Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Good to have found this site. I have always been a supporter of support groups, and have been connected to a few others over the years.
I am 66, living in northern England. A regular runner over many decades, I did the London marathon last April and wonder whether the exertion of doing this at my age is connected to the dissection ? Any opinions on this ? I have mentioned this to doctors, but got completely no-committal replies. Either way I won't be running marathons again anytime soon.
I had a sudden pain in my back, with no warning. It was like being stabbed with a knife. An ambulance took me to the hospital in Carlisle (40 miles away). It probably saved my life that the paramedic recognised the symptoms and didn't put it down to a slipped disc or something similar. Fortunately the ambulance service in Cumbria has not yet been privatised. After a spell in hospital and 3 CT scans the aneurysm remains at 4.5cms. No surgery needed till it reaches 6cm I am told.
Can you put stents in for a type B Thoracic dissection ?
Can anyone recommend a good surgeon, perhaps in London?
I get very tired, probably because of the medication. And have a nagging pain in my back most of the time. Recovery has been slow and after 5 months I am only just starting to get back to normal activities. I avoid lifting anything of any weight, and can only walk slowly. Of course I wonder what are the chances of things getting worse, or of having a other dissection ?
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