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    How does a stroke feel like?

    Hello!

    Anyone who had a stroke while awake, how did it feel? I always imagined severe pain in the area. But reading about it brings forth feeling parts of body go numb, tingly, speech problems, and other symptoms. So, how do you know when you have a stroke or are about to experience one?

    Thanks! I hear that getting help quickly is important...but knowing what signs to look for is important.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by otiness View Post
    Hello!

    Anyone who had a stroke while awake, how did it feel? I always imagined severe pain in the area. But reading about it brings forth feeling parts of body go numb, tingly, speech problems, and other symptoms. So, how do you know when you have a stroke or are about to experience one?

    Thanks! I hear that getting help quickly is important...but knowing what signs to look for is important.

    Thanks!
    Raise your both hands in the air, smile, & speak (say a sentence) If you can't do one of these properly you may be having a stroke.

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    ha

    Quote Originally Posted by 47+years View Post
    Raise your both hands in the air, smile, & speak (say a sentence) If you can't do one of these properly you may be having a stroke.
    Dude. Seriously, like probably 75% of the people who use this forum can't raise both their hands above their head, without falling over

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakeHalsted View Post
    Dude. Seriously, like probably 75% of the people who use this forum can't raise both their hands above their head, without falling over
    I am a lady and as a C5/C6 quad can't raise my hands above my head without falling over. I was giving the general guidelines for determining if one is having a stroke. Also, in my defense, the original question asked about tingling or numbness in body parts so I assumed they weren't talking about the tip of their nose or their eye lids.

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    my dad just had one....was at firestone getting new tires ..said he wasnt feeling quite right, the guy at the counter asked him for info, and when my dad answered him, the guy couldnt understand him, his speech was slurred !..my unlce was with him, took him home, and then to the hospital....ive learned that there is a shot they can give u within 3 hrs of the onset of a stroke, they called it a "clot buster"...which will do what it says, break any clot thats causing the stroke...but has to be within 3hr....
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    The medicine for clot caused strokes is called tPA. They need to give it within 4 hours so within 3 hours of hitting the ER with tests because they cannot give it to those suffering a bleed.

    Signs of a stroke include slurred speech, confusion, loss of or dimming of sight in one eye, weakness including drooling on one side of the face. Weakness and/or tingling in one side like the face, arm and leg. Normally the face and head areas are first noticed. Do not wait for it to get better go directly to an ER or call 911. DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF!

    A cerebral vascular accident (CVA) or stroke occurs in the brain pain is normally not noticed right away. A spinal stroke, below the brain stem, hurts like the devil and effects both sides.
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

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    Thankas, I was ws wondering about pain.
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    a brain doctor who had a stroke. you might find this interesting,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU

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    This is what happened to me. We were driving along ret 40 in NC headed west, I triedto say something to my wife Jean. My words came out slurred and I wasn't able to form words. After a few moments this all went away and I was OK again. Did I have a full blown stroke? Probably not, but something certainly happened.

    Then--- A couple of years ago I was at a meeting of a fishing club, we had just had a sandwich dinner and I started to feel a fluttering in my chest, and I started to sweat, as well as feeling strange. I excused myself from the table and told the guys I was headed home because I didn't feel well. I walked down three flights of stairs, I was not using a chair then, I could walk with some difficulty with a cane. Got into my car and figured I would just drive home. I had forgotten my cell at home, so I couldn't call 911. I was also about 10 minutes from a hospital and as I went down the road the whole world started to close in on me, like I was in a tunnel. I turned towards the hospital and drove there all by myself. I also was able to walk into the hospital and seek help at the main desk. I parked my P?U truck on the front sidewalk. It did turn out that time I was having an atrial fibulation event. They gave me several asprins and then some other meds. Of course I stayed the night n the hospital, they contacted my wife to inform her of what was going on.

    I have always feared being a hypocondriac, probably pretty stupid but that is me.
    Last edited by Bob Sullivan; 03-08-2012 at 04:10 PM. Reason: Failure to directly answer the question. I felt no pain at either event.

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    Bob, the first sounded like a TIA. A temporary ischemic attack. Lucky people get one before a full blown stroke.

    Could a SCI RN comment more on TIAs versus CVA and even Bell's Palsy? Years back I made sure my father-in-law knew the stroke signs because my mother-in-law was a prime candidate for an ischemic stroke (clot). Getting her to a hospital, checked to make sure it was a clot type stroke and getting tPA would leave her without stroke caused disabilities.

    My Dad was driving home from 18 holes of golf about 10 years ago and suddenly had problems breathing. No pain either. Thankfully the hospital was straight down the road from the course. He made the ER parking lot and barely made it out of the car. A nurse going in to work saw him and ran over to help him slide slowly down to sit leaning against the car. She ran in and was back in like 3 minutes with a doctor, 2 techs and a stretcher. The heart attack he thought he was having was his first asthma attack. He had most of the symptoms of a heart attack except pain.
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

    Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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