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Doctor insights on: Difficulties In Diagnosing Stroke

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My 6 month small baby having a problem of stroke what I do?

My 6 month small baby having a problem of stroke what I do?

Unusual for that age: Was he/she premature? Your child will need a hematologic work up for hypercoagulability, which is several blood tests. ...Read more

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Having some pain in my face feeling like a stroke what could be the problem?

Having some pain in my face feeling like a stroke what could be the problem?

Many possibilities: Facial pain could be due to dental or jaw issues, and sinus problems could be considered. Trigeminal neuralgia might be present, and temporal or giant cell arteritis can cause pain over the temples. Would suggest you have first a dental evaluation, and if this is non-productive, maybe seek a neurological consultation. ...Read more

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What's a good way for a stroke victim to recover if they now have difficulty writing?

What's a good way for a stroke victim to recover if they now have difficulty writing?

Therapy: Therapy is the mainstay in regaining functionality after a stroke.
Persistence and stubborness will help in attitude.
Trying to use the other hand will help but continued practice is a good idea. ...Read more

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Does those with adrenaline problem could get stroke easily??

Does those with adrenaline problem could get stroke easily??

Please repost: Please clarify what you mean by "adrenaline problem." Do you mean too much, not enough, or something else? ...Read more

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Did I have a mini-stroke? I am confused and have difficulty solving easy problems.

Did I have a mini-stroke? I am confused and have difficulty solving easy problems.

Probably not: A 'mini stroke' is stroke symptoms that last less than 24 hours and then resolves. Also stroke symptoms usually have motor or sensation changes and one sided body symptoms. Many things can cause confusion and changes in mentation - you really should see your doctor for a workup. ...Read more

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My fiance uses (vannair 160/4.5) inhulator and asthavent pump. Problem is she occasionally she get stroke like symptoms?

My fiance uses (vannair 160/4.5) inhulator and asthavent pump. Problem is she occasionally she get stroke like symptoms?

Stroke: These are the symptoms of a stroke. If you have them call an ambulance and go to the emergency room immediately: http://www. Stroke. Org. Nz/See-a-Stroke-FAST ...Read more

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Since I had my stroke I have problem sleeping I take medicine 4 it. It works sometimes but not all the time do you think my stroke had any effect?

Since I had my stroke I have problem sleeping I take medicine 4 it. It works sometimes but not all the time do you think my stroke had any effect?

Yes, stroke effects: Your sleep. About up to 40% of stroke patients have sleep-wake disorders, mostly in form of insomnia. The contributing factors are: depression, anxiety, obstructive apnea, stroke complications, and medications. In these patients, hypnotics, dopeminergic agents, and stimulants (e.g., modafinil) can be used for sleep management.
Rec.: talk to you rehabilitation health care provider. ...Read more

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I had a stroke in july, taking multiple meds. I can't keep an erection, what could be the problem? I am 57 years old. As stated above I suffered a severe stroke some months ago. Since then I have been unable to get and/or maintain an erection.

I had a stroke in july, taking multiple meds. I can't keep an erection, what could be the problem? I am 57 years old. As stated above I suffered a severe stroke some months ago. Since then I have been unable to get and/or maintain an erection.

Meds?: While stroke itself could be the cause of your problem, it is much more common for erectile dysfunction to be a side effect of medications. Ask your doctor to review your meds carefully. Beta blockers and water pills (atenolol, hydrochlorothiazide) are common offenders. ...Read more

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33 years, male, my husband was feeling dizzy, had breathing problem past night, can it be symptom of stroke?

33 years, male, my husband was feeling dizzy, had breathing problem past night, can it be symptom of stroke?

Inner Ear: It surely sounds like an infection and not like a stroke. He needs to have his ears examined and his lungs listened to. ...Read more

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Grandpa cannot clear his secretions after stroke/dementia. Sats at 98%.Would the cough assist machine help him. 86yrs old. No other medical problem. Tx?

Tough: Poor coughing and swallowing can occur after stroke and increase the risk of aspiration/pneumonia. Options include doing nothing, using thickening agents in feeds or putting in a peg feeding tube to reduce the burden on swallowing. Unfortunately swallowing saliva may still be am issue. Tough problem. ...Read more

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My father had stroke 2 months back and is slowly recovering. He has coordination problem on his right of his body. Advice me to teach him to swallow.?

