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Unread 09-29-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Unhappy events that might set off brain aneurysm

I am a survivor [!! -barely!] a brain aneurysm 16 years ago. My life has been nothing but pain since then. My personality changed for the worst. But my question is this: Can a brain aneurysm be brought on by a punch to the head?
About one year before my aneurysm my boyfriend and I were "play fighting" and it got rougher than intended. I took a good hard slap to the side of my head. I saw stars for hours afterwards. Then one year later: BOOM! Brain aneurysm. I know that a brain aneurysm begins with a congenital weakness, but I have always wondered if that slap to my head set off the event - that might otherwise have never happened, or might have happened years later.
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Unread 09-29-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your 16 year struggle.

From what I know about aneurysms, the slap to the head would not likely be a cause. The congenital weakness would need to be there first. I have an 'minor out-pouching' as described by the radiologist but it has never been a problem despite my many bumps to the head. Imaging for my concussion caused symptoms found this abnormality.

More likely a high blood pressure event, possibly brought on by stress or excitement caused the weakness to blow.

Either way, not more slaps to the head.

My best to you.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 09-30-2010, 01:52 PM   #3
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Mark:
Thanks. There seems to be much mis-information "out there" disseminated by people who actually don't know what they are talking about. I feel more comfortable with your answer knowing that you are a man who has "been there."
Keep on Trucking!
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