The Road to Recovery after Brain Aneurysm Treatment – Physical Effects
Having a brain aneurysm and undergoing treatment is a life changing event. Recovery is more difficult and longer in older patients, following brain aneurysm rupture and chronic medical problems. Patients recovering after treatment of brain aneurysm often have physical, emotional and psychological issues. Besides the patient, the family also suffers from many issues, one of the most important being financial burden in Indian scenario. In the coming few posts, I will discuss the issues faced by patients and family and how to get over them
- weakness of arm, leg
- speech problems
- memory problems
- visual problems
- loss of smell or taste
- difficulty walking or balance problems
- fatigue and generalized weakness
- sleep problems
- back pain
- incision site pain and numbness – may patients complain of local pain at the site of incision in the scalp following surgery. Some may have numbness over the incision site. The pain and numbness usually goes away with time.
- jaw pain – many patients may have jaw pain on the side of surgery, especially while eating or chewing hard food. For this reason, it is advisable to eat soft food immediately after the surgery. The jaw pain occurs due to manipulation of muscles during surgery and resolves slowly after surgery in about a month.
- clicking sound in the head – some patients may notice a click in the head following surgery. It is also a normal phenomenon and usually resolves in a few weeks
- headache – some patients may have intermittent mild headache that disturbs their daily activity. The pain usually resolves with pain pills or by itself. If headache is severe, associated with vomiting or blurring of vision, consult your doctor immediately.
- groin pain – there may be bruising or pain in the groin for a few days after the procedure. Please consult your doctor immediately if there is sudden bleeding from the puncture site or painful swelling.
- hair loss – is seen in some patients secondary to radiation. It is more common when the procedures last longer than about 3 hours. The hair loss is temporary in most of the patients.
- headache – may occur in some patients and is usually due to the bleed that occurred following aneurysm rupture. it resolves gradually on its own.
- general bruises over the body – may occur in some patients who take blood thinner pills following stenting. Try not to get hurt or cut yourself inadvertently. If you notice a bad bruise, contact your doctor immediately.