Survivors of brain aneurysms may experience short- and/or long-term physical and/or neurological deficits as a result of a rupture or treatment.
For survivors of a ruptured aneurysm, the deficits are often greater, more noticeable, and require a longer recovery period.
Many of these deficits improve with time, but physical, occupational, and speech therapy can be very helpful and should be considered even when deficits are minor. Therapy can provide specific strategies and discussions with a therapist can help with general coping.
Persistent difficulties with focus, memory, or cognition (such as: language processing, organizational skills, concentration, decision making, and higher-level thinking skills) can be a challenge. Survivors should seek out assessment from a neuropsychologist or a speech-language pathologist to determine their level of cognitive functioning, life skills, and related issues during activities of everyday life.
Sometimes, family members who see you daily will be the first to notice any subtle changes or slight deficits that may not be obvious to you or others. Often, some deficits become apparent only after you return to a more demanding lifestyle. You should talk to your therapist or doctor about how to deal with these challenges.
Some — but not all — survivors may experience the following:
- Physical and mental fatigue
- Chronic headache or head pain (mainly ruptured aneurysms)
- Concentration headaches
- Vision deficits: partial or complete blindness, or peripheral vision deficits
- Cognitive problems (such as short-term memory difficulties, decreased concentration, perception problems)
- Articulation and speech-delivery problems
- Behavioral changes
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Arm or leg weakness