These are the signs of an unruptured brain aneurysm. Or in many cases there are no symptoms. The word aneurysm is a Greek word, also known as aneurism and it means dilation; to form a balloon like bulge in a blood vessel; in this case in the brain. It is important to visit the GP, to prevent rupturing of an unruptured artery dilation of the brain. It is good to know that rupturing is not common, however it is wise to get a medical check up, just in case treatment is necessary. It is also important to note that an unruptured bulge in an artery in the brain rarely has any symptoms. But if an artery that supplies blood to the brain becomes so weakened, to bulge more, and this aneurysm deteriorates, it could lead to a ruptured artery.
These warning signs usually start with a sudden, extremely painful headache, as if being hit very badly on the head. It is an agonising and blinding pain, never experienced before, unless one is lucky to have recovered from a previous ruptured brain aneurysm.
This is a medical emergency and it is necessary to call an ambulance immediately.
The description shown above may be similar to other medical problems. In the case of an unruptured aneurysm, which only shows signs occasionally, this may be discovered incidentally during a routine imaging of the brain, eg using a CT scan or MRI. Hence MRI scans are encouraged for those with a family history of brain aneurysm. Some dilations or bulges of the artery are large and push on a nerve in the brain, causing other medical signs such as blurring of vision. This is called the 'mass effect', and occurs prior to bleeding. In some cases a multi-disciplinary team of experts examines the symptoms and provides a unique comprehensive treatment by considering the whole patient.
Of course when this condition is considered, the signs and symptoms can stimulate reflection and consultation to consider the facts scientifically, not to make something out of nothing, as well as take the science and facts to a much higher sublime artistic/scientific level, which has been attempted with this poem:
Brain Aneurysm could be an emergency
Ruptured and unruptured,
could be a familial genetic agency
Blindness of vision
that leads to medical revision
Sensitivity to light
slightly dim or fully bright
sharp headaches and confusion
an artery dilation or an illusion?
CT scans and MRI are quite advantageous
The medical research, and the patients courageous
Consider the signs, the pain and the blast
Let's make aneurysm a subject of the past!