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2cor520 posted:
This past Tuesday I was at a meeting at work. All of a sudden, I became extremely dizzy and couldn't shake it. Trying to remain calm and not draw attention to myself, I got up thinking I would take a walk to the restroom and shake it off. I found it very difficult to keep my balance and just walked along wall. Still unable to shake it, I walked to my desk to get some fruit thinking eating something would help, which it didn't. One of my coworkers noticed that I wasn't walking right and so I explained I was dizzy and just needed to go home. They arranged for a family member to come and take me to the doctor or hospital since it was obvious I couldn't drive. My daughter took me to our local small town hospital, they did an ekg and blood work which all looked good. The doctor said I had vertigo, by this time I am also vomiting. They gave me meds including valium and sent me home. I didn't think anything other than vertigo until I got up the next morning feeling much better until I got out of the bed and realized that my right side felt very heavy. It was not paralyzed at all...but just a very heavy feeling. I did still have some dizziness but no more nausea. I realized I would not be going to work and so laid back down in bed. A little later while watching tv, I realized the righ side of my face was numb. I could feel it, but it felt very different than the left side of my face. Worrying now what is happening, I tried to call my dr who didn't have any openings for me to come in. I called an urgent care and talked to a nurse who said to come right in. The doctor there did an exam and arranged for me to get a CT scan and said he thinks I may have had a stroke. I did went and had the scan and then went home. A couple of hours later the doctor said that the scan did not show any bleeding or masses. I then said to him, "then it is not a stroke?" and he said possibly, but to follow up with my PCP within a week. Called for my PCP and the first available appointment is in 12 days. The next day, I wake up feeling every better than the day before...a little dizzy still and a little heavy on the right side feeling more like weakness now, so I went to work...and on Friday even felt better. So, today, I am much better, still feel a little "weird" but nothing that is stopping me from doing what I normally do. But I did get a notice in the mail that now has me scared. It was a diagnosis from the CT scan approval that does state a stroke. So...still thinking it couldn't be that because I had always felt my symptoms were not typical...I went online and my symptoms are exactly that of a stroke in the cerebellum area of the brain! Now I'm panicking that I may have actually had a stroke and I can't get into see my doctor to even ask for more testing even if there is a test that can now answer this question? Should I be on some kind of medication to prevent a stronger stroke? And to panic is probably the worst thing I could be doing! Any assurance, help, suggestions, advice, anyone has to offer, please I welcome anything. Thank you.
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