• 9 months ago

    How often does stroke go unnoticed?

    I'm a 22 year old male who has struggled with anxiety and depression in recent years, since I've been out of highschool I've floated between several jobs only working a couple of months per job, taking long periods in between with excessive drinking, smoking and eating, almost two years ago my parents were extremely worried with the way I was living my life and my somber attitude so we both decided I needed professional help, I visited both a Psychiatrist and a physician, both were vague in their diagnosis the Psychiatrist diagnosed me with basic depression and prescribed me with lexipro, and the physician said while I had high blood pressure and heart rate for someone my age it was probably just due to smoking and lack of diet and exercise, things were going alright for while, I was taking my depression meds and holding down a job for 4-5 months, but then I stopped taking it to go out drinking more frequently and soon after pointed out for missed days, I've had a few jobs since then but my physical and mental health have gotten worse since then, I've always been social and kept friends but now I don't like hang around anyone, I'm 6'1 and I've never been overweight but over the last year I've went from 165 to 215, I always figured that my lack of motivation and energy was a mental thing due to depression and poor coping mechanisms, but for some reason it doesn't seem that simply, since I was in middle school I've had these spells where my heart would sink into my chest and beat rapidly and if someone tried to talk to me I could barely make out what they were saying and they could tell something was wrong with me but through being adolescent at the time they first occurred I never really told anyone about it and would just tell people I didn't feel well when a spell occurred, later on in life I just assumed it was some form of panic attack, I've probably had close to 50 of these type of spells happen since 7th grade on a pretty inconsistent basis, but feeling physically drained on a consistent basis, some of the symptoms being dizziness, confusion, nausea, aches in my back and left arm, and twitching in my left eye, I've read up on strokes the symptoms seem the same but from what I know they usually occur at an older age and have more damaging affects to your neurological system than I'd say I'm going through, I don't go to the doctor regularly and I know most people if they even thought they were having stroke like symptoms would go immediately, but I figured I'd ask someone on here what they think cause it might just be something mild like a panic attack, but any help would be appreciated thanks.

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  • 9 months ago

    RE: How often does stroke go unnoticed?

    And sorry about the rambling, I should add loss of sleep and racing thoughts as well
      • 9 months ago
        Hi. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling with all of this. It must be scary and overwhelming. I am not a medical professional, but I have worked in mental health. I think you made a very good choice seeing both a psychiatrist and medical doctor. I hope you consider returning to both. I don't want to guess at a diagnosis, but I will suggest that regardless of whether or not medical issues are causing your mental health struggles, you are nonetheless feeling bad/sad/anxious/etc and you don't have to. Unfortunately medications for mental health concerns work differently for people and sometimes take a few tries to get it right. I'm glad you reached out though, and I hope you start feeling better soon.
  • 9 months ago

    RE: How often does stroke go unnoticed?

    It doesn't matter what age & they go undiagnosed & misdiagnosed frequently, especially if you don't fit the pre-conceived mould!
    Stroke or heart attacks can happen at any age, you could even be pre-dIsposed due to genetics, an un-diagnosed underlying health problem or it could be your lifestyle has had adverse effects.
    My brother in law died at 37 of a myocardial infarction ( heart exploded) my husband was 37 when he suffered 3 heart attacks & my son 37 suffered 2 massive strokes.
    The medical community at large we're too quick to say these are not related, not genetic!
    I beg to differ & I worry constantly that if my family are pre-disposed then my husband & my son remain at risk for future illness and also my other children could be walking timebombs.
    I don't believe anyone should rely on information about what a Heart Attack or a Stroke or any other illness should show. My husband was 5'11" weighed 168 lbs, was not a drinker, did not do drugs, the tests performed at the hospital were all inconclusive but a very smart surgeon decided angioplasty should be done anyway as the pain would not stop. Massive surprise, 5 blockages, the widow maker was 97% blocked, 2 others 67 & 72% & 2 to lesser degrees.
    My brother in law was about 20 lbs over weight but ate really healthy & exercised, he & his wife were expecting their first child when he passed away, he died within 15 minutes of his symptoms occurring.
    My son weighed in at 165lbs, 5' 10"; he did karate & regular exercise, he never smoked or did any type of drugs, did not abuse alcohol and had no health issues what so ever.
    My husbands symptoms were extremely high BP; Profuse sweating; feeling nauseous & feeling pain in his arms.
    My brother in law only complained about nausea suddenly & said he was short of breath & had a sharp pain in his chest.
    My son showed all classic stroke symptoms, one side was very weak, arm & leg were limp, his face was drooping on one side, his speech was slurred & he was vomitting & extremely dizzy.
    They almost sent my husband home because his blood work & scan showed nothing.
    My brother in law had been to the Dr twice complaining of these symptoms but was dismissed, as for my son, the paramedics said 37 year olds don't take strokes, they even tried to suggest he had taken an overdose. They refused to take him to a stroke facility & even checked him in as stablized from possible overdose.
    LISTEN to your own body, if it feels different, like something is wrong, it probably is!
    If Doctors, paramedics or whomever you see tries to fluff you off but you know it is NOT NORMAL; refuse to leave, demand a second opinion & most importantly ADVOCATE for yourself or those you love, do not be bullied or left to feel you are being a nuisance, if you feel ill or a loved one feels ill you have the right to be treated fairly & should NOT be sent home unless with 100% certainty you feel better and the medical professionals can guarantee you are out of any danger!
    Each person is different, although similarities can occur, don't wait for that to happen. Your situation could be totally unique just as you are, so demand that all tests be ran & reran if necessary before you walk out the door. This could be the difference between life & death!