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Posted on 07/31/2011 10:36:44 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama
Freepers, I need your help.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a mini-stroke. As of this writing, I still feel horrible. I get fatigued easily (like I've read the New York Slimes )and I get constant headaches. Also, my short term memory is non-existent and my spelling has gone from lousy to it looks like Joe Biden is my editor.
Has anyone else had any experience with this ?
I had a stoke in ‘07. Shut down my left side. You’re only a couple weeks removed from your vascular accident and it is going to take some more time for you to rewire and heal.
You should be taking it easy and follow whatever therapy program you are doing. What you are experiencing will get better. It took me about 30 days to start having reconnection with my left side and steadily I regained motion and usage but I still have some residual effects.
But I think the most important thought for you to have is never give up the belief you can fully recover.
The brain can rewire.
My heart is ok, other than the arrythmia caused by my diabetes.
But this certainly something to ask about. I’m the same age your husband was when he first started having symptoms.
I hope everything turned out ok. Thank you for sharing.
I take Cozaar and Calan for HBP.
Thank you for your prayers.
My wife goes with me to every appointment.
If I don’t like what the neurologist says, I’ll definitely get a second opinion.
That’s a great post. Sounds almost like my regimen, except for the herbs. I would recommend the Ester C, natural E, B-Complex 100, and raw bee pollen. Maybe swallow the fish oil with a gulp of Udo’s (mainly flax seed) Oil. Oh and by the way, the fish oil needs to be Nature’s Bounty. I’ve tried numerous brands, and the Nature’s Bounty brand is simply the best in every way.
I guess the fatigue is normal, then.
Seriously guys, advising someone to take aspirin when you have no idea what other drugs he has been taking or what kind of stroke he has had?
My speech was slurred for a little while, but that came back once I got out of the hospital.
My big concern is my short term memory. I can explain things like why Chairman Obama can’t bypass Congress and invoke the 14th Amendment, but I can’t remember where I left my car keys.
My prayers are definitely with you! God bless.
I take Cozaar and Calan. I’m not sure how you classify them.
I take Lopid for Cholesteol.
That is your body healing.
You should expect to tire easily for the next 4- 6 weeks if not longer.
It never hurts to ask around. This is a recon mission so I have some good questions for the doctor.
Headache, drowsiness, & confusion are signs of accelerated hypertension. Get your doc to monitor your blood pressure and adjust your dosage as necessary. When your BP is under control, the headaches, fatigue, and memory loss should significantly lessen or hopefully disappear.
Thank you. If I don’t feel any better soon, I will.
If you are on blood thinners, DO NOT take Aspirin! Talk to your docs before taking any medicine, including OTC.
If I don’t like what the neurologist says, I’ll see a stroke specialist. Thank you for the great advice.
Thank you for the prayers. I’ll try to bump the appointment up earlier.
Is that all you are taking? Calan is known to mess with your memory...but not associated with headaches. I just want to make sure exactly what you ARE taking. Any anti-anxiety drugs? Freepmail me.
These health things are so different from person to person but here goes.
My Dad lives with me, he is 84. Two years ago he had what you call a mild stroke. Losing control of most of his left side for a while. Slurred speech, tired, could not swallow. Looked really bad.
Two years later he is active again, walking two miles a day, tending his garden and talking pretty normal. Fishing when he gets a chance. He has also resumed his deacon responsibilities at the church.
He was very determined. We walked and did mental/physical exercises every day. It was a slow slow process. He became very impatient and frustrated. But he kept recovering.
He is still tired and light headed, has no hot or cold sensation in his left side and his mouth droops a bit mostly when tired. He chokes/strangles easily. However....compared to where he was, his recovery is miraculous to me. Praise God.
YES I had a stroke in 1997.... couldn’t talk for two years..
Actually I could talk but gibberish came out. Not always but mostly.. The words in my head didn’t make to my mouth.. So, I talked to my dog... he didn’t understand English.. so I was not afraid to speak (to him)..
