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Old 01-27-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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subarachnoid hemorrhage

I was hit by a speeding truck back in mid Dec and among other injuries had bleeding in the brain, which on a form I saw listed as subarachnoid hemorrhage. I had a follow up CT scan 2 weeks ago to see how it was, and the spot of blood, which was on the left, is gone now. However, the "mystery" as it was put, is that there is a spot on the right now, that wasn't there at first. I was told it could be another blood spot, which too will go in time, or a calcium spot, unrelated to the injury. A MRI was ordered for this Tues, just to "verify" everything was fine. However now I got a call that the Dr ordered more MRI image studies, with contrast. I asked what was seen/not seen that made this needed, but no answer was given yet from the MRI place and the Dr hasn't returned the call. So, I was just wondering if anyone knew.
I never had head pain or any problems for the past 40 days, except until this Sunday I've had a nonstop, but dull headache, continuing now 5 days later. This started before I got these results and further tests, so I know it is not just psychosomatic or something, which would be hard to believe for me anyway since I don't get worked up easily, just a litte curious.
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Re: subarachnoid hemorrhage

Hi, what did the doctor conclude from your imaging studies? Are you still having headaches?
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Re: subarachnoid hemorrhage

The imaging studies showed it was just blood, and would fade eventually. The headaches got a lot worse for a few weeks, but I was told it is just a delayed symptom from the initial trauma injury. She said even loss of memory can come months after, and pain can too. She said it can last 6-12 months, but already it has diminished some since the worst pain, so although it's been over a month of daily and near constant headaches, I think it'll be over before the 6-12 month possibility.
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It sounds like you are healing, and I hope it continues well for you
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Hi,
My husband had a SAH two months ago. He has had non-stop headaches with memory loss of hours at a time sometimes and bad concentration problems. I saw that you had very little headaches initially. Did you have any of these problems? Did you need any on-going treatment to help with any of this? My husbands was a small bleed and he just got done with steroids and now on tramadol for the headaches. It seems to be less the last couple days. I just wondered if you had any long term effects? The neuro is not treating the concentration and memory problems. Can you let me know if you found anyone else with this problem if you didn't?

 
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Hello,

I did not have any noticeable or prolonged memory loss. In the very very beginning, like the first week, I have very little memory, but I am sure that was from the drugs they were giving me too, and all the other things wrong. After 2 weeks, I was at home, and I noticed that I would forget some words when trying to talk to people visiting. I think however it might have just been due to everything combined, and from not doing much reading of talking or mental anything for 2 weeks. I don't really think anyone else noticed anything much, just me. At that point, no one had mentioned possible problems from the brain injury, so I didn't really relate it to that.

I had no headaches at all for almost 1.5 months after the injury. Then suddenly, they began one afternoon, and never stopped, all day within an hour of getting up, and falling asleep with them. That went on for about a month, then I had a lull for a week or so. I thought they were going away, that is when I last wrote.

However after that they came back with a vengeance, for a few months again. It will be 6 months on June 11th since the injury, and I still have daily, near constant headaches, but they are much less again. But different things make them worse and they still vary from day to day. The area where apparently my head hit in the accident is still tender if I press on it, but the headaches internally change locations all the time, it seems to totally vary.

As far as what doctors have told me... it's not too much. Once the headaches started, I was given more tests, and it showed nothing new. I was told that headaches, or memory loss can occur for 6-12 months, and that the delayed start can also happen. It seemed that it wasn't like something was newly wrong, it was just still a recovery. So, just like my other injuries are not over and I still feel pain at times and have less strength and mobility, so it is with the brain.

I think, because it is the brain, we are a lot more concerned with it when there are symptoms, thinking it should be totally back to normal if nothing is wrong. That is the way I first though anyway, until I realized that it is probably just its way of recovering, just like other parts of the body all have to do too.

I would recommend that you and your husband try to think that way regarding the concentration and memory loss. I know it is hard, and that is a lot scarier and harder to deal with than just headaches. But, since the dr's did say it is a symptom of it, and not showing something newly wrong, that is probably what it is. They have done more tests to verify, right?

