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Should I be worried about my sleeping position? I slept on my arm & woke up with a swollen hand & a small bulge in my hand vein. Normal or Aneurysm?
Change position: It is common for problems to arise from sleeping position. Arms extended stretch nerves and can cause numbness, tingling. Lying on an arm can cause some superficial blockage of blood return. If it resolves quickly, likely the cause. The bulge can be a valve in the veins. Swelling on one side that persists must be checked for clot or other more serious problems. ...Read more
Nol: There is no association between hand veins bursting and having aneurysms. Aneurysms tend to run in families and especially male dominance. However, aneurysms can occur in females and without any family history. Bursting veins in hands are usually due to trauma or to medications. ...Read more
Growing up I saw first-hand what it was like to have brain aneurysm. How can I avoid getting it like my parent?
Developmental: Brain aneurysms are developmental abnormalities, occurring at the branches of brain arteries, where the internal elastic membrane is absent. Their development is not under our control, but the one thing we can do is to make sure we keep out blood pressure in appropriate range. ...Read more
Hi, about two month ago I had an aneurysm in an artery in my thumb, completely thrombosed, was suggested to take aspirin and see by a resident in "internal medicine" who asked a bunch of questions but no tests were done. A couple of weeks ago I stardted h
Thumb aneurysm: If you truly have an aneurysm of the digital artery of your thumb, this is a rare problem that should be evaluated by a hand surgeon or a vascular surgeon. If you do not live neat a large city, you may need to travel to see the specialist. A clear diagnosis should be clarified, and you should then be referred. ...Read more
I don't want to pass out, I'm really worried about a brain aneurysm. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
A brain aneurysm: Is an out pouching of one of the vessels inside of the brain. The biggest concern is if this were to rupture. This in turn, could cause a person to loose consciousness. Monitoring and a discussion with a neurosurgeon about risks and potential for surgery would be warranted depending on size and severity. ...Read more
What can cause upper back pain for 7 months mainly upon waking and bedtime, I'm worried its an aneurysm I'm only 27 m quite active?
Thoracic pain: Thoracic pain is a nonspecific complaint which could be caused by any number of things, including pathology within the chest (i.e. Heart or lungs), cervical or thoracic spine pathology (i.e. Degenerative disc, herniated disc), soft tissue problems (i.e. Myofasciitis), etc. If you have had pain for 7 months I would certainly recommend evaluation with a physician. ...Read more
Small, hard lump on the back right side of my neck. Not painful but doesn't seem to be attached to the skin. I'm worried it could be an aneurysm?
Worried I have an unruptured aneurysm. I'm overweight and might have moderately raised BP, but otherwise healthy. Vision suddenly dimmed a couple times as if lights dimmed for a second. Also other visual anomalies and localized headache on back head?
I agree this is: Something that should be checked out, but an aneurysm is not high on my list. It could be a migraine variant, but dimming vision is not something you should ignore. You should see your Ophthalmologist as soon as possible, or talk with your primary care provider about seeing a Neurologist right away. I do believe imaging, probably MRI with contrast, will likely need to be done. Good wishes:) ...Read more
I'm having pain In left temple for few days it's not everyday and it hurts for a second then goes away. I'm worried it's aneurysm of disease?
See a physician: If you have persistent headaches, see your physician for evaluation. They can both take a history and examine you to recommend either further evaluation and/or therapeutic options. ...Read more
My abdomen moves with my heartbeat. I am not thin. Would an aneurysm be noticed during adbo keyhole surgery? I'm worried.
Not always: An abdominal aneurysm is in the deep tissues at the back of the abdomen so may not be seen on a keyhole type surgery. Would be visible by CT or often ultrasound if you had those studies before your surgery. If concerned an ultrasound is an easy non invasive study that can help. Talk to your doctor and realize that high blood pressure and smoking are two key risk factors ...Read more
Is intermittent pain on a vein inside of the right side of head a sign of aneurysm? I get it now and then dr says its stress but I'm super worried
Have NOTHING TO DO with ANEURYSMS!!!!!
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For aortic aneursyms:
we are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis - high bp, smoking. ...Read more
Depends: Stable aneurysms (small and not growing) usually have no symptoms. .. Large or growing aneurysms, or those about to rupture usually cause pain (abdomen and/or back) and problems with organs that have had their artery branches from the aorta closed off (e.g. Intestines, kidneys, legs, etc. ...Read more
Not Mendelian: Not hereditary in the mendelian sense. Some families have higher incidence of aneurysms. Cofactors such as hypertension, diet and smoking habits may play a role in this. Connective tissue disorders are hereditary and some of these are associated with aneurysms but this is an indirect effect. I do not routinely screen family members but a negative mra can be reassuring. ...Read more
Abdominal (AAA)?: We are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as high blood pressure and smoking. ...Read more
Variable: An aneurysm is basically a weak spot in a blood vessel that enlarges in a ballon-like fashion. Arteries in the brain have very thin walls so that aneurysms may rupture and cause a stroke. Aortic aneurysms may rupture and lead to fatal bleeding (that is how einstein died). If any questions check with your doc. Some small aneurysms have very low risk and are watched closely. ...Read more
Enlarged blood vesse: An aneurysm is an enlarged blood vessel typically created by a weakness in the wall. The pouching is generally thin and weak and prone to rupture. Think of a tire that gets bubbles in its wall before popping. They can happen anywhere, but aorta and brain are common. They have many causes, but high blood pressure and smoking are often factors. ...Read more
Run in families: Although it is not entirely clear as to what causes aneurysms, there is a definite familial predisposition to their development. If a parent or sibling has or have had an aneurysm, it is important to be checked. This can be done simply and easily with an ultrasound. Contact a vascular surgeon and have the test done at an icavl accredited vascular laboratory. ...Read more
Depends.: Aneurysms are enlarged arteries. In the head, can cause headaches. In the abdomen, unusually no symptoms, unless it gets very large or ruptures. Ruptured aneurysm is the dreaded complication. Patients can bleed to death, quite rapidly after a ruptured aneurysm. The risk of rupture is related to the size of the aneurysm. Commonly, repair is suggested before such a bad event. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: The procedure is generally safe but should discuss with your doc who has more knowledge of your exact situation. ...Read more
Grapes on a vine: Cerebral aneurysms are out pouch rings of the blood vessels along their normal course. Blood vessels should generally resemble drinking straws which gradually taper as they reach their end. In aneurysms, the arteries bulge out, sometimes very prominently (looking much like grapes on a vine) and posing a substantial risk of rupture because of the stress this places on the vessel. ...Read more