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how long would it take a ruptured aneurysm to be fatal one

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how long would it take a ruptured brain aneurysm to be fatal once it started bleeding?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.

It depends..
I can give you these statistics from my resources-10% of people die before even getting to the hospital, 25% die within 24 hours, 45% die within 30 days.
Some have an initial warning leak and then stop bleeding only to have a major rupture later.
Ruptures are very often fatal.

If you have more questions, let me know. I can discuss further with you.
Dr Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
well im 21 i've had a headache for 2 days now. (i suffer from anxiety and panic disorder BUT it hasn't been bad at all for about 3 weeks now until yesterday) i went on a few rollercoasters and afterward it got like a pressure headache. i had a CT done about 3 months ago or less, everything was OK. now my headache has been on and off. it isn't that bad (at least i don't think so...i don't get headaches very often) i can tolerate light and sound. i have no speech difficulties. my pupils are equal and reactive. no numbness or weakness. i am just very worried that the rollercoaster may have caused something to rupture. i don't want to go to the ER. i have been there like 8 times within the last 3 months...but i don't want this to be a ruptured aneurysm either... please please help.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
I can understand your concern but it is unlikely given your symptoms.
An aneurysm would be the worst headache you have ever had in your life.

If you develop that type of headache-go to emergency.

It is unlikely that a rollercoaster would cause a ruptured aneurysm
If you have a family history of aneurysm(two first degree relatives), then you may want to talk with your doctor about being screened in the future.

More likely, it is related to neck strain or tension headache. If you are not having any fever, neck stiffness, severe headache, neurological changes I would just watch it for now and take ibuprofen or tylenol.

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i mean, worst headache ever... like i wouldn't be able to do normal things?? see i don't expierience headache often so it's scary for me when i get one. i was sitting in my recliner eating when it started.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
yes, severe pain. almost incapacitating pain. Not able to do daily things.
If you don't get headaches normally, you should follow up with your doctor but not on an emergency basis--unless you get severe headache.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thank you for your promtness and advice. you eased my mind.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Your welcome.
Watch your symptoms closely. If it gets worse, you can always go to an urgent care to get checked out too.