I got a very unexpected diagnosis from the neuro. Apparently I’ve had several small strokes. Not TIAs because obviously these strokes don’t cause permanent damage or show up on MRI. Mine were the real deal–just not massive. Enough to cause some damage, though.
When stroke was initially brought up, I wasn’t surprised. Stroke is in my family, I have high cholesterol, my sugar is getting higher, and I smoke. But then it was ruled out. Now, it’s ruled back in. The stuff that showed up on my MRI that was initially blown off is now the culprit.
So there’s that.
I have to start taking 81mg of aspirin, go to physical therapy and quit smoking. I also have to do the low fat diet thing.
I am being told how lucky I am. I get what they’re saying, but I’m not feeling too lucky right now.
I also have the syrinx in my spine which causes pain. The neuro doesn’t think so, but it does. Anyone who has one of these little bastards knows it. It’s just that the doctors don’t know it. It’s rare and even rarer to find a doctor know very much about it. They’re still checking for more but really, why? I mean, if they can’t do anything about it?
So anyway, there’s all that. I had a good run for 54 years and now the shit is hitting the fan.