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My NASAH happened 4 months during endoscopy when BP shot up although I don't usually have high BP, just before they started I was anxious and they told me my BP was high.


They carried on and then the dreadful headache started. I was yelling and moaning my head hurt so much but they ignored it, held me down and forced my mouth open, they thought I was "acting up". Straight after they told me to go with no recovery time.


My friend who came to collect me was horrified when she saw the state of me I didn't know where I was or how I got there. They said it was the after effects of the sedation, they were running late and wanted to go home. 


It was five days before I went to A/E and as I related this to the doctor my BP rocketed again and the excruciating headpain returned. I was in a CT scanner within 20 minutes where two bleeds were detected in frontal lobe. After MRA no aneurysms found.


I still have PTSD about it but thought it was improving. I made a formal complaint and the hospital phoned on FRIDAY to discuss it. I've just picked up message.  


My BP has shot up, my head is throbbing and I can't breathe - that's just the thought of talking about. I'm scared that discussing it with someone will give me another one!


I've just taken a beta blocker and 2mg diazepam. Obviously stilll affecting me badly but I feel I had to make a complaint because I was treated so brutally.  

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Hi Vicky 

welcome to the site, glad you found us.


Oh what a horrible ordeal for you to go through,  the chances of you actually having another are low but that feeling is horrible think everyone feels like that in the beginning it will ease - honest.

of course you had to make a complaint that was terrible and no-one should have to go though that.


I hope you get some sort of resolution to this..


hope you find the site helpful.


take care

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Hi Vicky.


Welcome to BTG.


Firstly, your health is your absolutely number one priority.


You need to keep going back to the team that treated you to seek re-assurances, to ask questions and to be sure the treatment you are receiving is the correct treatment. 


Then you can follow up your complaint - and if you were unhappy, you were absolutely right to complain. However, make sure you do it diplomatically  and in the right way - you don't want to bite the hand that feeds you - nevertheless, they need to know that what they did wasn't acceptable. If, they say that saving your life was their priority, rather than having good manners, then you could cut them some slack.  How else would they find out, and improve things if people didn't complain?


In terms of talking about it making your blood pressure rise, I think there are a couple of points to bear in mind.


1)  The clinical team are there to look after your medical needs, not your social ones, so sometimes it can seem as though they have just turfed you out and cut you off.  It's just not their field of expertise that's all.


2)  Find a close friend to talk to in a calm situation who can sit down with you and let you talk about what has happened to you, without judging you, or telling you that you may be getting upset too easily. They just need to let you get it all off your chest, and you will feel a lot better for having done that.


3)  Set down some questions on paper and then approach your doctors armed with that. It is much easier to do that and talk in a structured way than with an adhoc approach that can get out of hand because of your understandable emotions, in play because of what you have gone through.


4) Although the people treating you are probably very good at what they do in repairing you, in almost all cases, they have not lived the experienced themselves, and so they don't have that social empathy that we have for you, for instance.


5) Now that you have complained, let the investigating body do their job, they are taking the strain for you now, so try not to get too worked up about it. you can only make your next move when you get a reply to it.  In the mean time, talk to people, such as your friends and family, who you know will lend you a sympathetic ear. It is very difficult for you, being at the centre of this, not to get emotional because it is without doubt, a very real and terrifying experience to have lived through,


However, you will find that their response may feel 'matter of fact.'  If I were you, I would get your friend or family member  to open the letter in your presence, and take you through it line by line, talking about it as you go, making sure you take in what it says, with their support to hand.


Just my opinion, that's all.


Good luck and best wishes,



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Not much I can say what hasn't already been said Vicky xxx


My Surgeon told me I must try and not stress after my bleed, so if you think getting it off chest will help or make you stress more ?? Do what you want to do and then move forward. 


I wish you all the best (This is where I normally say sing but  you seem to have been through it)   xxx



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I spoke with someone today, she was very nice and very understanding and is going to investigate.  I have no issues with the neurology team apart from lack of advice and follow up but that seems to be the norm. It is purely the endoscopy staff who failed to recognise and respond to my obvious distress and sent me home when I did not know where I was or how I had got there. I realise I am quite fortunate to still be here.


When the investigation has been completed I will take some time to decide what to do, if anything. It took me three months to be able to talk to PALS in a calm factual way and it was them who started the ball rolling a month ago.  I would hate anyone else to go through what I did during and after procedure. The memories will fade, in time, but at the moment it's very raw and I live alone. It does help to talk about it with friends, then I'll just change the subject.


At least I'm not waking up at 5 am every morning and remembering a nurse shouting at me to open my mouth and trying to to force a tube down my throat while I was having a brain haemorrhage, so that's an improvement.  Best wishes to all.

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Wow, what a crazy ordeal!!! You deserve to have ptsd from that! Your situation must have been terrifying. I hope you recover from this. You are also recovering from the bleed 4 months out. I had problems for 6 months. Try to see a counselor. Especially one who does ptsd. Your situation was more frightening than most soldiers that have been in battle! you have every right to have severe ptsd, and again, you need to recover. Try to rest, dont dwell on things. Try not to deal with the hospital negligance thing untill you have fully healled, ok??

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