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  1. The frontal lobes are considered our emotional control centre and home to our personality. There is no other part of the brain where lesions can cause such a wide variety of symptoms. The frontal lobes are involved in motor function, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control and social and sexual behaviour. Personality changes can be apathy, decreased motivation, emotional lability, irritability, anxiety and depression, disinhibition, increased temper flare-ups, aggression, cursing/swearing, lowered frustration tolerance and inappropriate sexual be
  2. If you've had an aneurysm treated by coiling you must have wondered about those coils in your head. What are they made of? How did they get there? Will they come out? Will I need more? Well I'm going to attempt to answer some of those questions here. Firstly, My qualifications: I'm not a doctor or surgeon. Nor indeed am I a medical expert of any kind, but I suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006 due to a ruptured aneurysm and had it treated by coiling. One of the things that concerned me when I was discharged from hospital was the lack of information about what had happened to me and how it had
  3. A collection of medical articles from around the web relating to cerebral aneurysms and subarachnoid haemorrhage. The articles are technical in nature, but worth a read if you can get around the medical jargon. Subarachnoid haemorrhage: diagnosis, causes and management J. van Gijn and G. J. E. Rinkel Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands Cerebral Aneurysm Jonathan L Brisman, MD Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, Winthrop University Hospital Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Jennifer Krawczyk, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Depar
  4. In the UK, you are legally required to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of any medical condition that may affect your driving. This includes subarachnoid haemorrhage, whatever the cause. You should not drive until you receive DVLA approval and your doctor has confirmed that you are fit to continue driving. This could be anything from a few weeks to a year or more. The procedure is explained in the following leaflet from the DVLA: Customer service guide for drivers with medical conditions You should also tell your insurance company about your condition or future claims ma
  5. Intracranial Bleeds Simply speaking, this is any bleed that occurs within the head. A sub-arachnoid haemorrhage is just one type of intracranial bleed which occurs over the surface of the brain, due to a weakened artery. It causes cerebro-spinal fluid to mix with the blood- hence a lumbar puncture (drawing off some spinal fluid)can often be used to detect a bleed. Although CT and MRI scanning will more likely have been carried out first. There are around 8500 cases in the UK every year, predominantly in the 40-65 year age range, with 3 cases being women for every 2 of men. It is a potential
  6. Sleep is really important to us and any disruption to your sleep pattern or quality can really affect how you feel and how you react to your situation. In the early days post haemorrhage you may find that you are sleeping most of the time. The brain can become very irritated by the blood which is surrounding it and there is for many an overwhelming tiredness that presents itself for weeks or months. I remember having a bath and then having to go to bed-at all times of the day. It was very frustrating …but quite normal under the circumstances! We are all individual as to how much sleep we ne
  7. A Daily Activity Schedule may help you with organising your day, if you are suffering from memory problems post SAH. The schedule below, was kindly submitted by Louise and formed part of her own rehabilitation post SAH. The Daily Activity Schedule (DAS) provides a way of keeping a record of your activities, which you can refer to for: 1. remembering events 2. building a routine 3. planning By providing a structure for past, present & future, it will prompt your memory to remember more detail. 1. RECORDING Initially use the DAS as a basic record of you activities. Note briefly the act
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    Fatigue after a SAH

    Fatigue seems to be something that all SAH survivors experience on Behind the Gray, to a lesser or greater degree. The definition of Fatigue - Fatigue (also called exhaustion,lethargy, languidness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness) is a weariness caused by exertion. It can describe a range of afflictions, varying from a general state of lethargy to a specific work-induced burning sensation within one's muscles. It can be both physical and mental. Physical fatigue is the inability to continue functioning at the level of one's normal abilities. Mental fatigue, on the other hand, rather mani
