Guest imagination75 Posted May 26, 2007 Share Posted May 26, 2007 Hello My girlfriend collapsed, blacking out for a short while. She described feeling as though someone had hit her on the back of her head with a shovel. She felt sick afterwards. The next day she complained of a major head ache and was violently sick through out the night. Yet despite this - she continued with her job for two weeks. After the first week she saw her GP, who prescribed her Tramzipam assuming this was just a whiplash injury. After the two weeks she told me she had collapsed in the car park - up until now I only knew about the head aches. On hearing this I made her go and see another GP. The GP wrote a letter and made us go immediately to A&E. This doctor as well as giving us the letter wrote on a piece of paper, Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. He insisted I showed this to the hospital and not let anyone fob us off with 'its just a headache'. At hospital I saw with my girlfriend in the resas room whilst various tests were carried out. The initial consultant took a history and stated the syptoms did indeed sound like that of SAH. A CAT scan, xray and full blood tests were done. All negative. This consultant stated that due to the suspected first bleed having happened two weeks ago, the chances of it being shown up on a CAT scan were extremley low. She was admitted to hospital and put under another constulant who was useless in my opinion. A lumbar puncture was performed, however this was negative. Again, we were told the chances of any blood traces being present were very low due to two weeks passing. My girlfriend remained on the ward for a further three days whilst she was monitored. She was released on a cocktail of pain killers and told although they suspected an initial SAH they could not prove this due to two weeks having passed. She was given no aftercare advice, purley told she could leave and nothing else. Four weeks on from the inital collapse, she is laying in bed as I write resting. She has constant headaches, is tired, finds strong light unsetteling. She saw another GP about this who stated he would contact the hospital and they would either, a - contact her, b - write to her or c, do nothing!! This other GP stated taking the full patient history again and questionning whether this could be to do with her back. (she has had back problems before, however she never suffers from headaches) I am absoultley amazed at the lack of patient care. She cannot be bothered anymore with seeing doctors as they all seem unwilling to help or understand the problem. I personally think she should be going in for another CAT scan and possibly an angiogram (I did some research and read about these on the Net). If as suspected, she had the initial bleed - the hospital should be keeping a closer eye on her. Surley there is still a chance of a secondary bleed. I know the four week window has passed, but because the cause was never found and treated there must still be a risk. Does anyone have any experience of such a situation. The majority of cases here involve the cause being found and treated with a 'coil' Imagination75 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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