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Hello All, I found this forum awhile ago, but wasn’t ready to share my experience or read too much of others’ yet. I am today. About 2 yrs ago I suffered a ruptured SAH. At 24 yrs old, this was undoubtedly the most traumatic experience in my life, still holds that title, and most likely will for the rest of my life. It occurred during the first week of my new job, my first stepping stone into the corporate world. I woke up one night to a ridiculous headache and vomiting water. I naively thought I had some sort of flu, but also knew something was definitely wrong. Luckily, with heavy emphasis on luckily, my mother took me immediately to the ER. The Dr. who thought it could just be a migraine, fortunately decided to get me a scan just in case. I was in the “very healthy” category up until this happened with none of the risk factors, and genetic testing coming up short in answers and long in questions. I also have 1 small unruptured aneurysm that is “not in a great location”, which is getting looked at via angiogram tomorrow. My current symptoms include: Difficulty accepting new reality Feeling 95 in a 25 year old body Hypochondriac tendencies Challenges relating to peers, and non-peers Over-stimulation (ie: at a symphony, department stores, etc) Migraines, fatigue, trigeminal neuralgia Nonetheless, I do feel incredibly blessed to be here, and to now be in the virtual company of all of you. -Riti
Hi there I've just joined 'behind the gray'. Late November I was teaching my Grade 12s when I got a sudden, severe headache. I went to get painkillers and luckily one of the office staff realised I needed more than paracetamol. An ambulance was called, a CT scan was done and I was told I had a bleed on the brain as I was pulled out of the machine. I have to admit I had pretty much come to that conclusion myself. I then had to be transferred to another hospital where I needed immediate surgery. You all know the way I was feeling I am sure as my blood pressure was through the roof and my limbs were numb. I thought, "this is it....". But to make things that much more difficult we had only just moved to Japan (from New Zealand) in August. English is not widely spoken where we are and I had not really had a chance to learn much Japanese. 'Diajoubu' was said to me a lot by the doctors and nurses.... I was diagnosed with SAH caused by a ruptured aneurysm. The doctor explained (through a translator) to my husband that it was right in the middle of my brain so a coil was much safer option than trying to do a clip. He was also told all the other terrible statistics. Luckily, I came out of the surgery with little obvious damage. They said I would need to have spinal taps every day for a couple of weeks but in the end I only had to have them about 5 times. They decided to stop them for some reason. I did have severe headaches for a couple of weeks. The Japanese tend to dish out far less painkillers than Western doctors..... After a few weeks I had more MRIs and a catheter exam. This exam showed a remnant of the aneurysm that the coil was not covering. I've been home for about 2 months now and have had another MRI recently that seems to show that the remnant has gone but they won't know for sure until the next catheter exam. My eyesight is definitely worse. I have had to get glasses for computer work. I am also starting to realise that my short term memory has been affected. I still get headaches at times but I only take the painkillers now as needed. Anyway, so that's my story in brief. I would love to hear from anyone else who has gone through this in a non English speaking country. Although the medical staff have been lovely in both the hospitals I was in, it has been frustrating and difficult either making myself understood or understanding them. A lot of my questions went unanswered. Thanks for reading! Joanna