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I had a left side stroke 3 years ago (Nov 2011) Age 77. I completely lost my memory, not knowing my son, or my husband. My husband noticed my speech was disrupted " speaking gobblygook" he said. I was taken to A&E and admitted to the Stroke Unit following a CT scan. I was asked many questions that I was unable to answer.
My memory returned gradually over the next few days. It was very frightening, but the staff were brilliant. The Consultant tried to reassure me I hadn't got a tumour, which I originally thought I had. My reasons for thinking this were constant severe headaches and loss of balance with several falls.
He arranged an MRI which showed the stroke area clearly. I was discharged once my BP and other symptoms had returned to an acceptable level. This was 3 weeks later.
Since then I have continued to suffer memory lapses and massive loss of confidence, with panic attacks for which I had counselling.
Since that time I have had several TIA's, not sure of the numbers, have suffered with unexplained sudden blackouts, initially requiring another stay in hospital until my BP returned to normal.
I am terrified of having another stroke, because I still have lapses in memory.
I am on Warfarin and blood pressure tablets. My INR stays fairly constant in the 2.2-2.5 range.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who can share their experience and any suggestions/tips for how to improve my memory and confidence levels.
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