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July 12, 2014

I am ... A Survivor

I went to my local ER on August 5 2013 with sudden onset of dizziness. I was evaluated by on call doctor he told me I had vertigo and to go home and rest. I went home and rested as he stated, two days later I was felling much worse and couldn't walk I was transported by ambulance to local ER now showing all signs of stroke. It was confirmed per MRI. I have had fairly slow recovery and I still have ongoing vertigo. Exactly 1 month after I had my first stroke, my brother who is one year older then myself which is 53. He was rushed to a different local ER with sudden onset of dizziness, ER doctors were about ready to send him home, with vertigo until my sister intervened and asked ER doctor to do a MRI. ER doctor was very reluctant to do this test she thought it was a waste of time and money. She did the MRI reluctantly and it came back as a left brain stem stroke same as mine. They gave appropriate medications, he was discharged from the hospital within a week and back to work after missing just a month. He has no ongoing physical disabilities. My condition is I am currently disabled unable to drive or work with on going vertigo that seems to have stabilized with help of medications at the 6 month post stroke.

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Same happened to me but I was lucky, even though undiagnosed for almost a week NO lasting symptoms.It was a cerebellar infarct.

I have had to stop driving ambulances though so I drive a desk instead now but here is the thing, if I as a paramedic can miss the symptoms of my own stroke we can see how many must be missed. Of course I now take sudden onset vertigo very seriously but I wonder how many ER Dr;s do ?

Good luck to both you and your brother.

A.H.A and N.S.A. NEED TO EDUCATE ALL DOCTORS ABOUT SIGNS OF STROKE. NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE SMART ,THEY LACK SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT STROKE. SO MANY WERE MISDIAGNOSED COZ OF THEIR EGO.

 

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