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Aneurysm & Meds

Ok, we women are the knowers of everything, right? Does anyone have an answer for this one…
Just over a year ago, I had a brain aneurysm. That sounds so much scarier than it actually was! It wasn’t very big, it didn’t burst, they fixed it quickly and it healed perfectly!  BUT, I was just diagnosed with ADHD a couple weeks ago. So I need to try to figure out med options. (yes, I do know that the doctor should be the one to figure out the options, but to be totally frank, it takes forever to get an appointment and I saw my GP today and she had no idea. I like to show up armed with info.) I’m pretty sure stimulants will be out, but not totally sure. For a little more background info, I’m 39 and on Wellbutrin for depression, but don’t find it takes care of my ADHD symptoms.
Does anyone know anyone in a similar situation? What meds are they using? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Frankly, I think that I would take this question to your neurosurgeon or a neurologist.  stimulant mediations can increase your blood pressure, which would also increase the pressure in the vessels in your brain. This really is a specialist matter.

If you have not done so already, I would be looking into the type of ADD you are dealing with and looking at natural ways to treat it, with your doctors’ approval, of course.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Mar 27, 2014 at 4:41am

Im in total agreement.  I would discuss with a psychologist and neurologist. 

On a separate note Im really glad your OK!

Posted by Alioop143 on Mar 27, 2014 at 5:03am

Thanks! Those discussions will definitely take place! Just wondered if there were any similar stories out there? Good idea about narrowing it down to the type, thanks.

Posted by Jenn0428 on Mar 27, 2014 at 6:14am

For sure stimulant medication can raise your blood pressure.  It raised mine 40 points on Ritalin.  Fortunately I have low blood pressure 90/60 so it wasn’t too much of a problem. 

If you have Hyperactive/Impulsive Type ADHD (non-stop motor) like I did stimulants worked great.

Another option, non medication, would be Neurofeedback.  It worked almost the same as medication but the results were more permanent.

Good luck finding the right answers for yourself.

p.s. i was on Wellbutrin for a year before my diagnosis. 
It did nothing for my ADHD symptoms.  Only a stimulant medication could stop the motor smile

It really is great you survived a brain aneurysm!

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 27, 2014 at 6:34am

I have the spacey, inattentive, lethargic, unmotivated, sluggish type adhd and only stimulants worked for me. I agree with everyone about checking with the specialists - I would definitely wait to start any medicine until you check with your neurosurgeon in addition to a psychiatrist.

Posted by Udderlycrazy on Mar 28, 2014 at 5:58am

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