I haven’t posted about this yet as it completely freaked me out and I found that the more I talked about it the more I freaked.
The Friday before the jubilee weekend I went to my friends leaving party, the same night I got surrounded by those boys, and I accidentally got quite drunk. Despite the hangover, the next day I felt fine and thought nothing of it but the next morning was when I could have cried I was so frightened.
Having slept on my right side I woke up and rolled straight onto my back and realised quite quickly that I couldn’t feel my right arm, I tried to move it. Nothing. ‘oh my god I’m having a stroke’ I thought. It was my right arm, what the hell was I going to do? I can’t use my left hand and for my right to not be moving at all scared me so much. After about 20 seconds of trying to move it came back and the numbness subsided. Thank god I thought but then it hit me ‘what if it was a TIA?’ I rang my mum as I was meant to be going to meet her in London ready for the Jubilee concert. She said I had just given myself a dead arm, which is what most people would realise but knowing these were signs of a stroke I couldn’t help but panic.
I went to London and felt fine, having a great time partying with the queen and spending a fab weekend with my mum. I went back home on the tuesday, to my flat, alone. I started panicking again, I rang my friend Christian and asked him if he would stay the night. At about 2am he woke up to go to the toilet which woke me up and I freaked, I thought my face was numb and I felt wierd! I called a paramedic who arrived within ten minutes.
The paramedic asked me what I was feeling, checked my eyes, blood pressure, blood sugars and movements and told me he wasn’t worried, I didn’t seem like I was having a stroke or TIA and to be honest I felt nothing like I had felt when I’d had the stroke. He said I seemed anxious and should make an appointment with a dr in the morning.
At the doctors I explained what had happened, she asked me what I had been doing since the stroke and suggested that I may have anxiety that is only just surfacing because as I had been so busy since it happened with Physio & Uni I hadn’t had time to freak out and now that everything’s calmed down I am doing just that. I was referred to counselling (which I still haven’t been contacted about) and I was quite satisfied with the outcome.
I started getting used to being alone again until 2 weeks later it happened again and this time I wasn’t sure if I had been sleeping on it or not. Sobbing I rang my mum again, trying to use my rational mind to remember what the dr and paramedic had told me. I made another drs appointment.
I rang the brain and spine helpline who said because of the short length it lasted I had nothing to worry about and I found them very helpful with their advice, drink plenty of water, try to sleep in a different position and eat properly.
A blood test had shown that I have a ferritin deficiency which is how iron is carried about the body and the dr said what I was experiencing could be similar to ‘Saturday night palsy’ where exhaustion and dehydration causes you to sleep in one position throughout the night leading to a trapped nerve.
With the ferrarin suplement tablets, drinking more water and sleeping on my left side it hasn’t happened again *touch wood* and I’m feeling much happier again.