Patient Comments: Stroke - Symptoms

For stroke, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?

Comment from: Berylbo, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: March 27

I had weakness in face and in my left arm which I still have.

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Comment from: redwood, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

With my stroke, I experienced numbness on the left side of my body. I felt very disoriented, even though I knew where I was. It affected my vision in my right eye. It was as if I was looking at a photo with a paper blocking my vision.

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Comment from: anna6274, 45-54 Female Published: September 25

I woke up in the morning with my left arm numb and tingling later in the day i was very dizzy.

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Comment from: MAGICALGAMES, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 25

When I had my stroke the only warning I had was a vision disturbancewithin half-hour I had a major stroke that left me completely paralyzed on the right side. I had the stroke in October 2007. I have had a slow recovery rate, but I am alive to tell others to be aware of the signs.

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Comment from: sushikeys, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I had an aneurysm coiled. I went home for 3 days, had headaches, very grumpy, and on the 3rd day I collapsed in the shower with bleeding on the brain, which was removed by emergency. I was in a coma for 10 days and in the hospital for 6 weeks. It has been four months now, I am still in rehab.

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Comment from: kay9492, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

In 2005 I experienced a lot of stress. Normally I don't get headaches but in September of that year I had a terrible headache starting from the base of the skull and up. My head was pounding. It started on a Friday. I worked that day. I was doing 2 jobs at the time. I was on high blood pressure medication but did not take anything for the headache. This continued through the weekend. On the Sunday of that weekend my supervisor sent me to the hospital. They did not diagnose me with stroke but my doctor said I did have a stroke. At the hospital my blood pressure was extremely high and they dosed me down with pain killers. They did all kinds of tests and did not find any blockages.

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Comment from: ssuv93, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

I am a 44 year old male, Chinese American, obese with a body index of over 40, type two diabetic, with high blood pressure controlled by medicine, former smoker, sedentary due to an injury three years before stroke, before that active with job that entailed a lot of labor. Late Sunday evening I went to urinate. While urinating my right hand, forearm, foot, lower leg started to tingle, almost like an electrical shock. When going back to the bedroom, I noticed a slight problem with balance. I told my wife and we discussed what it might be. I then examined my body and in addition to what I described before on my right side, I discovered that the right side of my face was numb, including my lips and gums. The facial numbness was very similar to being given Novocain at a dentist. Early the next morning I went to the emergency department at my local hospital. I described my symptoms and they did the standard vital signs and blood tests. They did not believe I had a stroke and did nothing for treatment. I still had the same symptoms from the night before. They did however admit me for observation. That night I had a similar experience that seemed to "fill in" the remaining not numb parts, right trunk and right thigh. I informed my nurse. The next morning I called my General Doctor and informed him of what had happened, and my concern that the hospital was just observing, not treating me, and not thinking it could be a stroke. He called the Doctor on duty and discussed my care. The attending doctor came in and advised me that they would have a neurologist see me the next day at my doctor's insistence. The next day, now fully numb on my right side with tingling on my lower right leg and right hand and forearm (almost painful), I was seen by a neurologist. He said he did not think I had a stroke, he believed it was diabetic neuropathy, but was going to do a ct scan and MRI later in the day. The results were that I had had a small Ischemic stroke. I could walk, talk and swallow, so I went home. I followed up with my doctor the next day. I had been on a low dose aspirin for a year. In the next week I found it hard to manipulate things with my right hand, keys, forks, using a keyboard, video game controller, and a snow plow with a joystick controller. I had balance problems, especially at night with no visual references. I noticed that my mind seamed to be foggy, not bad, but could not do math in my head as well as before. My right side started to get weak especially my hand. My doctor wanted me to go to physical therapy to learn how to use my left hand. I objected to this and just concentrated on not loosing the use of my right hand. I would not compensate with my left. It has helped, and my right hand is not loosing dexterity or strength. I did the same with my balance. I did martial arts exercises to strengthen my right side to improve my mobility, and it has helped. My doctor approved of the results. I still have problems sensing strength in my right hand. I drop forks and other utensils as I can't tell how hard I am holding things. It has been 18 months and I have not regained any sensation. I am thankful that it was not worse. I know how lucky I am to have such an easy time with this. I would like to let others in my situation know not to give up. Keep using your hand, work it and work it. I have learned to type again, so some improvement is possible. Also, I would not have been able to go through this with out my wife, so if you have a supportive partner, let them know how much you appreciate them.

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