Patient Comments: Stroke - Symptoms

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

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Stroke symptoms and signs often come on suddenly and may include weakness, numbness, tingling, or paralysis, usually on one side of the body. Other symptoms may include mental confusion, severe headache, dizziness, and trouble with gait and balance. Problems with vision, trouble swallowing, and difficult speaking or understanding speech may also be present. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: margaret, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I was out the day before with my family, it was a hot day and I had to buy a hat, for the sun was hot. The next morning I sat at the side of my bed and my mind went totally blank for a second I think. I started choking and my daughter asked me what was wrong. I could not respond properly and was thinking, she should just give me a minute. She said," Mom, we are calling 911, I think you are having a stroke!" She later told me my mouth was funny and I had slurred speech. I had a TIA (transient ischemic attack). My whole life changed, my outlook changed, now three years later I still have left sided weakness, I do Tai Chi 4 times a week, but have lots of hip pain from my osteoporosis. I am still thankful for my daughter being there and knowing what to do. Had I been home by myself, I may not be writing this today! Otherwise I am in great health.

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Comment from: ramaiha, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: January 16

My grandpa is 93 years old and he is suffering from stroke caused by blood pressure and he lost his body balance, right arm motion and speech, but does have some movements in the right leg. Left half of his body works normally, the neurologist said that there was a leak of blood in the thalamus part of the brain. He had the stroke attack 7 days back, presently he is bedridden and the neurologist said he will be in this state as long as he lives.

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Comment from: Angel1172, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I was at work the moment of my stroke. I was booking a flight for a customer and I asked her kindly "may I place your call on hold for a brief moment?" I put her on hold then sat still not moving nothing. I couldn't remember where I was or what I was doing almost as if I was losing consciousness, but someone called 911 and they took me to the hospital and they said I had a stroke from a clot. I had slurred speech loss of memory sleep apnea couldn't see properly couldn't walk or stand for long periods of time. I was in rehabilitation for about 1yr. I got out of rehab and went back to my job and then left for Texas. God has been good to me and the people around me that help me to be where I am today is all because of God. I don't sleep very well today one side of my body gets numb and tingly to this day. I don't know why.

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Published: May 27

I awoke with really violent pains over the top of my head. I tripped at every step with my left foot. Voices sounded far away and hollow. The next day I became very confused and lost half my sight, so I was bumping into everything and everyone. I couldn't see anything to the left. I apologized for bumping into a wheelchair and then bumped into the pusher. I could only read the last few letters of long words, I gathered 'ion' must be 'reception.' Following a nurse who turned left I went straight on until she called me to go 'this way'. I couldn't stand up for hours but did not lose consciousness.T he hospital doctor said my BP was 'way out of control' My left side was very weak and I couldn't raise my left leg. With stroke 4 I lost half my hearing in both ears, and I have impaired eyesight. I am left with memory loss and since my last stroke in November I have basal ganglia which affects my balance - and my emotions! I get quite cross now. I was always very placid and quiet. I believe the basal ganglia was brought on by my having had 12 CT brain scans and 1 MRI, as I am told it is caused by radiation. Not to mention my heart, circulation, sleep apnoea effects... ask me another!

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Comment from: Canuck, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

I developed a skin rash after having a CVA (cerebrovascular accident).

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Comment from: frogette, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I was getting dressed and became very dizzy and nauseated. I sat on the floor and called for my hubby. By that time, my speech was slurred and my left side was weak. I was blessed to have my stepson there, who has first responder training, recognized the symptoms, and called 911. I was at the hospital within 1 ½ hours and got the tissue plasminogen activator ( tPA), which worked.

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