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I'm a Newbie, had a "Small stroke", Feb. 2019. Wanting to prevent having another one.

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Welcome Eclare,

You will find a lot of very knowledgeable people here and all are helpful.  You have brought up something we are all interested in.  "Not having another one".

James

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Without doubt, the fear of having a second one would have dominated our thoughts in our early days of recovery. It may cheer you to know that less than one survivor in ten will have another.  What steps are you taking to avoid a second attack of the dreaded Dragon?

Deigh

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Do you have a neurologist (or even a family doc) to discuss this with?  Did you go to the ER when you had the stroke, and if so, did they give you advice?

 

This is a pretty knowledgeable group, but you are probably best served by getting advice from a stroke neurologist.

 

     paul

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Thank you. Yes to all questions, but I will try to see neurologist again!

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Your best way to stop worrying about this and get on with your recovery and rehab is to understand what happened and, hopefully why. Also what are your risk factors and is there anything you can do to change those.  So yes that discussion with a specialist is a must.

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Eclare, Do you know the cause of your stroke? If you do, start there and eliminate it as a potential factor in a future stroke.

Most of us who had more severe strokes were immediately started on a drug regimen that included medication for the known causes of stroke, or anti-cholesterol meds and high blood pressure meds. You may not need either one. And that's a good thing as each has the possibility of having side effects. So, as Paul suggested, see your doctor for help with this.

         Welcome to Strokenet!    Becky

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Seven years ago I was thinking the same thing. But unlike your situation, my experience was with a big one. Avoiding another stroke was a high priority. As time went by, that thought faded away and I returned to familiar habits. Cheating on my diet, smoking cigars every day, enjoying a beer here and there and walking less, became the norm. Complacency set in replacing diligence, the only thing I didn't neglect was my meds.  Memorial Day weekend was filled camping, fishing, bbqs, and general good times, but ended in the emergency room. Thought I learned my lesson the first time around. At least I already know what to do... I definitely don't want another meeting with the big guy. 

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Thank you Ray. My dr. Is sending me for an MRI and blood tests. Maybe neurologist after that. Best wishes for your recovery and healthy living!

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Your doctor should have sent you for an MRI and to a neurologist as a minimum.  It's not going to cost you or him anything (unless you live somewhere with no hospital).

 

I obviously don't know the whole story, but if I were in your position, I would be furious.  Any kind of stroke is a serious event, and apart from checking on what damage there might be, they all need to look at risks of another stroke, and give you advice on how to avoid another.

 

Find a new doctor.

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