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well went in to jr oxford for more coiling only to be woken up and told they couldnt get to them and that there are 2 more so i have six now .that nite i lay in my hospital bed thinking this is it no hope and even more of them .im not a bad person have never hert anyone .i work as a carer and love my job .then morning came doctors came and said they would be in talks with the other doctor about clipping them it would mean a few more ops but can anyone tell me how they felt after clipping was done how much hair they took of how big the skar s are and how long i will be of work im so scared .i dont sleep well at nite people look at me like there is nothing wrong but i cant understand myself so how can i make others understand

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Hi Theresa,

It is easy for me to say.......keep calm and do what ever makes you happy !!! we are entitled to do the

things that make us happy after what we have been through.....ask the Docs if you can see other Specialist ...dont give up NEVER EVER and keep smiling... when I had mine I put my family thru hell...was not my fault but I feel bad about it....Try singing It.and it drives my family mad ..but helps with my memory .....Tone deaf singer lol

Don't give up Theresa .....and remember do things that make you happy...also get to sleep lol xx

Take care

Regards

WinB143 x

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Hi

I had my SAH clipped in Feb this year. They shaved off maybe a third of my hair. I then had the rest shaved off as it looked silly. I felt pretty sore for 4 weeks but I was still having the post SAH constant headache too. I don't know if recovery might be a little easier because it's planned surgery.

The scar runs from the front of my hairline and curves round the top of my head and stops down the front of my ear. I hope that makes sense - it is hard to describe.

In some ways I was almost glad for my scar because it did make it easier for people to understand just how ill I was. Good luck x

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Hi Theresa

I think it depends on where the Anuerysms are as to how much hair needs to be shaved. I know mine was just a small amount and the scar is not visible at all as it is hidden in the hairline.

As with any surgery the actual site will be painful and numb for quite some time as for other side effects I don't know as mine was an emergency due to SAH so my recovery was from both. Time off work is a hard one as only you will know when you're ready to return.

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Hi Theresa,

I didn't have much hair shaved off either. Really just my fringe. I didn't have any pain that I know of on the scar site, but I really cant remember the first week after the op. Hopefully as yours would be a planned procedure you will not have this problem. I think most of my problems were caused by the swelling from the bleed and not the actual op.

I think you would benefit from talking more with the surgeons. The more you can find out about this the better.

Thinking of you and wishing you well.

Sally. xx

PS.. I just remembered, Gill had a planned clipping. Am sure she will be on soon to advise. xx

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Hi Theresa yes i had a planned clipping (with less than 24 hours notice). I had very little hair shaved off about 1cm or so back from my hairline & 38 staples. My scar healed really quick & my hair grew back really quickly too. I had no bruising or problems with swelling & altough my scar area felt odd/itchy for a few months now its totally fine.

The sorest part for me was the jawline. I only had one dose of oramorph which I didn't like & then mainly paracetamol as a painkiller.

If theres anything else you want to know let me know

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I am surprised I had so much shaved off compared to everyone else. I do know mine was in a very awkward position so maybe that was why. Still I am cultivating quite a nice Mohawk now so its not all bad.

For a few weeks I couldn't open my mouth very wide so eating could be a challenge, though I developed an addiction to chewing liquorice which seemed to help it heal (that's my story and I am sticking to it!) I also couldn't lay on that side for a while.

The only other thing I have noticed is that the area of my scar is still swollen a little, esp at the top of my jaw.

It is a major op and a big deal but it is one you can recover from slowly and surely x

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Hi again Theresa,

I think I was right to assume that planned clippings on unruptured aneurysms are easier to recover from than hurried ops on burst ones. I saw a post from Jess tonight where she said she has had both a ruptured and an unruptured clipping. She said she was home from hospital in less than a week. I know I was in no fit state to be released at that stage. I hope she will come on soon and verify this.

Sally xx

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I had two parts of my head shaved very odd they only usually do what area they need to work on....

but the way I look at it hair grows back so who cares thats my thoughts not everyones....

Yes I thought that too, why me! what have I done! ect, its human nature.....

Everyone is different to say how much hair they will take, how big the scar will be and how long you will be off work, we are all different.....

take care

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Hi there yes planned ops are easier to recover from. Try not to worry. I know its easier said than done but it really is. When my hair was down you couldn't tell so they didn't take to much hair. It is a more invasive op but I feel I recovered fairly quickly physically. Its the mental part that takes longer worrying and things I went in for my planned op on the Thursday had op on Friday was home following Thursday not bad really. I was also pregnant two weeks later. Had six months off work but I had two ops and the first one had ruptured. Hope it alĺ goes well. Jess.xxx

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well went in to jr oxford for more coiling only to be woken up and told they couldnt get to them and that there are 2 more so i have six now .that nite i lay in my hospital bed thinking this is it no hope and even more of them .im not a bad person have never hert anyone .i work as a carer and love my job .then morning came doctors came and said they would be in talks with the other doctor about clipping them it would mean a few more ops but can anyone tell me how they felt after clipping was done how much hair they took of how big the skar s are and how long i will be of work im so scared .i dont sleep well at nite people look at me like there is nothing wrong but i cant understand myself so how can i make others understand

Hi there,

well firstly i can tell you that i have been clipped x lol x a titanium clip to te precise, after 5 hours to try to coil my aneurysm which failed i had a cranitomy right side of head about 4 inches above my ear. I have no scarring visible and they never even cut my hair on the top only underneath. After the clipping i have some numbness around the area but this has improved. You are entitled to be scared and don't worry how people look at you,WE all know and understand how you are feeling.14 months on and i'm still a little scared x

As for being off work it probably is different for everyone of us x

Thinking of you x

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Hi there from the day I collapsed 7th September 2002 I had two brain ops moved house got pregnant and was back at work 31st march 2003. They only took the hair from underneath unless it was tied up you couldn't see it now you have to search for the scars cause they are hidden. Try not to worry to much about what people can and can't see only you know how you are feeling. Jess.xxx

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