What kind of stomach pain does a person get if he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

None. Having an aneurysm will not necessarily give you any pain. Symptoms may or may not occur even with large aneurysms. On many patients, symptoms occur when expanding or when rupture occurs. Unfortunately about 17, 000 americans die from aneurysm rupture /yr. Sudden flank pain usually on the left, abdominal distention, low back pain, with or without passing out, hypotension, collapse. Must diagnose early.
Pain. When you have an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta any type of abdominal pain is significant and should not be taken lightly. At that point the only way to identify the cause of the pain is to have a ct scan. This is very serious and should be evaluated emergency in the emergency room.

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How does one get rid of an abdominal aortic aneurysm; it sounds really major surgery?

AAA. By endo vascular non-invasive intervention or by open abdominal surgery to replace that segment of the aorta. Decisions depend of risk factors (age, health situation, risk of post-op complication, comorbidities...).
Surgery. There is no known medical treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA. If the AAA reach certain diameter 5-5.5 cm then it needs repair : endovascular stent or open surgery.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm. Who should get screen, and who really should be screened?

Men who have smoked. National guidelines recommend that men who have ever smoked should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm between the ages of 65 and 75. You can check out the recommendations here: http://www. Ahrq. Gov/ppip/men50.Htm. Ask your doctor if you're at risk.
AAA. Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, smoker, male more than female, hypertension, high cholesterol with one or any combination of these risk factors should be screened.

Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm? I have had it almost four years & it is smaller then a pea

Yes. Anything that doesn't incur increase in intra-abdominal pressure such as holding your breath with activity shouldn't cause any additional risk than getting in and out of a regular bed.

Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Physicians. Have you ever heard of a physician telling patients that tanning beds are safe?
Tis not safe at all. Not unless the small abdominal aortic aneurysm has been cleared by airport security! Lol! Couldn't resist the one liner! But seriously..... With or without any type of abdominal aorta I must agree with dr. Killian, suntanning beds are by no means safe or without risk for other really nasty things like skin cancers or at the very least skin burns of a serious nature.
AAA. Don't use tanning beds. They are terrible for your skin and can cause cancer. It has nothing to do with your aneurysm.
Well. Getting into a tanning bed might be safe as long as you never turn it on! Tanning beds are a major risk for skin cancer.
Absolutely. There is nothing about an abdominal aortic aneurysm that would be affected or influenced by a tanning bed except perhaps trying to lift the bed or move it around. Tanning beds carry their own inherent risks however, from increasing your risk for developing skin cancers to overt burns or electrocution injuries. Used properly and in moderation, like with everything in life, you should be fine.
For the aneurysm. The aneurysm will not be affected by the tanning bed. You should be aware of the risks to your skin, however.

Can a person have pain with an abdominal aortic aneurysm before it actually ruptures?

Possible. There is a condition called a "contained rupture", which means the walls of the aorta have been violated however the leak is contained. This is certainly painful but is not a full blown rupture. Urgent repair is indicated. A ct angiogram helps to identify this.
Yes. If you have an aneurysm and you have pain you should immediately go to the nearest emergency room. This could be a sign of impending rupture or rupture. This is an emergency.
Pain w/o rupture? At times a contained rupture can allow someone with a lot of pain to put off, temporarily, the big catastrophe. This is an urgent situation at that point which generally requires immediate attention.

My father was told he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. But they are taking their time at getting him on the schedule for surgery. Is this common?

Urgency varies. Urgency to repair varies with size of the aneurysm > 5.5 cm, rate of enlargement, and symptoms.
Sometimes. If it is leaking he should go right away. If it is stable there is no rush.
When to fix AAA. The urgency to fix an aneurysm should be based on the size of the aneurysm. In most cases we do not consider repair unless the aneurysm is 5.5cm or larger.