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  1. Great advice Chris. It stopped me being paranoid about it happening again and really helped me in my early days of recovery. Brian.
  2. Hi, It's now almost nine months since my bleed. Physically I am just about back where I was before it happened. Running between 3 and 6 miles twice a week, even doing a bit if weight training again. Tiredness is no longer a daily issue and I am no longer suffering from the constant mild headache. Still get headaches if straining or bending down or even getting up quickly. I did wonder why the headaches and occasional light headednedd were present for so long. Until, that is, I got copies of the results from the various scans I have had. I got these from the DVLA when I had m
  3. Hi Tim. I believe the fear of rebleed is universal among SAH survivors. I am nearly 9 months post bleed and feeling more like my old self. I asked my Neurosurgeon at my final check up back in September, about likely hood of rebleed. She said that in her 16 years as a practicing Neurosurgeon she had seen one patient with a rebleed. Good odds that I am happy to take. All the best for your recovery. Rest, exercise and plenty of fluids were the best advice given to me. Regards Bri.
  4. A quick update. Having had the field of vision test last week. I rang the dvla yesterday for an update. I was told the usual, nothing to report. But when I checked on the dvla license check site today. Full driving licence as of today! It's been a long 7 months living in the middle of nowhere without a license. So anyone out there still waiting for their license. Keep ringing, act immediately on any letter or requirement from them, and finally in their own glacial time you will get your license back. Bri.
  5. Hi Daffodil. Thanks for your response. Sounds like you were put through the mill. I will chase up my specialist for a copy of the report, just to see if there are any other possible issues that might arrive from the DVLA. Unless she has suggested there is a problem with my field if vision(which she checked in her office to her satisfaction) I don't understand why they are insisting on this extra test. It does seem that there is little actual, careful consideration made to an individuals situation. More of a general tendency to err on the side if caution.
  6. Thanks again Johnnie. It is frustrating to have to wait for a pointless test, and no doubt at some cost to the DVLA. My Neurosurgeon did a quick test in her office at my final check up. All fine, thankfully. I have asked for a copy of her report, to confirm that this test is needed based on its contents. I know we have no choice but to let the wheels of bureaucracy turn. But I feel that the system at DVLA is prehistoric, no emails or website access to update documents. I was told by a rather unhelpful chap there, when I asked for a likely ti
  7. Hi, The saga continues. Having just spoken to the DVLA medical department, hoping to be given some good news, as my application has been with the doctors panel, 3 weeks tomorrow. I have been told that a letter has been sent to Specsavers, asking them to arrange a field of vision test. The results of which will be sent back to the panel. I assume this will now add a number of weeks to the process. I had an eye test a few weeks ago, to confirm that my sight is still 20/20. I did explain to the lady I spoke to that my sight is good and that as per my legal dut
  8. Thanks Johnnie. I will try to be patient, as you suggest. It's coming up to three weeks since my application went to the medical panel for assessment. Fingers crossed that it re-appears soon. Regards Bri.
  9. Hi, Having recently gone through my 6 month post bleed "red letter day" in the calendar, I was hoping to celebrate by driving my wife to a planned celebration with friends. Unfortunately, although I sent of the appropriate forms and application, 8 weeks before the date my ban finished (24 Nov) There is still no sign of my license. I have been ringing every few days for an update. but it is rather pointless as the medical application help centre, will not give me a timescale, even a ball park estimate. Apparently the application has been "with the doctors" since 14th
  10. Hi Terry, Just read your post. I had a similar NASAH experience to you, (without the collapsed lungs) Am now five months post bleed and generally feeling pretty good. I still seem to have a minor headache most days, with a surge when standing up quickly or bending down low. Same as you I believe. I am back to regular exercising without any problems, but I have accepted that if I physically over do things, I will suffer the consequences with A few days of funny heads and fatigue. Overdoing things can be concentrating at long meeti
  11. Hi, I just read your post. I hope you are well over your bleed and feeling strong. I also suffered a sah with no sign of a cause. Went to my 14 week check up with a new mri scan. Still no cause evident. Apparently it was more typical of an aneurysmal bleed pattern, with complications associated with a large sah. The Neurosurgeon had no answers to what could be the cause. Just for me to get my (perfectly normal) blood pressure checked regularly and to drink no more than the recommended units of alcohol. Like you I would like a better idea of what and
  12. Just a quick update. I saw the neurologist yesterday at my (nearly 4 months) post bleed check up. She showed me the original mri scans of my brain against the ones taken last week. Apparently it was a large SAH that was typical of an Aneurysm rupture. But because they couldn't find the cause, after two angiogram, 2 CT and 2 mri scans, it is classed as a Non aneurysmal SAH. There appears to be a bit of staining on the front left side of my brain as a result of the bleed. My neurologist seemed very pleased with my overall recovery,. She told me
  13. Hi Ben. I had a similar effect on my taste. It lasted a couple of months before I could appreciate the full range of flavours of the food I eat. It got better as time went on. Water still has a slight, bitter taste, although it's a lot better than before. It's been just over three months since my SAH, recovery is definitely frustrating, good weeks followed by bad weeks. The bad weeks usually follow a period of me overdoing it. Expect tiredness and "funny heads" And as everyone says, listen to your body. Regards Bri.
  14. Hi, It's been 3 months since my SAH and am almost back to my old self. I recently appealed to the DVLA regarding the automatic 6 month driving ban after having had a temporary Evd for 8 days, during my stay in hospital. The response from them was, that having had an Evd, increased the likelihood of a Seizure. After 6 months, apparently the risk disappears. When I left hospital, there was no mention of seizure or any other side effect of having had an Evd. I am curious as to how likely it is for, post Evd seizures. Surely the risks associated with a
  15. Thanks Dave, Very useful and practical input. I am feeling stronger as each week passes. I have started doing exercises that keep my core strength up and will go out walking at a fair lick, without pushing it. Aware that a headache is always waiting. We are away to Spain for two weeks camping in 12 days. It will be a challenge not to do my normal hill walking and evening run, before enjoying the local Rioja. It's great to hear how other people are dealing with their own recovery, and quite uplifting to know that there is every chance I will be back to my old se
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