I've been experiencing sharp pains on either side of my head. I wouldn't consider them headaches, but stabbing pain that's been occurring more frequently and increasing in pain. I am concerned because my mom died from a ruptured brain anyreusm and I'm afraid it's genetic or hereditary. Should I make an appointment to get this checked out? If so, what should I ask for? CT Scan? MRI?
Hi, Apart from aneurysm, there can be several reasons like migraine, stress or tension of such sharp headaches and needs to be thoroughly evaluated. Cerebral or brain aneurysm is an abnormal widening a brain blood vessel at its weakened area. This may occur as a congenital (present since birth, familial) or may occur later in life due to injury, birth defects, or neurological disorder and it is life-threatening. Most serious consequence is stroke that may occur if this bursts in the brain. Factors that may cause this or contribute to its rupture are smoking, hypertension, head injury, family history of brain aneurysms (so sisters may have). Common symptoms could be loss of vision, headache, eye and neck pain, seizures, paralysis, gait disturbances etc. Investigations like CT angiography, MRI, CSF examination (presence of blood) are essential to reach at diagnosis here. Neurosurgery is the mainstay of treatment that may be suggested by a neurologist after examination. Hope this information proves helpful to you.
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