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Re: younger stroke victims

Re: younger stroke victims

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Posted by Tanya on February 24, 2000 at 00:08:50:

In Reply to: Re: younger stroke victims posted by Kim Morgan on February 23, 2000 at 23:31:43:

: : 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.

: Dear Melissa,
: I was very moved by your message. I'm only 36 years old, and suffered a stroke due to hypertension just 4 months ago. An answer to your question is, yes, things do get better, whether it's your therapy, or outlook on life--I realized this around 2 months afterwards, when the initial "shock" wore off. Life seems to be "sweeter" now, and I hope it will be for you, too. If you like to e-mail me, my address is: [email protected] Best of luck to you with your recovery.

Hi Melissa,
I suffered a stroke about a year and a half ago when I was 27. I was also in good health. I also had a sharp pain go up the back of my neck, but then the whole left side of my body went numb. I went to the ER and they did X-rays, a CAT scan, and an MRI before they figured out that I had a stroke. I was on coumadin for about three months and now I just take an aspirin a day. The cause of my stroke is still undiagnosed. I have no risk factors. I don't smoke and I am not on birth control. The hardest thing for me is the fear that is going to happen all over again. I have two small children that depend on me. Anyway, as far as feeling yourself again, you will get back into your normal routine, but I don't think you are ever the same person after a stroke. I have experienced an almost complete physical recovery, but I know that this experience has changed me forever in the way that I look at life.

After I had my stroke, I felt so isolated even though I was surrounded by family and friends who cared about me. No one really understood what I had gone through. It has been very therapeutic for me to find people on the internet who have also experienced stroke at a young age. Be patient, time does wonders for healing the mind and body!

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