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Different strokes

Original post made on Sep 5, 2013

It started with a terrible headache. And then he noticed he was having trouble forming words. He couldn't whistle for the dog the way he'd always done. Looking in the mirror he could see the left side of his face was sagging. That's when he knew he needed to get to the hospital right away. This otherwise healthy Los Altos man was having a stroke.

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Posted by former MV resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I'm so glad to hear you're doing so well!! My husband had a 'spontaneous' renal artery dissection in one of his kidneys, and we also didn't realize what a close call he had. He's fine today; just needs to take blood pressure medicine the rest of his life!

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Posted by BD
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Don't wear your bullet in Washington DC you can be arrested....
Congratulations on your "dodging" yours.

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Posted by mom
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

In my 20s, I had the worst headache of my life - the pain was much, much worse than childbirth. Our doctor told me to go straight to the ER. Upon arrival at Stanford ER, I could barely speak or walk, but the Stanford ER doctor gave me a hard time about being at the ER for "just" a headache. I was left in the exam room for hours and then sent home, even though I was no better and required a wheelchair to get to the car. It took several days to be able to even get out of bed. Today, I am under the wonderful care of physicians at PAMF who recognized that I had a carotid dissection and they monitor me carefully. Moral of the story - doctors shouldn't make assumptions and put a patient down before they even examine them. Every day, we are glad that we switched from Stanford to PAMF!

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Posted by BT
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I also had severe headaches and the doc just gave me pain pills. Then one day at work I had a Grand Mal Seizure, which I thought was a fainting spell. I didn't know what to do. I called the advice nurse who said come to the ER IMMEDIATELY. So I did and after a couple of hours they did a CT scan to find out I had a BT the size of a baseball. They rushed me into surgery as soon as possible otherwise I might of went into a coma.

Folks, if you have headaches that are serious, then there is a reason for that and get it checked out immediately, don't wait. Have a CT or MRI done.