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Awake During Brain Surgery

Since antiquity, has been conjecture concerning the mysteries of the human brain. Is the soul there? What causes insanity? What exactly are headaches? What is a Migraine? Why is it that we feel no pain when our brains are probed? What triggers memory? How about epilepsy, Alzheimers, strokes…?

Today comes this fascinating report from Sydney, Australia of a gentleman having brain surgery while fully conscious.

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian man was conscious and spoke to his medical team during life-saving brain surgery in what doctors are claiming as a world-first procedure with cutting-edge technology.

Surgeons carry out an operation. Australian John James was conscious and spoke to his medical team during life-saving brain surgery in what doctors are claiming as a world-first procedure with cutting-edge technology.(AFP/File/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

John James said it was a strange experience to hear the doctors and nurses talking to each other as he lay on the operating table with a 1.5-centimetre (half-an-inch) hole in his head.

But he said he was confident throughout the April surgery to remove an aneurysm from his brain, which threatened to burst and kill him.

“The nurses looking after me, they were talking to me,” the retired bus driver told a press conference in Canberra. “I could only see bits because I couldn’t move my head at all.”

more of the article here.

Throughout my life, I’ve had a tendency toward headache, as had my father. It was when I was pregnant with my first child that I first experienced a migraine headache. On one side of my head only, I began seeing designs and sort of flashing lights. That lasted for a few minutes, then dissapated, and I was left with a violent headache. I had heard the term Migraine, but had never heard one described. My symptoms alarmed me, my first thought being of a brain tumor, but when I reported the occurrence to my obstetrician, he said I had just described a Classic Migraine. I had them intermittently for years, but I believe mine were hormone related, for I always had more of them when I was pregnant. I now haven’t had one in many years, and don’t often have headaches of any kind.

Do you have a history of headaches? Have them often? Do you believe them to be stress related? Hormonal?

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