My names Zoe i am 24 i had a stroke on my 23rd Birthday.
The doctors still do not know what caused it, first they thought it was a tear in my artery in my neck as i got pulled by a horse, later finding out i had a second stroke shortly after on the other side of my brain.
I was on warfrin now on clopidogral, as of my hobbies with horses and waterskiing it didnt seem safe being on the warfrin for the rest of my life.
So the problems i am now experiencing is anxiety, specially when i am tired.
Eveytime i feel dizzy i panic, so i guess i live in fear its going to happen again, is this normal and does any one else experience this?
Thank you for you for taking the time to read.
The following user gives a hug of support to zoechicken: Mulchie (07-14-2012)
I had my stroke last year at the age of 27. Seems so weird saying that at times. As far as being worried you're having another one, I can tell you that for at least the first 6 months every time I had a headache I braced myself out of fear I was having another one. Or at times I started feeling weird, and immediately put both arms out in front of me, making sure one wasn't drooping. So I say yes, what you are feeling was and is normal. And to be honest with you, to this day if I feel weird enough, I start worrying a little bit that I'm having another one. But nowhere near as bad as I used too. Hang in there.
I'm 24 as well, and while I haven't been "officially" diagnosed as having a stroke, I can definitely relate to your anxiety. Every little twitch and I've got myself wondering if I should call someone. I've got a meditation app on my iPod that has always helped me de-stress when work is rough and it seems to help a little with this medical anxiety as well.
I am so sorry for what you are going through, you are so young. These strokes are a mystery some times and they sure make us re-design and re-evlauate our life. Remember Zoe you were saved for a reason. Always remember that, and because of that you should not be afraid. The anxiety is normal every person on this stroke board will tell you we feel anxiet and worry. But you must make sure you dont allow the anxiety to create another illness. I can make you sick. I have suggest to others to find a place in your house that is quiet and peaceful. surround yourslef with things you love and go there as often as you have to . Listen to music, do yoga relaxation tapes. Do what ever you can to eliminate the anxiety. It worked for me and I really encourage you to try it. This type of relaxing is healthy and healing. Its good for the B/P and heart. It helps us sleep more restful and keeps our mind healthy.
Zoe We all want so desperatly to have someone tell us we are ok, We are stroke free and never going to have another one. We want someone to wave a magic wand over us and say POOF you are all better. Oh how I wish it was so but it is not. We have to dig deep down inside ourselves and find strength we never knew we had. We have to decide we are going to live a great life and do great things and not live in fear. I admit, time does have a healing effect. The farther away you get from your stroke the date, the braver we become. But try to get there as quick as you can because life is so much more wonderful when we realize we weathered a stroke and we are still having a great life.
Please continue to post we have all survived strokes and we have big shoulders, good ears and big hearts. Rant, complain, ask questions .
God Bless Mulchie
Hi Zoe, I had my stroke from my right Internail Carotid Artery Dissecting after a car accident, I have the fear all the time of another one but im only afew months out so hoping it will go away in time.
I wanted to ask you, did they do any imaging of your arteries to look for dissection? There are a few herreditary traits that can make some people prone to them so it could be a possibility you could have had one on each side if you have those traits? 23 is so young to have a stroke, I'm sorry. I jhope you are ding well and recovering quickly.