Five years after VAD and stroke

Five years ago today I woke up with the worst headache of my life. I had a stroke caused by a vertebral artery dissection (VAD). I found out a few days after my emergency room visit because the emergency department didn’t order an MRI. They were only looking for hemorrhagic (brain bleed) signs and found none.

Recovery from Vertebral Artery Dissection and Stroke: 5 years after

The bulk of my recovery occurred in 2012, the year immediately post-stroke. But, I’ve had some scary moments where my blood pressure has risen to high places. There were points where I and my doctors, weren’t comfortable in terms of stroke risk. Largely, though, I’ve returned to “normal” life and unrestricted activities. I’m still too scared to ride a roller coaster and will never, ever, visit a chiropractor out of fear of re-injuring my vertebral artery or causing a new VAD.

How to Recognize a Stroke

For information to send to others about the warning signs of stroke, visit the National Stroke Association and remember to act FAST!

In celebration of this nearly tragic, terrible day, I’m letting my family know that I love them dearly. If you’re reading the posts on this site have any questions or want to share your updates, please do so in the comments section here.

One Reply to “Five years after VAD and stroke”

  1. Hello,

    Had a Left V.A.D. A few days ago.

    Worst pain of my life…..head felt like it was going to split open.
    ER gave me what they called the migraine cocktail….. and I’d did nothing.
    They ended up finding he issue with a CAT Scan and then also did. MRI Later.

    Luckily I didn’t have a stroke.
    I am at home now.

    It still hurts some, feel dazed/dizzy, still taking steroids and they put me on aspirin.

    I heard it can be totally healed within 3 months.
    Since I didn’t have a stroke….. I assumed I’d be feeling better in just s few days.

    Did anyone have a VAD and didn’t have a stroke…… how quickly did pain and everything go away. ??

    Thanks!

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