My father had stroke 2 months back and is slowly recovering. He has coordination problem on his right of his body. Advice me to teach him to swallow.?

Stroke, swallow: A difficult issue that needs much detail regarding the site/type of brain injury ;will need a trained speech therapist to help re train deglutition; meantime airway protection is vital to safeguard against aspiration pneumonia risk, a feed tube may be necessary ;consult with local neurology services. ...Read more

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How is it possible for a brain not to be able to perceive time after a mini stroke.  Please help no one can figure out my problem It's been 14 months.

How is it possible for a brain not to be able to perceive time after a mini stroke.  Please help no one can figure out my problem It's been 14 months.

While it's uncommon: To have isolated "time blindness, " it certainly can happen, as it did with you. A primitive part of the brain, the thalamus, acts as a relay station for our thoughts, emotions & memory. Damage to a specific part of the thalamus can result in an inability to sense the passage of time. The technical term is "chronotaraxis. " A neurologist may be able to help you find ways to adapt. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an undiagnosed, serious heart problem for over a year with no heart attack/stroke/etc?

Is it possible to have an undiagnosed, serious heart problem for over a year with no heart attack/stroke/etc?

Anything is possible: There can be serious underlying heart disease in a person, without yet being diagnosed, that would not necessarily cause a hear attack or stroke. Why are you concerned? If you feel you need a heart evaluation for some reason, such as family history, atypical chest pains, etc. Than ask your pcp to give you a good eval and heart check up. ...Read more

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My dad had brain stroke last year. Tonight he is mumbling, not finishing a sentence. Not saying what's the problem. Is this a sign of stroke?

My dad had brain stroke last year. Tonight he is mumbling, not finishing a sentence. Not saying what's the problem. Is this a sign of stroke?

Can be: Definitely, your dad should be taken to hospital right away for a brain scan. There can be other reasons too, but he needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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I have diarrhoea (x8 today) - has incr from a month ago - was intermittent. I suspect it is a side effect of Clopidogrel, which I have been on since 21 July 2017, - prescribed for mild stroke - problem to cease taking them? Cilazapril & Artovastatin

I have diarrhoea (x8 today) - has incr from a month ago - was intermittent. I suspect it is a side effect of Clopidogrel, which I have been on since 21 July 2017, - prescribed for mild stroke - problem to cease taking them? Cilazapril & Artovastatin

Clopidogrel: Diarrhoea is the 4th side effect listed so is a common problem with this medicine. I think it would be important to consider alternative causes for why you might have diarrhoea first before stopping the medication. It is designed to prevent blood clots forming and is therefore important if you have had a stroke. There are alternative agents available that you & your Dr may consider. ...Read more

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If a stoke patient had difficulty speaking, where might the stroke be in the brain?

If a stoke patient had difficulty speaking, where might the stroke be in the brain?

Depends: Depends if the difficulty is due to aphasia or dysarthria and depends if the difficulty is in expressing thoughts or understanding others. More information is needed. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia cause leg weakness along with difficulty speaking (stroke ruled out)?

Can fibromyalgia cause leg weakness along with difficulty speaking (stroke ruled out)?

No: Fibromyalgia is purely a painful total body condition, and causes neither leg weakness or speech difficulty. If your symptoms were transient, might consider a tia, but if persistent and progressive, need to wonder about disorder of motor nerve cells, muscle disorder, or problem with nerve-muscle connections. Find an expert neurologist, and get this fully assessed. ...Read more

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My brother streches his eyes wide and then sticks his tongue out. Is this this some type of nerve problem or has he had a stroke he is 62 years old, single. He is a heavy drinker and smoker. I don't think he is aware of his behavior. I want to be able to

My brother streches his eyes wide and then sticks his tongue out. Is this this some type of nerve problem or has he had a stroke he is 62 years old, single. He is a heavy drinker and smoker. I don't think he is aware of his behavior. I want to be able to

Complex,: Complex, involuntary movements of the face and tongue generally fall under the heading of "dyskinesia", which is not a diagnosis. Dyskinesia can be a feature of a number of different conditions, including parkinson's disease, or as the result of history of treatment with prescriptoin medications that include antipsychotics (medications given for treatment of conditions like schizophrenia) and antiemetics (medications given for nausea), or even at the result of intoxication with recreational drugs (such as methamphetamine). ...Read more

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Pain in right kidney, sensitive pain on right face cheek. Painful left ankle. Possible kidney problem/stroke?

