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I experienced a sah recentently 21 dec 2007, a shock to myself and family, im 39 yrs age not old in my books. i was on a trip to collect my son from plymouth for the xmas hols, we arrived early so went for a stroll on the quay. I experienced a massive sudden headache and sickness, the speed of it was shocking! I actually thought to myself gosh this is the worst migrain i had ever suffered, totally wrong !! Hubby took one look and lucky for me decided to takeme to the nearest hospial. Derriford which happens to have a fantastic specialist centre for neuro.

They took one look and diagnosed SAH. I had coils fitted xmas eve .. scary but it saved my life. Its early days but im grateful for every one of them.Still having headaches and very tired but i am positive that i will recover. I ask myself every day why me, why did it happen but i know i have to look forward and treat every day as a new beginning.

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    It's good that you have a positive attitude about your recovery. Things do get better. I had SAH in August 2006 and have since made a full recovery and back working full time. 39 is not that young for SAH. I am in contact with several people who have suffered SAH and a couple of them are younger than you. One is 36 and was also treated at Derriford. I found that sharing experiences with others was a great help to my recovery.

    Stay positive.


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    My partner, Sharon, suffered a SAH last year 10th March, she was 43. She survived but has severe brain damage and currently resides in a nursing home where she has 24 hour care.

    A year previous to this happening, she had a strange sensation in her forearms; she said they felt like dead weights and was very scared. Anyway, she went to the local AE who referred her to her local GP who was quite nonchalant about it and passed it off as something to do with migraines or whatever he could think of at that moment.

    From what I've read here, and what I've subsequently learned, it is far more common than the average person, myself included, knows about. There are warning signs that yes GPs should be well clued up on and anyone I encounter these days who has constant headaches or what I've described above, I calmly advise them to seek medical attention and get a scan.

    The prognosis for Sharon was pretty dreadful, but I thank God that she survived because others die instantly. I've heard many stories about people who have suffered the same as Sharon (grade IV) and have made full recovery but it has taken years. There is no guarantee and it is all built on hope, but I visit her every day and get so much from her even the way she is now.

    For anyone who has the same situation or has come out the other end, it's a tough road but we must try to make others aware and hopefully save some lives.


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    I suffered an SAH on 20 April 2007 - Dr wouldn't come out assuming it was just another migraine, even though I had completely lost my balance! Ended up in Frenchay who did coiling then Glos Royal Hosital. Am back working although only 27.5, with one of those working from home. Still get very tired and occasionlly confused and my balance an co-ordination isn't fantastic, BUT - I'm still here and still working on it!
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    i would just like to thank you all for the support,and give you a short update on whats been happening since my sah. wellapart from fatigue and tiredness im getting better each day.I attended an angio and mri last week, no results yet but hopefully all should be ok.It seems a long time since i was in derriford having my life changing op.Ihavent returned to work yet due to the nature of my job but hope to go back very soon on a limited hour basis to begin with, thats if my doc agrees! there is life after sah thank goodness. I now feel alot more positive about the future. I knowwe are all different but having a positive outlook and attitude really does help with the recovery.Good luck to you all,

    p.s have a look at site called behind the grey. it really helps knowing we are not the only ones !


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    Hi Lisa

    That's good news about your recovery. The fatigue can persist for some time. I still suffer from fatigue almost 2 years on, but with a positive attitude like yours, you can overcome it. I've also found that a sense of humour works wonders.

    I've been a member of Behind The Gray almost since the start and also help out with the site. It's a wonderful community!


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