As far as medication, all I was given was extra-strong prescription Ibuprofen (Advil) It did nothing at all to help. I was seeing the Nurse Practitioner of the Neurosurgeon (I didn't have surgery, it's just where the hospital sends ER brain injury people). She said that is all she can prescribe, but since the headaches have continued, that she wanted to refer me to a Neurologist who is a headache specialist.

So I go July 15th. She said they may possible prescribe some migraine medicines or anti-seizure medicines.

Really at this point, I am just still believing it all will end, in time. I keep thinking of the 6-12 month time frame that was given.

I dont know of anyone else that had this condition to give their side. Personally, from being further along in the recovery than your husband is, at 2 months things were still pretty extreme for me, regarding pain, and things have come a long way up to now at nearly 6 months. Although not over, I can definitely see it is a healing going on, not a new problem. I pray you take peace in that and that his recovery is even faster than mine, and that the memory loss ends quickly. Keep me updated if you would like to write back.

 
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Hello,

I did not have any noticeable or prolonged memory loss. In the very very beginning, like the first week, I have very little memory, but I am sure that was from the drugs they were giving me too, and all the other things wrong. After 2 weeks, I was at home, and I noticed that I would forget some words when trying to talk to people visiting. I think however it might have just been due to everything combined, and from not doing much reading of talking or mental anything for 2 weeks. I don't really think anyone else noticed anything much, just me. At that point, no one had mentioned possible problems from the brain injury, so I didn't really relate it to that.

I had no headaches at all for almost 1.5 months after the injury. Then suddenly, they began one afternoon, and never stopped, all day within an hour of getting up, and falling asleep with them. That went on for about a month, then I had a lull for a week or so. I thought they were going away, that is when I last wrote.

However after that they came back with a vengeance, for a few months again. It will be 6 months on June 11th since the injury, and I still have daily, near constant headaches, but they are much less again. But different things make them worse and they still vary from day to day. The area where apparently my head hit in the accident is still tender if I press on it, but the headaches internally change locations all the time, it seems to totally vary.

As far as what doctors have told me... it's not too much. Once the headaches started, I was given more tests, and it showed nothing new. I was told that headaches, or memory loss can occur for 6-12 months, and that the delayed start can also happen. It seemed that it wasn't like something was newly wrong, it was just still a recovery. So, just like my other injuries are not over and I still feel pain at times and have less strength and mobility, so it is with the brain.

I think, because it is the brain, we are a lot more concerned with it when there are symptoms, thinking it should be totally back to normal if nothing is wrong. That is the way I first though anyway, until I realized that it is probably just its way of recovering, just like other parts of the body all have to do too.

I would recommend that you and your husband try to think that way regarding the concentration and memory loss. I know it is hard, and that is a lot scarier and harder to deal with than just headaches. But, since the dr's did say it is a symptom of it, and not showing something newly wrong, that is probably what it is. They have done more tests to verify, right?

As far as medication, all I was given was extra-strong prescription Ibuprofen (Advil) It did nothing at all to help. I was seeing the Nurse Practitioner of the Neurosurgeon (I didn't have surgery, it's just where the hospital sends ER brain injury people). She said that is all she can prescribe, but since the headaches have continued, that she wanted to refer me to a Neurologist who is a headache specialist.

So I go July 15th. She said they may possible prescribe some migraine medicines or anti-seizure medicines.

Really at this point, I am just still believing it all will end, in time. I keep thinking of the 6-12 month time frame that was given.

I dont know of anyone else that had this condition to give their side. Personally, from being further along in the recovery than your husband is, at 2 months things were still pretty extreme for me, regarding pain, and things have come a long way up to now at nearly 6 months. Although not over, I can definitely see it is a healing going on, not a new problem. I pray you take peace in that and that his recovery is even faster than mine, and that the memory loss ends quickly. Keep me updated if you would like to write back.

