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thorastic & abdominal aneurysm at 41 years old women

i be told im unususal if it hadnt been that i moved areas r had a scan id be dead. I ws only 41 years old in 2005, told things as in my head. when moved areas got new doctor. was having bowel problems. they found a 5.5 aneurysm nr my kidneys. told i had to have a operation graft my aorta. r die. it wasn't  a choice. my kidneys was removed & reattached. it took 5 hours. 3 weeks in hospital.a scar makes me look like a cardigan zip.the look on health proffesional faces. i met for the first time when examine me.

 it took years to recover. left me with neuropathic pain in my legs worse on at night,it drive me mad but thanks to mr gough,vascular surgeon at Leed general infirmary. im still alive.he only see one like me twice in 30 years. but nobody can explain why ive got it so young.

i thought that was it but last year had scan because my chest consultant said there more going on than your asthma.which i had all my life & get regular chest infections.  found i had another aneurysm 3.5cm i dont have much luck.


just keeping yearly check up.






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Comment by Kev A on October 6, 2011 at 21:43

Old/Young - man/woman, get's us all.

Welcome to our exclusive club


Comment by Sharon Masterman on October 6, 2011 at 13:23
God Bless You Elizabeth. All this is so horrible, yet we have so much to be thankful for. The other side of the coin for my husband and I does not even bear thinking about.xxxx
Comment by mrs elizabeth hurcombe on October 6, 2011 at 9:17
i am glad found this site knowing im not alone.  
Comment by mrs elizabeth hurcombe on October 6, 2011 at 9:11
thanks your right im alive
Comment by Kimberlee Jones on October 6, 2011 at 0:04

Stay strong your a survivor.  My advice is always listen to your body.  I was 31 and 34wks pregnant when I had my dissection. My only symptom was a slight pressure in center of my chest that I thought was just gas build up.  As for the new aneurysm they have found, I know you just said you don't have much luck, but that is the opposite of the truth..they found it, they are aware of it. My aneurysm which is in the same location as my dissection/graph is 5.1 cm.  The docs now know it is there and will be watching it closely, I would imagine a ct scan or echo once year. They usually don't do surgery unless the aneurysm reaches 6 - 7cm. Mine was discovered almost 6 years ago and has not grown since, so don't let this keep you down. You like the rest of us are lucky, lucky to be a survivor and with the new aneurysm lucky they discovered it before it was too late.  


*hugs* from one lucky lady to another.


Keep you head up and stay strong.



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