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Elainec

Elainec

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Hi I suffered a SAH on  20th May. I've been discharged from hospital just over 3 weeks now and so glad I've found this site.

The thing I've noticed about SAH is the lack of info about what you could be experiencing and no-one professional to ask is this normal how I'm feeling etc.

i think I've done really well considering some of the stories I've read, but there's one thing I'm hoping someone can answer.

ive not had too many headaches but I'm walking around from the minute I get up as if I'm permanently drunk which is affecting my balance, I would like to point out that I do wear hearing aids and when I was well enough to wear them I noticed my right ear seems to be affected but not seen any consultants to ask a question.

my doctor said wait before seeing my audiologist in case of swelling.

Is this a normal reaction and if so does it correct itself, I am aware it's early days yet!

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Hi,

 

Welcome to BTG!

 

There's no easy answer to this.  The fact is, there are many variations on the after effects of SAH.  This does include slurred speech and balance problems.  I suffered with both in the early days.  I am over six years out now and I still have the odd balance problem but it is hardly noticeable now.  My speech is fine.

 

It is early days for you and it probably will settle a bit over time, but you should stay in touch with your doctors and take professional advice from them if your problems persist.  Your brain is a complex organ and it recovers in its own time, not just when you want it to.

 

A SAH is a serious event and you should not underestimate its effects.  Keep monitoring your progress but give it some time to repair itself.  In the meantime try not to worry too much.

 

Keep reading aloud to yourself from newspapers or magazines to try and improve your speech, but only in short bursts.  Don't try to do too much too soon.  Use a walking stick if you need to and always use the handrails on stairs and get someone to accompany you if you need to.

 

Good luck, let us know how you get on.

 

Macca

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Hi as Macca says it really is early days for you. At your stage I too had poor balance and wobbled around like a 'weeble' sometimes. It will get better but if you are worried try speaking to a nurse specialist where you were treated if they have one. 

I do remember having problems with one of my ears which I had looked at by a doctor. It was all ok and settled in time, I think it was all  just part if the healing process.  

 

Take things slowly, rest, sleep and drink plenty of water. Hopefully given time things will improve and you will reach your new normal. 

 

Keep us posted. 

 

Clare xx 

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Hi Clare and Macca thanks for your feedback I have spoke to my specialist nurse, unfortunately they only work part time so my phone call as only been answered nearly 6 days later. They have emailed the doctor but seem to think nothing is serious and will improve over time. Will let you know if anything comes back from the doctor.

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Hi,

 

Yes the lack of information available about SAH is very noticeable and frustrating at times. My SAH was in March and I've personally found it really useful looking over a lot of the old discussions on here.

 

Some really good advice given to me when I first came on here was to make sure you don't become dehydrated, I've noticed my bad days tend to be the days I've forgotten to drink enough.

 

Kay

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Yes Kay I picked up on that after stopping my medication that insisted I drank an average of 3 litres a day but said could return to normal liquid consumption afterwards so I've upped the quota but early days yet to see if it makes a difference.

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Hi welcome to btg. I had my sah on the 23rd of Jan. It left me with left side weakness and my balance is bad - it as improved a little but I still have a long way to Go.

 

Good luck in your recovery.  The  people on btg have helped me loads xx

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We will get there eventually Elaine and it is a long haul.

 

We get good days and bad days, today was my bad day (misery Win ) lol

 

But we get more good days than bad the longer we keep going.

 

Take care and try not to stress  as it is bad for you xx

 

All the Best

Win xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

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