Patient Comments: Stroke - Recovery

What has recovery been like after you or a loved one suffered a stroke? Please share your story.

Comment from: Courage56, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I'm 57 and in perfect health. The only risk factor I have is my mom had a stroke when she was 72. She was overweight, had high blood pressure, and did not exercise. I exercise, eat healthy, am the right weight, and all my numbers are perfect! There was no warning. I felt good and all of a sudden lost use of my let arm and hand, my vision blurred, and I became somewhat disoriented. Though the use of my left side returned, I did go to physical therapy and found the damage was more than I thought. My stroke happened five weeks ago. It has left me and my health-care professionals at a loss as to why. I'm the lady who should not have had a stroke. I am still dizzy and suffer weakness. I want my life back. I don't feel like me. My neurologist has referred me to a specialist in Houston who deals with people who suffer strokes for no apparent reason. My appointment is this Friday.

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