Going back to work after a rupture

Its been 2 months since my ruptured aneurysm was coiled. My nuersurgeon said only I know if I 'm ready to go back to work. Then he added rest and taking it easy was the best way to heal. I'm afraid of losing my job, so i want to go back. How do i know if this is my normal? My job requires quick thinking, research and mediations. It is stressful. Please share with me how you made the decision to go back to work. Im a single 50 year old mother and grandmother.

My mom went back to work after a few months, I would say 3 or 4 can’t remember exactly… She’s a journalist and had had trouble with reading and writing right after it burst. But everything is now back to normal and it’s like it never happened. She was 53 when it happened. Depending on the damage and your ability to get back on your feet, it can take more or less time but your doc is right, only you will know when you’re ready. The most important thing is to take it easy and don’t put pressure on yourself! Take care!

Hi Trisha,

I’m a 46 year old single mom of 2. I had to go back to work a month ago which was the two month mark after a clipped and two coiled Annie’s. I was not ready to return but, did it anyway as the bills demanded it and disability was not coming through for months and months. They starved me out and I returned. It was hard and I had a few problems like head pain, jaw pain and hoarse voice. I hope you do well if you do go back!

Best wishes for a speedy and pain free recovery!

Hi Trisha,
I have 3 clips from one rupture, and I had wicked vasospasms and was in ICU for 3 weeks. That’s something to keep in mind; we are all starting to piece our lives back together from a different starting point.

It took me almost 5 months to get back to work, and I had to get a new telecommute position. I have sensory issues, and too much stimulation (driving + work is too much). I work almost full time, but it’s really tough. My domestic life has taken a huge backseat to accommodate my fatigue from working. I have tons of compensation advice if you want it; send me a friend request and I’ll send you a private message.

If you are having trouble concentrating, ask your PCP about Concerta. It changed my work life, for the better.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t bounce back right away. Some are lucky and do; others take a while. You will find your way, and healing is ongoing. Good luck to you!!


considering my personal experiences it would be difficult but unfortunately, the doctor is right because the period of recuperation seems to be different for every one. Good luck I will say a prayer that whatever decision you make is the right one for you. May God bless you and restore your health quickly.

Whatever you do, don't go from being home 24/7 to working 8 hours a day. There needs to be some sort of transition period where you are up and out and moving and thinking, getting your body and mind back into the routine. Get up and shower and dress just as if you were going to work. Get in the car and go someplace and walk or do something where you have to use some/all of the same skills. You will be a mess at first, but should (hopefully) build up some tolerance. I was allowed to go back after a few months and was tired, but managed to surprise those who thought I wouldn't come back at all! So, there! lol Do you have to go back full time? Can you work out some ease-in plan?

Hi Trisha,

I admire your desire to return to work especially so soon. I had a rupture eight years ago. I was in the hospital for six weeks, and then I had therapy at home. I really didn't understand my doctor's and my husband's reluctance to have me return to work. I thought I was fine. Four months after the rupture, my doctor agreed to let me return to work (a demanding job in a multi-cardiologist office). He only agreed to part time. By noon each day, I was literally walking into walls I was so exhausted. I came home and was done for the day. I could hardly make it through the week at part time. My employer was very understanding and the doctors at the practice were extremely good to my family while I was out. But, the job was full-time and I eventually had to work 40 hours a week. Less than one week later, I had to go home early because I felt so ill in the early afternoon. The next day I went in and told the girl in HR that I just couldn't do this. She said "we know". They were good enough to let me discover on my own that I could no longer do the requirements of the job. I was lucky enough to get long term disability from my job, and then received Social Security Disability after being examined by their internal medicine speciality and a psychologist. I was heartbroken to leave my job. Good luck to you. Hope things work out for you.

I went back to work 4 months after my clipping. My job is also intense, counselor in a large public high school. Just give yourself permission to take breaks and lay down if you need to. I had to start 4 days a week at first. Then I tried full time the next semester but it was too taxing and I went back to 4 days again the next school year. We all heal at different rates and you need to be gentle to yourself. Wishing you the best and a smooth re-entry. Cindy

I had a ruptures, CVA, and subarachnoid hemmorhage 6 years ago with a 3 month hospital stay; and have a new carotid aneurysm. I did not return to my job ASA medical review RN , in which critical thinking and quick response time is required for evaluating cases. I still have my bad days, but prefer to be a Mary Kay consultant where I can set my own hours, and help with my school- aged kids.
Good luck to you.KeiSha Primm

Thank you all for sharing. It is reassuring to hear. I was in ICU for 2 weeks. Im frustrated and tired. I’m currently on FMLA and I don’t have any benefits. I’ve been given some good insight.

