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    Stroke? Is a definitive diagnosis possible after 40 years?
    tnampaio posted:
    From age 5 to age 18, I experienced severe child abuse.
    At 11 years of age, after a particularly bad episode, I was not functioning properly. I could not walk without grasping for the walls and furniture of my room. I was disoriented, experienced vertigo, had a severe, nauseating headache, my left side was numb and slightly dragging. The most frightening to me was that I had trouble swallowing.
    Upon returning to school, I was able to formulate thoughts in my head, but was not able to relay the information correctly. I found I could not respond properly to questions asked to me. I was so disoriented, apparently my teacher allowed me to sit behind the other children, so as to not disturb class. When I "came out of it", I realized my behavior and was embarrassed, as the other children had made fun of me.
    Throughout the immediate time that followed, I remember repeatedly trying to fix me, by spelling the words of everything I saw, quietly in my head. I didn't run for fear of falling over, my left side did become stronger, yet has remained diminished to this day. I have had other issues come and go throughout the years, particularly during and after childbirth.
    I am now almost 50 years old. Is it possible after this long to know if I suffered a stroke? And, if so, am I at further risk for strokes as I get older?
    Thank you. T.Nampaio
    atti_editor responded:
    Hi tnampaio,

    This is a question best asked of your doctor. He/she may be able to tell you if a stroke diagnosis is possible after a number of years and what your possible risk for future strokes is. I suggest you recount your medical history as you have here and see what he/she is able to conclude. While we cannot provide medical advice or diagnosis on this board, you might want to take a look at these points on what to expect after a stroke . Many of the things that you describe are listed here, but again, a diagnosis by a medical professional is needed to determine exactly what you suffered.

    You might also be interested in reading this article on stroke prevention -- it includes risk factors for stroke and how to adopt a lifestyle that will further help to prevent stroke.

    Best wishes,

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