The 7 Most Ignored Common Signs Of A Stroke
We tend to take some signs that our body sent us for granted and failed to take immediate necessary action. It’s pretty normal for us to ignore what happens to our body when the stroke sign is temporary, and the pain is bearable.
For an example, a simple headache won't urge us to seek the doctor. Most likely what we will do is either, taking a short rest or swallowing some painkiller. After all, how it could be worse, right?
What if the stroke attack that you thought was the first attack, wasn’t at all your first time? What if your body has been telling you all this while, that there’s something wrong with your blood flow to the brain? Must you went through all the test and scanning, before you can tell that it is a stroke?
The Silent Stroke
A silent stroke is the worst kind of surprise you will ever want. Ignoring all the signs of silent stroke will eventually cause you to experience a more severe stroke, which is whether you ended up diagnosed with ischemic stroke or hemorrhagic stroke at a later stage.
Not to be confused, silent stroke and mini stroke are different. While mini stroke makes you taste the pain of stroke temporarily, silent stroke rarely has any identifiable symptoms, which explained why the patient didn’t seem aware of it, or they just can’t remember it.
On the other note, mini-stroke lasts for about 24 hours or less, while silent stroke is progressive. With every attack, the damage to your brain getting severe. For example, a frequent silent stroke may affect your memory and thinking.
The reason why silent stroke is silence in its impact is due to the area affected by the stroke is not in the vital part of the brain. Therefore, unless scanned thru MRI or CT scanner, you wouldn’t even have the chances to know its existence.
However, despite silent stroke might be as silent as it is, there are still few signs that you can’t ignore, aside from a sudden memory loss. After all, stroke from any kinds doesn’t come suddenly, except that we are actually ignorant of all these most common signs of stroke.
Silent Stroke could be a Killer!
A Migraine Headache And Stroke
Before I diagnosed with stroke, I had constant throbbing headaches, and just took some medicines to relieve the pain. After much denial, and taking the headache lightly, I vomited. This is unusual from my typical headache symptoms, then only I get myself checked.
Survivor’s story 1
Isn’t it’s scary to think a headache actually a common sign of stroke? All this while, the constant and painful headache had been screaming for an immediate medical attention, yet like most normal people are, you ignored it. Hence, when should you get yourself checked?
Long before stroke hit me, I felt unusual dizziness that leads me to vomit. Then, I can feel that my right side of the body is weakened and it’s hard even to grip a cup. Along with that, my speech slurred, and my face drooped. It is just easier to ignore a headache, the numbness, and slurred speech, but not once they occurred all at once. That’s not surprising as I wished I knew it earlier and get treated earlier, because when I finally get myself checked, the stroke has caused great damage to my brain. I’m just lucky the stroke hasn’t taken my life yet.
Survivor’s story 2
A headache is just a headache unless you are not one likely to have it. Especially when you have sudden excruciating pain from headaches, get yourself checked.
Most survivors shared that the first time they had a stroke, they experienced a sudden painful headache. While the pain is temporary, the message is concerning.
There are two types of a headache in strokes. Whether you felt a headache from the back of your head or from your forehead.
When a stroke is coming from the artery that carries blood from your brain, hence you will have a forehead headache, while stroke in a system that supplies blood to the back of your brain will likely trigger a headache at the back of your head.
Here are some tips on how you can differentiate if you have a normal headache or a headache due to stroke.
If you are 40 or above, and never have a migraine before, this should be concerning when you suddenly have one. The same goes if you suddenly have a progressive headache.
Therefore, never take a sudden painful headache or a frequent headache with a grain of salt. It might be a sign your body tried to tell you, that something has gone wrong inside.
Headache could be a sign of a coming stroke!
Is Double Vision A Sign Of Stroke?
It’s all started with a normal headache with a tingly arm. After a while, my tongue and face felt numb. I start to lose my vision and my speech slurred. Whether it’s due to my vision loss, eventually I lose balance and coordination too. My whole body suddenly felt in great pain and gulping a cup of water then, never been more challenging.
Survivor’s story 3
Did you ever experience double vision before? If yes is your answer, you should get medical attention immediately!
Many have not known that double vision might be a symptom of stroke! As eyes connect directly to our brain, most double vision starts in the brain. The cause of double vision may vary from stroke, aneurysm, bleeding, to tumors and migraine headaches.
With a double vision, there will be another symptom such as crossed eyes or misalignment of eyes, pain to moves your eyes, and pain at the area around your eyes such as eyebrows and your temple.
You may also notice the feeling of nausea, a headache, droopy eyelids and feel weakness in your eyes or any other area close to it.
The rules of thumbs as when you should get yourself checked immediately is when you have it for the first time or an unexplained double vision. Before you see a doctor, you may want to note down your answers to the following questions, as this might be useful information for them.
Many have not known that double vision might be a symptom of stroke!
