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On 29th January I took my partner to our local A&E as he was experiencing right arm heaviness. He showed no other outward symptoms. A sixth sense told me to get it checked out. Following in-depth neurological examination and assessment by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, the A&E doctor and two Stroke Consultants, a CT scan, chest x-ray, ECG and blood tests were requested. CT scan came back normal. Chest x-ray normal. ECG a normal sinus rhythm. Full blood count, U/E's and liver function all normal. Cholesterol 5.6. NIHSS score is 1 based on a very slight weakness in the right arm. We have an MRI scan on 13th February. Diagnosis is a possible minor postural circulatory stroke. It has knocked us both sideways. I am trying to be strong for him but inwardly I am a mess and I fall apart when on my own. My partner is a fit and healthy man who does not smoke or drink alcohol and has a very strong constitution. Neither of us can rest until we know what the MRI is showing. I am planning to make some slight alterations to his otherwise very healthy diet and also to increase the level of aerobic exercise. Blood pressure is perfectly normal and we are monitoring it twice daily. Dr has prescribed clopidrogel and a blood thinning medication whose name has now escaped me. Dr says this is precautionary and would be the treatment if it is a minor stroke. Are we doing all the right things? Neither of us wallow in self-pity. We just want to know what we are dealing with and how we can best get the right treatment and move on. I am sure he will need some physio to get the heaviness out of his arm. He also feels his throat is closed up slightly which I have read is another symptom. No face droop, no speech difficulties, no double vision or headache. No nausea or vomiting. I suppose I needed to get my feelings down and off my chest. We are determined to get through this minor hiccup and move on.
I am a natural worrier and always think the worst when it comes to the health of my loved ones. Other than that I am a very sensible, confident and positive person. Any advice anyone can give would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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