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Old 01-03-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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TIA Stroke

I am 48 and recently had a TIA stroke on December 3, 2012. I awoke to left side tingling but thought I was coming down with the flu...I didn't realized what was happening. I got into the shower and couldn't feel the water on my left side and not until my right side got in did I realized that the water was very warm...when I got out of the shower my vision was blurred and my balance was off. I had a headache since December 1st as well....I went to emerg where they did a CT scan that showed a grey area and possibly some bleeding....2 days later they did an MRI and it showed that I had a small stroke (TIA). I was in hospital for 10 days but since being released my left hand and arm have been extremely sensative to hot and cold and it is very bothersome at times. They have also found a hole in my heart (PFO) and I am awaiting an appointment with a cardiologist in February. I want to go back to work next week. Does anyone have any similar symptoms and how soon did you go back to work? I've read the longer the symptoms linger on the more permanent they could be...I find that I am also worried about having another stroke. My family thinks that I may have had another one last week but I didn't go to doctor...I was very dizzy and had another bad headache but I just thought it was still from the first stroke....Meemashell

 
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Hello and welcome to our family of Stroke Survivors
I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. So young and it is all very frightening. When you have a stroke your brain swells and untill the swelling goes down you may have symptoms resulting from that. I can not stress to you enough the importance of rest. You had a stroke and your body needs rest to heal. YOu had a life changing episode and you need to give your body the conditions to heal.
Our symptoms are all different however there are some common threads with us stroke survivors. Please please remember, the doctors say if its not better in 3 months then it wont be and that is just NOT true. Please know that your recovery is constantly happening as long as you are gently pushing forward. No one knows how you feel and you must be an advocate in your recovery. Push to find answers and insist on the best care because you deserve it. Some days you will feel like you are going 3 steps forward and 2 back. That is normal and everyone here will tell you that recovery sometimes is slow but you must never give up. You must remember you were saved for a reason and that is a great thing. However you must go to the hospital if you experience any further symptoms and think possibly youare in stroke. Insisting in good care and being persistant in caring for youself is so important. I can stress to you enough how important demanding some answers and heading your life in the direction of a healthier and greater life.
Untill you see the specialist please do all you can do keep your BP monitored, get rest, stay positive ( I know thats hard ) watch your salt drink lots of water and rest.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:34 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome to the board. Sorry to hear you suffered a stroke. I see you said "small" stroke. Please know that no matter how "small" it was/is you have suffered a stroke. I went back to work after 3 weeks only to realize my body was NOT ready. Please do not rush it and allow your body and brain to rest and drink plenty of water. I did not realize how important water is for the healing of the brain. Also, if you have underlying causes such as high BP or cholesterol give you self time to get it under control.

There are so many things doctors do not tell you regarding stroke and the affects because every stroke is different. Depression and fatigue are at the top of my list. Also, hypersensitive and different stages of pain. IF you have the opportunity to do physical therapy please take advantage of it. As everyone here will tell you a positive attitude is the key to recovery. I have had my share of complaining but everyone here helped me get back on track!

Always know that your questions and concerns are ours also so feel free to express them here!

Again, I can't say it enough....give yourself time to heal. Give yourself time to accept you have had a stroke.

Everyday is a blessing.....glad you are here to share yours with all of us!

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:21 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for your kind words and advice.....I realize it has only been 5 weeks since my stroke but I really need to get back to my work and am going to see my family doctor on Monday in hopes that he will allow me to go back. I have had such a hard time excepting and taking this stroke seriously and I"m not sure why....I am not a person that sits around the house and am a goer. I love my job and hate not knowing how things at the office are. I have wondered myself it is too soon, as I still find that every other day I am needing a nap or have a slight headache. I find that if I do turn to quickly that I get light headed. I can't seem to find out what is the timeframe for being off of work. Also, I want to start at the gym so will be asking my doctor about that. I am waiting to see a cardiologist in February and hopefully I will have more answers about my PFO and if they are going to do surgery or just leave it. So many questions and no answers yet. I am constantly going on the internet and looking things up. Thanks again to you both for sharing your experiences with me. Meemashell

 
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #5
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I know what you mean......but please do not rush it if you are able to take some time off or at least try half days if you must work. Before my stroke I was in the gym 5-6 times a week. After the stroke I was not able to workout mostly because of fatigue and poor balance. Doctors were more concerned with me injuring myself from a fall or tripping on the treadmill. I also had very high BP and they didn't want me to exsert myself until I got it under control.

I admire you for loving your job and wanting to go back. I loved my job also but quickly learned "most" employers care more about the biz than you. I hope this is not the case for you. Everyone should be familiar with the FMLA law and your medical leave protection for both you and your immediate family (if needed).

As I said earlier, I returned to work half days after 3 weeks after the stroke with hardly no visible affects but i gradually got worse and ended up off 2.5 months. I consider myself lucky as I can still care for myself, drive, walk, dress myself and for this I am thankdful. Nobody but us here understand the "other" effects we have. Fatigue, depression, confusion, uncertainty, etc.