Eventually my brain re-wired itself.. First I could get a couple of words out then a sentence then two sentences.. I could trust.. Constantly checking myself.. eventually I could talk again but the same way as before.. I had to different words to express myself.. Some words would’nt make it out.. even now.. A good vocabulary is mandatory for finding the word to use as an alternate..
All this happened BUT I could use the internet and email or write legibly.. each stroke effects a different part of the brain .. Some people lose moter control of muscles.. I didn’t..
I write this to inform you that the brain can re-wire.. but it takes using the effected part.. How much you can overcome must vary.. with different people.. I talk quite successfully now.. but my Spanish and French is almost non existent.. I still remember some but not enough..
Tallyho... If you don’t “use it” you can “lose it”...
Even so I’m not the silver tongue devil I use to be..
Maybe thats a good thing..
I’m sorry for your health troubles. I have not experienced anything like a stroke so I can’t give you advice from experience. However, I must say that your post is great and shows a sign that you may be more healthy than you realize. Perhaps the greatest drug invented by man is the placebo. The reason it works so great is the power of the mind and positive thinking. You should feel very good that you survived and that you are still cognisant. Try a double dose of positive thinking and pat yourself on the back for getting this far.
Read what VikingMom writes in #26.This is serious. People on Free Republic saved me several years ago or I would not be here now. Get to a doctor. There are several good books on preventing stroke. Read them and eat good diet. You can buy a blood pressure measurement device on Amazon.com not expensive. Or clinic will check your blood pressure for nothing. See a doctor this morning. Or go to emergency room now.
Thank you I’ll visit health foofd store in th morning.
Try to find a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, preferably one trained in China, with a decade of experience, or more.
TCM uses acupuncture and herbs, and can effect some seemingly miraculous healings. They’ve been meticulously cataloging the effects of various herbs for over 6000 years, while carefully identifying the underlying disorders which produce illnesses, and they have identified some very effective treatments.
A lot of their herbs have potent anti-inflammatory effects, neurological effects, circulatory effects, and they can vastly increase energy.
From my experience, their treatments trigger a healing of underlying metabolic, neurological, circulatory, and inflammatory disorders, rather than simply papering over symptoms.
If you had my experience with TCM, you would be frantic to find such a doc. To try it is to become a believer. Trust me, I was a skeptical as they come. Not any more.
Best of luck on a fast recovery.
he is 84. I’m 85 similar experience. ride bisycle. quite active now. Modern medicine and therapists wonderful. Thank you for your information.
thank you, God bless you as well
I’ve read recently that sleeping with one’s head slightly higher than the rest of the body (a gentle slant of the upper body) can eleviate migrane headaches. Would it prevent another stroke? Your guess would be as good as mine.
But I look at it this way: it can’t hurt. Our heads aren’t used to being flat with the rest of our body. Taking the pressure off certainly shouldn’t hurt.
I haven’t had experience with a stroke, but I do wish you a full and speedy recovery. :)
Sorry to hear of your ailment, saying a prayer for your health right now.
When my boss had a stroke, her short-term memory was affected, too. It’s apparently not uncommon. I’m more worried about your headaches. Do you have someone that can check on the stroke symptoms of slurring and such?
Those are good suggestions. Fish oil — a dozen grams or more a day — is especially important. Krill oil or emulsified fish oil with lemon oil are likely to be easiest to tolerate.
Be sure that the vitamin E that you use is natural source with high gamma and tocopherols and tocotrienols. Much of the vitamin E on the market is artificial or limited to the inferior d-alpha isomer.
If you are on a blood thinner be VERY, VERY CAREFUL if you have any bleeding problems, like tasting blood in your mouth.
A friend of mine had blood clots in her legs so they put her on a thinner. She kept tasting blood in her mouth, having nosebleeds and blood in her stool. Her doctor dismissed it and said it was just a side effect and it was to be expected. She died from bleeding in the brain.
