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What symptoms did you experience with your aortic aneurysm?

Aneurysms usually do not cause any symptoms until they become very large or rupture. Aneurysms in the abdominal aorta are often found coincidentally when the individual undergoes a medical test or procedure for some other reason.Chest pain and back pain are the two most common symptoms of large aneurysms.Almost any unusual sensation or feeling in the upper chest or back, however, may be due to an aneurysm of the aorta.Chest pain is usually the first sign of aortic dissection. Many people describe a tearing or ripping pain in the chest when the aorta enlarges to a critical size and ruptures/dissects. Besides pain, increased sweating, a fast heart rate, rapid breathing, dizziness, and shock may occur.Some people describe the following symptoms of an aortic aneurysm:A pulsating bulge or a strong pulse in the abdomenFeeling of fullness after minimal food intakeNauseaVomitingWhere the aorta widens into a bulge, blood clots (thrombi) are more likely to form. If a piece of a blood clot breaks off, it travels through the circulatory system until it lodges somewhere. The clot can cut off blood flow to any area of the body. Symptoms depend on which part of the body is deprived of blood.In the most serious cases, the broken off fragments can cause stroke or heart attack. The fragments can also cause one or more vital body organs, such as the lungs, liver, or kidneys, to stop functioning properly.In less serious cases, it might cause numbness, weakness, tingling, pallor, or coldness in an arm or leg, loss of sensation, light-headedness, or localized pain.Any of these symptoms can also occur with dissection of the aorta. The pain in the chest or pain may be particularly severe, and may mimic a heart attack.In ruptured aneurysm or dissection, internal bleeding will occur. If a person has any of these symptoms along with the other symptoms of aortic aneurysm, they could be in danger and must seek emergency medical care right away. Other symptoms include the following:Light-headednessConfusionWeaknessShortness of breathRapid heart beatSweatingNumbness or tinglingLoss of consciousness (fainting)These symptoms are not unique to people that have aortic aneurysms but they do indicate the person is likely experiencing a medical emergency that could include an aortic aneurysm. A major reason for most of the above symptoms is loss of blood from the leaking aneurysm. If the bleeding is uncontrolled, the person's blood pressure will drop dangerously low. Organs will not receive enough blood to function normally. This is called circulatory collapse, or just "shock." This is a life-threatening condition.People lose consciousness if their brain does not receive enough blood; they then may be at risk of death if the bleeding continues.Other organs may start to fail.The heart can stop beating. This is called cardiac arrest and is often fatal.
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I had this pain between my breast that felt like something was stuck there and I could not really get my breath.  After a minute it went away.  I had one on April 5th and another one today May 4th.
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My Doctor tells me that a surgeon will not operate if the aneurysm is below 5cm....my last US said that mine was at 4cm and my Doctor has me take a US every 6 months. Is he correct on this regarding the size? Everything eles seems to be fine.....no pain whatsoever....I have been exercising with weights.....not over 50 pounds in any exercise......should I stop? will this enlarge the aneurysm????
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im in severe pain on morphine not working is this a sign its growing
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Almost 4 years ago, Aug. I got attacked by a cow at work. Yes, a cow! She came at me and was ramming me into the fence until 3 other farmhands got her off me. My left shoulder had a bad tear in the rotator cup; fractured my lower back; had bad bruising, you could see the fence pole marks across my thoracic back which ended up w/bulged disc. Well since this accident I've had to have my appendix out March '08 then my gallbladder. I think about a year later. I've since been checked for stones that may have gotten left but nothing. My pain is just behind my right ribs curling my fingers deep just around the rib bones sometimes I can feel a hard marble sized thing then I rub and pressure it will ease the pain.
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I was on high doses of Prednisone(65mgs.)titrated down over a period of 3-4 years for the tx. of temporal arteritis.Every so often, I would get excruciating pain that would run up my back to the point that I had to drop to my knees and lay on the floor until it passed. Years later I would go to a N.D. and she sent me to a gastroenterologist for a potential problem with celiac which was negative but the doctor thought she heard a brui and sent me for an sonogram which turned out to be possitive. Sometimes I would wake up and night to roll over and it felt like I had a brick in my chest. It scared me and I also could feel a heart beat in mystomache. I always dismissed it  reaction to stress. Now I am scheduled to see a cardiologist in September. Have no idea where that will take me. It is small so it may be just watch and wait.
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I HAVE A QUESTION. MY HUSBAND HAS AN AAA THE SIZE IS 4.6. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? LARGE, SMALL, ETC. HE WAS EXPERIENCING CHEST, BACK AND LOWER STOMACH PAIN.
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I have been diagnosed with AAA - how often should I have further scans in order to determine any deterioration in my condition . My original diagnosis was made in February 2011. Iam 87 years old armed forces veteran pensioner living alone  and have a number of active problems including prostatis cellulitis COPD CCF and chronic kidney disease stage 3. also some osteoporosism.    Reginald
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I DO HAVE 5STENTS IN MY ARTERIES CAN IT CAUSE THE   ANEURYSM?  CAN AAA REOCUR AFTER THE SURGERY?
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Recently diagnosed with 4cm AP ascending aortic aneurysm. Iihave moderate pulmonary htn and take sildenafil. There was no report of this one year ago with catscan or mri. I was kicked in chest by horse 15 yrs ago otherth this no precursors. Can sildenafil precipitate this and isn t 4cm in one year pretty dramatic?
