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Stroke Victim?? Me?? You've got to be Kidding...

Updated on February 21, 2012

Stroke Victim at 47? Why?

I've always lived a healthy life. I workout almost daily, eat a very healthy/balanced diet, (with an occasional splurge) and try my best to live an emotionally healthy lifestyle as well. So why, only 5 months ago, did I have TIA, or better known as a mini stroke??? What had I done wrong? I woke up one morning, felt completely fine. Went about my normal routine. Went to the gym, had an especially good workout. Felt fine, then later that morning, noticed that I was having a strange problem speaking, enunciating words. I was perfectly understandable, but sounded...drunk. I knew the symptoms of a stroke, had none, except for the speach thing, so I just chalked it up to stress.

After a day or two, it got no better, and something didn't feel right. I became concerned, and took myself to the ER, telling the triage nurse that I suspected I had a stroke. After they ran a few tests, my worst nightmare was true. I did have a very mild stroke from what they told me. They kept me there for about 5 days, performing some other tests, and started me on blood thinners. What they found was that my heart, and brain, were fine (thank goodness) , but that I had what's called Hypercoalgulation. Or blood more prone to clotting. It has nothing to do with lifestyle, there's no way I could have known, it could be genetic (No one in my family ever had it.) or just aquired. This was found, only after the attending Doctor suspected it, and ran several additional blood tests. So why is this not part of standard blood testing? Having a stroke at this young age is emotionally traumatizng, to say the least. I am now on prescription blood thinners. Why isn't everyone tested for it, even if it's every 5 or so years? Even if it's several blood tests? My feeling is that anyone could be a walking target. and not even know it. I was. I'm now fine, still workout almost daily, except I do suffer from exhaustion a lot. It's a common post stroke effect, from what I'm told. I hope everyone will take some steps to find out if they have this or not. Especially if you have any autoimmune issues. (As those who do, are more prone to it) I was lucky in that it didn't effect any of my motor skills, or cause paralysis. I am very thankful for that. But it can.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      That's what I thought Dorsi. Esp, someone as fit and healthy as me. Thanks for reading this! And I sup;pose that no one is completelt our of the water with this. (?)

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      Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Wow is all I can say. You are so young to have a stroke. Thank God you are recovering. I agree that something like this should be made a part of an annual physical - especially something so simple as a blood test to check for it.

      Thanks for sharing your personal story here.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Thanks Yvonne. It is just important for people to know, as there are no symptoms of hypercoagulation, and it has nothing to with lifestile. I'm ojay except for constant exhaustion. Which I just try & deal with, I am very thankful that things weren'r worse. Thanks for your comment. : )

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Jacy, this is a very useful hub as so many people might not know the signs or think that as they are not badly affected that it doesn’t matter, and reading this will let them know why they should see a doctor.

      Glad that you weren’t badly affected and that you are doing well now.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Yes, Bill, that's a really bad habit. ; ) And the Dr. told me not to stick anything in my ear. ; )

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my dear, I have this stupid habit of being nice to people I like and respect...so stick that in your ear! :)

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      I've been fine all along. It just so happane that I know the symptome of a stroke, and started to feel real uneasy about my one symptom. I went to the gym the day before I took myself to the hosp., was only there for 5 days, and, naturally was bored to tears. (Once I found out the problem) Before I knew what the prob was I was busy being nightmarishly nervous about what they were going to find. And Bill,I still can't figure out why you're so good to me. : )

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I for one am damn grateful that you made it because otherwise we wouldn't be friends and that is a lonely, sad thought indeed. Thank you for posting this; I believe it to be an important topic that needs more written about it.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Thank you Peter, maybe I will. : )

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      Peter Allison 5 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Hi albertsj, this is an important topic - one that people not predisposed to being at risk of a stroke should read. As you learn more through your doctors, research and observation, please post more!

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Thank you Rajan! Yes, but when you're going through, this overwhelming exhaustion, hearing that it's "just temporary" gets old, after a while. I could sleep all day. And I'm not usually a napper. BUT I am so thankful that I have such minimal symptoms, compared to others. Thanks for your kind words, and for voting up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      hi albertsj. Stroke hits silently most of the time when one is least aware of its footsteps. My dad & mom both suffered strokes. I'm glad you have recovered except for the fatigue part which too would go away with time and a healthy diet.

      Thanks for sharing your story to make us aware of this silent attacker.

      Voted up & awesome.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      OMG! No, I never took birth controll, and never smoked, I did everything "right", it was because of hypercoagulation, & no way I could have known. Very fortunately it didn't do anything else to me. the only post affects are overwhelming exhaustion much of the time (hey I can live with that) and the speech thing, which is terribly frustrating. Oh, i'm perfectly understandable, just soun d drunk. The ironic thing, is that being on blood thinners (now) I can't even drink (alcohol)...imagine if I did, then I'd sound really slurred. Lol I can't believe how much we have in common! So many paralels between us. Are you on any blood thinners? What kind of recovery did you have?

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You were so young for this to happen. I am glad you didn't have any long term effects. Did you take birth control pills? A few years ago I had mini strokes from Yasmin birth control pills and smoking. I started getting migranes and blurred vision. Soon after this, my eyes would cross and I couldn't unstick them. I was driving and I got double vision. There was nothing I could do to get it to stop. When I started forgetting where I was and stuttering, I gave up on the pills forever. It scared me into taking better care of my health. Thanks for sharing and I am glad your story has a happy ending.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Your friend must have had a massice stroke, that has to be why her recovery was long. I, fortunately, only had a very mini stroke, and the only thing, it really had an affect on was my speech. (which is really frustrating for me, because I feel like my brain is going so much faster than my speech. I kinda' sound drunk...but perfectly understandable) I hope your friend is okay. It's a scary thing. Thanks, Sunny girl ; )

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Thank you Alecia! I just got back from the gym : ) So I guess I'm okay. Not only does genetics, and environment, have an impact, but so does our emotional health. Our level of stress etc. I have always tended to react much more to typical stresses than most, so is that why it happened to me? Who know's. It's weird, we only have so much control I guess. Thanks for your well wishes. Drink lots of water, and avoid anything containing lactose for a week or so. See if it makes a difference. Try eliminating different foods to see if anything you're consuming regularly, is having an impact on it. Maybe it's an allergy to something. Lactose it self is, not only an acid producer, but a mucous producer...oh now, I'm being my typical "wannabe nutritionist" self. : ) Feel good, Hub buddie.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Jacy,

      This is definitely something I could not imagine happening to anyone let alone someone in great shape and not advanced in age. But you're right, anyone's a walking target. I just learned I had acid reflux after a life of fairly good eating and active habits. But genetics and environment play a huge role in contributing to what happens to us. I am glad to hear you are doing well. Keep up the good work and I wish you the best in your recovery.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It's a good thing that you knew the signs of a stroke, many people don't and you just made them aware. A friend of mine had a stroke at age 36. It was a long recovery period for her. She's fine now. Great hub!

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Thanks for your comment Made! Yes, people of any age can have a stroke from what I learned. Scary indeed.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Hi albertsj, welcome to HubPages! Thanks for sharing your story. It's a little scary to know that anyone, young people too, can have a stroke anytime. I'm glad you are fine now. Very interesting hub!

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