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Is there a big chance that I have aneurysm?

By March 24, 2010 - 7:31pm
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I'm a minor, and last time I checked (October last year) my BP is okay. But for years now I have headaches that I don't think are of the normal kind. It comes suddenly, in all cases while I'm doing normal things (walking, bending, typing, sleeping, even urinating) so I can't say the attacks are from stress. They are concentrated at the base of my brain to my neck and nape. For a minute or two, it's excruciating, then it fades slowly. I thought it was high blood pressure or something similar when I was younger, so I just tried to relax. I have no idea if it works or not.

I don't smoke, drink alcoholic drinks or do any recreational or illegal drugs. I'm not diabetic or obese either (fat, but according to BMI in normal range). Since I am young, I don't think my age constitutes major risk (I know aneurysm can affect teenagers, but it's not that common, is it?). I rarely exercise (I do have long brisk walks regularly, but I can't call that exercise) and I think I consume excessive amounts of junk food.

Does anyone think I have aneurysm? If not, then, can anyone tell me what they think this is? Because I certainly don't see other teenagers experiencing this, and I am worried.

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Thank you so much for the comments. I will visit a doctor as soon as possible.

April 4, 2010 - 11:46pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for your response. As mentioned by Diane, this would be very uncommon for your age. The onset of headaches could be migraines but to be sure, you should really go to your physician for a physical examination.

Could you kindly keep us updated on what your physician says?

April 4, 2010 - 8:13am


You are not at a high risk for aneurysm at all. While anyone could have one, they are most common in men, people with high blood pressure (hypertension) and older people over the age of 65.

Here is a teens health page on aneurysms:


Did you ever have a traumatic injury to your head?

When you have these headaches, do you ever get blurred vision or a loss of feeling in your face?

Is there a reason you worry about aneurysm? Are you generally an anxious person? Or did someone you know or someone in your family have one?

How old are you, and have you ever mentioned your headaches to a doctor?

Are you female, and have you noticed whether they are connected time-wise to your cycle at all? In other words, do these headaches happen every day? Or are there certain times of the month when you get more of them?

And has there been any sort of progression of your headaches over time? In other words, do you have more of them now than you used to, or are they more painful than they used to be?

March 25, 2010 - 9:12am
(reply to Diane Porter)

First of all, thank you for your comment.

I am female, and I don't think I ever had a head injury that can be considered notable, just the norm little kid bumps. I did not note any temporary blurring of vision on any attack either, but I'm not sure about the face. I believe the headaches are really random--no particular time or situation needed to induce them.

No one in my family (that I know of, at least) has or had aneurysm. It's just that I saw a female sixth grader die from aneurysm violently when I was young--probably why I don't feel that it's too improbable that I have it too.

I'm fourteen, and no, I never mentioned this to any doctor before. I also believe there is no progression.

Sorry for being so anxious and panicky. I just don't want to end up having regrets and should've been's when it's already too late.

April 4, 2010 - 3:04am
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