Monthly Archives: May 2019

Dental infections thought to cause brain aneurysms

TAMPERE, Finland: While bacterial infections have been associated with a number of serious medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, their role in cerebrovascular disorders has not been fully understood to date. Now, researchers from Finland have suggested that infections due to oral and pharyngeal bacteria could be a risk factor for ruptured intracranial aneurysms.

Source: Dental infections thought to cause brain aneurysms

Diminished Sense of Smell and/or Taste

During recovery, a good number of brain aneurysm survivors complain of having a diminished sense of smell or taste. This can be irritating and unfortunately, it does not help reduce the anxiety that you are already suffering from. You want to be normal, you want to be able to smell that coffee and enjoy your steak without having to load it up with salt!

We know that the brain is very complex and controls just about all the functions in the body. When a brain aneurysm ruptures, the blood starts leaking into the brain. Depending on the location, quantity and duration of the blood that is leaking, several functions that the brain controls in the body becomes affected.

Diminished sense of smell and/or taste occurs due to the leaking blood that irritates the nerves that control these senses. If the aneurysm did not rupture, smell and taste deficits can occur if the aneurysm compresses the surrounding nerves. Unfortunately, these deficits may not get better with time.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Statistics show that women are more likely to suffer from a brain aneurysm than men.

Besides hormones, have you ever wondered why?

Today, I salute all women, especially those who put their owns needs aside to take care of their loved ones.

….oh well maybe we have so much love in our hearts and so much on our mind that sometimes….the brain just explodes😜.

Happy Mother’s day to all of my fellow survivors and to those who have dedicated their time to care for those special iron ladies.

I wouldn’t want to forget all of our mothers who are dancing with the angels in Heaven. This is especially for my mom. May the almighty God continue granting your souls eternal rest in His glorious Kingdom. We love you.

Headaches during Recovery

Most survivors continue to suffer from headaches following the treatment of a ruptured aneurysm. When the head starts to pound and you think you’ve done everything you can possible do but still no relieve, panic hits in. You start thinking if it’s another aneurysm getting ready to rupture. This panic leads to anxiety and anxiety makes the headache and sometimes BP (if you have been diagnosed) go up. I used to torture myself with this a lot until I decided to get down to business by identifying exactly the symptoms of Aneurysm related headache .

Symptoms: May mimic frequent migraine or cluster headaches, caused by balloon-like weakness or bulge in blood-vessel wall. May rupture (stroke) or allow blood to leak slowly resulting in a sudden, unbearable headache, double vision and rigid neck. The person rapidly becomes unconscious.

Symptoms of a frequent migraine include:

Severe, one-sided throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, cold hands, sensitivity to sound and light

Symptoms of a cluster headache include:

Excruciating pain in the vicinity of the eye; tearing of the eye; nose congestion; and flushing of the face. Pain frequently develops during sleep and may last for several hours. Attacks occur every day for weeks, or even months, then disappears for up to a year. Eighty percent of cluster patients are male, most between the ages of 20 and 50.

For me, I like to eliminate the anxiety by knowing the exact symptoms.

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