how do you know if your having a stroke?
My mom thinks she might be having symptoms of a stroke. What are the most obvious symptoms to watch out for?
She is 62 yrs old. Her history is high blood pressure, high cholesterol, severe sleep apnea (won't wear her cpap though she's been told she could have a heart attack or stroke in her sleep w/o it), osteoarthritis, & diverculitis.
Her complaint is pain in her hand, hip, leg, & foot, and it radiates from her foot to her hand, causing tingling sensations, sometimes numbness in her foot, and it's all to the left side of her body. The pain gets extremely horrible. It's been occuring for about a week. She is also feeling some burning in her hip.
I have fibromyalgia and I know those aches and pains definetly do not persist just to one side of my body.
Her brother has heart problems and had repeated mini strokes. Both her parents had heart disease but not stroke issues.
The good thing I think is this is just an issue with pain. There's nothing seeming to relate with the brain, speech issues, loss of vision or such.
I am taking her to see her doctor next mth but I would love you all's opinion on this before we go. That way incase the doctor chooses not to do anything and just assumes it's her arthritis, I will know whether to open my big mouth and insist that she checks out it. Thank you.
Last edited by neveragain444; 03-25-2009 at 10:47 AM.