A brain aneurysm, also referred to as an intracranial aneurysm, is formed when a weak spot in a brain’s artery bulges only to burst later. But not all aneurysms burst and rupture and with that threatening the life of the patient. It is estimated that currently, over 6 million adults have a brain aneurysm of which, around 50 to 80% of brain aneurysms are considered never to rupture.
There are a few known causes that lead to the formation of brain aneurysms including excessive stress, excessive use of caffeine and alcohol, excessive exercise, etc. In most cases an aneurysm does not cause any symptoms, it merely exists in the brain and grows with time. The first symptoms will come as an aneurysm gets bigger and bigger and of course, there are the symptoms that come when an aneurysm has ruptured - symptoms which you must recognize in time and report them to your doctor. The treatment of brain aneurysms depends on the size, location, severity of an aneurysm and many other factors. In most cases, if an aneurysm is easily accessible, surgery is performed.
Symptom #1: Severe Headache
A mild or a severe headache might occur as a symptom of the presence of a brain aneurysm. It can, as well, be the symptom that is telling you that your aneurysm has finally ruptured. A severe headache due to the rupture occurs as a result of the leakage in the brain, otherwise known as sentinel bleed. Patients have described the headache as a very sudden and very severe, extreme headache one that you have never experienced in the past.