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How often do you suffer from anxiety attacks after SAH?

Anxiety attacks after SAH   23 members have voted

  1. 1. How often do you have anxiety attacks after SAH?

    • once a week
      4
    • once in a month
      5
    • 2-3 times a week
      5
    • rarely
      6
    • More than 4 times a week
      3

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Hi, I am posting for a dear friend who has anxiety attacks during which her blood pressure gets high. I am just wondering how common are these anxiety attacks and what is your normal blood pressure after the SAH? How frequently do you get anxiety/panic attacks? Your response will be greatly appreciated. 

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For the first year I had them quite regularly - part of PTSD I suffered.  They calmed down and now only rarely suffer them and that's only cos hubby had a near fatal motorbike accident last September.

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Hi, this is my first post since sharing my story back in April..  I had my SAH 11/23/14 and have had permanent head pain ever since (not just occasional migraines or headaches like everybody seems to think, but 24/7 head pain).  So, I am STILL awaiting disability and have no income, which is quite stressful, as I am sure you can imagine.

 

My SAH occurred just 7 months after my husband passed, which happened to be Easter Sunday of 2014.  I am certain it was due to the stress of losing him and of the added financial stress it put on me.   I didn't really have high blood pressure before that time and, in fact, my SAH occurred within an hour of working out.

 

So now, I suffer from extreme anxiety as they are currently attempting to repossess my car, I am in danger of losing my home, and I am unable to pay my bills and am just barely keeping my utilities paid.

 

As I write this post, I am "tapping" off of my next door neighbor's (good friend's) internet, with their permission, as mine has been cut off.  I am hoping the anxiety attacks lessen as I am approved for disability and my financial stress lessens.  

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I am not surprised you are having panic attacks, it sounds like a horrendous situation to be in.   I do hope your disability is approved sooner rather than later - the processes for these things appear frustratingly slow - so unfair and stressful on top of the stress you have already suffered.  Thank goodness you have a good neighbour.

 

Although I've had a lot of issues to deal with since my sah, I still tell myself that things will get better and I really hope they do for you.  I would imagine that the head pain and anxiety is linked to all that you are having to deal with, so hopefully if and when you finally get the diabilty it should improve - I really hope so.

 

Take care,

 

Sarah

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Hi

Panic attacks are just horrid and the physical effect is so dehabilitating but hang in there when they happen and just try and practise some things that help you to calm slowly, breathe slowly. Drink water, small sips, look at something different, listen to music, find something that works for you but also don't suffer it alone, ask your GP to refer you for counselling.

 

We can't advise on blood pressure and you should check that with a GP as allowing it to become elevated is not good on any level so please go and get that checked out,

 

On you other worries i suggest some some practical action if you can to get the help you need to take some of these external stresses off your shoulders, speak to citizens advice and ask then to help you urgently.

Phone headway, they can often offer practical life advice and counselling to those of us who have suffered a brain injury.

 

Phone the utilities companies and ask them to hear your situation , explain you have a brain bleed or ask a friend to do so and put forward your case and put in place a practical way for you to manage your change in circumstances. 

 

Its is so much to cope with and on top of the loss and grief of your husband a lot to deal with and our brains needs less worry when healing so sending special wishes that this turmoil and uncertainty will pass and you can start to heal some more from your trauma and loss.

 

Take care now. Go ask for help, don't be reluctant or hold back, go grab and demand some assistance.  Good luck 

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It is now nearly 2 years since my SAH. I have made a lot of progress especially over the past year but now find that I am having panic attacks quite frequently.  When I first started being able to do a few things at home (washing up, cooking etc) very early on in my recovery I experienced panic attacks but was told that was usual at that stage and they would pass given time.  Now though I don't know what to make of it.  They can come about randomly at home or when in a supermarket.  I continue to monitor my activities on a daily basis to make sure that I don't overextend myself. Anyway they are very dibilitating and are alway's accompanied with bouts of crying followed by a diminished sense of confidence.  The thing I find the hardest to deal with is that no one prepared me for this in terms of what to expect long term or an insight into why they would reoccur.  I have no idea if this is usual at this stage, will it pass (again) or do I prepare to deal with this as part and parcel of my ongoing life now?  

 

Lyn

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Drunkbaker, first of all welcome to BTG, I see you have been a member for quite a while but never posted until now.

