A Critical Sign of a Brain Aneurysm & What Else to Watch For

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Paramedics and nurse pulling hospital trolley,Your brain needs a steady supply of blood to function. That blood is supplied by network of arteries intertwined with your brain tissue. When the wall of one of these arteries becomes weak and bulges or ruptures, a brain aneurysm occurs.

Sometimes a bulging brain aneurysm may be so mild no symptoms appear. However, several symptoms can accompany a ruptured aneurysm. The most predominant and critical symptom, however, is a sudden and severe headache.

A Critical Sign of a Brain Aneurysm

Some people who have experienced a ruptured aneurysm call it the worst headache of their life. A headache brought on by a brain aneurysm can make your head feel like it’s going to implode. They also typically occur suddenly, rather than taking time to build up.

You should also see a doctor if you have pain above and behind an eye, dilated pupils, drooping eyelid or paralysis on one side of the face.

This headache may also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting along with dizziness, sudden weakness or numbness in your extremities. Sensitivity to light, blurred vision and seeing double are all common symptoms that occur alongside this headache. In some cases, the onset of the headache leads to a loss of consciousness.

Is a Migraine Headache Related to an Aneurysm?

If you’re familiar with the symptoms of a migraine headache, they sound very similar to those caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm. However, migraines and aneurysms are not connected.

Experiencing migraine headaches does not put you at risk for a brain aneurysm. However, if you experience an increase in the frequency or severity of your migraine, you should contact your doctor just in case. If you’ve experienced this type of severe headache for the first time, you should contact emergency or urgent care for an MRI and examination.