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50 year old female stroke survivor
DONNA6661 posted:

I am not quite as young as you, 50 years old, but feel connected to you as I have a similar story. While on vacation in Punta Cana, I too suffered a stroke (CVA). I was at a show with my girlfriend, I went to clap at the end of a song and only one hand went up into the air. I realized that my left hand was not responding. It took me by total surprise. I had no other symptoms at all. My girlfriend took me to the Dr. at the resort who basically scoffed at me because I had no other symptoms. He took my blood pressure, which was normal, told me I did not have a stroke and sent me on my way. I was able to move my left arm a bit more in the morning but had no strength in it at all. I was told by everyone that it was improbable that I had a stroke due to my age. I flew home three days later and went to the hospital in New Jersey. Had a CAT scan which was inconclusive, they kept me there overnight, had an MRI the next day which showed the stroke. After more tests they found the stroke had been caused by a blocked carotid artery on the right side of my next. I had immediate surgery to clear that on February 14th 2012. My arm is almost back to normal. When I am tired it becomes very sluggish and heavy feeling. Most of what I can find out there is about older people who have suffered much more damage. I am happy to be alive and am acknowledge how far in my recovery I have gone. But would like to chat with you. Hope you are feeling better every day.

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