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I suffered a severe sah at the age of 45. It occurred (somewhat unfortunately) post-orgasm and I was told in hospital that this is not uncommon. There was no warning apart from sudden extreme pain in my head; then I lost consciousnes for approximately 15 minutes. In hospital I vomited and was very very drowsy - slipping in and out of consciousness for some time. In the first (local) hospital I was treated as being in a diabetic coma before eventually having a CT scan and then being removed very quickly up the line to a specialist neuro-surgical unit where I was immediately given nimodopine?. lumbar punctures, pain-killing injections, anti-nausea pills etc. etc. After four weeks of lying flat in bed, it was decided to operate because I had another bleed which resulted in a severe, full-on seizure and the beginnings of paralysis down my left side. The surgeon informed me that he did not want to operate but if he didn't I would definitely die and operating meant that I had a one in three chance of dying, one in three chance of being paralysed and a one in three chance of surviving.
Luckily, owing to his skill, I am here to tell the tale. This all happened over ten years ago and the surgeon who saved my life, Mr Ian Cast, has long since retired. I have temporal lobe epilepsy and take phenytoin; I have another small brain aneurysm which has not been treated and I now suffer from severe bouts of migraine (unrelated?) but - apart from that - I am as well as I have ever been. There is life after haemorrhage!
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