Annie Posted March 15, 2007 Share Posted March 15, 2007 Hi folks, Sue and Richard recently joined us as non-a's, so I'm starting a thread again on our specific experiences. Sue had asked about whether our recovery is the same as the aneurysm folks, and in most ways it is, in my own experience. As we all know, it is VERY different for everyone, so if anyone else wants to contribute to this discussion, you are most welcome. Below is my response to Sue when she asked about my recovery so far: It will be good for us to compare notes as Non-A's. And yes, many of the symptoms and recovery problems seem to be exactly the same, aneurysm or no. I don't have the vision trouble that Karen does, but I have experienced just about everything else. All of the headaches and dizziness improved a lot after my initial terrible seven weeks. I hope to post my "story" for everyone before long and you can read all the gory details there. After those physical painful issues, I had trouble with intolerance of noise and visual overload. I found for a while that I could watch TV without the sound, OR I could listen to it while my eyes were closed, but to see and hear it together made me crazy. I had the same experience when I went into a store for the first time. Wow! It was too much to bear and I had to leave. I had a period of time too when walking was extrememly painful for me in the area of my tailbone. It was so bad that I would collapse. We ended up getting an MRI for that and they found nothing unusual. And of course, it went away on it's own. My main troubles at 17 months after are stamina and memory. I have to pace my day carefully and I still take a nap in the afternoon more days than not. I tire more easily during activity too. But again, I see gradual improvement still in all of that. The memory is an ongoing issue. The long term is fine. Short term is very spotty. I don't remember what is on my calendar without checking it frequently, and I have moments of total blank out sometimes right in the middle of a sentence, which can be very embarrassing. But I am learning to cope and just tell people of the problem as I go along. I can't say I've seen much improvement in that regard over the 17 months though. I am also going through perimenopausal changes right now, so it's hard to say how much is attributed to that instead of SAH. But my husband seems to agree that it's more SAH than the big "M". So, in a small nutshell, that's what my experience is at this point. I would also say that the doctor's suggestion that I would be good as new in 6-9 months was bogus. I've since read that it can be up to as long as 6 years for the non-aneurysm full recovery. I'm counting on less than that of course, but it was comforting in a way to know that fact. At my one year point I expected to celebrate and spent the day in tears because I wasn't 100%. Since reading the correct statistic, I feel better about coping and letting it take it's necessary course. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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