Although your symptoms are in line with what I had when I was diagnosed with Wallenber syndrome, this does not mean this is what you have.
You can see the damage caused by a Wallenberg Syndrome stroke, if they cannot see the damage, then there is no stroke. No, I will say that mine was not shown on an MRI, well, at least not well enough to be determinate. They were only able to confirm the diagnosis with a Cerebral Angiogram. The worst medical procedure I think I have been through in my life, but it made the diagnosis clear and left no doubt that I had suffered Wallenberg Syndrome stroke.
Good luck and no reason to jump to conclusions base on your symptoms.View Thread
I suffered a Wallenberg Syndrome stroke on February 15th of this year (2010). I walked into the emergency room complaining of a loss of the sense of temperature on the left side of my body, severe headache, and difficulty walking. They admitted me into the hospital immediately (thought I may be having an anurism). My symptoms quickly worsened and by day 5 in the hospital, I could no longer walk, talk, see, and my coordination with my right side was severely impacted. Still had no diagnosis at this point in time. They had narrowed it down to a stroke or MS. But, with the treatments being far different for each of these, they did not know how to procede. On day 9 I was transferred to a teaching hospital, Memorial Herman in Houston. I was diagnosed with Wallenberg on day 10. Had a cerebral angiogram to confirm that day. Started me on Heparin, Cosaar, and Lipitor. Liver began to fail with my enzyme count going through the roof. Began to talk normally again on day 13. Took me off Lipitor, liver recovered, and was discharged on day 16. I still could not walk without a walker or assistance, could not see, still had no sense of temperature or pain on the left side of my body. Had some physical therapy in the hospital. Began intensive physical therapy upon discharge. Began to walk without walker in about a month. Regained my vision in about 3 months. I still have the dry right eye, can not feel pain or temperature on the left side of my body. My balance, although much improved, is still not 100%. I ride motorcycles, and they have sat in the garage since this. I went through some depression, and it feels like I am starting to feel that again. I am still on Warfrin and Cosaar. I do not like the side effects of the Warfrin and can not wait to get off of it. I always have one large bruise that I don't know how it got there. I also feel it has caused me to gain a large amount of weight (40 lbs.). I have also broken a toe on my left foot and did not know it because of the lack of pain sensation. I lack energy and struggle to make it through each day at work. Returned to work in June. My employer has been understanding, but I feel their patience is running thin on that. I hope I continue to improve, but it feels as if I have hit a wall. I have seen no improvement (or worsening) of any symptoms in the last couple of months. Any hope would be greatly appreciated. Glad I found a site with others who will understand what I am going through and the frustrations I am feeling as a result. Thanks.View Thread
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