I'm 35 years old and recently went to the hospital because I had what I thought was a stroke.
While at home my entire right side went numb, from the top of my head to my toes. I arrived at the hospital 1.5 hours after the first symptoms and was unable to move that side of my body at all. Fifteen minutes after admission I was taken back for an examination and vitals. I explained my symptoms and even mentioned I thought it was a stroke.
Seven hours later I was released, but after my wife begged the doctor to keep me they decided to admit me. They started tests the next morning. Four days later I was finally able to go home, but I'm still having symptoms. My question is: should the doctors have checked better to see if it was indeed a stroke and then given the shot to reverse a stroke?
It's been a month and I still have trouble. I hate to think a shot could have aided my getting well. Thank you.
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ANSWER for "Misdiagnosed Stroke?":
The injection you are probably talking about in your question may be one of several “fibrinolytic” drugs on the market today. These fibrinolytic drugs are most often used to dissolve those blood clots which often cause strokes.
There are three major classes of fibrinolytic drugs:
--tissue plasminogen activator (TPA),
--streptokinase (SK), and
While drugs in these three classes all have the ability to effectively dissolve blood clots, they differ in their detailed mechanisms in ways that alter their selectivity for fibrin clots.
If, when being originally admitted into the hospital you presented symptoms of a stroke, you can be quite sure the doctors would have run all the appropriate tests. It's always possible they decided not to inject you with one of these drugs because your symptoms didn’t present appropriately.
If they believed you didn't present with symptoms of a stroke it would have been dangerous for them to inject you with any of the blood clot dissolving drugs. All drugs have side effects. Injecting a person with a blood thinning agent when doing so is unnecessary could result in serious injury, or “bleeding out”.
If your symptoms do not disappear soon seek out the advice of a new doctor. An independent assessment of your symptoms will afford you some peace of mind. If the new diagnosis indicates the onset of a stroke, or other potentially life-threatening malady, you will know which treatment to seek.
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