I'll apologise in advance as this is quite a long read It took even longer to write as I misspell things regularly now.
In April 2018 I took ill whilst at work driving a truck.
After a call to the NHS helpline an ambulance was sent to take me to hospital, where I had chest x-rays, CT & MRI scans, blood tests, wired up to monitors etc...
After stopping in hospital overnight I could not wait to get home and back to work, I am not a good patient.
The Stroke Consultant diagnosed a stroke at the rear of my head, I checked with him and asked if it had been a TIA, his reply was that I had not had a TIA, but a stroke.
I informd DVLA, who suspended my entitlement to drive hgv's for 12 months.
Pre stroke I had no health problems, had not been to a doctor in over 8 years and did not take any medication for anything.
Post stroke I have no visible effects of the stroke, although my family have noticed a difference in me. I do have double vision, constant pressure around the sides, back and top of my head, a numbness down the left side of my face, the front of both thighs are constanlty numb with pins and needles, the rest of my legs feel like I have done a work-out, constantly feel drunk an dizzy, get tired all of sudden after very little work, slur my words a bit when I get tired and have to concentrate when talking to people (I tend to stare at them, as it takes a second longer to register what they are saying). I still have all of these symtoms and have had them since the stroke.
I was discharged by the hospital, which was not in my home area as I had been away from home at work when I had the stroke, back into the care of my GP.
On my first visit to my GP he stated that I looked perfectly fine, because I have no visible signs of the stroke. I started to go through my problems and he decided to treat them one at a time, stopping me at the first one (double vision) and not wanting to know the rest until he had sorted this one.
My GP advised that I should see Opthalmology at my local hospital, but that there was a long waiting list due to the financial pressures on the NHS and advised that I might be better arranging to visit my own optician, which I did.
After a full examination by my Optician, she confirmed that my eyes were functioning correctly and that my prescription had not altered. She wrote a letter to my doctor to refer me to Opthalmology at the local hospital. Her opinion was that as my eyes were functioning, it could be a neurological problem, but my GP would sort that.
I finally went to Opthalmology, had the tests for my eyes and the opthalmologist confirmed that my eyes were working correctly and agreed that my optician might be correct, but as the optician had pointed out their field of expertise was opthalmology not neurology.
I visited my GP and he has now had the letter from the Opthalmologist stating that he had review my original MRI scan and concluded no stroke.
My GP has now stated that there is nothing wrong with me an when I questioned this stating the problems I still have his reply was that we could go around in circles all day and that the NHS has already spent a lot of money on me. My reply was that I pay my taxes from my wages to be able to use this system and asked what happens now, he shrugged his shoulders and said you're fit for work. I asked him if I could drive a truck again an he replied sure.
I have re-applied for my hgv licence even though I still have these problems, in the 8 months off work I have lost over 30k in wages and now that the doctor has signed me fit to return to work my private health insurance stops, my employer will not let me back to work without a valid licence, so I will end up with no income as my wife works.
DVLA go with the Stroke Consultants diagnosis of a Stroke, so the original 12 month suspension stands.
So it would appear that according to my GP, my road to recovery is complete, a factor that my family and myself would strongly disagree with.
Has anyone else had the same kind of experience and is there any light at the end of the tunnel ?