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Old 05-18-2011, 09:42 PM   #1
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Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

Okay, so my best friend had 3 TIA's 5 months ago.. He went to the hospital and they discovered a clot in his neck. He can't have surgery because it's far too dangerous.. He's exercising and on a diet currently.. He's always weak, in pain, and has trouble thinking and doing more than one thing at once. Is that normal and will it improve? And also what can be done since he can't have surgery to correct the problem? His doctor said that he's doing everything right and is going to have him go for a CAT scan in October to see if it's improved at all.
Thank you very much for reading this, I would appreciate any help I can get!

 
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

The confusion and weakness (usually only on one side) is pretty par for the course, and I know other people here suffer pain as well.

I don't know about the surgery. Did the doctor say the surgery will take place if your friend gets into better shape via the exericise and diet?

 
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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

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The confusion and weakness (usually only on one side) is pretty par for the course, and I know other people here suffer pain as well.

I don't know about the surgery. Did the doctor say the surgery will take place if your friend gets into better shape via the exericise and diet?
Not that I am aware of.. As far as I know he just told him surgery isn't a good idea because of the risk factor, and thats all.. but then again I don't go to his appointments with him so I don't know everything they tell him.
I know he's on blood thinning medicine..So hopefully thats helping.
I'm just concerned because he think he's going to die, which I don't believe at all.. I was positive they would end up doing the surgery.
The artery in his neck is 80% blocked, and I'm hoping it doesn't get any worse

 
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Not that I am aware of.. As far as I know he just told him surgery isn't a good idea because of the risk factor, and thats all.. but then again I don't go to his appointments with him so I don't know everything they tell him.
I know he's on blood thinning medicine..So hopefully thats helping.
I'm just concerned because he think he's going to die, which I don't believe at all.. I was positive they would end up doing the surgery.
The artery in his neck is 80% blocked, and I'm hoping it doesn't get any worse
Hello... This is tim
I am glad you are concered about you friend. It sounds like to me that he is ok after the stroke. his fear of "death" is normal after a stroke. I could not sleep worrying about that after mine stroke. But he is ok. Believe it or not that just drinking water helps alot. We don't drink enough water. It may help with his headaches if he has that. I personally don't take medications anymore, I think that we can heal ourselves from anything. That is only my opinion. And his fear and confusion is from a stroke. It just really takes a long time to heal from that. Tell him to write here if he can. there are alot of help from us stroke survivors if you need it. Just tell him everything is ok and don't worry. Worry is a waste of our time to him and all of us.
God Bless,
Tim

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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

Hello Love Dance, and welcome to our special place for stroke survivors and their loved ones, such as yourself.

I really feel for your friend and what he is going through. Living after strokes is really difficult, and I shared his fears for quite some time. I actually slept sitting up for a few years in fear of even laying my head down. I do not wish this on your friend, so the sooner we can help him, the better. It is wonderful that he has a friend like you, as we really need extra support following stroke/TIA.

As Chloe mentioned, the weakness and fatigue is very common, and the best choice in dealing with it is to give in to it. If he is tired, let him sleep. A great deal of our healing takes place while sleeping.

May I ask his age, or did I miss that?

I also share another thing with your friend, and that is being un-operable for any condition. In fact, I am in serious need of a hysterectomy for a serious case of endometriosis, an incurable and painful condition. Instead, I have had to rely on pain control medication that has it's own serious risks. All we can do is our best with what we have on our plate.

Please feel free to call on us with any more questions or comments that you think of...we are a close group that are here to offer our experiences with others who are facing life after stroke. we are here to help, and I hope you find a bit of comfort from coming here.

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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

IMO, surgery will be done in a life threatening situation, no matter the risk. So perhaps your friend isn't IN that situation yet!

I don't take any medications, other than 1 baby aspirin a day, but I would not hesitate to take meds if they were standing between me and dying/having another stroke. The blood thinners are no doubt necessary.

The combination of the meds, diet and exercise (obesity alone poses serious risks for surgery) may do the trick, so your friend may be able eventually to get the needed surgery.

 
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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

Chloe,

I stand corrected about being un-operable in a life threatening situation...

 
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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

Janet, I wasn't meaning to correct or contradict you! Sorry if it seemed that way.

I was just trying to point out that if the OP's friend was in an immediate life or death situation, I'm sure the surgery would be done even at great risk.

 
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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

No, no...Not taken that way at all Chloe.

It was a good reminder that if I was in a life or death situation, surgery would be an option...one I hope none of us have to face.

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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

Hi, Not an expert here but I would seek a 2nd opinion if practical. My mother had blockages in her leg and later heart and both were corrected by surgery. I don't know how different the neck is but when I was having my ultrasounds I was under the impression that they would have done surgery had they found anything. But what do I know - lol.

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Old 05-23-2011, 02:03 PM   #11
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Re: Question about friend who had 3 TIA's..

Thank you ALL for your replies, you have all made me feel so much better about everything.. And I definitely will talk to him about it so he can feel better and hopefully not worry so much!!

I talked to a doctor about him not being able to have surgery, and they just told me that the clot could be dissolved with medicine along with certain dietary changes.. But I do believe that surgery could definitely be done if it was an emergency at least.

He's doing okay right now, I've noticed that he has days when he seems alright and then days when he's in alot of pain..and just doesn't feel good. He's frustrated that he forgets things easily, and can't do so much at once like he could before.. But I'm trying to keep him positive and tell him things will get better.

I do have one other question.. He gets tremors at night really bad.. What exactly causes this does anyone know? Is there anyway to stop it?

Thanks again for all of your help!!

 
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