Hello, on the 2nd September my partner and I had just been intimate and I went to the bathroom to remove my makeup when I started with an unbelievable pain in my left eye. This soon spread across the top of my head and down the back. I was violently sick and in pain but thought it was just a bad headache.
I tried to sleep and in the morning went to the doctor who told me to go to a&e for a ct scan. I was too embarrassed to mention the intimate part to any of the doctors and I now know this may have helped them diagnose my condition. The scan came back clear and the following day 2 doctors tried to do a lumbar puncture but due to slight curvature of my spine failed.
They sent me home to come back next day for an anaesthetist to do the procedure. When it came back with blood in the spinal fluid they said it might be contamination from the day before. I was admitted for a MRI scan the following day. All this time I could feel myself going down hill. I sat all the next day for nothing to happen. It was only when my partner complained they did referral to specialist hospital. I was transferred during the night and had mri the next morning.
I was told I had a 5 mm aneurysm that had ruptured and went in to surgery for coiling the next day. It had taken 5 days to diagnose my condition. My recovery has been the hardest 11 weeks of my life I have developed blind spots in my eyes and this having a massive affect on everything I do. I have bad eye strain and my brain just seems to seize up with trying to adjust. I don’t know how to move forward.
I have a 6 yr old daughter who needs her mummy. I keep beating myself up over not getting over my embarrassment by telling the doctors more information and wonder if my recovery may have been different. I have an ophthalmic appt in January and my optician has told me to let things settle. But I feel this is it now, no driving & loss of my independence.
My partner has been amazing but I feel so sad, lost and scared.