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Vermont Girl

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  1. 9 months post SAH

    Hi Kathie i know just what you mean. I'm 4 months out with similar event and struggle. Demanding high stress job and discouraged. People on this site have been so helpful. Take the best care of yourself that you can. Vermont girl
  2. So, I had my nasah in May. Returned to work 1/2 time 2 weeks ago. Today I started back full time. Very tired. But, I kept the words of many of you with me. Drank water. Took a walk. Closed my office door and did a 20 minute relaxation cd. Looked at my calendar to see what I could it back on. Made plans to do some work from home. So glad to know you are all here. Not sure some of my health care providers "get it". But you all do. Thanks so much. Vermont girl.
  3. Help for meltdowns

    Thanks, Mandie. Having a much better week. Waiting on results from follow up MRI. Saw GP, told her I'm not going to take the inflammatory. Not sure she knows enough about subarachnoid hemorrhage. Communication from neurologist to her has not been ideal. Frustrating to have to educate health care provider. At any rate, doing yoga, meditation, time at home very helpful.
  4. Help for meltdowns

    Hi Clare - it was for my headache but I assume it was done in error. Will ask her tomorrow - will also check with neurologist. Yes, , I think I need to slow down my expectations of myself. Will also try consultation with neuropsychologist, I think. Employers are being helpful - will meet with them again following my next neuro appointment. I think I'll have the flexibility I need - if I ask for help which is not the easiest thing for me to do. Thank you.
  5. So, I am 10 weeks out and having meltdowns when frustrated. Then my blood pressure spikes. Using all my tools - yoga, meditation, walking, talking, distraction - but it's got a hold on me. Worries about return to work, my laptop was assigned to someone else but I thought it was missing and fretted over that for days. Before this, I was described by everyone as inordinately calm, focused- that's not what I'm seeing now. Hard to keep from lashing out at frustrations. Last week my GP gave me a med that is clearly contraindicated for people with bleeding, stroke or heart issues. It's for rheumatoid arthritis which I do not have. Have to meet with her tomorrow. It's a prescription drug similar to Advil, Alleve, the ones I should not take for the headache. I've not taken it. Takes so much energy to push back. Sorry for the complaints - worse day yet for me. And even still, I know I'm as lucky as can be for my relatively mild sequels to the bleed. Words of wisdom anyone? Thanks!
  6. How much should I push?

    Thank you - perfect timing. I needed this today! As I get better, I keep thinking I can do more. I pay for it the next day - good reminder.
  7. How much should I push?

    Thanks, Daffodil. I am coming to appreciate, and heed, the messages my brain/body are sending me. Moving from "I need to get back to my life" to "this is my life". Yoga, swimming, resting, meditation are all helping, I think. Next challenge will be bringing those habits and pace along when I return to work in another month. Thanks for the "bruised brain" image - it's useful.
  8. Headache and meds

    Thanks, Casey. I've wondered about using coffee, I'll try it. I think the cognitive shift to "pain is your friend" may also be useful. In fact, this week I have been pushing too hard! I'm off to restorative yoga this morning - am hopeful that will help with many things.
  9. Headache and meds

    Thanks, Megan, that's very helpful to know. That's exactly what I want - to "have some on hand" for those days it's more than a dull ache and interferes with sleep and functioning. Having trouble getting a response from the doctors office - frustrating!
  10. Headache and meds

    Thanks so much Win. So good to know my experiences are common.waiting for call back from doctor now. Have any of you had good luck with body massages following NASUB? thanks
  11. Hi all, I'm 8 weeks out from my non aneurysm sub. Over the last few days have been trying to manage considerable blood pressure spikes that occur in response to stress . Went to emergency room and had another CT scan to rule out another bleed. All ok. Saw cardiologist yesterday and got an additional BP med. seems to be working. In the meantime the severity of my daily headaches has increased, non prescription drugs not helping and I can't get a good night sleep because I am awakened by the pain. Bad, but nothing like the hemorrhage thunderclap. I note weather has been fluctuating a lot with rain and thunderstorms. I think i need codeine for these bad ones and will try to talk to doctor about getting a prescription. I'm also trying ice packs on my head. Getting frustrated. Have any of you had to go back to a nacotic on occasion for the headaches? Thanks very much, struggling here.
  12. SAH and statins

    Thanks all. It seems from the research that it's a matter of risk/benefit. Hope to have GP, cardiologist, and neurologist confer as to best plan in my case.
  13. Hi all I am having conversations with my doctors about taking Lipitor (statin drug). My GP and cardiologist recommends it (I also had atrial fibrillation the week after my SAH) and had been taking Lipitor for years. I had my SAH 6 weeks ago. My neurologist does not want me to take the Lipitor as there is some research suggesting that for people with SAH statins can increase the risk of another bleed. Are any of you taking a statin or run into this controversy? thanks - it's confusing to know what to do.
  14. 42 and worried

    Hi - I'm on about the same timeline as you are. 6 weeks post - no known cause. I understand from this great site that my continuing symptoms - headache, fatigue, strange head sensations are all quite typical. For the time being I'm avoiding anything that is strenuous as I'm still working on stabilizing my blood pressure. I find it disconcerting to not know exactly why this occurred. However, I am trying to ease back with moderate walks and swimming. I'm sure that others who have been recovering longer will have more perspective on this - and be sure to check with your health care providers. Good luck to you.
  15. So, I'm 5 weeks out from idiopathic SAH. Was pretty lucky. Am fatigued, with headaches (not terrible) and sometimes I feel like my brain hurts if I think too much. Ive got another 9 weeks before I return to work. I feel like I should make good use of my time and schedule swimming, yoga classes, walks, etc. sometimes I just don't feel like it. I'm afraid when I go get back to work I'll feel like I "wasted this medical leave by not taking advantage of this time. Any suggestions? Am I being lazy?