How much and for how long did your brain heal

My neurosurgeon told me that the brain heals for 18 months. I noticed a great deal of progress in the first couple months and still note improvements at lesser rate now if I compare to what I had a month ago. (I am at month 5) What is your experience?

I’m almost to month five and my headaches seem to be getting worse. I finally got into a neurologist and go this week. I have noticed lots of other things like concentration getting better but still struggle with memory problems.

I had my (SAH) three years ago in March 2015. my headaches are less , speech better but I still have issues with memory and completing certain task. Hope this helps.

Terri

Are you still noticing improvements or do you think you have reached your plateau Theresa?



Theresa Robinson said:

I had my (SAH) three years ago in March 2015. my headaches are less , speech better but I still have issues with memory and completing certain task. Hope this helps.


Terri

The first few years there were times i would stop and realize that things have improved. My therapists told me that the most important thing i can do is not be upset or frustrated if I could'nt remember a name or think of a word. The very act of being aware without putting a label on a person or thing reduces stress.

Returning to work was slow. Increasing time spent in small increments one day at a time . I learned to slow down and observe myself as I lived my life. Separating my mind from my body and my soul really helped alot.

after ninteen months, "the headache" is down to one or two a month. If I'm around a lot of noise and activity, I tend to be overwhelmed. though, this seems to to slowly getting better. My expressive aphasia seems to be about the same. altogether, I seem to be slowly improving

I went in the opposite direction. At 6 months, I felt much better than I do now (18 mos). I think it's because I was in denial at the 6 month mark and pushed through; and I also try to do much more now than I did at 6 months. I saw a vascular neuro specialist, and she told me NEVER give up hope. She had a stroke patient who was in her 30's, and three years after the fact, she worked up the ability to take her 3 children to the movies all by herself via the bus, something that was impossible at the 1 year mark. Also, my Dad had a rupture, and it took him about 5 years, but he left the wheel chair behind and was able to begin driving again. I remain hopeful.

Interesting…my Neurosurgeon said two years will tell her where I’m going to be. However, there is a plethora of research that says the brain can continue to learn and does so

There’s marked research going on for Neuroplasticity

From medicinenet.com - Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

Brain reorganization takes place by mechanisms such as “axonal sprouting” in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed. Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with other undamaged nerve cells, forming new neural pathways to accomplish a needed function.

For example, if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the intact hemisphere may take over some of its functions. The brain compensates for damage in effect by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity.

Neuroplasticity sometimes may also contribute to impairment. For example, people who are deaf may suffer from a continual ringing in their ears (tinnitus), the result of the rewiring of brain cells starved for sound. For neurons to form beneficial connections, they must be correctly stimulated.

Neuroplasticity is also called brain plasticity or brain malleability.

Here’s some places to learn more-

http://www.aaas.org/news/new-insights-brains-repair-system-point-improved-stroke-therapies

http://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=✓&affiliate=nih&query=Neuroplasticity+and+brain+repair

i agree w all the responses, the 18 mnth thing i heard too and i think its a crock of **** there are still improvements like ease of getting in and out of cars, finding words and more! i am 6 yrs post gr5 sah, tc xoxo