Pain in right kidney, sensitive pain on right face cheek. Painful left ankle. Possible kidney problem/stroke?

Kidney and ankle: You may have several things going on and will likely have several doc's working with you. Start with the family doc and head to your podiatrist for the ankle. All the doc's will work together for you. ...Read more

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Every time I stroke my cats I get swollen, red, itchy eyes (sometimes is only one) am I allergic to cats? Never had this problem before now.

Every time I stroke my cats I get swollen, red, itchy eyes (sometimes is only one) am I allergic to cats? Never had this problem before now.

It would seem so: You described allergic symptoms in response to a similar stimulus (the cat). You have two choices, avoid cats or start using allergy medicine when you know you'll be around them. ...Read more

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Right pinky finger, ring finger and both forearms tingly, is this a stroke or heart problem?

Right pinky finger, ring finger and both forearms tingly, is this a stroke or heart problem?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. Having said that the symptoms are more suggestive of carpel tunnel syndrome, however, you should still consult a doctor. ...Read more

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If a person had a severe stroke but has no neurological damage, would that mean the person would have no difficulty writing, talking or walking.

If a person had a severe stroke but has no neurological damage, would that mean the person would have no difficulty writing, talking or walking.

Stroke by definition: ..is injury to a part of the brain due to restricted blood flow. You can get a transient stroke that gives a person complete paralysis on one side, but then reverses within 24 hours (transient ischemic attack). Or you can get a full severe stroke that barely caused any noticeable dysfunction or weakness at all. This unpredictability is part of the reason why stroke is devastating. ...Read more

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My husband lost the use of his legs rather quickly, we are bafled as to what the problem is. He is taking physical therapy without much success. We were told he did not have a stroke and that it might be nurological.

My husband lost the use of his legs rather quickly, we are bafled as to what the problem is. He is taking physical therapy without much success. We were told he did not have a stroke and that it might be nurological.

Neurologist: Your husband needs a thorough evaluation by a neurologist to identify the problem. Conditions that come to mind are stroke, multiple sclerosis, tumors, cord compression, nerve injury, muscle problems. His clinical exam will allow your physician to narrow down the list. There are tests that can be done to look for specific conditions. In unusual cases, being at a large medical center by be better. ...Read more

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33 years, male, my husband is feeling dizzy, had breathing problem last night, vomited little & excessive sweating. Can it be symptom of stroke?

33 years, male, my husband is feeling dizzy, had breathing problem last night, vomited little & excessive sweating. Can it be symptom of stroke?

Asked and Answered: Your question has ben repeatedly answered. Your husband needs urgent health care. He no longer needs the internet. If he will not go with you to the hospital then please call 911. ...Read more

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My platelet count tends to be on the low normal side: 160 - 170. Would taking a baby aspirin (family history ofalzheimer's and stroke) be a problem?

My platelet count tends to be on the low normal side: 160 - 170. Would taking a baby aspirin (family history ofalzheimer's and stroke) be a problem?

Ask your doc: Specific decisions like this require someone knowing all about your history and your family history. Risks and benefits of treatment are very specific for each person. ...Read more

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Had a cat scan and MRI just stuff from old stroke but headaches are still coming what could be the problem. Doctor says headaches might be migrains?

Had a cat scan and MRI just stuff from old stroke but headaches are still coming what could be the problem. Doctor says headaches might be migrains?

Possibly: According to international headache society, there are only two types of headaches, vascular (migraine) and tension. With your history are most likely vascular in nature. ...Read more

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MRI or CT scan best for diagnosing possible stroke? Mothers been having lots of major had aches.

MRI or CT scan best for diagnosing possible stroke? Mothers been having lots of major had aches.

Down, girl: Your mother's having "lots of major" had aches. What makes you jump straight to stroke from had aches? 99% of all had aches have nothing to do with strokes, tumors, bleeding, or any other serious condition. 99% of all had aches are just had aches. Even "major" had aches are usually just had aches. Your mother should see a doctor and get a diagnosis. DON'T pester the doctor for a CT or MRI. ...Read more

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What is stroke?

What is stroke?

Damage to brain: A stroke is generally term referred to impairment or loss of function of part of the brain. This happens when blood supply to that part of the brain is interrupted due to a blockage resulting from plaque build up and/ or blood clot. Also rupture of blood vessel causing bleeding in the brain can result in stroke. ...Read more