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Old 02-03-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. It is so comforting to know there are people I can communicate with that will understand what I am feeling. I had a stroke 2mths ago. My effects are imbalance & heavy head. Strange sensation in my head which seems to move from one area to another. Feeling light headed. I have also noticed different sounds or loud noises irritate me. I don't seem to have the patients I once had. Feeling depressed at times. Are these common effects after a stroke. Looking forward to hearing from anyone with similar effects. Take care

 
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Hi there and welcome to the board. I hope you find it to be as useful and supportive as I have. It seems that you and I have a lot in common. I too had my stroke 2 mos ago and have all of the symptoms that you have plus more. Of course everyday is different, but we are both still in the early stages and our brains have been through a huge trauma. One thing I have learned here is that it takes time to heal. Let me tell you a little about my experience. I am 55 years old and had an ischemic stroke caused by a complete blockage of my left carotid artery. The MRI showed the stroke in the left rear of my brain and to my surprise it also showed an older stroke in the same area that I had no knowledge of. Because of the blockage, I had to have emergency surgery on the artery. Because of the trauma of the stroke and the surgery, it was a couple of weeks before I started to realize that things were not right.

The worst is the dizziness and loss of balance. And it can come on at anytime. Yes, my head feels heavy and the feeling is worse when I lay down. It feels like my head is bigger than it is - like basketball size. Yes, certain noises feel like they are jolting my brain. I also feel nauseous most of the time and don't have much of an appetite. I have short term memory issues and my speech will slur. Actually I noticed recently that I tend to add a syllable to the last word of a sentence. I have a very hard time articulating my thoughts, both verbally and written. This is very upsetting to me because I use to write for a living and just typing this is a real challenge. My speech is also slow.

At first it was thought that I had no deficits but, like I said I was so weak I blamed it all on the surgery. I did notice some soreness in my right thigh. Okay, I want to say that I just had a stroke moment. I could not for the life of me remember how to spell "thigh" - I couldn't figure out whether it was thiegh, theigh or thy, and I actually had to Goolgle it. What a shock to see how it is spelled. I have always been an excellent speller and never have to use spell check. I know feel very shaky and anxious, like my brain is upset - weird, huh!

Yes, I am depressed some days. Other times I'm almost too calm. I cry easily. I haven't driven since this all happened. I don't feel like my judgement is sharp. I'm going to send this now, because I'm not how to save it. But, I'm not feeling quite right. I'm anxious to know if you are having any of these issues. I'll check back later. Gonna go rest - it's what I do best

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:28 AM   #3
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Hi Sue...Thankyou for responding to my email. Isn't it amazing how our lives can change in an instant. I'm very sorry to hear you have had a stroke. Your effects are very similar to mine.

When I got up out of bed, I felt very imbalanced. The doctor said I had an inner ear infection. I went and saw an ENT specialist. He said my ears were perfect and he felt it was neurological. Which scared the hell out of me. My stroke was in November and I didn't get any results until 5 weeks later. I have an appointment with a neurologist at the end of this month. Next Monday I have an appointment to have a Carotid & vertebral USS test. Having a Echo the following week. MRI showed a small, old right cerebellar cortical infarct. Thank God it wasn't any worse.

My imbalance changes all the time. I to believe my memory has been affected.
At times feel very teary & depressed. I'm driving and feel ok when driving. Also still working full time, even though some days its a struggle. My head feels sore inside, and like it shifts positions. Very hard to explain to family & friends. I notice loud noises make it worse. Makes it hard when I have grandchildren around lol

We are very lucky to be here and I'm sure over time we will improve.
Anytime you would like to chat or share your experiences I am more than happy to read and respond.

Take care
Bev :-)

 
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Hi Bev..So good to hear back from you. As I mentioned in my email, I had a "stroke" moment when typing so signed off quickly. I think the episode, which I am still weak and shaky from, was brought on because I was typing on my desktop computer and was having difficulty typing. I usually use my Kindle, which is a much slower, one-fingered process. I guess it requires more brain power!

So sorry if I sounded strange. Another coincidence, I too was blaming my symptoms on ear problems and recurring sinus infections because of the pressure in my head and pain in my face. The week before my stroke I saw an ENT and was told nothing was wrong! I am currently waiting for a neurological evaluation so I can begin therapy. Good luck with your tests Monday. Let me know how you make out. My problem was caused by carotid artery stenosis. My only risk factor is high cholesterol and bad genes!

Yes, we are very lucky to be alive and I thank God everyday for that. On the other hand, we have gone through a huge trauma and I think it's natural to be a little angry at times. Of course there are days that I can laugh about it. My family loves to say "What's the matter-did you have a stroke or something?" I am married and have 2 daughters, 19 and 23. They have been so supportive and keep me going! And I guess that's all that matters.
Have a wonderful day. Talk to you soon.
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Hi Sue...Lovely to receive your email. Please don't ever apologize for how you may be feeling or if you have to sign off quickly. I totally understand.

My families sense of humor sounds very similar to your families. I'm glad there the way they are, they make me laugh often.
I have a daughter 28, a son 26 and 2 grandsons whom I adore.
They always manage to put a smile on my face.

I hope things get better for you soon.
Take care and I will always check in if you have anything you would like to share.

Take care
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