  9. After Heathers SAH I noticed a significant change in her behaviour. This started way back in the Intensive Care Unit so I will start there. When she was first admitted there was no movement, none, nothing, completely still. This went on for days. Eventually movement began to come back and one of the first thing she did was- wait for it- masturbate!! Well I was a little shocked by this and didnt know what to do other than move her hand away constantly. It got to the point where I had to tell the nurse. The nurse was good and told me that this was normal. NORMAL? I thought to myself, NORMAL? th
  10. I am a 28 year old stay at home mom who had a SAH on October 10, 2013. I don't think that my long term boyfriend of 10 years or other people in my family get what I am going through. Yes, okay I don't have any visible disabilities, but I definitely have physical boundaries that I didn't before, and depression. I get really upset and jump to conclusions way more than I used to and I cry a lot for no reason. I've been on antidepressants and anti anxiety medicine for about 5 months now and it helps but I think it needs adjusted. I don't need sympathy just understanding that I am slightly diff
  11. I'm 53 years old and have been having headaches for quite a while. My GP has referred me to have a check by a neurosurgeon who has ordered me an MRI. It resulted that I have an un-ruptured aneurysm. I then had an ct angio scan which again confirmed that I have an 8 x 7 aneurysm. Now I am waiting for an appointment to have it coiled or clipped. I fear this prolonged waiting from the hospital to have this done as I suffer from headaches and at times these headaches are terrible. However doctor told me that these headaches has nothing to do with the aneurysm and I have to wait as there is a
  12. Hi all, I've been reading peoples stories on here and thought i'd share mine! 26th Oct 2012 approx 7.30pm, i had sold some of my fishing tackle on ebay, ard 2 young lads had came to collect from dudley. I went into my garage with them to sort the stuff out. I remember that i started to feel weird, cant explain the actual feeling but also felt dizzy, the next thing i remember is waking up in Coventry hospital. My partner later informed me that as i was sorting fishing stuff out in the garage, i had collapsed and had a seizure, i was being sick. One of the young lads came bashing on the livin
  13. 7th December 2012 started like any other day, little did I know what it had in store for me. I was standing in street chatting, and my hearing went very muted followed very quickly by a sudden and extremely painful headache. There was no collapse or any other symptom. I managed to get in my car and drive home, in the hope that whatever had happened would clear by itself. It didn't! I phoned my GP and got an immediate appointment, I drove myself to the surgery and explained what had happened to my Doctor. Now I'm the kind of guy who is never ill, the odd cold but nothing more. My BP measured
  14. Hi all, Having read a lot of the posts on this website, I have alternately been cheered and depressed as I've gone through them. In the hopes of adding to the "cheered" column, here is my experience. 19th December, sudden crackling sensation in my neck whilst out at dinner with friends. 5 minutes to see if it went, then 999, then to my local hospital. Their assessment needs a little work, they left me alone in a wheelchair for an hour, bleeding into my brain, although they couldn't have know that. After 5 hours, someone thought to get me a CT scan. I remember them saying they had found some
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    Jenni's Story

    Hi all, Before I start on my story I just want to say thank you. I have been reading things on this site since Nov and picking up courage from others and picking up courage to write down what happened to me and where I am now. So here goes; On the 11th October 2013 I was up early for work, I was going to a meeting at a secondary school. I was on the landing when my husband found me. I only remember bits from here on. I remember packing my son of to work and have a vague recollection of the ambulance but that's it. All my other information has come from my husband and sister who were both t
  16. Hi, when I tell people the circumstances surrounding my SAH they are surprised and usually delighted. I work for the NHS, and had just left a meeting on a hospital site. After turning on the car engine, and turning up the heater ( it was November) I suddenly felt an overwhelming sensation of weakness. I took some deep breaths and waited for this strange feeling to pass. It didn't, so I tried to wind down the window but couldn't grip the handle, and began to realise that something bad was happening. I tried to get my phone out of my bag, but couldn't get my fingers to search and locate it. I
  17. Hi from beautiful New Zealand, On 31 July 2008, without any warning - no headache, no ache of any kind, no tightness, nothing, I just collapsed as I was about to open my fridge. I don't remember anything until I woke up in hospital. I was told I had suffered a stroke. I had the usual tests, was poked and prodded and asked the same questions a dozen times. My eyesight was blurred and I had trouble keeping my focus still, I could not walk unaided, but other than that, felt fine! I stayed in hospital for 3 weeks and had lots of physio for the eyes and the legs. When I left to go home, my eyesi
