Patient Comments: Stroke - Symptoms

What stroke symptoms did you experience?

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Stroke symptoms and signs include numbness, vision changes, weakness, and difficulty walking, speaking, and understanding. Stroke symptoms occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. Prompt recognition and treatment of stroke symptoms offers the best chance to preserve brain function and ward off potential death and disability. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Molly, Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I woke up Sunday with a severe headache on the right side, took a couple of Aleve tablets which didn't help. Finally I got in to my doctor on Monday and he sent me to the emergency room for a CT scan. I was diagnosed with a stroke. I was fortunate in that it didn't affect my speech or motor skills. However I lost vision in the left side of both eyes with instructions of no driving. My stroke was not caused by a blood clot, but to be safe I was put on a heart monitor for a month to see if I had atrial fibrillation which can cause blood clots and I do. I am now on a blood thinner.

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Comment from: AJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I was extremely dizzy, tried to balance myself and saw that the right side of my body was collapsing under me. It lasted about 15 seconds. I took aspirin right away and went to the emergency room on advice of my nurse. Bloodwork and CT were normal. I started working about 6 months ago. It took me a while to get used to being on my feet 8 hours a day. Past few months I have had leg aches and cramps at night.

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Comment from: g'ma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I was receiving chemotherapy for the 3rd round. About 3/4th of the way through I got very hot, water running down my head. I got very weak on my right side but had all thought processes. When trying to speak with anybody it sounded like 'marble mouth'. Very scary. Doctor thinks chemotherapy might have triggered the stroke.

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Comment from: HeyJude, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I was at home, sitting on the couch when I began to feel a sensation across my upper lip. A little later that area became numb. I waited too long to go to the emergency room. Four hours passed until it hit me that this was getting worse. I was hospitalized for 18 days.

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Comment from: Kmack327, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

One week prior, I was very weak and jut needed to sit down most of the time. I could almost feel a different kind of blood flow to my head and also experienced vomiting. The night I had multiple strokes on left brain I thought I had a migraine and took Imitrex.

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Comment from: Nathan, Female (Caregiver) Published: February 10

I wonder if a losing bladder control a symptom of stroke.

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Comment from: margaret, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I was out the day before with my family, it was a hot day and I had to buy a hat, for the sun was hot. The next morning I sat at the side of my bed and my mind went totally blank for a second I think. I started choking and my daughter asked me what was wrong. I could not respond properly and was thinking, she should just give me a minute. She said," Mom, we are calling 911, I think you are having a stroke!" She later told me my mouth was funny and I had slurred speech. I had a TIA (transient ischemic attack). My whole life changed, my outlook changed, now three years later I still have left sided weakness, I do Tai Chi 4 times a week, but have lots of hip pain from my osteoporosis. I am still thankful for my daughter being there and knowing what to do. Had I been home by myself, I may not be writing this today! Otherwise I am in great health.

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