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    Happily married to a wonderful man, have an amazing beautiful 17 year old daughter and a gorgeous Springer Spaniel called Buddy
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    MotoGP (Valentino Rossi), Music, Reading and Football (Liverpool)
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    25/08/06 Right Posterior Com Artery

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  1. Hi Dave Sorry that you're still suffering from the headaches but I can't help you I'm afraid. Like Jess said though, glad that you are talking to someone about them. A Neurologist would be better than a GP as they don't know much about SAH and the after affects.
  2. Yep, can download and save to my desktop and open - you will need Adobe reader or Adobe to open this though I think
  3. Hi there No, I'm afraid I don't, but take heart in the fact that they are thorough. It's for your safety and the safety of others on the road. Ask them if there are exercises you can do to improve your reflexes etc.
  4. Hey Sis There are a few on here that suffer from this, me included. The fluid surrounding the brain is to blame I believe. It "senses" the build up of pressure (almost like being on a plane or diving into a deep pool) and then makes you feel like you're walking around in fog and can give headaches too. When its overcast and we're due some rain my head bangs like a set of drums - its a nightmare. It's overcast here now and I can feel the beginnings of a headache starting - luckily we had rain a few minutes ago and this releases the pressure a bit for me - not sure why, maybe cos it "clears the air".
  5. Hi Deb Congrats on getting through the first year (and toughest year in my opinion). I felt the same as you a year into my recovery - now nearly 11 years on, there are days when I barely register the fact. The sharp twinges get me now and again and the one thing my specialist said to me was not to worry about these as the brain itself doesn't feel pain - not that comforting when you're in the throws of panic about an alien pain!! If you get worried, get to your GP pronto. As for the fatigue, that first year for me was tiring and trying - for me the fatigue didn't really disappear until 18 months or so, but rest when you need to rest.
  6. Hi Mandie Unfortunately that's like asking how long a piece of string is. Everyone of us is different in our recovery. I was lucky enough to be back at work 3 weeks later and 2 years on was working from 8.30am to 6.00pm everyday (I now work in a very busy school office from 8am - 4pm so my hours are less but that's because I changed jobs (more holidays and more pay too!!) Mine was a very small bleed by comparison and I have no physical reminders. All I can suggest is trying to keep your brain active - its like a muscle, if you don't train it it becomes weaker - simple things like crosswords and wordsearches kept me going and I still do them regularly. Also drink plenty of water - it helps keep the brain hydrated and working. So, to be honest, there is no straightforward answer - find ways to help you remember things like post it notes on the fridge, reminders in your phone etc
  7. Welcome Boom I notice that you've posted elsewhere on the forum with what has happened to you, so I've moved your post here to get more responses.
  8. Jan, darling, even though you have had depression before, it could be here again. It doesn't present itself in the same way every time and the effect it has you can vary too. Please make an appointment to see your GP darling, even if its to have counselling and/or anti-deps. Your mental state will affect your physical state and vice versa. Don't let this go on because you feel you have been beaten by the SAH. Be determined yet patient hun, but please see a professional. Sending you a world of hugs xxx
  9. Iain - we can't give medical advice or provide information as to why you should or shouldn't take certain medicines - the ladies above can share what they are taking and why they have been told THEY should take them, but you need to see your own GP for clarification I'm afraid.
  10. Hi hun That's a lot of travelling, but I can't imagine that you'd need an overnight bag for a scan - but if it makes you feel more secure and less stressed, then I'd take a little bag with what you need - just to put your mind at ease.
  11. Get to your Gp for a diagnosis - we had another member on here who suffered the same thing and she was diagnosed. I can't remember the name of it now but it made her sick and dizzy too.
  12. Remember - Google is NOT your friend My SAH was nearly 11 years ago and I've been on this site since then (the 9th member to join!) I don't know where I'd be without the support and openness of people on here. Its great to see how people progress in their recovery too and to know that you might have played a part in alleviating fears and encouraging people to stay strong is all the reward we could ask for. I hope that we help you through this tough time too xx
  13. Riorita Completely agree with Sophie - someone once asked me if I'd rather the be the person going through it or the person watching. I said the person going through it as it has to be so much harder for the person watching. This was proved for me when my hubby nearly died two years ago in a motorcycle accident and I realised how hard it was for him watching me go through this. You're amazing - as are all the carers on here xx
  14. That's a interesting statistic you've been given there. My specialist told me, that as I am a smoker, I have a 3% chance of it happening again, whereas if I stop smoking, I'll have a 1% chance of it happening again. I think a lot of these statistics are geographical and not global - so what might be classed as the correct statistic in the US or even in your State, might not be the same in another State or another country. It would help if there was a Global database for these sort of things, but I can't see that happening. Recovery is a very individual thing. The chances of it happening again?? I don't think anyone can really say if they don't know what caused it in the first place. No one knows why I have an aneurysm: how fast it grew, how long it had been there etc. so I don't see that anyone can realistically tell me what the chances of it happening again are.
  15. Hi there I got the creepy crawly feelings too and I was coiled - I was told it was the blood from the SAH dissipating back into my bloodstream - but I guess it could be either.