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