aspirin a day; the only instruction was to not lift over 20lbs and no more running. (Have read not to fly, not sure if it is safe, or yoga or hiking for that matter…) I have always had headaches but now a monthly injection, Emgality, has helped the migraines. Nice to meet this group, sorry it had to be under these circumstances! I understand how the "constant thought of aneurysm" is fearful. I'd like to have the questions prepared also for my next appt. Thank you so much for your comments. Enjoy your weekend!!!

Fri, Jun 14 6:32pm · Celiac Artery Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

I am new to this Mayo site, and happy to find this subject Celiac Artery Aneurysm! I'm 61 and have BEEN very healthy and active! Diagnosed in Feb with the Celiac here at Mayo Scottsdale after unusual high blood pressure. I'm concerned reading the sizes here: @randy1950: Dr "says if it got to be 1.5 cm they would start to talk about repair." I am in the wait and see period and these scans were my first showing 5 aneurysms (I thought most concerning from dr. notes, "Mild-moderate ascending aorta dilatation (diameter 41 mm at mid level). And much worry about the brain aneurysm, since my only health symptom has been headaches! Anyway, to keep on the topic here, my report says, "Mild ectasia of both common iliac arteries. Maximum diameter of the left common iliac
artery is 16 mm. Diameter of the right common iliac artery is 15 mm." I have a Neuro CT again 3mths from diagnosis- end of July, but no mention of the Iliac and incidentally renal also. Anyone else out there suspected of a Connective Tissue Disorder?
And yes to others also, life changing! These strong blood pressure meds slow life way down, which is a must, to avoid rupture. And will not be able to run, and even afraid yoga gets heartrate up too much. Anyway, just curious about those who have had stents or procedures, as no mention on my end of that yet, and at what size they did surgery for Iliac? Grateful to have found this, and sending healing vibes to all!! Janet

Wed, Jun 12 6:54pm · Emgality for Migraines in Chronic Pain

I have been doing the shots for 4 months now. Only had 2 headaches the first month compared to almost daily upon awakening. Due for a shot soon, I can tell, headaches start returning mornings. The shot pretty much wipes out migraines. But I have a newly discovered brain aneurysm, and hope it won't block that pain, if it ruptures. Also, it helped to do a sleep study and use the C-PAP, as not getting enough oxygen was causing a lot of the wakeup headaches. AND get the blood pressure under control with managing the meds better. PS- taking way less Excedrin these days!!

Wed, Jun 12 6:31pm · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello to All! Nice to connect here with ones with similar diagnosis and see how we are dealing emotionally, since most information I've rcvd is factual and statistical, which I truly appreciate also, but could use some emotional support! After a routine dr. visit Feb 2019, had bp 170/110 that day, so had an ECHO that revealed 3.9 Ascending Aorta Aneurysm. Last few months have been many tests, thankful to be at Mayo, where other aneurysms were discovered- Brain, 2 Illiac and Renal Aneurysm. Also, mention of Fibromuscular Dysplasia (elongated and twisted arteries). Have not had any follow-ups to that even! Brain Aneurysm is where Carotid meets the Ophthalmic Artery, so recheck on that one first- the end of July. Then recheck Aorta Oct since mom died of (undiagnosed) AAA- that dissected, in same area, arch of aorta, incidentally in 9 minutes. I've done 24 gene tests but no known Syndrome, ruled out Marfan's, etc. Definitely Familial Thoracic Aneurysm (hereditary) and the FMD. Just living life in the meantime, going on a 5-mile hike with a club in my area next Monday, level ground around a lake, but afraid to do uphill hikes, and unsure if I can take a plane anywhere. Was only told no running nor lifting weights. Sorry such a long post! I appreciate your writings here, to connect with similar situations and see how it is being treated and how you're doing! Janet