Vicky Posted February 9, 2011 Share Posted February 9, 2011 I am so glad I found this site its helps that there are other people out there who understand. I don't know where to start but I started to suffer from headaches when I was 17 yrs old and after a night out with friends I had to come home early as I had a really bad headache on the way home I had to stop to be sick. I got home and got into bed and the pain got worse and neck went stiff and in the end my dad took me to hospital worrying that it was meningitis. After waiting round for hours I finally saw a doctor in a&e and by that time the pain was wearing off and the doctor put it down to a migraine and from then on I have suffered from bad headaches and the only pain relief that would work for the past 10 years was nurofen. On 16th June 2010 I had been at work had a busy day as normal as I work on a front line social work team/child protection team and been to do my horses after work. It was a hot day and when i got home I went upstairs for a bath. As I was filling the bath I bent over the bath to swish the bubbles round and all of a sudden felt this immense pressure in my head and eyes and I felt like my head was going to pop off my shoulders!! I carried on thinking I was overreaching and got in the bath and started to wash my hair. I started to feel faint and dizzy and I just remember thinking to myself I have got to get out the bath and unlock the door. I didn't even wash the shampoo off my hair and I managed to unlock the door I just got out onto the landing and the next thing I know I was waking up on the landing floor. I was a bit disorientated and managed to get downstairs to where everyone was. Nobody had heard me so it is a good job I woke up! My mom sat me on the sofa and got me a glass of water and at that the sickness started and then after about 5 minutes the pain started in my head I lay down on the sofa with a flannel on my head but I knew something was not right and just asked husband and dad to call nhs direct just to be on the safe side!!. After talking to the women on the phone at nhs she said that she was going to send a paramedic to check my over. When the paramedic arrived she did all the usual blood pressure and sats test and all was normal I was just in a lot of pain. She told me that she would take me to hospital but I would not be classed as a emergency as it was just a migraine so I could be waiting for hours so I was just sent to bed. After 2 days in bed there was no change and now I had a stiff neck aswell. My mom took me down to see my GP who said that he wanted to book me in at the emergency assessment unit at my local hospital to rule out a bleed on the brain. I went to hospital on the Friday night and they kept me in overnight and gave me painkillers and said if it is a migraine it would be wearing off by the morning........... Well it did not wear off and at lunch time on the Saturday I had a CT scan which confirmed I had a small bleed. I was started on the nimodipine and on the Sunday (fathers day) I was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and by lunchtime I was in theatre having my op which thankfully was a success! I can remember waking up from theatre and the first thing I said was that the pain had just gone. The doc thinks that the bad head I had at 17 could of been the start of it all and it just healed itself till it was ready to blow again. I had a left posterior communicating cerebral artery aneurysm (I think that's what it was called!) which was coiled and have been left with a weakness in my right leg and right side of my skull and ear is numb but it is a small price to pay!!!. I am 27 and before I had the SAH I was always on the go working full time, looking after my horses and dogs, supporting my mom who has Ill health, a step mom and I also have Lupus which is a auto immune disease so My lifestyle was none stop always doing for others. I did smoke before the SAH from the age of 16 but I don't now And hardly drink alcohol I'm just thankful I'm still here. I now make the most of my time with my family and friends and my many animals but I'm a sucker for a sweet face!!!!! Anyway I think that is it about me really just glad I'm here to tell the tale! Vicky xxx Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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