Study shows some have mild strokes that are not diagnosed

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by suzetal, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    They said I might have had a heart attack and did not know it.I found this on strokes.

    I know there have been a few with questions about being numb on one side.Or just there arm.


    • Bipolar Treatment Can You Have a Stroke and Not Know It?

    Study Shows Some People Have Mild Strokes That Aren't Diagnosed By Miranda Hitti
    WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
    on Monday, October 09, 2006

    Oct. 9, 2006 -- Many U.S. adults aged 45 and older may have had a stroke without realizing it, a new study shows.

    People should learn stroke's warning signs and immediately seek emergency medical help if those symptoms appear, write the researchers.

    Before you read about their study, which appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine, review stroke's possible warning signs:

    Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body
    Abrupt loss of vision, strength, coordination, sensation, speech, or the ability to understand speech. These symptoms may become more marked over time.

    Sudden dimness of vision, especially in one eye
    Sudden loss of balance, possibly accompanied by vomiting, nausea, fever, hiccups, or trouble with swallowing
    Sudden and severe headache with no other cause followed rapidly by loss of consciousness -- indications of a stroke due to bleeding
    Brief loss of consciousness
    Unexplained dizziness or sudden falls
    If you or someone with you shows any possible signs of stroke, don't hesitate. Get emergency medical care right away.

    Some stroke medicines must be given shortly after stroke symptoms start, and those drugs can make a big difference in the outcome of a stroke.

    Stroke Symptoms Study

    The new study on stroke symptoms comes from researchers including Virginia Howard, MSPH, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    By telephone, Howard's team interviewed more than 18,400 U.S. adults aged 45 and older (average age: nearly 66).

    All of the participants said they had never been told that they had had a stroke or a "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack, or TIA). The group was evenly split between whites and blacks. Blacks are at higher risk of stroke than whites.

    Half of the participants live in the so-called "stroke belt" states -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana -- which have particularly high stroke rates.

    Have You Had These Symptoms?

    Participants answered six questions about stroke symptoms:

    "Have you ever had sudden painless weakness on one side of your body?" Nearly 6% said yes.
    "Have you ever had sudden numbness or a dead feeling on one side of your body?" More than 8% said yes.
    "Have you ever had sudden painless loss of vision in one or both eyes?" More than 4% said yes.
    "Have you ever suddenly lost one half of your vision?" About 3% said yes.

    "Have you ever suddenly lost the ability to understand what people are saying?" Nearly 3% said yes.
    "Have you ever suddenly lost the ability to express yourself verbally or in writing?" Almost 4% said yes.
    Overall, nearly 18% of the group reported having had at least one of those symptoms.

    Those participants were more likely to be black, to have lower incomes and education levels, and to rate their overall health as "poor" or "fair" instead of "excellent," "very good," or "good."

    The study doesn't show whether those people actually had strokes or sought care for their stroke symptoms.

    Stroke Risk

    Participants got a brief checkup three or four weeks after being interviewed by the researchers.

    Using information from those checkups, Howard's team calculated each person's odds of having a stroke in the next 10 years, based on factors including age, smoking status, blood pressure, heart disease , and diabetes .

    Participants with poor stroke-risk-factor scores were particularly likely to have reported experiencing stroke symptoms.

    The findings raise the possibility that some participants may have had mild strokes that hadn't been diagnosed, the researchers note.


    SOURCES: Howard, V. Archives of Internal Medicine, Oct. 9, 2006; vol 166: pp 1952-1958. WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Stroke -- Symptoms." News release, JAMA/Archives.

  2. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

  3. museinhighlands

    museinhighlands New Member

    Good post Suzetal! I came back on as I wanted to find an article on this subject to post since seeing the numbness/weakness posts & knowing my own situation, as I have read of this undiagnosed stroke issue also. IT'S IMPORTANT TO RULE OUT.

    My numbness/tingling & weakness comes on BOTH sides hands/feet (2 yrs now) not one-sided. also neck/back tingles. Pain cycles vary (18yrs), upper & lower body, left side-trap/shoulder/wrists (I have thorasic outlet snydrome which is aggravated/pinched nerve-very painful), had months of phys therapy, but pain goes both side too. But I would like to see Cardio also as symptoms so close, even though my EKG was good - I want 2nd opinion).

    I am lefty and have overuse problems-carpel tunnel, Raynauds both hands-cold hurts hands (actually my whole body hurts in cold!)

    My severe pain comes from spinal cord into neck/back of head (like firey/radiates), tingling back neck/head also. And also muscle spasms/strains/sprains -whereever it chooses to strike that day!! (all consistent with Central Nervous System (CNS)injury which can be immediate or "delayed onset" from trauma's I've had: lightning strike, car accidents, mono virus- who knows which caused it- also have hypermobile joints).

    It's so much to explain... some Doctors think your just crazy when it so many variables.

    I don't have any other symptoms of vision loss/dimming or unconscious, etc. I do get system overload (central sensitization) it affects eyes-like migraines-blurry can't read til it passes, and also seizure feelings (mild) on occassion and myoclonic jerks--so I go to a Neuro next, and try MRI with medication this time... then I press for Cardiologist.

    During system overload, I call a body migraine, I can't do anything but lie down/quiet. The wind hurts, all over hurts, smells, sounds, to much stimuli, my damaged CNS can't handle, so I listen to body and rest and meditate and pray.

    I don't have breathing problems & had good EKG, so I didn't press to get referal to Cardio at the time, went to phys. therapy & Rheuma.

    Finally got health insurance! I need to get checked out Neuro, Cardio and also told by muscle doctor (physiatrist) to have maxial/dental surgeon consult. (TMJ problems causes host of symptoms too) Yikes no dental insurance!!

    Haven't had severe symptoms as often, try to "live within my box" & not overdo, and STOP & REST when I see the subtle hints coming on, and live, love and laugh as often as I can :)

    Thanks for posting this important info--FMS/CFS can be a dangerous diagnosis because other diseases can be overlooked.

    We must be persistent and get these things checked out and not give up.

    This is most typing I could do in long, long time. Sorry so long & gabby!!!
  4. museinhighlands

    museinhighlands New Member

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