A Berry Aneurysm and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
A berry aneurysm is the most common kind of brain aneurysm. It is called a berry aneurysm because it looks like a round berry that is attached to your artery by a tiny neck.
Your brain gets the blood it requires from arteries that are known as the Circle of Willis. This loop of arteries is situated at the base of your brain. They join in a circle and send out branches to every part of your brain. From these arteries, your brain cells get the nutrition (glucose) and oxygen that they have to have.
The junctions where these arteries meet can form weak spots. When these weak spots fill up with blood and balloon out, outpouchings are the result.
These outpouchings are referred to as aneurysms. An aneurysm is a sac-like area that may leak or rupture. Blood is spilled into surrounding brain tissues when this occurs. A berry aneurysm most often develops at the point where a cerebral artery leaves the Circle of Willis.
A berry aneurysm tends to rupture because it does not contain internal elastic lamina or a media. A berry aneurysm does not pose a significant threat to your health if it remains small and does not rupture or bleed. In fact, a berry aneurysm may go undetected for an indefinite amount of time if it does not cause any signs or symptoms.
On the other hand, a berry aneurysm can be big enough to put pressure on your surrounding brain tissue. As a result, it may rupture at a weak spot in your artery wall, causing your brain to be flooded with blood. It is a true medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention when this happens.
Anyone, any age
A berry aneurysm can happen to anyone at any age. However, they usually occur in people who are between the ages of 35 and 60. A berry aneurysm develops more frequently in women than men.
As stated earlier, a berry aneurysm may not result in any signs or symptoms. If you do have signs and symptoms they may include:
Sudden changes that occur in your behavior A loss of coordination and balance Defects in your peripheral vision Problems with your short-term memory Difficulty with thinking or thought processing Fatigue Complications with your speech Difficulty with perception Numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of your face A decrease in your ability to concentrate.
If your berry aneurysm ruptures, you may experience some of these signs and symptoms:
The worst headache you have ever had Vomiting and nausea Dilated pupils in your eyes Pain that you experience behind and above your eye Loss of sensation A stiff neck or neck pain Sensitivity to light Double or blurred vision Loss of consciousness or fainting Seizures.
A berry aneurysm may be responsible for you being disabled and unable to work. If this is true, have you applied for Social Security disability benefits? Were you turned down?
If this is the case, the best thing to do is to contact a disability attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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