Hi everyone, I'm the new kid here! I am a 32 year old female- just discharged today from the hospitalafter experiencing two slight strokes. The first was a week ago (Feb. 23) and the second episode was Feb. 28. In both episodes I lost my ability to speak clearly although I could understand what others said to me. The first time it was very short-lived and because I didn't know what it was I just ignored it and improved rather quickly.
When it occurred for the second time I went to the ER right away. I was also experiencing numbness on the right side of the face and weakness of my arms. It lasted about an hour.
My neuro admitted me into the hosp for 3 1/2 days and performed many tests including EEG, ECG, EKG, MRI w/ contrast, and lots and lots of blood tests. The affected area can be seen as a small white blob in my left brain near the language area. No cause was found in all the testing.
I think I have recovered my abilities quite well but am tired and a little scared. I am a mother to four small children and this was so unexpected.
I guess I am not really asking anything, just searching for others who understand what happened to me. I hope this place will be a good spot for me to learn. Thanks!
And welcome to the stroke survivor forum. You are so young to have that happen. But it happens to lots of people that are ones you would never expect. Just like you. So first I want to ask you to not worry if you can. I know it is hard, but have friends here that understand how you feel.
Your post is very interesting to me because you are the first one that mirrors my stroke. Strokes are all so different, but yours was just like mine. Because your stroke happened on your left brain mine did to. So you said they say a white blob, Mine was a black blob. So the point that you are writing already is a very good since. Basically our left brain is cognitive and our right are phyisical. for some reason most people have a stroke on the right brain. So it is obvious to you friends to see if you can't walk or something, you had a stroke. But a stroke only on the left brain left us with no thoughts. So when you are walking fine, people don't understand that you did have a stroke. I have had friends "get over it" and it is most hurtful words I have heard, but I can't even respond, because when I get upset I can't even speak. But know understands and they can't. So I don't even go out much. But i am not telling you to do that. What I am saying is that your are young and it seems like your stroke was not too bad and you can recovery. Don't listen to negativity. Believe in yourself and I know you will get better. A stroke recovery is a long process, but you learn a lot along the way. Patience, compassion, understanding and lots of love.
Hello and welcome to our family
I am so sorry to hear about your strokes. I had my stroke June 2010 and its been a slow but steady recovery. After my MRI they found out I had another stroke that had gone undetected.My stroke in June involved my right side giving me drop foot hip pain hand tremor and removed my math skills, ability to multitask have migranes and sensativity to light and sound. Now many of these symptoms have improved over the months and I still continue to improve. The math skills and multitasking are the only two I would say have not improved.
It is good you went to emerg. I was 24 hours before I went and I should have been in there sooner.
You say they have not found a reason for your stroke so please continue to insist in good care and further investigating. You are very very young to have suffered two strokes you must find the reason to prevent further strokes. I insisted on a second opinion and it was the best thing I did. Please let us know how you are making out. God Bless Mulchie
Thanks so much for your replies. I'm doing great. It seems that the only thing that has changed for me since the stroke is that I get tired more easily so I've moved my bedtime up an hour. There are really no residual physical effects. Occasionally I have to search a little harder to come up with a word but my husband says he doesn't notice any delay when I am speaking. My motor skills are normal now.
I count myself very blessed and am so thankful to God for my recovery. Of course at first I was quite distressed and anxious that it would happen again. My mind has settled down now and I'm working on modifying my diet and exercise and have cut out some significant stressors in my life which has really made a difference in my overall mindset.
Thank you so much for checking in. I hope you both are doing well and finding joy in each day.
Hi guys, I just wanted to post an update to anyone who is interested. I know it is always nice to hear "the end of the story" so I hope that this might be helpful for someone.
When I experienced the episodes I described earlier on this thread I was living in Manila, Philippines and was treated by a good team of medical professionals there. They ran every test they could and cautiously labelled what I had experienced as a stroke.
When I returned to Canada this fall I went to another specialist for a second opinion. After a repeat MRI, a wide range of blood tests, and carefully reviewing the results of my tests in Feb. he and another doctor have both determined that it was not a stroke after all, but a basilar-type migraine which is commonly mistaken as a stroke.
Migraines sometimes have a phase called an aura that appears before the headache or can sometimes appear without a headache at all. In my case, the aura was the numbness and tingling in my face, arm and leg, and the inability to speak. This isn't a very common type of migraine but it does exist and since my diagnosis I've heard of several people who have suffered from these.
I actually don't have a history of migraines, so it wasn't really on my radar as a diagnosis and apparently pointed the doctors in the Philippines away from that diagnosis as well.
From what I gathered from your post the migrane simulated a stroke but it was not a stroke there for no damage done is that correct? If thats correct then a celebration is in order right!!!!
I sure hope so.
God Bless Mulchie