 
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Hi,
Thank you for your quick response. I realize you were trying to be quite encouraging. The thing is, my husband is a preacher and we are missionaries to who were on an island. We do not have months and months of time to wait and wonder what to do about this. I have done a lot of research and it says that many who have not had neuro-psychological care will take much longer to recover IF at all back to as much of a norm as possible. We have to let our replacement know how long to be there and if we need a second replacement. I spoke with a neuro-psy. who visited the island right at the time of his accident and she took the time to explain what all he might need according to what was happening. Here they are not addressing it. As you said, the doctors do not say much...Time is healing. Well, time is something we all do not have and if it pertains to being able to do your job that defines you as a person, then it makes the situation more agitated and then the symptoms can be worse. So I spoke with someone today who had a brain injury and they received some good care from a neuro-psy. also who helped them deal with the daily life struggles...being around people, noise, lights, stimulations, etc. It is all affecting him. I DO understand that it could take awhile. Do your headaches affect your working? My husband cannot concentrate enough to make a sermon or to go do a simple task. I appreciate your input. I am praying for the right wise choices for me to do my best by him and not have it be a hindrance to his recovery. Doctors do not always do everything possible to make the recovery easier or faster if it is possible. I will be speaking with a neurological hospital in Florida and getting an opinion from them on IF it is worth seeking the extra help.

Have a good week and thank you for taking the time to respond.
Cindy

 
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hello,

Your reply convicted me of what I felt first to write, or include that is, but didn't, and that is, that regardless of time healing it, God can heal instantly, or differently than the medical profession, which still certainly does a lot of good.
That is not to say that 100% of the time it occurs, but that has nothing to do with His will. I am not meaning to preach to you whatsoever, or force beliefs possibly different than yours, or state what you already believe far more than I do, but merely state what I have seen with my eyes and believe in my heart is true, for me, your husband, and everyone.

Jesus fully expressed the Father's will, and healed all that came to Him, meaning it is always the Father's will to heal. He said that the signs that follow those that believe would include laying hands on the sick and seeing them recover. That is one way of us being used for bringing His kingdom and will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. The cross fully paid for the curse of the law, including all sickness, disease, and anything else not good, and that includes this. It becomes even more clear when it is affecting His sermon writing, but just affecting anything would be enough since God does not want that.

"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." Knowing it is God's will, believing He is able and willing to heal, and then waiting on Him, for the results to manifest, instantly, or for some unknown reason, slowly, is what I have seen bring results of God's will being done. I was healed instantly of a neurological balance problem I had for several yrs that was worsening. It was this summer, I am only in my 20s. Suddenly after meditating on Scripture and getting a small tweak of revelation about something I thought I already knew, all the symptoms, to my surprise, completely ended. My friend was healed of lupus, another disease you are not healed from. Some other people at my congregation have had a variety of "smaller" things healed. I have seen 2 healings of non-believers on the streets when praying for them. I have seen a lot of people not healed too, but that doesn't change the will of God that Scripture shows.

Please see I am not trying to preach or condemn anyone for not receiving healing. Certainly I saw no divine miracle from the accident I was in as far as quickening recovery, nor was really focused on it much. I guess my faith for others is better than for myself.

I will stop rambling. I just wanted to obey what I didn't at first and instead put some watered down sentence at the end of the last one about healing quickly. Regardless of who you were, I just had wanted to mention that along with pursuing medical help for symptoms, to also even more pursue God for total and immediate ending of the problem and all symptoms, for His glory and due to His love for us.

No, I do not have mental problems at work, just physical due to the other injuries. I do not have concentration or memory problems reading or writing outside of work either. Did you get a follow up MRI or CAT scan after the initial diagnosis?

I indeed will pray again that your husband's brain be returned to complete normal and all symptoms end.
Please excuse any hurts I may have written for misguided excitement over God. I am not in ministry yet, although I also hope to one day live in another country permanently in missions too. I was in India for a month this October staying with an Indian evangelist.

 
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Thank you again for your encouragement. We have already been asking God for the healing as are probably hundreds, if not thousands of our supporting churches. We realize that all healing does come from God, but in His will He chooses to let some carry something like this longer. He also can use the medical profession to help get better faster and this may also be His will. He knows our ministry, He knows our need, and He WILL supply in His time. We also feel that to sit back and do nothing when He has given some the abilities to be a help and He has not chosen to choose healing faster....we feel that if God chooses to heal, He will do so completely. There are no examples of healing in the Bible where He does it partway. My husband does feel that maybe God is teaching him patience, but we also both have peace on the fact that we need to do something more than just wait.

Thank you for being an encouragement. We will continue to seek God's will and guidance in the next steps. So far, the things that have been "just happening" are substantial enough to know that the steps we are taking are in His direct guidance.

Enjoy your week!

 
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