Stroke it baby!

By: dragonflyF15 , 1:51 PM GMT on July 22, 2008

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I came home from the lake on Sunday and started noticing this weird heaviness on my right back/shoulder area on the drive back to STL. By 3pm it started spreading towards my neck and base of neck and by the time I got home it spread to my arm. After that it started to feel like dead weight and my face felt like it was dropping and I couldn't control my mouth to form words and so I went into ER. Apparently I was having a TI left sided stroke (basically a warning stroke) caused by a complex migraine (I suffer from migraines on my left side since a car accident years ago). I'm alright and finally home, but I lost out on two days worth of getting thing ready for the Alaskan adventure. Let's just say it was pretty scary when your body starts doing things you can't control, but I'm lucky that I came it when I did they said cause it could have been damaging if I waited and they were able to get me on medications to counter-balance what was going on. I now have medication I have to carry with me everywhere if such an event is to happen again. With going through all this, my primary doc wants to do a full evaluation and physical, including a stress test which takes 6 hours. It's surreal to think about all this considering my age and how healthy I try to live. I wonder how much play my new BC plays into all this and I'm going in today at the neurologist suggestion to get this new BC changed to something else. I kept saying over the last 3 months that something didn't feel right with it, but that doc kept saying give it 3-4 months for it to adjust. Hmmph to that!
Anyways, it's a reminder that we are not immortal and if anything happened I would want some certain people to know that they are very special to me and that would include you all! :)
Hugz my friends!

Stroke Warning Signs

If you notice one or more of these signs, don't wait. Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency medical services. Get to a hospital right away!

The American Stroke Association wants you to learn the warning signs of stroke:

* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
* Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
* Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Be prepared for an emergency.

* Keep a list of emergency rescue service numbers next to the telephone and in your pocket, wallet or purse.
* Find out which area hospitals are primary stroke centers that have 24-hour emergency stroke care.
* Know (in advance) which hospital or medical facility is nearest your home or office.

Take action in an emergency.

* Not all the warning signs occur in every stroke. Don't ignore signs of stroke, even if they go away!
* Check the time. When did the first warning sign or symptom start? You'll be asked this important question later.
* If you have one or more stroke symptoms that last more than a few minutes, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical service (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can quickly be sent for you.
* If you're with someone who may be having stroke symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or the EMS. Expect the person to protest — denial is common. Don't take "no" for an answer. Insist on taking prompt action.

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11. MNTornado
5:51 AM GMT on July 23, 2008
Regarding your header.
Consider your self lucky that they have the meds to reverse a stroke now. In 1970 my dad suffered a major stroke. They didn't have the technology and meds back they that they do now. The stroke didn't kill my dad, which most people still can't figure out, but it left him a paraplegic for the rest of the 20 years that he did live. You are a very lucky person to have gotten through this as well as you did. I highly suggest also that you get two or three medical opinions on your health care. I've learned the hard way that medicine is not as clear cut as we are sometimes made to believe.
It never hurts to have any important medical decisions backed up by at least two different doctors.
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10. moonlightcowboy
5:27 AM GMT on July 23, 2008
Whoa, dfly! That's unsettling! Glad you're better! :)
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9. GardenGrrl
4:58 AM GMT on July 23, 2008
Dang! That was close. Glad you had the good sense to go to the ER. I once heard an MD say that young, non-obese people couldn't get strokes. Glad you didn't see that quack.
Stay healthy.
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11:02 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
DF...Just reading about your scare, scared ME!!!
Make sure to get all the followup needed. Take care of yourself!
When do you leave for AK? Sounds like such a wondeful trip.
Hope all is well for you on all fronts!
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7. AllyBama
10:59 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
Glad to hear that you caught this before any severe damage are one of the fortunate ones..take care and enjoy your trip.
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6. Alleyoops
5:48 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
Dragonfly glad to hear that you came through it ok this time...Hope the doc gave you something to help prevent further clots from forming and that he will order necessary tests to determine where the clot originated. Yup the old nurse giving advice again...LOL

Has he ordered a carotid doppler to make sure nothing there is causing a release of plaque. From what you described as far as pre pain, you may need more testing...Please make sure you get these....

Take care dear one...
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5. Skyepony (Mod)
3:34 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
I care for a stroke victim from time to time.. Count your blessing, take care & have fun.

The only thing I would add to the list is have a folder handy with all the meds & doses currently on.
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4. rosewood
3:19 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
Dragonfly - wow! I am VERY glad to hear you're OK and you have a plan of action. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
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3. Zachary Labe
2:04 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
dragonflyF15- I am glad to hear everything went well. I wish nothing else happens to interfere with you wonderful Alaska Trip. Best of luck!
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2. WxWyz
1:54 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
Glad you're doing okay and thanks for the info.
1. GulfScotsman
1:54 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
I would put up a Billy Squire Youtube but that seems inappropriate.

Hope you are ok and stay well.
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