Even for me, reading the stories brought back so many horrible memories and a sense of that original fear again. So for the writers, I am doubly appreciative that you have put this effort in and I know that it will help others who have gone through this feel less alone.
Helen's Story:I’m Helen and I’m 52 years old , I live in Essex in the UK. I had an CAD/stroke 2 1/2 years ago in May 2018, I’d recently turned 50. During a yoga class I got a really nasty headache and as I thought at the time pulled something in my neck.
The next thing I remember is being in the ambulance - I could now speak and my arm and leg were working again. I spent 6 hours in hospital, I had a head scan -all clear and was discharged with an appointment to attend the tia clinic 4 days later.
I spent the next few days feeling really rough and weird and absolutely exhausted but not for one minute thinking I had had a stroke, which now I think why didn’t I realise??
At my hospital app I had a carotid artery Doppler, which came back clear, heart tests all fine, blood tests, cholesterol test all excellent, and then a MRI which came back positive for a stroke!!
I was discharged on aspirin and clopidogrel for a month, and then just clopidogrel, I went back for my follow up 6 months later and found out that my carotid artery was completely occluded and will remain so forever- that was really tough hearing that, it never crossed my mind that it would block completely and the anxiety that came with that diagnosis was and still is overwhelming at times.
But I know how lucky I am - it could have been so much worse, I suffer with almost daily headaches of some degree and a sore, dry droopy eye but I’m here, physically I’m as I was.