I am noticing now that my short-term memory is terrible. I must make lists now. I was on holiday vacation and went downstairs to hotel lobby for coffee and forgot what room number I was in. I AM A 51 YEAR OLD active female and this has been a huge pill to accept. So yes......I understand what you mean. Rest rest rest....I can't say it enough.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:47 PM   #6
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It has been 2 1/2 weeks since getting back to work and in the swing of things, although it is great to be back I find myself extremely tired in the evening. The last two days, Sunday and Monday of this week, I have been so very tired. I have been sleeping from 10 to 13 hours...is this normal or should I be concerned? My left arm and hand are still tingling and it constantly feels like I have been laying on it and its asleep. I go to the cardiologist on February 8th and hopefully will get some answers, as to what they are going to do with the hole in my heart, if they are going to patch it or leave it or jut what is going to happen...I have been 1 week without the constant headache, which I guess is a bonus....I hope this means the road to recovery, as everytime I have a slight wave of dizziness or headache or blurred vision I fear it is another strok coming on..MeemaShell

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:30 AM   #7
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Hi Meemarshell...I'm very sorry to hear about your stroke. I to had a stroke 2 months ago. I am yet to see a neurologist or to find out why it happened. I had a week off work and wished I had taken longer. I was so concerned about loosing my job. If your able, take the time you need and let your body heal. Don't rush back like I have. Take care

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:30 AM   #8
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WOW, I can't believe you were back to work in a week...I was in the hospital for 10 days alone and then didn't go back to work until January 9, 2013. It was tough going back and has taken me to this point to function through the day. Here in Ontario we aren't even aloud to drive for 30 days after a stroke. During all the investigations they have found a small hole in my heart that I was born with. I am going to see a cardiologist February 8, 2013. From that point we will see what happens next. I was told they may leave the hole or they do a PFO surgery. I certainly don't want another stroke and have changed my eating and drinking habits and even limited some of the stress in my life. This has certainly been a wake up call for me. I have learned to slow down and smell the roses so to speak. Are you taking any medications....did they do an MRI...where did your stroke hit. I am so sorry that you had to return to work so quickly and also understand not wanting or afford losing your job, but I would think an employer should be more than understanding...take care newbie and I will have you in my thoughts and prayers....

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:39 AM   #9
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Hi how are you feeling. What is a PFO? It's best to do what ever it takes to make sure you don't ever have another stroke. I'm only on Asprin at this stage, will see what the neurologist says on the 27th Feb. My MRI showed a small, old right cerebellar cortical infarct. I had terrible imbalance. The doc thought I had an inner ear infection. MRI showed different. I'm having a carotid & vertebral USS, also an Echo on the 13th Feb. Having as many tests as possible to try and find out why this happened. Its scary stuff isn't it. I hope we both get the help we need so we don't have to go through this again or worse. There are so many wonderful people on this forum that have been such a comfort. Take care and chin up. Hope all goes well with your appointment on the 8th. You are in my thoughts

 
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:09 PM   #10
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hello livelife15 a PFO stands for Paten Foraman Ovale....it is a hole in the heart and I guess I was born with it. Up until now I had no idea until I had my TIA stroke December 3rd, 2012. I go tomorrow to see the cardiologist and am not sure what to expect. I have done lots of reading on the surgery and I have lots of questions and who knows they may, from my understanding, leave the hole alone. I am glad you are getting more tests done. It is very scary...at first I didn't take my stroke seriously but now I am....I have been back to work since January 9, 2013 and in the past week and half have become very tired....kind of what I felt like just before my stroke but without the horrible pain in my right shoulder. Mine was a bloodclot and hopefully with the medication it is under control and no more strokes. I do hope that surgery is not an option but will listen to the specialist. The echo is how they found the hole in my heart, so hopefully you get results..but please, do take the rest time you need...your health is so important...will let you know what happens after tomorrow...thinking of you too!

 
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Hi...A very close friend of mine had a stroke due to a hole in his heart. He had an operation and hasn't had any problems since. Hopefully the specialist will give you some different options. Hope everything goes well and you get the answers you need. Take care and looking forward to hearing about your appointment.

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:07 AM   #12
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Just got back from my appointment and now am awaiting an appointment to see a neurologist and to have an ultrasound of my heart, so more testing, which is good because that way they could get to the bottom of this. Lab also took 5 more viles of blood to test to see why it is clotting. So in the next 2 to 3 weeks I will be going for further testing and hopefully all is well. After that we will discuss my options.

 
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Good to hear. Take care and hopefully test results give you answers. Keep in touch :-)

 
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so tired today and not sure if it really is due to the weather or still the remains of my stroke. After a day or even half a day of work I find that I just don't have the energy to get the rest of the things done that I need to get done. How long does it take before I feel like myself or even somewhat like myself again? I had a test on my left arm and hand yesterday and have found that last night and today it is so hypersensative that it is extremely bothersome. I find that I am getting frustrated today and am not sure why...If I could figure out my mood changer, it would say tired and frustrated today...

 
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Hi...Some days I more tired than others. Recently I haven't been sleeping very well, even though I'm very tired. My hearing seems to more sensitive. Sounds that didn't bother me before do now. Especially high pitch. I understand the frustration. For me, lack or sleep and wanting the person I was before back. I wander if that person has gone forever or someday I will wake up and all the effects from the stroke have gone. I'm single and would someday love to meet a man to share the rest of my life with. I not sure whether that will happen now. :-(

 
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