From age 5 to age 18, I experienced severe child abuse. At 11 years of age, after a particularly bad episode, I was not functioning properly. I could not walk without grasping for the walls and furniture of my room. I was disoriented, experienced vertigo, had a severe, nauseating headache, my left side was numb and slightly dragging. The most frightening to me was that I had trouble swallowing. Upon returning to school, I was able to formulate thoughts in my head, but was not able to relay the information correctly. I found I could not respond properly to questions asked to me. I was so disoriented, apparently my teacher allowed me to sit behind the other children, so as to not disturb class. When I "came out of it", I realized my behavior and was embarrassed, as the other children had made fun of me. Throughout the immediate time that followed, I remember repeatedly trying to fix me, by spelling the words of everything I saw, quietly in my head. I didn't run for fear of falling over, my left side did become stronger, yet has remained diminished to this day. I have had other issues come and go throughout the years, particularly during and after childbirth. I am now almost 50 years old. Is it possible after this long to know if I suffered a stroke? And, if so, am I at further risk for strokes as I get older? Thank you. T.Nampaio email@example.comView Thread
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