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Misdiagnosed Stroke?

Submitted By: Anonymous (USA)

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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Dear Anonymous,

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

–urokinase (UK)

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.

Learn more here: Claims & Lawsuits for Wrong Diagnosis

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

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We wish you the best with your claim,


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3 thoughts on “Misdiagnosed Stroke?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I just got out of the hospital with a stroke. They said I had 2 previous strokes. Based on the symptoms, I can say that my first stroke was misdiagnosed approximately 4 years ago, wherein they found no evidence the 1st day going through the ER and having a CT.

    I feel that had they done the right thing and done further tests, or at least repeated the CT a few days after, they would have detected the stroke. They sent me home saying Migraine, no stroke. Taking their word for it I went about my merry way.

    A year or so ago, 2nd stroke…based on their diagnosis, did not seek medical help. 3rd stroke a few days ago, they found evidence of all 3 strokes.

    I feel that had they found the 1st stroke, the appropriate medicines, like blood thinners, etc., MAY have at least reduced the potential for new strokes, if not totally prevented the 2nd and 3rd stroke entirely.

    I know I am close to the Statute of Limitations, as I cannot remember the date of the 1st stroke (Minnesota is 4 years). I am ordering my records from the hospital. I now reside in Arizona. I am upset that they missed the 1st stroke.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to hear about everyone’s situations. I survived a major stroke a year ago on memorial day. Needless to say I had a few drinks and later in the evening I didn’t feel right so I had my kids call 911. Yes they arrived but didn’t do anything, they told my kids for me to sleep it off.

    When my x hubby got home from work I was on the floor and couldn’t move, so he and my kids put me in the back of my car and took me to the ER where the test showed I had a stroke.

  3. Barry says:


    I’m sorry to hear about your possible stroke. I’m sure you and your wife were scared, with a stroke they should give you a CT Scan. I recently had one this past November and the ER Dr said a CT Scan will show a stroke best within 3 days or more afterwards. So you should go to the ER and sign in and put down possible stroke, and ask then to CT scan your brain (it usually shows up as black spots on your brain indicating you’ve had a stroke), then you will need a full cardiac work up done.

    I went through the same thing. I described to my Doctors the symptoms of a heart attack a few years ago and they let it go in one ear and out the other, and this past November 8th I had a stroke. My left side went numb and I lost part of my vision.

    I went for a full cardiac work up and had a stress test, etc. Then I had my heart cathed and they found that I had an old heart attack and old stroke, and I had a blockage on right side of my heart. They said it’s been so long that they could not even put a stent in because blood vessels grew all around the blockage and it’s in a bad spot. So they’re treating it with medicine now.

    These doctors out there today act so arrogant and make decisions like whether to believe you or not instead of sending you for the proper test. They should’ve sent me for a complete cardiac work up when I told them I thought I had a heart attack and/or stroke. But these are workman’s comp Drs and I was seeing them from back injury in 2001, and my 2nd surgery caused me serious and permanent damage.

    It caused me brain damage, they call it an un-voluntary movement disorder, where my legs jump when I lay down, or my arms fling up or out (like someone is throwing them up hard as they can), and it felt like getting whiplash 100 times a day because it was so intense. The doctors were baffled by it, so they just decided I was faking it, that I was out for some kind of secondary gain.

    When I came out of back surgery my head and face was swollen as big as a basketball and my family could’t recognize me. My dr told my wife my surgery went well and I was fine, that I should be out of the recovery room in 30 to 45 minutes, which turned out to be over 5 hrs, all while they were hiding me trying to get the swelling to go down.

    Anyways you should get a CT Scan and get a cardiac work up asap just in case you have a blockage, so they can put a stent in instead of just treating you with meds like me.

    Good Luck and I hope you feel better soon.

    Take Care,


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