Kris Letangâ€™s mysterious illness? A stroke
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Stroke can hit even very young, fit people. This article explains how it can happen and why it might be hard to diagnose.
Today I learned: How do you know youâ€™ve had a stroke?
Strokes often present with obvious symptoms like slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, or facial droop. Sometimes it can be as subtle as numbness in a hand, a vision problem, or balance issues. The workup for an obvious stroke or more subtle neurologic problems often starts out the same, which is how Letangâ€™s issue was diagnosed. You start with a CT scan to look for bleeding in the brain, and a crapload of bloodwork to rule out other causes (thyroid, infection, anemia, being drunk as hell). Sometimes strokes show up on a CT scan, and sometimes they donâ€™t. MRI is next, and can detect old and new strokes. Itâ€™s actually not unusual to find an old stroke a patient never knew theyâ€™d had on a scan.