Go see a doctor - don't be afraid of being told that you're healthy. Maybe it's anxiety? Maybe the doctor will find that you have high blood pressure and mitigate a potential stroke? Maybe the doctor will find that you've had a TIA and prescribe medication so that you don't have a debilitating stroke? Maybe you're right and it's nothing, but don't be afraid to get help. It could be something positive. Good luck.View Thread
Unfortunately, I did not have a transesophageal echocardiogram. It was unfortunate because, according to my neurologist, this test is intended to determine if the source of my stroke was a heart defect it and heart defects are easily fixed (google Ted Bruschi for an example). Hopefully there are others on this board who can provide information regarding this test and its outcomes. You're right - that is an alarming statistic. Best of luck.View Thread
I had a student who seemed perfectly healthy, but had a stroke at 18 - so it does happen. She suffered some impairments, so your child is lucky.
I too have none of the risk factors that commonly cause stroke. So, I've never received an answer as to why. It's tough. There are a number of secondary things that may cause the stroke - gum disease, exhaust fumes, etc. It's like finding a lot of needles in the haystack some times.
I don't take Plavix, so I don't know what the long term effects are. I take Aggrenox and for the first month or two I had terrible headaches. I told my neurologist and he cut back the dose and I built up slowly to the required dose. You might ask about dose with the doctor.View Thread
Sounds like you're doing the right things. Exercise, diet, reduce stress (BP), be the right weight all help. Do some introspection regarding your lifestyle for secondary factors that you may think are unimportant, but may be critical. In my own case, for example, I had been battling to keep a tooth for some time and had gum disease. There are studies out there that show a correlation between the constant input of irritants from the gum disease into the blood that can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. I also over estimated the amount of exercise I was doing. It's difficult and humbling, but part of the drill to avoid more problems.View Thread
From what I've read, emotional changes are common. As for myself, I think I changed emotionally. I think I became less tollerant when I thought my time was being wasted and I probably was shorter with those people and whenever possible eliminated contact with them. I had a real "life is too short for you" attitude. With time my perspective has mellowed some. Also, most of what I was feeling (numbness, dizziness, weakness) were not visible to anyone else. As a result, I internalized a lot of things because I felt that I was fighting these symptoms alone. You could read My Stroke of Insight about helping people with strokes and I know there are other books out there on the topic.
Even brief exposure to fumes causes cardiovascular problems (New Eng. Journal of Med, Sept 2007, v. 357, n. 11, p.1075-82). Just before I had my first TIA, I was riding my bike behind a car with a very rich exhaust.
I was 46 when I had the stroke playing basketball - I had my first TIA the day before riding my bike to work. So, I'd like to think I was physically active with relatively good cardiovascular health.
The first week after the stroke, I would sleep between 14-18 hours/day. I had no idea that sitting in a chair watching TV was so exhausting. I thought I was dreaming all the time because every time I woke up Law & Order was on - then I realized that it was on all the time.
I had an occlusion of the right vertebral artery that interrupted flow to my brain stem. At its ultimate point, I was basically paralyzed from the neck down. I received a tPA injection - only the 2nd one done at that hospital - and have progressively gotten better since. The artery is completely and permanently blocked and inoperable.
That was 3.5 years ago. I turned 50 last week and played basketball for the first time since the stroke. I still have some numbness in my face and right hand, but it's more nagging than anything else. The physical part of recovery took work, but that was easier than the mental part for both me and my wife. Don't neglect the mental aspect for both you and your mother - most hospitals and care faciilities will have support groups. Take advantage of this. Best of luck to you.View Thread