nothesame - new member with questions post PFO closure

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   Posted 5/30/2014 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
  Posted Yesterday 11:36 AM (GMT -6)  by nothesame
I am new to this site, but glad I found it. I am 43 years old, had an episode in 2010 what my Doctor then, told me was'nt a stroke. Where did this quack get his diploma from, DisneyWorld? If that person had sent me for test back then, I would'nt be sitting here right now reaching out for support.
In April of 2013, I had a stroke, this one changed my life 4ever. I was sent for tests, which resulted in me having a pfo on May 8, 2014. I was told I (like everyone else) was born with a hole in the heart which is suppose to close when you leave the uteris, mine did`nt. To make a long story short, I still have these symptoms; headache, right hand is not the same as the left hand anymore, right side of face feels like it just got slapped, when I go for a walk,it feels like I`m hovering. Does anybody else have these same symptoms, if yes, will they go away. I am still in physio, take asa,rouvustatin,ramapril and clopidigrel daily, can someone tell me if there something else anything else I can do, or the proffesionals can do to get rid of these symptoms. This whole ordeal has caused me to aquire depression now, please HELP ME!

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   Posted 5/30/2014 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry you had an episode in 2010 that was not investigated - you did not mention what kind of symptoms you had.
Although present in about one in five adults, PFOs usually cause no symptoms at all. Far less than 1% has a stroke or other outcome that results in the need to have the PFO closed.
I had sx of a TIA in 2010 and was sent directly for a CT Scan which was negative for a stroke or bleed.  My Dr. referred me to a Neurologist and I had 2 TEEs in one day - guess I bit the first Dr. as she refused to try a second time so I was sent uptown to a more experienced Cardiologist and all was fine.  We also did a lot of genetic blood testing by all my tests were fine.
Sounds like things got messed up during your first visit with a Dr.  I am sorry for that.
I am glad to hear you are still in rehab as that is a good sign that the staff feels they can continue to help you improve. Also you have typed this post here so you appear to have intact cognitive function. You are also able to be out walking so keep working on these skills.  
"The primary goals of  of recovery include preventing secondary health complications, minimizing impairments, and achieving functional goals that promote independence in activities of daily living.

In the later phases of stroke recovery, patients are encouraged to participate in secondary prevention programs for stroke. Follow-up is usually facilitated by the patient’s primary care provider.

The initial severity of impairments and individual characteristics, such as motivation, social support, and learning ability, are key predictors of stroke recovery outcomes. Responses to treatment and overall recovery of function are highly dependent on the individual. Current evidence indicates that most significant recovery gains will occur within the first 12 weeks following a stroke.

I am going to post you the link to read about stroke recovery but remember there are so many different stages of stroke and you are early in the recovery stage. Only take away from the article what is helpful for you. 

We have a great Depression and a Anxiety Forum here at HealingWell so feel comfortable joining either one of those forums or both.

Support is key to healing.



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