40yrOld Horticulturist,which means I'm a plant/tree/shrub Geek.My work revolves around Mother N and weather.I love working,playing,resting outdoors!
By: dragonflyF15 , 1:51 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
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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