Slurred Speech or Difficulty Understanding Others
Slurred speech or clinically known as dysarthria symptoms may vary depending on the types and causes. Among the symptoms are such:
Among other factors that cause slurred speech is such:
When you have a sudden or unexplained slurred speech, it’s time to seek for your doctor.
On the other hand, aphasia or difficulty understanding speech means that you don’t have any problems with your ears, but with your brain. Aphasia has 5 common types of such:
Alike slurred speech or dysarthria, when you have sudden or unexplained aphasia or difficulty in understanding speech, get immediate medical attention. Any delay will only cause the damage to get more severe.
Difficulty in understanding speech could be a sign of a stroke!
Numbness And Stroke
That day I actually had the most obvious signs of stroke, I can feel numbness in my left hand, it felt heavy, and it just unexplainably strange for me. I had a drooping face too, and my body felt an extreme pain for no reason. I only went to seek doctor on another day once the pain is a bit more bearable.
Survivor’s story 4
All I can remember is getting seriously tired and my body getting heavy and floppy. A short nap no longer does the trick, then I started a series of vomit. Along with that, I remember the numbness in my right-hand, and I lost control over my right hand. The worst part of all this was a painful headache that I will never forget. It’s hard to tell that’s actually a stroke if all you know is that you are tired and unwell.
Survivor’s story 5
Among the common signs of stroke is numbness whether on your face, arms or legs.
The most mistake people do in ignoring this sign is due to its similarity to a compressed nerve, especially when you just awake from a nap. However, if the numb didn’t subdue within minutes, seek medical attention.
Numbness or weakness in one part of your body is due to the decreased blood flow to the back of your head through the arteries. While it might be common due to an awkward position while sleeping, or other factors like abnormal level of certain nutrients, some numbness shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Here’s among few of the moment when numbness or tingling required immediate medical attention.
Sudden Dizziness And Loss of Balance
I rarely have a migraine headache, but remember I once suddenly felt a muzzy headache. A headache was accompanied by the feeling of weak on one part of my body. At some point, I start to lose balance and wobble while walking. As normal as it may sound, now I am a stroke survivor.
Survivor’s story 6
Like other signs of stroke shared earlier, sudden dizziness occurs quite frequent as the most ignored signs of stroke. Standing or waking up hurriedly can easily cause dizziness. However, believe it or not, you don’t lose your balance due to dizziness, but it’s the other way around.
Interestingly, you can only keep your balance and coordination if your whole-body systems work properly, including your vision, ears, joints, nerves, blood vessels, heart, and muscles.
It's easier to mistaken it as part of a hangover if you are drunk earlier. However, if you suddenly stumble and struggle to walk straight, and experience vertigo without even getting drunk, get yourself checked by a doctor.
Here are another few symptoms you might experience when you lost your balance too.
Stroke And Confusion
At first, I felt dizzy and had a double vision. Then I start to feel little too warm and unwell. Not later than that I remember experiencing a painful headache, and it’s hard for me to concentrate properly. Not only I feel unwell, but I did also temporarily loss my balance, and fatigue crawled all over my body.
Survivor’s story 7
Confusion is the conditions that make you unable to think clearly. You will feel a bit disoriented, struggle to focus, as well as a problem in making a decision.
Confusion can be triggered by about 80 causes. It is little too common that we tend to ignore confusion as any alarming signs of far more serious health conditions. Among the few causes of confusion are such:
Therefore, if you suddenly experienced a sudden and unexplained confusion or tiredness, get yourself checked to clear you from any doubt of signs of stroke.
Bonus: Swallowing Problem
Hold up your horses! That’s not all yet.
Have you ever thought having a sudden swallowing problem is normal? What did you do when you suddenly choke while eating or drinking? Ignoring it? Then, what if you suddenly experience it more frequent with no solid reason? Is having frequent swallowing problem truly meant nothing, and just a mere clumsiness?
Watch out. It could be a sign of a stroke too!
My signs of stroke are pretty much obvious now, but then, I can’t even tell what’s happened to me. My body felt weak, and I am unable to walk or stand. Not only I had a headache, but I also experienced an unbearable double vision. I can feel that part of my body was numb, and the saliva pooled in my mouth made it’s hard for me to speak. Worse come to worst, I had a swallowing problem. It's difficult when I tried to swallow any water or food and sometimes, I choke myself.
Survivor’s story 8
Remember, a sudden or unexplained health problem should never be taken with a pinch of salt only. When it comes to stroke, timing is everything. Even an hour of delay in getting medical attention could cost you a lifetime suffering.
Imagine living with stroke, and not knowing anything about it. If today you can’t remember your name, tomorrow you might as well can’t remember your whole life. If today you have a slurred speech, maybe tomorrow you might lose your ability to talk.
Therefore, it is now or later, identify all the signs of stroke and act now or regret later.
Timing is Everything. Understand the early signs of Stroke would save you!