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Jodi C.
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Tracey E.
Tracey E.
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I Thought It Was Just A Pinched Nerve..

I had broken my left wrist and had to wear a sling for a couple of weeks, so when my right arm first started going numb, my doctor and I both thought it was just a pinched nerve. But after two weeks of steroid medicine, I knew it was something else. My arm was no longer numb, but I couldn't move it at all, only my hand, and my leg was incredibly weak, as well. That's when I went to the emergency room for a CAT scan. And the scan showed that I, at the age of 32, had had a stroke.

My stroke was caused by an Arterial Dissection of the Carotid Artery. Basically, the layers had peeled away in the big artery in my neck, drastically reducing bloodflow. A piece of the lining had travelled to my brain, causing the stroke. Thankfully, the doctors were able to put in a stint and expand the artery. They never could figure out what had caused the condition in the first place, though. Usually, the condition was seen in car wreck victims, not healthy, active, adults.

I consider myself very lucky. I didn't have any of the other symptoms of stroke. No slurred speech, no major headache, no high blood pressure. If it had been just a little worse, my memory, speech, and vision would have been affected.

It has been 10 months since I had my stroke. I am almost back to normal, although my cursive is still not too great, haha! I'm back doing the things I love and enjoy. I play with my kids, I've gone back to TaeKwonDo class, and I can feel my right arm and leg getting stronger and more coordinated every day.

Strokes don't just happen to old people, I'm proof of that! I would encourage everyone, regardless of age or health, to know the signs and symptoms of stroke.

 

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