I tried to go back but suffered headaches so bad I had to quit after 3 weeks. My last specialist said it is not uncommon to suffer headaches for up to a year or two… Some say cases forever. If you can’t, you can’t. Your recovery is priority one.

I never went back to work. My eyes cannot handle flourescent lighting. I was heartbroken about this. I am on SSDI and I tutor English as a Second language from referrals by the University where I taught, in my home. I think it's great that you feel ready. It's been 4 years now, I don't think I'll ever be ready to work full time, but everyone's injury is different. By the way, I'm a grandma too. Isn't it great?

I never went back to my profession (Realtor), I have mobility issues as well as attention (to detail) issues and little stamina (compared to before) If I had to work FT, I would do little else- this I do know. I do miss working, I've worked my entire life- pretty hard, I also had an active lifestyle.

Prior to my rupture I worked at an appraisal firm that was about 20mins away from me via car. I worked there 25hrs/week. I did a lot of computer work and on-site inspections on large properties (farms, industrial buildings etc). I loved it. My rupture happened in August on my way to work, I rehabbed until January and then I worked 1hr/week then 2hrs/week until I got back to the usual 5hrs/day 5 days/week. I did this for a year and it seemed like things were going well. Then my body said NO YOU CANNOT DO THIS!!! Headaches got bad, I had a lot of left side weakness, and I was exhausted. Apparently my memory was going too…I was making mistakes in the reports and other things. The company said I needed to go on disability and that they didn’t want to be responsible if I had a headache while driving. Anyway I no longer can work. Listen to ur body-hope this helps – I’m now 7yrs in

Hello to all wow love your stories I’m goin on four months a clipping for a ruperted I’m home healing. Just thinkin of returning to Work which is very demanding answering phones greeting directing explaining appoints Ect like a robot. My head starts to hurt . I’m scared if I were to return . Good luck you all of you who are back at work please take it easy .

Trisha, blessings and kindest wishes to you. I was older at my rupture but was not yet planning to retire, I tried to return a few times but my job was stressful, required quick and analytic thinking. I found it was just too much of a struggle, when I needed to rest, heal and focus on recovery. I was unconscious after the rupture for several months, it was hard to decide to go off disability and retire early but for me it was the best decision. Three years later I am still making slow but sure progress. I was fortunate that i could retire early, it was not what i wanted or easy to adjust to economically or socially but for me it was wisest choice. Trust yourself that you know best what is best and healthiest for you, and that you will learn what to do to get better. Best wishes, its all so very hard. Keep us posted.

It was hard going back to work however critical to my recovery. I had a rupture followed by a complicated month long ICU stay. I decided to return to work 2 months after my discharge and was exhausted for the first 3 months. What has helped me the most is exercising on a regular basis. I am two years out and still find hard to carve time to exercise. My recommendation is to follow your instinct. Resuming a “normal” life is important but keep in mind you’ll need to eat regularly and have some breaks to sit down and recharge, as well as block more time to sleep at night. May God continue to bless you all!

I am a 911 operator and dispatcher going back to work was challenging. It took me 5 months to return. It has been 2 years since and I am still on modified duty because I suffer from migraine headaches, I have a small aneurysm remaining and other neurological disorders. Many are shocked that I am not on disability but my doctor believe I am a miracle and working is an asset to my recovery. I don’t know some days I feel good other days I feel horrible but taking it in stride.

I had my aneurysm clipped and took 7 weeks off. I was mentally ready to go back. However take it slow and go back part time at first. It's 3 years since my crainiotomy and i still have some sharp shooting pains in my head. Everyone is different. Just take it slow and good luck. Everyone here on this page is adjusting to a "new normal". Best of luck

I guess I'm kind of lucky in an unlucky way....I am on disability due to Crohn's Disease. I've had 13 surgeries BEFORE my SAH, soley due to my Crohn's. I am also (almost) 50 and I ruptured in February 2014. I'm glad I didn't have a job to get back to, especially one as demanding as yours.

If you are even questioning going back to work....you're NOT ready to go back. Hopefully at some point you'll be like...yeah!!! I'm ready to go back to work. Maybe you won't be that excited, though. :)

At 20 months out...I feel pretty much like my "old" self...but something in me has changed. I always say I went into neuro surgery Stephanie Benhase and came out as someone else. I just feel different.

Listen to your body, your heart, your soul...then make a decision.