If you are having bleeding problems *anywhere* get to a doctor who will listen to you and take you seriously.
Look into taking Flax seed oil. Walmart has it in the supplements section for about $6 to $7 for an 8-oz bottle that will last you a month. Keep it refrigerated.
Flax seed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and helps prevent blood clots and is said to improve memory and concentration. Google “flax seed oil” with “blood clots” and “memory” or “brain health” and you’ll find a lot of links.
Caution: If you are on a blood thinner you need to tell your doctor before you take Flax seed oil. The oil may have a thinning effect, and it is DANGEROUS to mix one thinner with another! You need to clear every supplement with your doc first.
Prayers up! ask your doctor about seropeptase and nattokinase.
I’ve added you to my prayer list. There’s lots of good advice on this thread. Please take care of yourself and don’t hesitate to seek medical attention the moment you feel the slightest of symptoms. God bless!
!! >> DO NOT TAKE GINSENG (Panax quinquefolius) IF YOU ARE USING ‘BLOOD-THINNERS’ LIKE WARFARIN OR COUMADIN << !!
Listen to your doctor! Hope you get better.....panax
I have had heart attacks and stroke, the docs put me on so many meds with so many side effects that I was sick all the time. I was told about cayenne peppers health bennefits by a friend. I now only take 1 med for angina and my blood pressure is great, my cholesterol is down and I feel and THINK better.
cayenne increases blood flow to all parts of the body and regulates pressure. Please research it for yourself it made a real difference in my situation.
good health, Standing Man
Strokes take 2 weeks to progress sometimes, the mini-stroke sometimes develops into a full blown stroke.
I am not saying you are having one right that second, what I am saying is when you were told you had a mini-stroke before, sometime after they told you that, it became a full stroke.
Please be aware, numbness is only one sign of strokes. The lack of these symptoms doesn’t mean your safe.
You should go to the Emergency room immediately if you have a history of stroke and you have any new symptoms...esp mental impairment.
Thank you all for your prayers and advice. I have an appointment tomorrow with the doctor.
God bless you all,
Which is the usual cause of stroke?
Hemorrhagic strokes or clots?
I honestly don’t know or know how to tell which type it might be at onset. Is there any way a person might be able to tell when the numbing symptoms begin to manifest.
My husband is 65 now, and symptom free, including the head aches.
For years they thought that migraines sometimes caused stroke-like symptoms, but it turned out that migraines were sometimes a symptom of a stroke causing issue with the heart. The hole caused small clots to form. They now close the holes with non-invasive surgery if the hole is small enough.
According to the Stroke Association, 85% are caused by clots. But there’s no way a victim or even a first responder is going to know that. Only a proper ER can determine it.
You definitely need to be proactive about this! You are way too young and need to have aggressive therapy so as to recover as much brain use as possible.
Glad your wife is going with you - will be praying that this was just a wake up call and that you will have a complete recovery!
My wife is the brains of the operation, that’s for sure.
Thanks for the prayers. It means the world to me and my family.
Food for thought.....
yes it is. Like I say don’t fight it. Please listen to your body. Your body is telling you that it needs to rest. I know many of us don’t want to lay around all day but the brain needs time. I have never experience such fatigue or sleepiness ever in my life. If your on disability like I was away from work, please sleep as much as you can. I understand the Brain is in the process of healing while your asleep. As months go by you will notice your strength coming back and the faigue is less and less. So yes your not alone to feel this. Again don’t fight it, if you feel sleepy take a nap and if your fatigue go rest for a few minutes and when you wake up you will feel a little stronger afterward. I felt a little stronger and less sleepy and fatigue after 3 months. I still struggle with it but it is not as strong now as it was before. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Take Care =)
No disability....just unpaid leave from work and living off my savings....
I have a doctor’s appointment tommorrow moning....
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