Cerbrovascular Disease

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/10/2005 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to the group and I was just diagnosed with Cerbrovascular Disease caused from being a diabetic for many years. I have had 3-4 TIA's (mini strokes) and never knew I had them. I just had another one this past week and was able to recognise what was happening to me and got to the ER right away. The doctor did a CT scan and confirmed that this is what I was experiencing. I have been put on PLAVIX once a day. I do not know much about this drug or much about the TIA's. If there is anyone out there that can help me with information I would greatly appreciate it..I am very scared and anxious right now not knowing what is going to happen next!! I have been almost 3 months now going through tests for MS because I had all the signs of MS but the doctor has ruled that out and confirmed the Cerbrovascular Disease.

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   Posted 12/11/2005 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurel,  I am sorry for all you have gone through.  I dont know what Cerbrovascular Disease is but it sounds serious and you sound really scared.  I have MS, was diagnosed in 2001 and recently diagnosed with a heart problem which required a pacemaker inplant.  MS usually takes a long time to diagnose.  You didnt mention if you have had a second opinion in your post.  If you havent gotten one, I would recommend it.  ~E~

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 12/11/2005 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
 Im so sorry Laurel your having these problems, ill keep you in my prayers. I am a diabetic also, 5 years ago i had a 5 vessel heart by-pass, after having 3 heart attacks. I never knew when i had the heart attacks, the drs say this is common in diabetics. I thought i had bronchitis for months , my only real symptom was shortness of breath. Im a nurse you would think i would of known, but i had no pain or any others signs. I take a alot of meds now . Plavix is one of them. It helps keep the blood thin, i also take coumadin with it it is also a blood thinner. I had a small stroke last year. The dr. said the plavix and the coumadin kept it from being a severe stroke. Im so pleased you went to the dr. soon as you did, now maybe they can prevent any more tias, which are mini strokes, good luck and may you have many healthy and happy days.   tongue   Deltacece

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 12/25/2005 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Laurel, I don't really want to question the doctor, but my mother was also diagnosed with a TIA, and none of the family were at that time aware of Diabetic medication issues, so we never questioned the doctor about a possible Hypoglycemic attack. I was diagnosed Type 2 several years later and then after many(!!) support groups, training sessions, and conferences on "Diabetes", I became aware of how many hypoglycemic attacks occur if anyone are taking many of the Diabetic medications(commonly reffrred to as "Hypoglycemic Agents" I believe..). These attacks seem very similar to TIA symptoms.  Once she was diagnosed without question, she was put on one medication after another( all having many side effects) and now all doctors are now hesitant to re-evaluate. This seems to be VERY COMMON concern in the diabetic support groups I go to. Did this ever come up? Do you aggree or know something else. I am not so confident about the CT scans...just a personal technical concern. I've asked about CT scans but it seems to be a guarded and controversial technical area. 

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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 12/30/2005 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurel,
I have heart stents and my doctor put me on Plavix (75mg.) once a day. My understanding is that the drug helps the blood not to be so "sticky", which will help prevent clots or in my case helps so blockages don't form in my arteries or stents.

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   Posted 12/31/2005 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vinny!  Good to see ya posting here again.  We sure missed you! 
Welcome Laurel! 
Hope you all have a wonderful, healthy and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Hugs, Pat


Post Edited (Patoolla) : 12/31/2005 12:20:20 PM (GMT-7)

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