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  1. Mark159

    I know this is not a medication question so I hope it's ok to ask here. I was in the ER and the DR ordered a blood test based on my history of stroke. The insurance company is refusing to pay it, calling it an experimental test. Any suggestions. Neither party will contact the other to try to sort this out. The insurance company suggests the hospital resubmit because it could be a coding error but the hospital refuses. I am not convinced it is a coding error.
  2. Mark159

    Thanks to both of you for your replies. I am thankful progress is being made and it is good to hear that after this length of time more progress is possible.
  3. Mark159

    I had a stoke in September, diagnosed in October and started PT in December. Since the start of PT my balance has improved and fatigue has lessened significantly. My affected side has grown a little stronger overall. All this is great. However, I have a weakness in and around my knee area that has not improved or perhaps even gotten worse. Even when I am sitting sometimes it feels very fatigued. My PT is nor more a fitness routine. Am I missing something I should be doing or considering which could help with this?
  4. Mark159

    Thanks Heather for that response. I do now think I may have tried to push too fast too hard. I am or at least was a very high energy person so it is hard to gauge this sort of thing. I appreciate the idea that you cannot push through fatigue which is my natural instinct. I do have some flexibility in my work and am considering what to do but pretty sure I need to make some changes.
  5. Mark159

    I had a minor stroke in September which was diagnosed mid-October. I took the following week off and felt much better by the end of that week. I returned and this is near the end of my second week back. I am struggling. My struggle is that I feel like I am moving backward as a result of the stress of work. Fatigue, anxiety, and fog seem to be getting worse especially this week. Did I go back too soon? I had these symptoms before the diagnoses and they got worse after but then improved before I came back to work. This is frustrating. Thanks for any feedback or sharing of experiences.
  6. Mark159

    Thanks to all of you for your welcoming me and also for the advice. I have a friend who is a physical therapist who gave me exercises I can do at home. Just started them and found out I need to work on my balancing which I did not realize. Was wondering if increased anxiety is normal after a stroke and if that ever improves?
  7. I had what can only be described as a minor stroke in the thalamus. This has caused numbness, fatigue and some anxiety. The numbness seems odd to me because it changes. For example. I can wake up some days with a very mild case of numbness on the left side of my body. At some other point, I might feel a more extreme numbness in my foot. Has anyone else experienced changing levels of numbness like this? Why does this happen? Also, is it likely that over time these conditions will improve at all? Should I be getting physical therapy?
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