Your head is pounding – could it be an aneurysm?
Not all aneurysms will prove to be dangerous, but they do hold the potential for a catastrophic rupture in the future. Any sign of an aneurysm should be checked out by a doctor, in case further action is needed. If you experience the symptoms of a ruptured or leaking aneurysm, seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of an unruptured aneurysm:
- Pain – Discomfort is usually located near the eyes.
- Changes to your eye or vision – An aneurysm could cause a pupil to dilate or cause the onset of double vision.
- Facial changes – Similar to a stroke, you may notice a drooping eyelid or drooping on one side of the face. This may be accompanied with a numb sensation or paralysis.
In some cases, unruptured aneurysms may present no symptoms at all. You may only discover the problem area during an unrelated medical exam.
Symptom of a leaking aneurysm:
Only one symptom will accompany an aneurysm that has begun to leak: a very intense headache. Once an aneurysm has started leaking, you can be fairly certain that a rupture will follow if no intervention occurs.
Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm:
A severe headache is the most common symptom of this dangerous situation, but other signs may include:
- A sore or stiff neck
- A drooping eyelid
- Blurry vision
- A seizure
- Sudden sensitivity to lights
- Nausea or vomiting
When it comes to matters of the brain, Denton Regional has a team of neurologists who are ready to act. Learn more about our Center for Neuroscience, or call (855) 477-DRMC for a physician referral.