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