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Old 01-31-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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Is this it?

Im worried about one of my Relatives! She has begun to 'Slur' some words on occasions, and sometimes forgotten things!

She's been to the doctors, who tested her blood, and told her to come back on the 16th Febuary. And Hospitals don't usually get you back that quickly unless there is something really wrong! She had an 'attack' on new Years eve, where she couldn't pronounce her words properly,and the Doctor gave her medication. ( Anti-coagulants i think )

She isn't old so i don't know what it might be! Could these Symptoms be something like Alsimers? (sp?) Or could the Artery's in the neck be restricting the blood flow to the brain?

 
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Re: Is this it?

It could be anything but I doubt it is Alzheimers. Just have to wait and see what test results are.

 
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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Re: Is this it?

Have any other idea's what it might be? Im kind of worried about this! =/

 
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It could be any of the things you mentioned, or something else... such as a reaction to some drug she began taking at that time, fatigue, an infection somewhere in her body, high or low blood pressure (but they would have tested this at her appointment) ... Just wait and see what the results of the blood tests are. I wish you luck. Often things are not as bad as they seem.

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Anit-coagulants are usually because they think she needs a blood thinner. Does she suffer from high blood pressure? Has she had a stroke before? The slurring of words is not a sign of Alzheimers though so I wouldn't worry about it being dementia.

If it were really serious they would have had her back in to see them right away so that is a good sign...

 
Old 02-03-2009, 08:44 AM   #6
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She hasn't had a stroke before. But on new years eve when she had an attack (Slurring of words, and forgetting things) she said 20% of people have a stroke within one week after having one of these attacks! Thankfully she didn't!

Still worrying thouhg =/

 
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Re: Is this it?

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don't understand why you just don't bundle her up and get her to an ER. They would be able to tell you within hours definitively if she had a stroke.

I wouldn't wait for anything else. This has been driving you nuts for a few days now. You may not be getting the truth, the whole truth either.

 
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Am MRI or CAT SCAN would tell you if there has been a stroke. Goodness if she has had a stroke she needs meds and therapy to prevent another one.

I think restricted blood flow sounds possible too.

 
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What she may have had it is TIA, Transischemic attack. They are not truly strokes but prestrokes that can be a warning sign. The symptoms of these attacks usually disappear rather quickly but it is something that a doctor needs to be aware of and treat properly. If you have questions you definitely should talk to her doctor.

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Ok, well she's been for an CT scan and an Ultra Sound of the blood flow to the brain, and nothing was found there.

No results have been said about the CT scan yet =/ So have to wait and see [=

 
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Re: Is this it?

Timmi,

HOw is her speach? Has it improved? OR is it slipping more? How is she mentally? How do YOU feel that she is?

 
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