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  1. Hi everyone My Background: I had an SAH 9.5 years ago with 2 sessions of hydrocephalus- it was minor and I’m 95% back to normal now. My grandmother had multiple strokes. My uncle went blind in 1 eye following his stroke. My mum had a stroke (minor) last week following vertigo 1 week before her stroke. I read up on medical journals and vertigo appears to class as a warning sign for an impending stroke for a small percentage of the population. So...2 days ago I had vertigo (possibly brought on by stress of my mum having a stroke?). I just want to describe my experience to see if anyone here has had anything similar and then later went on to have a stroke. The doctors however won’t treat this as a TIA and didn’t see me but just send me meds for vertigo. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx I had a sudden attack of vertigo the day before yesterday which went on from 7am to 6pm (ish). At first everything swirled around like being on a Merry-Go-Round, making me feel very nauseous and taking me off-balance. It gradually abated until I moved my head either up or down and then it started again. I was ok if I sat still and worked at my computer. After around 6pm I kind of went back to normal and the world just only seemed to move a little if I tested it by moving my head up or down or if I laid down - particularly if I laid on my back - but not full-on spinning. Today and yesterday I’ve had a few brief moments of the world spinning fast when I move my head up or down but mostly odd slow-moving spinning at other times followed by intense tiredness, as well as periods of normality. Today I went to bed at 2pm-7pm after waking up at 9am as I feel that tired. I was given meds for vertigo sickness which can make you drowsy so that could be the reason, but it’s unusual for me to feel soooo tired. My head feels only a little achey and dull pain across eyes and odd pain sensations in head. I’ve had high BP and blood sugars. Lately I keep having my arm, leg or stomach just spasm for no reason when in bed. I had eye tests yesterday and no haemorrhages spotted. I know that sporadic vertigo can be a sign of a TIA indicating a warning of an impending stroke. Has anyone here had a second stroke following an SAH (or a first stroke) where they had vertigo a week or so beforehand or can spot that they had a similar experience to me before a stroke?
  2. Hello friends, It has been awhile since I have checked in (from Colorado, USA). I missed my one year anniversary SAH on March 6, 2018 ~ and, was actually back in the hospital on March 31, 2019 (second year in the hospital on my birthday) with severe vertigo and vomiting. They took images and determined not related to SAH or other brain issue, which I developed post SAH mid June ~ (intracranial left transverse and sigmoid sinus thrombosis ~ clots stable). I was released and everything seemed resolved. Now, October 28, 2019 having dizzy spells for the last 4-5 days with dull headaches and vision problems. But, seem to resolve after time. Today, more intense and lasting longer (4 hours now). Blood pressure elevated. I googled SAH and dizzy and was connected to a thread on this site (2007). It seems it is a possible / common post SAH experience. Any more recent updates on how to cope or drug / therapy treatments? I had to have a neighbor drive the kids to school today. We do have a sudden change in weather ~ cold and snowy. Someone mentioned dizzy spells increase with barometric pressure changes (?). Any thoughts? Also, it seems I am having more problems with memory loss / confusion and depression (tried 3 different meds but had adverse side effects). I never returned to work - teacher (age 62) but, we are raising 2 special needs children boy 9 (autism & ADHD) and girl 17 (joined our family 8 months before SAH ~ intellectual disability & autism). So, I am very busy and do have heightened stress, especially as my husband travels a lot with his job. We have four grown children and five grandchildren. My mother passed away a couple months after my SAH. In some ways I feel like I’ve been just pushing onward out of necessity and now am going through a grieving process as I am adjusting to loss and my ‘new normal’ with ongoing fatigue, depression and a short temper. Thanks for listening.
  3. I am just wondering, now that I am 2 1/2 years post SAH, and still suffering from dizziness/vertigo, and constant head/neck pain and pressure (I have other medical conditions), if anyone else has this. Although my medications list "dizziness" as a side effect, I have forgotten to take my noon dose of Gabapentin (Neurontin) Zanaflex and Topiramate on many occasions and noticed that my dizziness/vertigo yet worsens within 2 hours of a missed dose. Does anyone else feel constant head pressure and dizziness, despite medications? Even taking Vicoprofen (7.5 hydrocodone/200 mg. Ibuprofen) does not take the head pain/pressure totally away). I have to pretty much knock myself out with meds to sleep at night, taking Klonopin and Zanaflex. The pain at "dose" time, 5:30 a.m., awakes me. Has anyone been approved for Social Security Disability following SAH? I cannot perform any kind of work with this constant head pain. I was a paralegal for 35 years, which requires a lot of sitting. I had my appeal hearing yesterday and the occupational expert stated I could do work such as assembling small parts or being a mail sorter, although I also suffer from bi-later carpel tunnel syndrome (constant, throbbing hand/forearm pain). The constant head pain is agonizing, and I do not know how they think I could be standing to be a mail sorter when I have arthritis in my feet/ankles. I have had injections in them also. My attorney did raise the point -- would any employer want to take the risk of me being there on all of the medications I take? I am literally miserable and enjoy very few things in life that I used to do. Friends have all backed away from me, I guess because I can no longer do things I used to do and I am no longer as fun to be around. So, I do things alone like walk my dog, despite my foot pain, as that is about all I can do to not think about the pain. True, I do sit at this computer and type, but my hands are in horrible pain that keeps me awake at night. I wear hand braces on both hands to sleep but often take them off in frustration because the Velcro tangles in the sheets when I toss and turn. Your input is greatly appreciated !
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