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.