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Comment from: Stanels, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had a lacunar stroke in the pons area of the brain stem. It affected my balance plus many other things. When I had the stroke on Feb. 8, 2007, it felt like a couple of small firecrackers had gone off in my head. I noticed that my balance was affected immediately. I could still walk and function, but it was like I was drunk. I drove myself to the ER (not recommended) where they did a CT scan. Nothing showed up. After a while, they sent me home. Five days later, I went to my regular physician who ordered an MRI. The stroke showed up on the MRI. Thankfully, it was small. I still suffer from symptoms even though I have had four months of physical therapy (PT). I have some numbness in my left arm and a little drooping on the left side of my mouth. Occasionally, I have what my husband and I call “spells.” I have a tingling around my scalp. The doctor said it was caused by high blood pressure even though I was on medication. I was put on Plavix and Zocor. Since the stroke, I've had another TIA where my blood pressure spiked to 223/122. I had to go to the ER for an IV to bring it down. I had some of the same symptoms as with the stroke, but they did go away. My dad had several strokes, one of which was severe. I must have inherited some of his tendency for strokes.

Comment from: Jenmlj, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was 25 weeks pregnant with my son. I woke up with numbness and weakness on my left side. I had a droopy mouth and eye. I went to the emergency room. They needed to make sure I could have an MRI because of the pregnancy, so they sent me home in the meantime. After me calling for two days, they said to come in for an MRI. I had the MRI, and they found the clot. I spent the next eight weeks in the hospital. I went home on Heparin until my son was born and then switched to warfarin. I was taken off the thinners since it was thought I had the stroke from getting CMV while pregnant. Eight months later, I was at work when I started dropping everything. My numbness had also been extreme that day, so I went to the emergency room where I was given a baby asprin and sent to the city with a driver. Upon arrival, I had an MRI and discovered a second clot. Through testing, they figured out I'm protein C deficient. I'm on warfarin for life now. Here's the kicker: I was 26 and 28 respectively when I had my strokes. My memory and speech are warped. I'm so tired of the tingles.

Comment from: peter, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 23

I have been in the building trade for 35 years, drank alcohol fairly regularly and smoked 20 cigarettes a day. I had to get up early one morning and nothing seemed wrong until half way to work. Then I got physically sick and just about got home. I could not raise my head up, had to lay down for about two weeks. I was diagnosed with vertigo (blurred vision and I was falling over from lack of balance and nausea all the time). After two weeks I was able to walk around a little bit and at about 9 o'clock at night I made myself comfortable in bed and went to sleep. The wife woke me at about 8 o'clock the next morning and I spoke to her in a drunken voice then I think that there was something wrong and she got me to hospital. I had had a small stroke in my sleep and it could have happened any time of the night. That was 4 years ago and I still have difficulty doing things on my own, walking and hitting a nail with a hammer is the most difficult of things to do as well as writing and the doctors told me it was a small stroke.

Comment from: JA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I experienced my first stroke in February 1997 while at work, it presented by the left side of my face going numb and I was dropping things. I drove home (not good) and went to the hospital. I was very surprised that it was a stroke! I started with Coumadin since a blood clot was the only reason I was given since I don't have any risk factors. Never smoked, I was just 41, no birth control, low blood pressure. 6 months later I had another, (also at work) this symptom was just my tongue going numb for a couple minutes, then I had another on December 31st (at work)this time I was counting inventory and it was complete confusion!! One of my employees called for help! I was sure when I got to the hospital they would think I had been celebrating the New Year! Then I have been trouble free for two years, until March this year when I had two back to back. My pt/inr has not been stable so now I lab test (at least weekly was daily) and adjust my dosage to stay between 2-2.5! So 5 strokes and not yet 45! Residual effects yes, mostly cognition and decision making but thankful to still be here!

Comment from: Daniel Carlos, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I have been gaining hand mobility since I started MusicGlove therapy. I am now able to type gain and to do so many other things I was not able to after my stroke.

Comment from: glen, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 17

My wife had a seizure as a result of a stroke.


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