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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. Stroke Discussion

      For all other types of stroke and childhood stroke

    4. Carers Support

      Discussion for carers of an SAH or stroke survivor.

    5. Untreated/Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms

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

    6. SAH/Stroke Anniversaries

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

    7. Cerebral AVM's - Arteriovenous Malformations

      An abnormal connection between veins and arteries, usually congenital.

    8. Your Story

      Please feel free to add your experience ... It gives a lot of comfort to new members. 

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  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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    • Hi Esedlock   Guidance on the gov.uk site with regard to non-aneurysmal SAH and driving is:   ✘- Must not drive and must notify DVLA. Driving may resume on clinical confirmation of recovery and, if no other cause has been identified, documented normal cerebrovascular imaging.    As you say you are due a follow up very soon, your consultant should tell you then if you can drive. Once you have clinical confirmation the DVLA should allow you to drive whilst they complete their own formal investigations.   Yes it is very common to have a great day and then sleep almost all the next day, especially so early on in recovery.   Take care Susie Xx  
    • Wasn't told to avoid by my consultant and only avoided it for the first few months after my SAH - I drink about 6 cups of coffee a day and haven't had any adverse reactions.  It is supposed to raise blood pressure though, so a good idea to check with your specialist for their opinion. Also, it may cause headaches - try a good quality decaf tea; you can barely tell the difference if you buy Yorkshire Tea (other teas are available )
    • I'd say very normal its just a case of balance but in those early days most definatly do less, sleep lots its all recovery... (for me that was the case anyway)
    • Sadly, in the UK,  SAH is notifiable to DVLA and you will have to wait for their decision after you have infirmed them.   Quite possible, everyone is different in their recovery. Try doing much less on the "great day" and see what happens the following day.   As for your other 2 questions, they need to be asked of your medical professionals. 
    • Thanks for the replies. I just have so many questions:   1. Driving. Can I drive? I am waiting for my one-month follow-up.    2. Caffeine. Can I have it? I miss my tea.    3. Is it normal to have a great day and then sleep almost all of the next?    4. Massage. Can I get a massage? My neck and shoulders are sore and I would love one.    I am not asking for medical advice; just what you all experienced. 😊
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