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  1. This might be of help - it's extracted from the latest (September 2019) DVLA criteria governing driving post-SAH:
  2. Thanks for the replies. It's clear from the DVLA criteria that only a clear scan will satisfy them. I'll try my consultant, but I suspect he'll say that since I already have a booked appointment for a CTA in March, he can't offer me anything sooner. Happily the SAH Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the John Racliffe is really on the ball, so I don't anticipate any problem in getting hold of the scan report from her as soon as it's done, so I can then hopefully wave that at my GP and the DVLA. In the meantime, I'm getting plenty of exercise on the bike
  3. Hi Everyone I spoke to the GP yesterday on the phone, hoping that she would be happy with my week's worth of BP readings which now show only borderline hypertension now that I'm on 10 mg Amlodipine per day instead of 5 mg. Alas, she still wasn't willing to give me the OK to drive again, because the DVLA's new (September 2019) criteria say that I've got to have had a "normal" cerebral angiogram in order to be allowed behind the wheel again. I feel I'm in a Catch-22 - I've got copies of 4 scan reports (3 x CTA, 1 x DSA), which are all "normal" in the sense that none of them show an aneurysm and they conclude that my bleed was perimesencephalic. But the doctor's problem is that the two last CTA scans also show a vasospasm, albeit improving in the second of those scans. I was discharged from hospital a week after my last scan, with the assurance that the vasospasm would by then be (almost) gone, but of course I can't provide any evidence for that in the absence of a subsequent CTA. I'm due for a follow-up out-patient scan, but that's not till March ! I'm worried that by the time I finally get back behind the wheel, I'll have forgotten how to drive
  4. Hi everyone! My story: I suffered a non-aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage exactly 5 weeks ago. After the obligatory phone call to NHS Direct, who recommended seeing my GP ASAP, I was sent to the local Ambulatory Care Unit and, after a CT scan confirming I'd had a bleed, was whisked off to the Neurosurgery department at John Radcliffe in Oxford. Four scans (3 x CT, 1 x DSA) and three weeks later, I was still there! Despite having practically no symptoms at all after the first 48 hours, apart from occasional very mild headaches, I was told I had suffered a vasospasm (which I understand is a common consequence of a NASAH) and couldn't be sent home until it had had time to repair itself. My 3 weeks consisted of alternating periods of being told I was fully mobile (which I certainly was, going up and down 4 flights of stairs every morning to buy my newspaper) and periods confined to bedrest because, I was told, even venturing beyond the ward could bring on a stroke(!). They finally got fed up with me and, without any further scans, I was discharged 10 days ago. I feel perfectly fine, even the mild headaches have gone, and I'm happy to take the doctors' word that the vasospasm must also be gone by now. But, frustratingly, it's been spelled out to me in no uncertain terms that I can't drive until I've jumped through the DVLA's hoops. That turned out to be a major pain as we'd booked several months ago to spend the weekend just gone at Center Parcs with the grandkids - it was touch-and-go as to whether I'd be discharged in time, but I was and we decided to go ahead (and had a great time). My wife, unfortunately, had to do all the driving and I'm currently preparing to do battle with the DVLA to get the OK to drive again myself. I was hoping that an appointment with my GP yesterday would secure her OK to drive, which I could relay to the DVLA, but S*d's Law ensured that when she took my BP it was way higher than it has been, so she's insisting on a week's worth of home readings as evidence that I'm recovered. I'd be very interested in comparing notes with anyone who can identify with any of the above. Dave
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