• 8 months ago

    Anxiety of the unknown

    I had an ischemic stroke right posterior parietal last week. I regained full neurological function within hours of the event. I had many risk factors, migraines with aura, birth control pills, high cholesterol, and fibroelastoma on my aortic valve that could have led to the stroke but the exact cause is still unknown. I'm only 43. I have many follow up appointments with multiple different doctors: cardiologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, hematologist, and stroke specialist. These appointments are weeks away. With that being said, I'm suffering anxiety over every little pain, twinge, headache, aura, visual disturbance, feeling cold, feeling tired all the time. I don't know if these are normal day to day things, side effects from the stroke, or precursors to another stroke. Of course, my mind immediately thinks another stroke and I start to panic. Once I get the opportunity to speak with my team of doctors I, hopefully, will get some answers. But in the meantime, does anyone else have these type of symptoms that can ease my mind a little?


  • RE: Anxiety of the unknown

    Hi kmccaff,

    I know that had to be a very stressful event to go through. As you're doing, you definitely want to follow up with your doctors as they need to try to get to the bottom of why you had a stroke (it sounds like you may have had what we call a TIA (transient ischemic attack), which some people call a mini-stroke. With a TIA, the symptoms go away typically in a few hours like yours did. Strokes and TIAs generally do not have any symptoms prior to the event. So the symptoms you're experiencing are very unlikely related to anything to do with a stroke. You definitely want to talk to your doctors about this but one thing to consider is the stress you're under. Stress can not only make us feel random symptoms but it can make us worry excessively about what those symptoms mean. I would recommend practicing some relaxation techniques like deep breathing. You will feel the chemical changes happening in your body when you focus on your breathing. It's a magical stress reliever -- a sort of mini meditation. Give that a shot and let us know how you're feeling. And keep us posted on what you learn from your doctors. Check out this video on Meditation 101 http://www.webmd.com/balance/video/meditation-101-video