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How did your brain injury happen? Part 6: Strokes, aneurysms, haemorrhages and AVMs

This is part six of the fourteenth #BrainQA: How did your brain injury happen? There was a whopping 300+ answers, thank you so much for answering everyone! I spilt the answers into categories:

Strokes: A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.

‘A stroke from my birth control pills’

‘I had a post-partum stroke six days after I gave birth to my first child. My only symptom was a headache. I had a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis followed by haemorrhage. They did not think that I was going to survive but emergency brain surgery helped me. I Thank God!

‘All of a sudden I had this terrible pain in the back of my head. Felt like my sinuses but it was in the back of my head so I knew it was something different. It got really intense. I said to my boyfriend, quick call 911 I think I’m having a stroke. Then I passed out and woke up a month later. Found out I had an aneurysm that burst and bled in my brain. Needed a shunt too because I had hydrocephalus and on top of that I had pneumonia. Went back to work after three months. Do you believe it?’

‘Stroke after aneurysm repair surgery’

‘Stroke. Clot then bleeding.’

‘Had a stroke they could not operate’

‘Thalamic ischaemic stroke 12/18/15.’





Aneurysms: An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall, usually where it branches and as blood passes through the weakened blood vessel, the blood pressure causes a small area to bulge outwards like a balloon.

‘Was 34 weeks pregnant and on blood thinners and something blew.’

‘Ruptured Brain Aneurysm. At the gym. Only thing saved me was prompt medical attention. The Hospital was directly across the street.’

‘Ruptured brain aneurysm…8 brain/spinal surgeries as a result’

‘In October of 2012 I had a cerebral aneurysm rupture’

‘I also survived a Ruptured brain aneurysm’

‘Ruptured brain aneurysm.’

‘Ruptured 10mm aneurysm causing a subarachnoid haemorrhage’

‘My brain bled when high blood pressure caused a capillary to burst. High blood pressure from drinking a beer while on Antibuse But I’m not bitter or anything!’)’

‘Aneurysm in June 2008’

‘Two burst brain aneurysms’

Mine was caused by multiple brain aneurysms and resulting surgeries.’

‘Cerebral aneurysm and brain injury does suck big time. The worst is the way friends, doctors and therapists treat you.’

‘Surgery to repair brain aneurysms. I am very lucky.’

‘I call it ‘spontaneous implosion…’ I was in my gym class during my freshman year of high school and was about to do the flexed arm hang, but I just didn’t feel right… I asked to wait it out a bit, then went outside for fresh air. I then ran to the bathroom to throw up, then I passed out… Gym coach called the paramedics and I was in the ER shortly after. A CT scan found the bleed, the hospital shipped me across to San Diego for emergency brain surgery…’

Haemorrhages: A brain haemorrhage is a type of stroke. It’s caused by an artery in the brain bursting and causing localised bleeding in the surrounding tissues, this bleeding kills brain cells.

Subarachnoid brain haemorrhage from a ruptured 11mm aneurysm’

‘My partner had a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2012 . Left him a completely different person’

‘Subarachnoid Haemorrhage followed by six hours of hypothermia, and a half an hour of cardiac arrest.’

 ‘2x subarachnoid haemorrhages about a year apart.’

‘I had a brain haemorrhage.’

‘My partner had a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2012. Left him a completely different person’

‘Subarachnoid Haemorrhage followed by six hours of hypothermia, and a half an hour of cardiac arrest.’

‘I had a brain haemorrhage.’

AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation): When an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) occurs, a tangle of blood vessels in the brain or on its surface bypasses normal brain tissue and directly diverts blood from the arteries to the veins.

‘Wife: after loosing 40lbs. Exercising on treadmill had a AVM bleed. 2011.’

‘Due to a Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) left temporal region’

‘AVM; a very stubborn one!’

‘I had a AVM, size of a hand, spread out, in my head. I was born with it.’

‘AVM rupture’

‘AVM Bleed 2007…’

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