Medically Reviewed by Christopher G. Cunningham, MD
Pain comes with aging. But a specific type of back pain warns of an impending disaster – a bulge in one of your body’s key blood vessels, ready to explode. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham describes what to look for:
Here are some of Dr. Cunningham’s key points:
- As the aneurysm (a bulge in the aorta) grows and the wall of the blood vessel becomes thin, you will feel pain.
- Back pain that’s new and severe.
- Pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen.
- This is not the everyday back pain that you might have as you age.
- If you are age 70 or older and wake up with a sudden back pain for no reason and your stomach hurts – that’s a potential sign of a rupturing aneurysm.
- You should go directly to an emergency room.
- A CT scan of the aorta would reveal the aneurysm’s status.
- If it’s in danger of rupturing, you’ll be treated immediately.
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