In my struggle to help my mother, who has had several smaller strokes, I have learned so much about stroke. The lack of understanding the signs & symptoms of a stroke is overwhelming. Even I did not know what to look for - I do now.
Had I, and my mother, known the symptoms, she probably would not be going thru what she is now going thru. She had a problem with dizziness for an extended period - she was told by a doctor she had a viral inner ear infection and there was basically nothing they could do for her, it had to run it's course (with no bloodwork done to verify this, btw!) - WRONG! she was having a stroke! Had they done the appropriate testing it would have been obvious - they didnt. Weeks later she suffered another stroke - losing eyesight in one eye. she did call 911 and was taken to the local hospital. At that time they did do a CT scan and found she had had more than one stroke!
My featured Deviation lists the five most common signs of a stroke, they can be individual symptoms, or there may be several present. PLEASE - if you, or anyone you care about, show ANY one of these symptoms suddenly and for no known reason - GET MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY!!! There are very effective treatments available IF the victim is seen within 3 hours of the onset of symptoms - Time is CRITICAL!!
My mother did not get the opportunity to recieve the early onset treatment that may have prevented her from having another stroke simply because we didnt know. It was assumed that the doctor knew what he was talking about when he "diagnosed" an inner ear infection (again - this was without any proper testing to verify it).
She has since developed speech problems, hand tremors, has trouble standing and walking by herself and requires help to do so (weakness) and a few other issues. Had we been more aware, she could have insisted on being tested for possible stroke way back when the dizziness started and she could have been treated much more succesfully with fewer problems than she now has to cope with.
For more information about stroke please visit the following sites:www.stroke.org/site/PageServer…www.strokeassociation.org/pres…www.strokeeducation.info/