The other day when I was exercising (I try to exercise every day to keep my cholesterol down), I had a very interesting experience. I wish I could say that this was a unique experience, but it has happened a few times over the last couple years. In the middle of my exercise routine, my legs started to get weak, my heart started racing, my breath was rapid and I had to lie down to get my strength back. The first time it happened, I was really worried about it and went to the doctor. It has only happened 2 or 3 times in the last 2 1/2 years, so it is not a regular occurrence, but it worries me when it does happen. The first time I went to the doctor, he did not seem to be alarmed because the "stuff" stopped happening after a few minutes. I am not sure if it does happen again if I should go to the ER? Any thoughts?
Tomorrow I will preach the funeral for a dear friend of mine. He was the definition of a selfless person. I truly appreciated all that he did, but, when I was meeting with the family on Wednesday a memory came to me suddenly and I was suddenly overcome with emotion. Let me back up a little bit: After my stroke in December, 2008 my license was revoked for obvious reasons and it took me some time and practice before I was able to drive again. I finally got my license back in February, 2009. But, shortly after I got my license back the reality of the severity of my stroke became evident: my stroke had seriously impacted the PONS area of my brain stem, and therefore, a lot of my nerves were negatively impacted. One of the nerves that was damaged was the nerve that controls my eye movements; my left eye would would twitch, at times almost uncontrollably, and that made it really difficult to drive, particularly at night. That brings me to the memory that left me so emotional. Fast forwar
Yes you should go to the ER as soon as possible when that happens. Better to go and be told you are fine than not go and have it turn out to be something.ReplyDelete
I'm not a doctor nor know all you are doing (like how long before episode happens in your exercise? 15 minutes? 30? Do you check your heart rate at any time? Were you having other issues before you started to exercise?). I would call in to dr office and ask what is best if this occurs again. Big hugs! After my stroke I have had to learn to take deep breaths and watch my breathing. I still have lots of issues but slowly getting there. Hope you find an answer soon!ReplyDelete
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I don't think your response to exercise is normal for anyone. I'd get a second opinion the next time this happens. My second brainstem stroke began with vertigo that one doctor suggested was caused by an ear infection. Stroke survivors who can walk into a hospital have to push to be taken seriously.ReplyDelete
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