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I began to have increasing pain in chest and back after straining hard to pull up some floor boards during a remodeling project. I have never had hypertension, not overweight, do not smoke, drink or use drugs. I went to ER and the only thing that gave some relief was nitroglycerin so they did a ct scan. I had two aneurysms. The one on the descending aorta was dissected at 4.5 cm. I had open surgery with dacron graft. Recovery is much longer and more painful than I expected.  After 8 months I still have chest tightness, pain, am extremely tired and short of breath. Found out I have a biscupid aorta and possible genetic vascular disease. I would advise anybody who has surgery to be aware that recovery is a slow process and never lift heavy things or strain yourself if you have an aneurysm.
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I GET VERY HEAVY PAINS IN MY CHEST.I HAD PAINS LAST NIGHT I WOULD SAY WERE SEVERE .I AM THE MAIN CARERT FOR MY WIFE,SHE HAD A BAD STROKE AND IS UNABLE TO CARE FOR HERSELF .ITS A PREDICAMENT .I AM WAITING FOR SCAN THE CARDIO THORACIC SURGEON HAS ARRANGD IT .I AM VERY WORRIED I AM 76 YEARS OLD BUT GENERALLY FIT .IHD A ACCIDENT WHEN I WAS 6 I WAS NEARLY DEAD .MY DAD WAS ON RUSIAN CONVOY. HIS WAS SENT TO MALTA HE WAS BROUGT HOME
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Had some back and shoulder pain, just figured from a normal day work. Then I got weird feeling in leg, it just felt heavy. I ignored all thinking just normal stuff with age (just hit 50). My wife insists I have a life-line screening done. They find a 6.2cm AAA bulging on both sides. Sent me directly to Dr. He made referral to Heart Specialist, but they can't get me in for 2 days. For now, I'm just sitting here praying it doesn't rupture before anyone has time to help me.   DON'T IGNORE SYMPTOMS - get checked right away, insist on scans! My wife originally had me go 8 months ago for physical because she "felt" something wasn't right. I had no "symptoms" they felt were worthy of a scan, that's why she went the Life Screening route.  I sort of laughed her "feeling" off as well.  Now here we are.  Don't let this happen to you.  I was feeling pretty macho and strong until I found out today I have a time bomb waiting to go off, and no one is available to help me with it for 2 days at least.  Good Luck to you all.  God Bless!
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I went to my Dr. For a problem unrelated to this. He said he felt my heart beat strongly in my stomach. Wants me to have an MRI, or CT. I am waiting to hear from his office w. Approval from my ins., to find out if it is an aneurysm.  My friend's husband, in his early forties ,had a rupture. Is alive and well , thanks to great medical care. Hasn't had a problem since his recovery.  I can only hope I am that lucky.
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I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN AORTA ANERISM @3.9 BUT TOLD BY ONE DR. IT SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF NOW, BUT A SECIOND ONE SAID NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT. Who do i listen too???
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Big bubble Just below my RibCage,with short Sharp pains in Abdomen, Itchy feeling On skin surface  Bubble pain seems More Pronounced after any Intake Liquids seem to Intensify the problem.  Almost Like A HOLE opening .  coughing sneezing,or any Lifting seem to Make It Worse .Also pronounced pain pain In Groin Area intermittently.  Doctor suggests Chest E-Ray And Upper GI !!!  EVEN though I HAD ULRA-SOUND which SUGGESTS "TWO HERNIA,S" !!!!! I say C-T SCAN ASAP   OHhhhh YAAAAAA  I live in N.H.S.    Same Complaint FOR years !!! NO CORRECTIVE ACTION  or .......  ????????$$$$$$$$$$$
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with me heavy breathing chest pains passing out  heavybleeding  and not enof sleep an when i calopsed thats when i found out.
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At 54, I survived a ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Jan. 18th, 2011, I'm speaking from firsthand experience I thought I had bi annual physicals, had no idea I had an aortic aneurysm!  No sign or symptoms until: As I reflect back my symptoms include:  I remember my eyes would sometimes blury or act as if they were crossed eyed vision.  I recall getting cramps in my lower back area and these lower back cramps began to happen often; I would lay on the floor, ball up/fetal position and raising my legs up in the air the back cramps would release and go away. I fainted/passed out while being interviewed for a transfer request by my employer.  Awakened by my employer, he said he would get someone to take me to the hospital, but made me promise that I would go to the emergency room.  And we did. I was in the emergency room all day laying in real pain in the lower back area, but this time no matter what I tried, the pain would not release.  Late that same afternoon, while lying in the emergency room, the AAA ruptured, and emergency surgery followed.  I lost 10 pints of blood from the time they wheeled me from the ER to the Emergency Operating Room.  My abdomen was swollen as if I were 9 mos. pregnant as the result of the amount of blood loss within just a few minutes.  I'm so lucky to be alive.  For me, I was at the right place at the right time thanks to my employer's encouraging word to get this check out right away.
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HI     My Father Suffering from Arotic aneurysm (Chronic)  Left kidneny is not working & right one is at low GFR Value.he is haveing BP always around 150/80.  As per consultaton from Hinduja,Bombay,KEM,NAIR hospital they are unable to handle due to removal of blockage from right kidney may may be cuase risk.so Kindly suggest best for this case.
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My husband had an aortic dissection that ruptured on the table he is only 37 years old. He has had a hard road to travel and I was told I would never bring him home but he has been home for almost two months now and he is walking and improving every day.
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