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All the symptoms of a stroke - but not??

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  • Posted By: Heffie6
  • December 3, 2008
  • 09:00 AM

Good morning. I hope you do not mind a newbie posting in here first :o.
Last November I was taken ill at work, symptoms:

Left sided weakness
Confusion
Disorientated
Extreme tiredness

I was rushed into hospital where I had blood tests and an MRI scan. I was kept in for two weeks, then discharged with the only diagnosis being " It is NOT a stroke" Since then I have seen two neurologists, one a stroke specialist. I have been told that brain issues like this are common and the cause is often never found... not helpful really is it?

Now a year on, I am still unable to work, my symptoms now are:

Left sided weakness - but only when tired
Confusion
Disorientation
Extreme tiredness
Forgetfulness - especially on simple tasks like hanging washing & buttering bread
Inability to process multiple instructions
Inability to co-ordinate

I am female, 46 years old. Not overweight ( 5ft 8 and 182llbs) I am an Ex-smoker, I quit 3 years ago. I did/do have a stressful job but I feel that I coped well, and I did leave my husband early last year ( which was good news for me!!)

All in all, I am frustrated and feel as if the doctors have not done anything to help. Any comments and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Lyn.

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  • Hi Lyn-- This is really technical, but try this article, which talks about things that mimic (look like) stroke: http://www.ferne.org/Lectures/strokemimics0302.htm
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 08:55 PM
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  • Thank you so much for that link Aquila, I will have a trawl through it at my leisure!
    Heffie6 1 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 09:19 PM
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  • Hi Im annapsychic...yesterday posted a messae very similar to yours...seems like we have same sort of problem...my 4 neurolists just keep telling me not a stroke nor a brain tumour isnt that good news they say....not much help though 8 months now...hope we both get sorted.
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