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Subarachnoid haemorrhage. Introduction A subarachnoid haemorrhage is an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.

Subarachnoid haemorrhage

It is a very serious condition and can be fatal. Subarachnoid haemorrhages account for around 1 in every 20 strokes in the UK. The main symptom of a subarachnoid haemorrhage is a sudden and very severe headache that is often described as a blinding pain, unlike anything experienced before. Other symptoms can include: a stiff neck being sick sensitivity to light blurred or double vision seizures (fits) or loss of consciousness A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a medical emergency. Read more about the symptoms of a subarachnoid haemorrhage. How a subarachnoid haemorrhage is treated A person with a suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage will need to have a computerised tomography (CT) scan in hospital to check for signs of bleeding around the brain. John's story. John with Team Jurassic at John O'Groats In September 2009, John Nicholson was left paralysed by a subarachnoid haemorrhage and severe cerebral vasospasms, and had to learn to walk again and ride a bike.

John's story

Then in 2010 he underwent brain surgery to treat three further brain aneurysms that were discovered during his initial treatment. He describes how cycling helped him to improve his fitness, concentration and also to reduce fatigue... Survival and recovery "My core fitness level was pretty high before the haemorrhage and I had been a keen cyclist," says John. In 2012, John took part in the 5th stage of the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam 2012, cycling from central France to the Olympic Village in London, via the infamous cobbles around Roubaix, covering a total of 578 kilometres (363 miles) in 4 days! "The scar on my head from the 2010 craniotomy was a real motivator," he says. Gains can still be made It wasn't just fitness that improved as a result of the training. End of the SAH journey. Ann-Marie's story. What are the short-term and longer term effects of a subarachnoid haemorrhage?

Ann-Marie's story

These will be different for everyone, but here Ann-Marie shares her own experience. How it started: horrific pain in my head I went to the loo at around 4am on Friday 20th April 2007; I got back into bed and had the most horrific pain in my head ever. I sat up and my balance had gone; I knew something was very wrong at that point. The doctor told my husband Matt to give me a couple of painkillers and see how I was in an hour! A doctor finally came out to me and gave me a morphine jab while we waited for the ambulance. 26 nights in hospital, speech therapy and physio Matt has since told me that I first got taken to the local hospital where they did a scan and should’ve made me lie down but they didn’t, so when I got up to go to the loo, I collapsed and got “blue-lighted” to a different hospital.

How did the subarachnoid haemorrhage affect me? Immediate effects: incontinence, balance and co-ordination. My sister Carol's story. Carol (far left) with Peter (right) and his daughter, 3 weeks before she got ill Peter didn't know what to expect when he got a phone call to say his sister Carol was seriously ill.

My sister Carol's story

He tells her story, from a brother's perspective... Bad news Saturday, 6 October 2012, 11pm. Sarah is holding the ‘phone for me. "It’s Jan, for you.” I hadn’t seen the text from Jan, my younger sister, saying, call me, it’s urgent. We were just back in south London from visiting Sarah’s parents in Peterborough for the day. You know immediately it’s bad news. “Pete, it’s Carol.” My other sister Carol, twenty-two months older than me, and who lived on her own in Lichfield, had collapsed earlier that evening from a subarachnoid haemorrhage - a brain haemorrhage, to you and me. Sitting with Carol It takes a while for this sort of news to sink in. By 3am, I’m in Burton A&E with my younger sister Janice, her husband Richard, and my mother. Signs of life Miraculously, Carol starts to show some signs of life. Intensive care.