Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hope You Feel Better?

What are the first words that most people use to comfort or console someone who is not feeling well? "Hope you feel better." All the best wishes and intentions are behind the words "feel better." Feeling better and getting better can make the difference as there are subtle symptoms that may go away but are indications that something is seriously wrong.

It all happened so suddenly - Aneurysm


A cerebral aneurysm occur when the aneurysm pushes on a structure in the brain. In the case of a cerebral aneurysm, the symptoms for an aneurysm that has ruptured and one that has not ruptured are different.

Symptoms for an aneurysm are not common, however when they do occur you may experience the following:

Difficulty with speech
Series of headaches that may come and go
Loss of perception
Unable to balance

At the point where the aneurysm has ruptured, the response may be one that shows the person is in extreme pain and they may react like someone who is having a serious breakdown as they scream for help. "Make it go away!" "Stop!!!" "Stop talking!!!" My head! My head!!!" etc.

Symptoms for a ruptured aneurysm:

An intense headache
Vision impairment (double vision/loss of vision)
Pain or stiffness in the neck
Pain above and/or behind the eyes

What on earth is an Embolism?

An embolism is a blockage of a blood vessel by a blood clot or foreign matter that has been transported from a distant site by the blood stream. A block in an artery caused by blood clots or other substances, such as fat globules, infected tissue, or cancer cells.

An Arterial Embolism can occur in one or more clots that deprives the tissue of blood and oxygen which may affect the brain, heart, legs or feet and in some rare instances, the eyes, intestines and kidneys. The symptoms are similar to a pulmonary embolism except the following:

Cold arm or leg
Fingers and hand feels cool
Color is pale arm or leg
A lack of pulse in the arm or leg
Weakness or lack of movement in the arm or leg

Furthermore in later stages the skin may begin to shed in the affected area, you may have blisters or an ulcer may develop on the skin.

A Pulmonary Embolism usually occurs when a blood clot travels from a vein in the leg and enters the artery in the lung and suddenly creates a blockage.


Coughing/Coughing up blood
Increased heart rate
Problems breathing (shortness of breath/rapid breathing)
Fainting (feeling light head)
Swelling in the leg (pain in the area of swelling, heat in the area of swelling, discolored area of the skin)

Could it be a Stroke?

A stroke is a serious matter which once it occurs, the brain cells begins to die.


Sudden loss of balance, dizziness
Slurring your words, knowing what you want to say but the words are not forming or translating accordingly
An incredibly painful headache
Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
Paralysis on one side of your face or body

Having a Heart Attack?

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Be on the alert and remember you are your biggest advocate. Do not self diagnose or dismiss your symptoms. If you are experiencing unusual pains, get yourself checked!

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