As for not being prepared for this, everyone's recovery is different. It is common that no further information is given on discharge, most of us are just thrown out into the world ignorant.

 

I feel that you need to go back to your doctor and explain in full what is happening. There may be no explanation as to why but they may be able to help in someway. Just guessing it could be down the route of counselling or short term medication.

 

If you get no satisfaction from your doctor you could consider contacting Headway https://www.headway.org.uk/

 

or Brain and Spine Foundation

http://www.brainandspine.org.uk/ 

 

Both have specialist nurses for you to talk to and may be able to throw some light as to why the panic attacks have recurred.

 

I wish you all the best and please come back and tell us of any information you may glean from whatever source. That may well be of help to others in the same situation as yourself.

 

Meanwhile there may be members who can help you better than this.

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Hi, as you are approaching 2 years we are roughly at the same point, mine was 2 years ago in February.

 

I don't suffer from panic attacks as such but do suffer from diminshed confidence since the SAH. I constantly have doubts about if I am capable of my job and other things in my life that I never had any doubts about before. I am also prone to bouts of tearfulness, usually when I am over fatigued and stressed (quite often then!) .

 

It may be worthwhile having a chat with your gp. They may be able to help either with medication or perhaps counselling would help. I know I don't want mood enhancing meds but I do find talking about things with someone not actually involved in my life does help. Sometimes it's just good to offload to someone who is not going to judge you.

 

Good luck, well done for getting so far.  As Super says it seems to be a common thread amongst SAH sufferers to be thrown back to the world with little advice or follow up.

 

Keep us posted on how you get on.

 

Clare xx

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Hi I find that I question myself constantly about my ability to cope with my job, and pain over silly things, what to wear if going out socially. Although I have not succumbed, I can totally understand how people that can afford to do so retreat into their own safe haven 

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I'm with you there Susan, I love my safe haven ... xx

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I agree although I have come on so well I know when I have pushed myself too far like today.  Now I am shattered xx

 

It does get better honestly xxxx

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My sah was on sept 1 2016. I also had a minor ischemic stroke during the coiling. I  have moments where I am completely overwhelmed with fear of having another bleed. I also find myself just generally scared of any illness,which is very unlike the old me! Six month angiogram showed coils had compressed a bit,and there is a residual neck to the Annie,but doc said go live a normal life and come back next February for another angiogram. I try very hard to do just that,live a normal life. I returned to my  job,do housework,etc but always with that fear sitting on my head and heart. I guess it's normal to be scared by something like this.it jumps out at us from nowhere,and changes everything in an instant. I'm very grateful for this site,helps to hear all of you talk about this and to know it's not just me being a scaredy cat. Good on all of you here,I see you helping each other and it gives me hope .

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Good morning and a warm welcome to BTG.  So glad you have found the site and thank you for your comments.

 

While we do not give medical advice, there is a wealth of information within the various forums that will be useful as you recover. 

 

Ten months since your SAH, you will be able to look back and assess how far you have come.. It would be helpful for new and old members if you tell us about what has happened to you in the Introduce Yourself Forum .....  if you feel inclined to do so.

 

It is perfectly normal to feel anxious about having another bleed. You are not alone in feeling this way. In the ten year history of BTG, there are very few recorded cases of a second bleed. Take heart from your consultant`s recommendation to defer having another angiogram until next February. Over time, as you focus more and more on life after SAH, the thought of another bleed will become less and less.  You have done well so far... you have been given a second chance at life to seize and enjoy.

 

Keep well hydrated and give your body and brain time to heal and adjust.

 

How have you found returning to work?

 

How are your family adjusting as you recover?

 

Take care and keep in touch

 

 

 

Subs

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Hey, my SAH was also 1st September but in 2010.  It was also left anterior communicating artery as you mentioned in another thread!

 

Don't worry too much, I went back to work after six months, for over two years before I retired and I'm still here!

 

So there's hope, and living proof it can be done.  Get out there and live your life to the full, as best you can!

 

Good luck!

 

Macca

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Just reading what has been said here has really helped ease my fears.thank you all so very much for that. I thought I was going mad, honestly.  I deal with it by making jokes most of the time, I was even doing that in the hospital. I remember a nurse coming in and asking why was I not sleeping? I told her this was the worst B&B I'd ever stayed in,she laughed but really I was too scared to sleep! 

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