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Ben S 2000

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  1. Hi super Mario, Sarah, Clare. Insurance quotes so far are around £100 which Is quite reasonable considering how soon it's been. This was the first company I called so may be able to get it cheaper. I had a NASAH, 2 CT scans and an Angiogram. They didn't find a cause/aneurysm but ill be liaising with my neurologist and GP to ensure thay are happy with my travel plans before going forward with further arrangements. Thanks for the advice everyone, regards Ben
  2. Hi Bri and Win My sense of taste changed after a week which was strange as food tasted normal initially. As a consequence I could barely manage to eat anything and things I previously savoured became disgusting. Fortunately this has improved considerably at the 7 week point. However, I still have to eat very slowly or risk feeling sick and a lot of food tastes overly salty and my sense of hunger and thirst is non existent. It comes and goes but I also have an unpleasant taste when not eating for much of the day and the range of taste is different on the right side of my tongue to the left. I could barely taste anything on the left side at one point but this has improved recently also. Thanks for messages. Its reassuring to hear that people have had similar experiences and that they do recover. My next hurdle will be getting back to work in a couple of weeks providing my Occ health work assessment declares me fit. Kind regards Ben.
  3. Hi Veronica Thanks for your message and advice. It's Good to hear your husband is back to pursuing his outdoor activities again.. Im in to my 7th week post bleed and managing some short bike rides, walks and swimming. I've lost quite a bit of weight and muscle mass as a result of some appetite changes and distorted taste so getting back to my previous level of fitness is going to take some time. We are going away in November to Lanzarote for the cycling trip. I'm hoping I will be able to manage ok and that the food issues have improved by then. I've yet to buy my travel insurance, God knows how much that's going to cost after I declare my illness! kind regards Ben
  4. Hi Ami Well done on the half marathon, that's absolutely cracking👍. It's really encouraging to hear people get back to normal sporting activities post NASAH. My main concern following my bleed was if and when I could get back to exercise. Previous to it occurring I was training for long distance bike races and was cycling most days. Its now 6 weeks post perimesencephalic SAH and was advised not to do anything strenuous for at least 2-3 weeks. I'm now cycling 3 days a week short distances and swimming/light gym work. If you don't mind me asking, why did your initial neurologist say you may never run again or not more than 5k? Thanks Ben
  5. Thanks everyone for your kind comments and advice, it's greatly appreciated.
  6. Hi All It's great to have found this site which has so much helpful information I had quite a few unanswered questions since leaving hospital which have been addressed by reading people's experiences. Thank you to all who have took the time to post them. I experienced a perimesencephalic subarachnoid heamorrhage 3 weeks ago whilst cycling to work, initial symptoms were a rapid on-set headache and neck pain that became worse as the day went on with vomiting. A CT scan within A&E detected a bleed the following day so i was subsequently admitted and had an angiogram 2 days later and commenced a 3 weeks course of Nimodipine. Previous to the bleed I was fit and active 43 year old, cycled most days, non smoker, eat healthily etc. Since leaving hospital i've had a few minor health problems; acute pain in my glutes and lower right leg which has now resolved; severe throat infection; Tinnitus in my left ear and mild pain radiating down from the top of my head in to my left ear. My main concern at present is that food taste's strange and have a permanent salty taste in the back of my throat which initially began as a foul bitter taste. From what I can gather a few people have experienced this which may improve in time? My sense of smell has also been affected. In context to what other people have endured I feel lucky not to have experienced any major physical impairment. My hopes for the future are to get back to cycling asap as I have a mountain biking holiday planned abroad in November which was booked last year. If this is safe and whether I'll be fit enough is questionable? So far I've been on a 8km walk and a gentle 20 min swim which wasn't particularly challenging. On discharge from hospital medics advised waiting 4 to 5 weeks before recommencing strenuous exercise. They also provided me with a 6 week sick note but the thought of going back to work in a coup,e of weeks feels a bit premature so may need to get that extended by my GP I wish everyone well on their road to recovery.
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