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NJLeto posted:
I had a stroke June 28th 2011 At 23yrs old, I'm an active triathalete and always on the go. But have always had a history of migranes, a week prior to this day I had been having a horrible headache/migrane but on the 28th I woke up with a Migrane unlike any other. I felt some tingling in my left side almost like a numbness but however I thought it was due from the way I was sleeping or a possible pinched nerve in my neck from camping the week before. I decided to drive to the chiropractor where after an adjustment my symptoms seemed to get worse. I started to feel more numb in my left arm and now in my left leg. I work as a unit clerk/cna at a Hospital and needed to work due to the fact I recently just Graduated w/ my B.S. in Psychology and was going to start Nursing school in the fall. I decided my symptoms were just angonized from my head pain and went to lie down before work.
I worked from 2;30pm until 7pm where the pain and the numbness was unbarable and had to go to our ER and during that 6hr visit I was only give a CT scan due to the MRI machine being a mobile one and no one could run it at the time, CT scan showed no Stroke signs, at this time I could barly walk, think, but could speak.
I was discharged and went home w/ my mother and slept for 12 hours and on that next day I tried to follow up w/ my Neurologist and he wasn't avaible until the next day and they didn't seem concerned but I should of gone in. 6/30 I was seen at a clinic near my home, where my Neurologist comes 1x a month and he automaticly had me directly admited to the Larger hospital 30min South.
It wasn't until 4hrs later It was confirmed I had 2 Strokes CVA's one in my PONs and Cerebellum. For being so young I was in shock as well as my Dr., they had blood work sent out for further analysis and decided to have a TEE done to determine if my heart was a factor in the Stroke.
I found out on 7/1/11 that I had a condition called PFO or Patent Forman Ovuel which allows blood to pass through the left ventricle and right, where there is a hole, in my case there were multiple holes.
I was in the hospital until 7/7/2011
I had to use a cane for 11 weeks to learn to walk again with the help of PT and OT and so thankful everyday!
I also had Surgery on 9/23/11 for the PFO w/ catherization for the heart, which they placed an Occluder device by Amplatzer corporation.
I'm so greatful everyday for life and blessed that I'm here today, This May I'm planning a Stroke Awereness Benefit for the Stroke Association Foundation and all proceedees with go directly to them.
I just hope that no one ever experiences this and Go to the ER when you feel that NUMBNESS and DONT WAIT ....
TIME IS IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR STROKES!!!!!!!!!
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
Well said and an important message. I hope you continue to do well and appreciate your efforts toward stroke prevention. Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.


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