By: Jonathan Maes/Shareably Brain aneurysms can feel like the worst headache you could possibly imagine, and if left untreated, they’re often fatal. So what exactly is an aneurysm? It’s a weakened spot in the blood vessel walls, which can cause bulges in the blood vessels. Aneurysms most commonly occur in the aorta, but brain aneurysms are common as well.
It’s particularly hard to spot the differences between a brain aneurysm and a normal headache or a migraine. If a brain aneurysm ruptures, an immediate and extremely severe headache can immediately be felt. Nonetheless, the striking similarity in symptoms between migraines and brain aneurysms can make it easy to shrug it off as ‘just another headache’.
41-year-old Lee Broadway from North Carolina was no stranger to migraines, but one day she was experiencing the worst headache of her life, according to her husband Eric. They immediately went to the hospital, where it was clear Lee suffered from a brain aneurysm. Sadly, Lee tragically passed away two days later.
There are a few warning signs that can indicate a brain aneurysm.
- An excruciating headache unlike you’ve ever felt
- Overly and suddenly sensitive to light
- Constant feeling of nausea and the urge to vomit
- Blurred or double vision
- Drooping eyelids all of a sudden
- A stiff neck in an instant
- Feeling numb in the face
- A remarkably sharp pain above or behind a single eye, like a stab
- Losing consciousness
- Seemingly hearing noises similar to explosions or gun shots
If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms or know someone who does, it’s extremely important to consult a doctor or a specialist. Not all headaches are the same and taking precautions saves lives.