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Chris G

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  1. Sarah, So glad to hear you are doing well. Nice job! Best wishes and prayers. Chris
  2. Hi and welcome, I hope things improve for you as time goes by. My only advice, which has become a mantra for me, is listen to your body. Work stress and things that require concentration, especially with vision, like driving or watching a movie, were very taxing on me for a while. I would usually end up with a headache. But now, 4 years out, its not so much. Like Clare, I run often, and was able to start doing that again about 3 months after the NASAH. Recovery takes time and patience. Of course, if you are ever really concerned with something, please check with your doctor. Best wishes, Chris
  3. Hi Nikki, As you know, no medical advice here. So always refer to your doctor. I am 4 years out from my NASAH. For at least the first 2 years or a little longer, I would get the occassional sharp headache in my forehead that would typically last for less than a minute. Very much like a brain freeze when you drink something cold too fast. I don't recall having any of these in the past year or so. So maybe, if it is the same thing, it will get better for you. Best wishes, Chris
  4. 4 years ago yesterday was my NASAH. Still going strong and getting better all the time. Love my BTG family!
  5. Sorry, repeat post (speaking of memory loss) chris
  6. Best wishes Teri. As said above, it takes a while to recover, so go easy on yourself. Headaches and memory problems seem to be the longest of the aftershock symptoms for me. But they do get better with time. I thought 3 years out, I was as recovered as I would get, with still some strange headaches and short term memory problems, but now almost 4 years out, things are continuing to improve, The headaches are mostly gone and the memory is better, but it could be because I really focus on memory now. Years sounds like a long time, but in my case, most of the improvements came rather quickly, and the rest just lingered a bit. So I am hopeful that you will feel much better in a few short months. We are all different, and I will say the recovery is not a smooth line. I experienced many peaks and valleys, primarily with "gloomy" days where I just felt depressed. But those too get better and fewer with time. Please be patient with yourself and heal nicely. Chris
  7. Awesome! I only run 5Ks but I know how good it feels to be running again. Keep it up
  8. The anxiety should pass. You are stronger now than you were before with that flaw waiting to happen. Now it’s conquered and gone. I run by the spot where my bleed eventually put me on my knees and just smile and pass by. Don’t blame the activity. Best wishes.
  9. I think you should ask your doctor and follow the advice. My NASAH happened while I was running. I was told to wait three months before I started back. But that was mainly because they wanted to do another scan at 3 months once the bleeding cleared to ensure there was no hidden cause they could not see. After that scan, I was cleared to run. Until then I walked (and occassionally jogged a little until my daughter yelled at me for it). I was back up to my old pace and distance within about 6 - 8 weeks. I now run almost everyday with no worries.
  10. Welcome, I am so sorry this happened to you. Alcohol still affects me differently than before the NASAH and I am almost at the 4 year mark. I just learned to go easy on it. It mostly just makes me forget things, repeat myself, etc. I send you best wishes for a recovery. Chris
  11. Welcome. I am sorry that this happened to you. You will find a ton of great advice, information and support here. Best Wishes, Chris
  12. Congrats on the anniversary. I wish you continued improvements as more years go by. Chris
  13. Best wishes Jean. I have bulging disks in my back and am always told to work on core strength too. Doesn't seem to help much. I just have to avoid jarring it and sometimes I still get taken down by something small. like bending to tie a shoelace. The two things that helped me the most was losing weight and using an inversion table to stretch the back out. Feel better and stay happy! Chris
  14. Wow. What a story. I wish you health most of all. I hope they can find whatever it is that is causing this and that it is nothing serious. Whatever it is, stay strong and stay in touch with us. As you said, finding something is sometimes better than not knowing, so you can effectively treat whatever it is.
  15. Another runner here. Just 5Ks for me but it feels good to run them without fear. It took a while. Nice work!
  16. I get it sometimes when I stand up and sometimes when I am just walking around. It is usually for less than a minute and not too severe.
  17. I had a NASAH with an EVD. I was in the hospital for 10 days, so very similar to you. It's been over 3 years now. The recovery is slow and bumpy. You will feel better then go down again. There will be weird headaches, fatigue, maybe some memory issues, maybe some eyesight issues, possible mood swings, etc. It just takes time and patience. People cannot see your injury or that you are trying to recover, so it can be lonely, even for those who know about it. Please hang in there and be patient. I do not think I will recover more than I have. So my long-term effects are some short-term memory issues and some days where I just feel down. But I bounce back after a few days. Other than that, I am close to what I was. Wishing you the best. Chris
  18. Welcome Jojo. You are not an impostor here. A lot of us have had bleeds that are minor compared to some of the rest. But as I am often reminded, a bleed is a bleed. You are a survivor among survivors! Some points that may help: NASAHs often have no underlying cause. This makes it hard to accept that it will not occur again. But statistically, I was told, unless there is a cause found, the odds it happening again are no greater than the first time. Getting on with your life can be scary at first, but it will get better There may be long-term affects. I and a lot of us still have headaches more often, memory problems, maybe some eyesight problems. You did go through a traumatic experience You injury is not visible, so don't expect others to understand all of the time. Follow up, for some reason, is not great for a lot of us from doctors. However, the support and information on this site is invaluable. Sending prayers, Chris
  19. I swallow a lot of pain relief and try to avoid stress when I can. Hope you feel better!
  20. You have received a lot of good advice above, so I will just send you some prayers. Chris
  21. I hope it is indeed normal. I recently found a DVD with my MRI results on it. I forgot that they gave it to me (memory of course). So I thought, cool, let me see what my bleed looked like. But I am untrained, so the images were completely useless to me. I tried to google and it basically just said anything non-symmetrical could be a problem. So I gave up and put it back in a drawer.
  22. I have to agree that periodic depression seems to be a thing with us. My little black cloud appears periodically for a few days at at time, for no apparent reason. And the headaches continue. My only suggestion is to try to find an outlet when you are down. For some weird reason, I write poems that express my feelings. Because I am down at the time, most of them are not very uplifting, so I don't share them with even my wife. But they help me feel better. I know Win sings to help with the blues. Maybe its just taking a walk or working a crossword. Something to distract you or to give you a place to let the depression flow out. I hope things get better for you. Chris
  23. I experienced daily headaches of varying degrees almost everyday for the first few months. Once they subsided, I started experiencing very sharp headaches in the forehead area. But they would only last for a minute or two. Now, I still get more headaches in the front part of my head, when before the NASAH, almost all of my headaches were more back of head/neck pains. Hang in there. You are still recovering and your brain may still be filtering blood from your bleed. I hope it will get better for you soon. Chris
  24. I am neither a nutritionist or doctor and also cannot give medical advise. I can say that many of us, including myself, wondered if recent lifestyle changes caused our bleed-without-a-cause. In my case, I had recently started running. So for a while I worried if that caused it and if I returned to running would it happen again. But thanks to the support and information on this site, I moved past that fear and returned. So I would have no way of knowing how your diet may or may not have affected you. But I would trust your doctor's advice and not let anxiety get the best of you. Best wishes, Chris
  25. The only follow up I had for my NASAH was with my neurosurgeon 3 months later for a follow up MRI.
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