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  1. Hey Ian, I hope this finds you well. I am a little more than a year since my episode and I still get headaches. I have days where they are minimal and I think I'm over the hump and then days where is all I can do just to sit up but, the bad days are slowly becoming less and less frequent, you just have to learn to take it one day at a time (easier said than done, I know. I'm still trying to learn this). There are some pain meds that are non addictive you just habe to let your doctor know that that is a requirement. I used to have a problem with drugs ( 16 years clean now) and I still worry about a relapse. I explained everything to my doctor in great detail and they were able to find me something that worked (I won't list specific medications on here because I'm not 100% sure of the rules but, they are out there). As everyone else said, stay hydrated and pay attention to what you are eating. I think changing my diet has helped tremendously. I have also found that keeping a journal has helped alleviate some of the anxiety and frustrations which on turn has helped lessen the headaches. I hope some of this helps and finds you in good spirits. Eric
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    One year nasah anniversary!

    Thank you all for the well wishes! It does frustrate me at times but I do feel very fortunate that ia able to walk away relatively unscathed. I sincerely appreciate all the positive comments. This page had gotten me through some very difficult days. I have an amazing wife and family who have stuck by me through thick and thin but, in the end, you sometimes need to hear something from someone who had been through it as well, you know? Anyway, thank you all again from the bottom of my heart! Eric
  3. Wasn't sure I would make it to this milestone yet, here I am! It's been a difficult year, full of constant headaches, panic attacks and fatigue. I constantly worried that something else was wrong. I had my one year check up with the neurosurgeon and the MRA came back normal. They did find a very small bulge on the left side of my brain but, said its so small, they can't tell if it's an anyuerism or what. I also had my neuropsych assessment and they could find no neurological damage aside from my executive function running a bit slower than normal. My family doc determined I have tachycardia and prescribed a beta blocker. Low and behold, the beta blocker put an end to about 95% of the panic attacks. They have also prescribed gabapentin for the headaches which has made them more manageable. I still have days where I feel like I can't get out of bed, still have days where the headaches get the better of me but, all in all, I feel like I'm on the up and up. I'm back to working almost full time and I have to admit, I missed spending all day outside in the sun. I am looking forward to spring, to putting in my vegetable garden, to playing with my new puppy outside, going on walks with my daughter. I still worry with each odd pain but, I am slowly learning to just enjoy the day. What is going to happen in the future is in the future. I'll just enjoy the here and now.
  4. I am coming up on 11 months since my bleed. I still have days where getting dressed for work and getting a cup of coffee is all I can do. I still have periods where I am stuck in bed for three days. Each person is different. I just recently had my mra check up and was told that all the symptoms I have been experiencing are completely normal and that they may go away with time and they may not. The docs recommended setting a strict schedule and sticking to it to help combat the fatigue. Get up and go to bed at the same time everyday (even on days you don't work). They also recommend a nap midway thru the day. Hope this helps and finds you well. Eric
  5. I'm coming up on 9 months since my SAH. I still get frequent headaches and pressure behind the eyes. It seems to happen anytime I push myself too hard. I work construction and it requires 8 to 10 hours a day. If I work a full week, it's almost guaranteed that I will have to take at least 2 days off the next week because of the headaches and the fatigue. Giving up smoking, caffeine and almost all alcohol has definitely helped but the headaches are still there, sometimes lasting a few days. Paying close attention to what I eat has also helped. I would get headaches when I got hungry so, now I graze all day instead of 3 big meals. This has also helped with weight loss and lowering my bp. My advice is the same as everyone else, check in with your Doc if you are concerned, googling symptoms will only make it worse (trust me). Stay hydrated and also try breathing techniques. Most importantly, listen to your body. I take the headaches as my body telling me I've done enough, and it's time to rest. Eric
  6. Hey Matt, Yeah, we are in the same boat. I keep having morbid "what-if" thoughts. And I can go from happy to sad/angry at the drop of a hat. I have recently started trying some breathing techniques when the thoughts start which help some and I've also started a journal again. That, in my opinion, has been the most beneficial. It helps to get everything out, even if it's just on paper. Something else I have started doing are short breaks and a nap throughout the day. Every couple hours, i sit and rest with my eyes closed for 5 to 10 minutes and a 30 minute nap on my lunch. This helps me get through the day usually. Even with all this, i still have bad days, in fact, i took off work today just to rest. I hope some of these ideas can help you the same way they have helped me. Also, don't forget to stay hydrated. I drink at least a gallon of water a day which helps as well.
  7. Thanks to everyone on here for all the good advice. It's been a rough two weeks so I apologize for taking so long to respond. To answer the anxiety part, yes I worry about a reoccurance all the time. It's hard to let that go although, i know it's something that needs to be done. More than that, my mind wanders to worse case scenario and picturing my wife explaining to my 6 year old daughter what happened. I have started writing in a journal again, which has helped quite a bit with just getting everything out. My other hang up is coming to terms with not being able to do what I once did. I'm used to being outside all day, everyday working 12 to 14 hours, running 90 miles an hour. It's very difficult for me to slow down but, I'm also at a point where I can work like this for 5 days straight but then I'm down for 4 days with headaches and no energy. I know it needs to change and I'm trying, it's just hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Being able to get it out, even in an online forum has done wonders though and for that, i thank you all for letting me vent. It's a one-day-at-a-time thing that I am slowly beginning to figure out
  8. I am 7 months out of an SAH that the doc said they can't see to know the cause. I had 4 angiograms and spent 3 weeks in CCU. After the last angiogram showed no bleeding, i was released back to work. Since being back, i get headaches off and on all day, none of which are very severe but, they come so quickly and frequent I can't help but worry. Something else I have never dealt with until now are panic attacks and they have also become daily occurrences. I was a smoker (which I have given up), a heavy drinker (which I have also given up), changed my diet, given up caffiene, etc. And I drink a gallon of water a day. What I'm wondering is if these headaches and panic attacks are normal and if so, what has helped reduce their frequency? It seems like they are less frequent the busier I am but, i drain myself too quick that way and crash early on. I've talked to my neurosurgeon and they say I am pushing myself too hard but I need to exercise more. My family doc thinks my high anxiety is from not drinking but that's been two months now. I just feel lost and I'm tired of constantly worrying about each and every pain. Eric