- CASE FILE
After two strokes, I now lose speech and motor control at times, particularly when under stress.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I had two strokes (venous sinus thrombosis) for which the doctors have no explanation at all. The first occurred when I was twenty-five. The second struck two years later, when I was twenty-seven. After, I had a near complete recovery, save for some loss of memory, difficulty creating new memories, and fatigue. Later, when I began to try to get back into the working world, I discovered that when overly tired or stressed (especially emotional stress, even positive emotional stress) I will go mute and lose motor control to the point that I may not be able to walk. Once debilitated I must sleep and rest for a few days, perhaps a week, before I can begin normal function again. I have learned coping mechanisms to help, and how to spot these issues before they flare up too intensely. Video gaming, watching films, building with Lego, driving robots around, sword fighting, and using a walking cane, are among my top coping mechanisms, although playing the piano, singing, and archery can help as well. Another mystery is that I had one or two short (for lack of a better term) episodes within a year or two before my first stroke.
When I was finally able to see a neurologist about my issues, he very politely told me that there was nothing that could be done, these issues may resolve themselves but I might have to live with them for the rest of my life and that I should just be happy that I was alive after two strokes. He did mention that there is one type of therapy that might be able to help but probably not, cognitive behavioral therapy. He warned that very few people practice this therapy. I have not undergone any therapy since my strokes.