Eric Broadway told People that he immediately knew something was seriously wrong with Lee when he received her text because he had seen her deal with pain before. (Subscribe to Women’s Health newsletter, So This Happened, to get the latest trending stories sent straight to your inbox.)
“She was begging to have the pain go away,” he said. “As a husband, you want to protect your wife and help her, but there was nothing I could do.”
Fifi says that headaches from aneurysms usually start suddenly and patients usually describe it as the worst headache of their life. If this happens to you, Fifi says to call 911 immediately. A brain aneurysm can cause damage in minutes.
“Doctors call it a thunderclap headache. It does not go away completely even with migraine medications. If the leak is large, the patient can quickly progress to lethargy then coma. If the leak is small, then headache can be the only symptom but re-bleeding can re-occur at anytime,” Fifi says.
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Lee, a mother of four, underwent a seemingly successful surgery to repair the rupture, once she and her husband rushed to the ER, but she tragically died of complications from the procedure hours later.
The bottom line: If you suddenly experience a severe headache that you would categorize as the worst headache of your life, even if you’re prone to migraines, get it checked out right away.