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Re: younger stroke victims

Re: younger stroke victims

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Posted by kjbrase on March 19, 2000 at 22:59:57:

In Reply to: younger stroke victims posted by melissa on February 22, 2000 at 21:06:52:

: Last month I suffered a stroke. I am 27 years old and basically in good health. During my dad's birthday dinner that I was holding at my house, I felt a sharp pain go from the back of my head to the front. All of a sudden my vision went crazy and I had the worst headache ever. I did not know what was happening to me. The next day I went to the emergency room where the doctor decided that I just have a migraine. There is no history of migraines in my family, This doctor never ordered a cat scan. Three days later a neurologist ordered an emergency scan where they found that I had suffered a stroke. I am fortunate that only my left eye vision was affected. The doctors seem to think it may have been a combination of smoking and birth control although they are not 100% positive. I was not a heavy smoker, yet it still had an influence. The doctors now have me on coumadin. For how long who knows. My question to anyone out there is will I ever feel like myself again?? I have this "Spacy" feeling . Is this normal? Will it go away. I know it's only been a little over a month since this happened maybe time is what I need. Thanks for listening or should I say reading.

When you refer to your "spacy" feeling would you describe is as a brain fog? I had that for a few months after my stroke. It was also due to medication I was taking, which from what you said shouldn't be a factor in your "spacy" feeling. But it does go away. I can say that I feel normal today, whatever normal is. I've had to endure many things since my stroke (I wont bore you with them) but most of it has nothing to do with my stroke but rather my disease. I had my stroke almost 5 years ago. At age 27. I had two small children at the time. I did get a diagnoses, Takayasu's Arteritis. It's a rare auto-immune disease that causes your arteries to inflame and close. My left carotid and subclavian arteries are 100% occluded. Then a year and a half later I had to have stents placed in my right arteries because they were starting to close. I have no lasting effects from the stroke except my right leg (my right side was the side that was paralyzed) drags a little. No one else notices but me (and my doctors). I did get pregnant (accidentally) in '98 and all of my doctors wanted me to abort because they didn't know how it would affect my disease and also because I was on a drug (methotrexate) that causes birth defects when I got pregnant. I decided to go for it, and I had a healthy baby girl in January '99. Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is because when I was diagnosed back in July '95 I would have never even dreamed that I could have another baby and that I would ever feel normal again. I went into a deep depression, which was caused by just having a stroke and also the medication prednisone. I never dreamed I would feel this way again. And you will too, I just know it.

Julie


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