Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
I was getting ready to walk out my front door and drive to work when my little dog decided that he needed to go out for a second time that morning, this is something he never does (and has not done it again). I took him outside and waited for him to do his biz,we then went back upstairs into our apartment. When I reached to remove his leash i suddenly felt a very sharp burning pain in my back that shot to my legs.I have never felt a pain like this in my life. I was able to make it from my sofa where my little dog was standing to get his leash removed to my desk and sit in the chair. The pain in my back had gotten worse and I was unable to feel or move my legs at all I called my employer and informed him that I was having something very bad going on and would not in to work .My next call was to my friend who was at my house in less than 2 minutes and she saw what was happening and called an ambulance. I was placed on a back board and transported to the hospital where after a few questions and some tests I was life flighted to another hospital, being told only that I was very ill and needed to go there. I was later told that i have a Type B. Abdominal Aortic Dissection and an Aneurysm on my Aorta. After a second Mri and Ct scan it was decided that i did not at this time need surgery. I was in the Hospital for 10 days to get my blood pressure under control. After returning home i have been relaxing as much as possible with having to take care of my dog and do paperwork to get the medical bills paid and walking. I am unable to return to work at this point and have no idea when that will be able to happen. Went to my first follow up appointment with the Dr. yesterday and he said that I am doing great the meds are working as they should and the only thing he wants me to change is to walk more and eat more healthy foods. I am only 46 years old and this has been an eye opening experience for me.
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