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Comment from: dorothy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 16

While in the doctor's office, the nurse was taking my blood pressure and said, “She is having a stroke.” I was immediately sent for a scan. There were no defects, and today I'm fine.

Comment from: irmy, 65-74 Female Published: June 29

I was just getting out of the tub and felt my arm getting numb, then my leg, so I phoned my daughter and she said call the ambulance, which I did. Then I went to get my neighbor and by that time my speech was all slurred. After a few minutes it came back, then after a few minutes it went slurred again. They took me to the ER at about 10:30 a.m. and I finally got to see a doctor at 7.30p.m. My speech was slurred all day. This hospital cleared me and said I am okay. I am ashamed to mention this hospital to anyone because they do not care for their patients.

Comment from: Patient, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I had completed a 6 mile walk with my wife. I was sitting outside when suddenly I felt faint and my right arm and leg went numb. I was able to move them but I felt as though I didn't have complete control of them. I got my wife to call an ambulance. On arrival at ER they did a ct scan which was clear. I am still in hospital seven days later. A Doppler scan of my carotids showed a 70-80 % blockage of my left carotid. I am now waiting on an MRI to establish if this was the cause of the stroke. I recovered full use of my right side 36 hours after the episode.

Comment from: AmberStevens, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I went to bed that night and woke up the next morning feeling drained. I was "scatter brained" and kept getting confused. My fianc© asked me if I were ok and I told him I just felt like I didn't get enough sleep. No slurring or drooping that I noticed. I had what I thought was a migraine come on at work that day but I only had a 4hr shift so I just waited it out. When my fianc© came home from work I was on the couch with all the shades down and all the lights off. Still I was me other than the migraine. A few days went by and I noticed that I would be talking and all of a sudden the word I was trying to say would not come out of my mouth. I could see it in my mind, hear it in my mind, but it would absolutely not come out of my mouth. My fianc©, friends, and neighbors noticed it as well. After a few visits to the ER and being treated for migraines, I finally went to a doctor. He told him what was going on, he took blood and vitals, and came back 10mins later to tell me I had probably had a mild stroke due to high BP and diabetes (pre-existing). Of course I was freaked out, how does a 30 year-old woman have a stroke? Come to find out, the ER had put in my files that I had high BP for a previous sprain I had, but seen it as being caused by my sprained ankle pain, then the migraines, as the same. This doctor done nothing, not even an x-ray, just drew blood. Well a month or so passed and dizziness and strange feelings of dang near passing out kept happening and I was on medication. My mom suggested I see her doctor so I did, they done all the proper tests and it proved the other doctor made a lucky guess. Now I am being properly treated and my speech is doing a little better, sometimes I say things backwards or opposite even though it came out sounding right to me, I do immediately notice it and correct myself though. Like I'll say, Open the door, when I really meant to say to close it.

Comment from: Craig, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

My stroke (vertebral artery dissection) occurred during my sleep. I woke up at 2 A.M. to get my 2yr. old a bottle and was fine. I awoke again at 5 A.M. and laid there for a couple of hours. My ears were ringing and I could tell that something was wrong. I barely made it down the hallway my balance was so bad! I had to have my 10 year old son dial my wife's work. Luckily, I had someone to watch the kids and off to the hospital I went. I spent about a month in the hospital, had home care for about 2 months and have spent the last 7 months getting better. Every day gets better and so far I've no recurrence of stroke. I've had to change my diet and exercise regularly. I've lost about 35lbs!

Comment from: wellness advisor, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 14

I just witnessed someone having a stroke right in front of me. You mostly think that a stroke is something that happens quickly, but it was a slow transition and a build-up. I also realized that nosebleeds can be a sign of trouble. The patient said she never in her life had nosebleeds and has been having the constantly now. The ER sent her home after she experience a really bad nose bleed and now, within 12 hours of her return home, she just had a major stroke.

Comment from: MargiB, 75 or over Female Published: September 13

I used to have migraine headaches and since they stopped over 15 years ago I have been dizzy. I have been too many doctors over the years and none have come up with a solution. I can't drive anymore, afraid to walk outside, even wake up at night dizzy. My family and I continue to try to figure out why I am dizzy and how to fix it. We now wonder if a mini stroke was a possible cause. If there is any test or treatment I can try.

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