  18. I think all of us would like others to understand what some aspects of our life are since our SAH I wrote this for a TBI group on facebook. I would like to share it here How do you explain to someone what it is like to have a brain injury? This is just one aspect, but I hope it helps. When I first went back to work after my brain hemorrhage I thought I was ready to take on the world. I took all the tools I needed with me to the job site, got out of the car, looked around and panicked. I had done this job for years. I knew what I had to do, I couldn't do it. I put the tools back in the ca
  19. Hi everyone. My name is Ken. I'm 49 years old, and on October 19, 2013 I had left work early as usual for a Wednesday to make my way down town for night school. Night school courses for me are more like "recreational education" and I've taken courses in Mandarin, Interior Design, Manufacturing Supervision, and have gotten TEFL certificate to teach English overseas. Anyway, as always, I was in a rush, and arriving home, I hopped into the shower. As I was rinsing off, I felt a huge pressure begin to build in the back of my neck. It last for about 20 seconds, then I felt it release, and the pai
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    Alison Q's Story

    Hi Everyone My name is Alison and I'm 49 years old. I have a husband and two grown up sons, a little Grandson and I also have 2 horses, 1 dog and an elderly cat. My life changed on 9th October 2013 and I would love to hear from everyone. It is such early days for me and I am very anxious about what has happened to me and what might happen next! I will tell you my story .... On Wednesday 9th October I was at home in my kitchen. I had a total knee replacement back in June, then another operation end of August so I had not returned to my working as I was still struggling with pain and walking
  21. Hi Everyone My name is Minna and I look into BTG every day but have never posted before. Yesterday I had my 2 year follow up and thought I would be discharged. However not to be, as a bulge has appeared on the artery next to the original explosion site. It only measures 1.5mm at present but it wasn't there at all a year ago. A minor set back I appreciate compared to what many have to deal with, am still a bit fed up though! Hope everyone is as fine and dandy as they can be! Minna
  22. I haven't been around here for a very, very long time. Life with children (13 years and 4years old as of today), family and all the rest is a busy thing. I just got a pm from someone 9 months post-SAH, looking for info about my experience. I responded, then I remembered how incredibly helpful and useful BTG was for me in my first weeks post-SAH. The doctors told me I was fine. I knew I wasn't "fine". But it took me a while to realized that what they meant was there was nothing they could do for me. Thank goodness I finally found BTG and all the helpful folks here. So, I figure
  23. I am not really sure where to start, it's funny I used to come on BTG everyday back in early 2012, then I eventually weaned myself off the site. No issues with the site or the content of the site just felt that for me to move on from the whole episode I needed to let go and get on with my life, so I did. I never registered just viewed stuff and took comfort from people 'brave' enough to share their experiences with a wider forum. Why the sudden change? Not sure but this week I have had my second annual check up after suffering a grade 5 SAH in December 2011 and I think I am one of the lucky o
  24. My story all began with the birth of my second son, August 18th 2009. I went in the Wednesday morning for a scheduled c-section, and received a spinal block. Everything went great. I had a happy, healthy baby boy and my recovery was going wonderfully. I was up and going and actually feeling great. On Thursday afternoon, I was allowed to go home with my baby boy and I was so happy to finally be together with my 5 year old too. He was a bit jaundiced, so we had a follow up on Saturday with his pediatrician. Friday came, and at lunch, I was totally spent. I took a nap, and when I woke up, my b
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    Laura's Story

    Hello to everyone. I just found this support group with my daughters help. I had my SAH on 04-09-12. I awakened to the worst headache of my life at 2:00 in the morning. I struggled to get to the bathroom as I felt I was going to get sick. I just laid on the floor for a while then thought Id better wake up my husband and tell him I was very sick and my head was killing me. He asked if I thought I needed to go to the ER and I said no, I am just going to lie here, this must be what a migraine feels like. I drifted in and out of sleep and had my son drive me to my doctors office. I told them I
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