Hi my stroke was in February I have been feeling pretty good of late even considering going back to work as a carer at the end of the month.
The last few days at night I feel the top of my head will burst open with pressure and a headache, I become very red in the face even though the room it’s not hot. My legs feel very heavy all the time and I keep stumbling I had two near falls this morning. I feel ok apart from these recent symptoms.
Do you think I should be concerned I don’t want to come across as mega paranoid.
Sorry to hear this. It;s not unusual to go backwards after a Stroke and it is such early days for you. I still suffer with the pressure in my head, but your other symptoms I think you ought to see a Doctor about, especially the two near falls. You are not coming across as mega paranoid, but really do need to see someone about this,
Hope it all goes well, let us know how you get on,
Thank you it’s the usual story everyone thinks you look fine but inside you really aren’t. I couldn’t even remember my nephews name the other day I had to ask the person I was talking to it’s just little things.
I think I know deep down I need to call the doctor but I am scared to.
@aodonnell1743 i echo what others have said. You need to see a dr i think. Hopefully it’ll be something & nothing but always best to get checked over.
Hope you get it sorted soon xx
@aodonnell1743 not paranoid, speak with your GP they might need to adjust your meds
@aodonnell1743 Glad people have mentioned about the meds as well, as this may be causing you problems. As regard to the “everyone thinks you look fine” have a look at my profile picture and it will show you what people see and how we really are.
Let us know how you get on.
Best wishes, Jane.
They never altered my medication as I am on 16 tablets a day already due to a heart attack 8 years ago. I hope I am just having an off day. They said they couldn’t understand why the stroke happened when I was already on the medication they would give me.
As the other’s have said, speak to your stroke team, did they give you a number to contact them on? Get a blood test to see if you are lacking in certain nutrients that could bring on these symptoms.
The heaviness in your legs is normal with strokes, it’s like walking with led boots on, and can take months to wear off but it will.
We’ve all had that pressure in the head and headaches too are normal in the first 6mths, and you fear you’re about to have another stroke. Your brain in under a lot pressure to heal and repair whilst still maintaining functionality. You’ve got a lot of spinning plates in your head. Frequent rest/naps during day, take life at slower pace, your heavy legs is your brain forcing you to slow down whether you want to or not.
The first 6mths are the most crucial time for recovery so don’t push it too far.
I have contacted then Stroke team and I am waiting on them getting back to me thank you for all your support x
How are feeling today, still a bit off?
yes feeling teary today and legs still feel so heavy thankfully no headache just don’t feel myself at all
For me it was folic acid I was low on, I can’t say it would be the same for you, but that was a turning point for me. The heaviness went, walking improved, I seemed to brighten up after that. Doc started by prescribing 2wks worth of high dose folic acid and said to continue with a daily over the counter strength from there on along with B12. I also take a daily vitamin D advised by the bone clinic.
Muscle atrophy is common in strokes/TIA’s, I lost nearly 3stone in the first year and that has a of lot those sort of symptoms too. It would do no harm to including those vitamins in your daily diet for a time. Recovery takes a lot out of you in way of nutrients and they need replenishing. You may be just not taking enough back onboard in your daily diet and it needs a boost.
Thank you I will look into this x
I heard back from stroke nurse she said to see the doctor about headache and memory it could be migraine. She doesn’t understand or know what could be causing heaviness in legs she said with a stroke it’s usually predominantly one side.
@aodonnell1743 I had heaviness in my affected leg afte my stroke. It started a few months after. I was eventually told it was a condition called Functional Neurological Disorder. I only have it in 1 leg though, not both & i’m not saying this could be the cause of yours. People do sometimes report heaviness as a result of their stroke but it is usually one sided. I would see your dr about it & see what they say.
I am going to try and get appointment with doctor next week thank you. It just feels such an effort to walk and move. Being more forgetful now almost 4 months after stroke too I just want reassurance that this is only temporary x
That’s why I suggest you get your gp to do a blood test. Heaviness in both legs could be a deficiency in the vitamin B group. It stopped for me within days once I was on folic acid as that was the one that was very low for me. And vitamin B12 deficiency is linked to impaired cognition and memory. Just get the vitamins in your blood checked.
Spoke to the doctor my blood pressure is high she doesn’t understand my legs being heavy she is going to speak to the other doctors in the surgery failing that she will call the hospital and speak to the stroke ward/neurologist She doesn’t feel I am ready to go back to work. Thank you all for your support x
Please tell me she does know about heavy legs though doesn’t she? And is she going to do a blood test to see where nutrient levels are at? Is she going to do anything about your high blood pressure?
She increased my bp medication and I have to go back and have bp checked she said she is going to call me back re legs.