My experience with a sudden stroke like feeling, but not really knowing what it was a week ago.

I went to bed early with a terrible headache a week ago last Thursday after taking 2 adult aspirins. Woke up the next morning with the same headache and I never get headaches. Later that afternoon I drove to pick up my great grandaughter from day-care and that’s when it hit me.

I was saying words that made no sense, was very light headed and really felt like I was going to pass out. When I got home I could not remember any of my family’s telephone numbers. I finally managed to dial 911 and a Deputy Sheriff came followed by an ambulance. The deputy called my son’s cell number who in turn called his sister who worked closer to me. My grandaughter arrived to pick up the baby and I was wisked off to the ER. I spent 4 days in the hospital and after 2 MRI, Cat Scan and blood works. They still did not see any sign of TIA. I was put on coumadin and Home Health and sent home.

My Neurologist visit made me feel a little more at ease especially since he told me to stop the coumadin and that according to all the tests done in the hospital it was not a stroke but was a Complex Migraine. He also said “can it happen again?” YES. If I ever feel it again to get myself to an Emergency Room, because the tests they run can determine what the cause is. Now, I will be 76 years old in 3 months and never have headaches. It took about a week before my speech became normal, my right arm stopped shaking for me to write, I stopped seeing spots or figures to my right side, and stopped trying to lose my balance when walking. I feel very normal now. However, this was a very traumatic experience I hope to never have again and had never heard of before.

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