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  1. Subarachnoid Haemorrhage/Stroke Discussion

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    2. Non-Aneurysm SAH or Perimesencephalic SAH

      This is the forum to post in, if you've experienced a SAH with no known cause.

    3. Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Polls

      This forum allows members to post a question on Subarachnoid Haemorrhage matters which should also include a Poll. All newly started Polls will be subject to Admin and Moderators approval before they appear on this forum.

    4. Stroke Discussion

      For all other types of stroke and childhood stroke

    5. Carers Support

      Discussion for carers of an SAH or stroke survivor.

    6. Untreated/Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms

      Please post here if you're living with aneurysm(s) that haven't been treated or totally occluded.

    7. SAH/Stroke Anniversaries

      Please feel free to post details of your SAH/Stroke Anniversary here .

    8. Cerebral AVM's - Arteriovenous Malformations

      An abnormal connection between veins and arteries, usually congenital.

  2. General Discussion

    1. Advice & Tips/Healthy Living/Benefits

      Tell us what you've found useful as an aid to your recovery (such as relaxation techniques etc.) and discuss natural diet advice/healthy living tips. This is also the forum to post in, if you need or can offer advice on Benefits that can be claimed after a SAH/Stroke

    2. Introduce Yourself

      Tell us about yourself here and please feel free to include an account of your SAH/Stroke.

    3. Driving After SAH

      Sharing experiences of getting back to driving and useful suggestions and tips. 

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    • Penny, they wrote and contacted both but the GP was quicker to respond. I had to really chase up my consulting team as the DVLA medical  team wouldn’t budge until they had that. If you have both consents already then hopefully they will be fast but it may need chasing.    Not driving is so hard, you can get a free bus pass but it doesn’t always help depending on where you live. Also access to work can help as well and worth looking at as they can help with travel costs on occassion.    Someone who has done this more recently and been in touch with DVLA this year like Johnny may know more as processes change all as do the scope of reportable conditions  good luck. 
    • Daffodil. As dvla have my consultants comments and I can reapply after a year, but two months early they say. Did dvla write to your gp ? Obv they wrote to your hospital re the op and shunt. Did you contact the dvla? Or did they just send your licence back after your re application. Gosh it’s a minefield and I am so cut off not driving 
    • Johnnie M. When I reported my SAH six months after the op they asked for my licence back. I re applied in January and they wrote to my consultant who said I’d had a seizure after my WV’s that was July 2917 so I have to wait a year but can apply two months before. As they have my consultants comments and that won’t change will they write to my gp now?  I saw him in January and due to see him next week. He is happy for me to drive again. Any advise re dvla? I said last time I might lose my job if I couldn’t drive and they said they would try and fast process it. I hope they will do this again. 
    • Penny, if you are cleared by your neurosurgeon and GP then you can reapply. grand Mal Seizures, invasive surgery which includes shunt or EVD means an automatic revoke of licence for a set period but once this time has passed you should be able to reapply but Johnnie is right it is a slow process. Like you I had Shunt surgery a few months on from my SAH so reset the clock and so was without license for over 14 months if I recall rightly .    I didn’t get asked to take more tests just the confirmation from my doctors was enough ...that said I couldn’t and wouldn’t have driven sooner but I was very glad to get back behind the wheel , felt blessed to have the opportunity to do so and took it slow.    Be warned though, cognitively it takes a lot out of you so build up slowly when you do get it back and share with us how you get on. 
    • I love the reminder that things will continue to improve...Having just gone by 1 year I sometimes feel like "is this it will I continue to get better"....I am fighting it every day Paula and your words help in the fight... Thank you  Jean